The reason I wanted to visit the 4,000 islands in Laos was to see the critically endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin. These odd-looking river dolphins are a rare sight to behold, they’re one of the only species of freshwater dolphins left on Earth. It’s believed that there are only about 80 left living in the Mekong River, only about four dolphins live in the area I was visiting.
I tend to be very lucky when it comes to spotting rare wildlife. I saw the dolphins come up for air dozens of times but these creatures are quite fast making it very hard to capture a photo of them (swipe to see). They don’t jump out of the air but pop their heads up quickly before submerging back into the water.
Even if you don’t see the dolphins the boat ride on the Mekong Delta is lovely with stunning views of rice terraces, landscapes, and the simple and serene way of life in the 4,000 islands.
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Saturdays are for mini adventures 🌿 Or for looking through paper samples because you’re thinking about open up a print shop on your website, a little project I’m pretty excited about! What personal projects have you excited at the moment? (Gili Islands, Indonesia, 2017)
Do you ever get lonely traveling solo?
I have been asked that a lot & honestly no, I don’t. When I think about it, the times I’ve felt loneliest have been around people, like when:
👉🏻 people dismiss my feelings as if I’m not allowed to have them. ‘Well that’s what you signed up for..’ or ‘yeah but you live in..’
👉🏻 people drop off the face of the Earth after I move.
👉🏻 people continually talk about themselves & their problems, but never ask how you are.
In comparison, I find traveling solo much less lonely. I’m pretty highly introverted so I need time alone to fill my cup & solo travel is more rejuvenating than anything. Like clear space to think.
Everyone is different though, how do you feel about the thought of traveling alone? If it does, can I ask do you have awesome close relationships with friends or people around you? I’m wondering if that makes a difference?