Welcome to the Wandering Honeybadger’s Den on the Internet.
“I just wish the world was twice as big and half of it was still unexplored” – Sir David Attenborough
My credentials are that I travel at lot, about 5 months out of each year, and I take photographs to document those travels, so I have the evidence.
Occasionally I also describe them in words because I believe it’s important to be able to share those experiences with others. It’s also a great way for me to kickoff an instant replay in my mind, to a place back in time and space that might have otherwise faded in memory.
“A Birth Certificate Shows You Were Born, A death Certificate Shows You Have Died. A Photograph Shows You Have Lived” – unattributed/unknown
No one can accuse me of not knowing how to live a life, especially since I persist, long after using up my allotment of nine lives
Highlights – check out my latest trips, which include:
- Photo galleries from Alaska for Polar Bears, India (2nd Trip), Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Cambodia to photograph the famed Ankor Wat.
- Exciting safaris in both Tanzania and Kenya, touring in Egypt and Turkey, plus Prague, Brazil, Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Philippines, Australia and so on…
- New posts being added to the blog section such as those about Running Away from Home to Join the Masai, Food posts under the Croc’s Tongue, Cuba, My Do-it-Yourself Monster Croc Hunt in Australia, and two videos about Diving in the Philippines, one on the WW2 Japanese wrecks of Coron, and another about Diving with Whale Sharks – bonus feature, find out whats its like to cage dive with Great White Sharks..
- South America (Ecuador and Peru, including details about the Galapagos Islands)
- India, including India Images, and an extensive number of blog posts where you can follow along on an epic 3 1/2 month trip across India – that consisted of forty separate legs covering about 12,000 kilometers, and described in nearly two dozen installments posts with relevant photographs. You can start with the first blog entry of the India Trip, or jump right into the Photo Gallery of India, and then come back to the commentary that provides context
Other destinations with descriptive posts and images are listed on the right hand side, under Blog Topics – Around the World, with new posts being added as I visit new destinations, and as time permits that I retroactively write about previous adventures.
Upcoming Trips: Africa, see more details at the bottom of this page.
This is a blog for travelers, not so much for tourists.
My Favourite Travel Quote:
“Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks is the departure upon a distant journey to unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares and the Slavery of Home, man feels once more happy.”
Sir Richard Burton, Journal Entry (2 December 1856)
Honeybadger Don’t Care.. It just Writes What it Wants..
If you are wondering about the Honeybadger moniker, it’s a nickname from colleagues, more details here.
So when reading written words or viewing a photograph or a video, its always important to consider the motivation of the writer/creator, whats the purpose, particularly important for just imagery. So my motivation is very selfish, I am writing this for me – simple as that. I do this for me first, to document it as a memory of my adventures and impressions.. read my post – “Thy Mother Mated With A Scorpion” for more background on the photography and blogging aspect, but I am happy to share the details of these experiences with others as well. I want to be clear that I have no need for embellishments or exaggeration – I tell it like it happened, and I photograph what I see, nothing is posed by me. When I or if do something with models, they would be appropriately noted and credited.
When mental infirmity afflicts me, or simply old age, I will be able to look back and relive all my previous adventures as long as I can read, view, or see, and comprehend. And I am getting better at taking notes while underway in order to capture reminders of the richness of the experience, the great parts, and the not so great parts.. It wouldn’t be as much of an adventure if everyone did it, to paraphrase one of my most highly respected teachers “It wouldn’t nearly as worthwhile if we made it easy for you”.. ha ha words to live by for sure.
I am a photographer, both by inclination and training, so this site has plenty of unique images that I have captured in my travels. My tendency is to shoot first (photographically that is) based on what I see and find interesting or what strikes my muse, and then ask questions, do research, and write commentary afterwards. Consequently this blog is more of a photo-essay of images, with a bit of narrative in between to act as glue. And yes, I look for the exceptional views and the quirky stuff to photograph, capture the moment etc.. that’s what I get the most personal satisfaction from, and amusement.
My travel style is much closer to that of a “Flashpacker” than a “Backpacker”, as I seek a bit more comfort than is normally found in backpacker hostels and dormitories. Yet where I normally stay is a far cry from luxurious 5 star accommodations or eating in western style restaurants. I prefer a completely flexible schedule that is under my absolute control, so I tend to do all my own travel logistics, rather than taking packaged tours, although I do the latter on occasion, when there is a compelling deal or advantage (like local knowledge for photos), of I get want a short break from doing it all myself. I like to immerse myself as much as possible in new cultures, so I walk a lot, with camera in hand, exploring how the real people live by getting into their neighborhoods.
So another component of this website is a collection of travel tips and recommendations, because I travel a lot, and I have a few things figured out that I am happy to pass on.
I have truly lead a honey badger existence at various times, i.e. eaten really “nasty” food before, been bitten or stung by a variety of things, and I still eat a dab of honey every day (along with a shot of Baileys) in my coffee every morning in order to keep my “coat of fur” shiny…
In truth of fact though, I much prefer eating really tasty and delicious food, so much so that my Thai friends say I have a ลิ้นจระเข้ – Lin Jorakay – A Crocodile’s Tongue – meaning someone who seeks out the very best food. So please do check back often for updates, or subscribe to my newsletter, I will adding stories and photographs regularly.
Next destinations: A return to Africa is in the works, this time for Gorillas, more of Kenya and Tanzania, places I missed in my first go around – All on hold at the moment as the world goes into lockdown to deal with Corona Virus, but will be back on track as soon as global circumstances permit.
Note: I am very pleased to state that I offset 16 tons of carbon this year , via reforestation projects in Panama and East Timor and the like. See more on my blog