76-Second Travel Show: ‘What is a Travel Animal?’

Episode #041
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Animals are going berserk of late: whales jumping, like Simon Le Bon, aboard private yachts in South Africa; bears hijacking Toyotas and ramming them into trees. Are they protesting our travel? Or just trying to tag along?

I’ve tried to promote ‘travel animals’ before — such as the walrus, the pig and the prairie dog. But the notion has changed for me. It’s time to refocus toward animals who travel, not just animals to look at.

Some will liken the best ‘travel animal’ to those who travel the longest distances, like the arctic tern which travels the equivalent of three trips to the moon over its life. But distances, just like ticked-box countries visited, doesn’t equate to travel value. Instead, I’m looking for are animals that combine relaxation, fun with curiosity and escape.

We have one suggestion. Do you have any candidates?

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About Robert Reid

Robert Reid is a travel writer (Lonely Planet, New York Times, ESPN), travel expert (Today Show, CNN's Headline News), travel videographer (76-Second Travel Show) and travel artist (don't ask).
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One Response to 76-Second Travel Show: ‘What is a Travel Animal?’

  1. Anonymous says:

    Penguins. Gotta go with penguins.
    - they chase butterflies
    - they hop into boats to avoid being eaten by orcas
    - they go on lengthy swims and treks
    - they are found on 4 continents
    - they have a curious and somewhat mischievous sense of humour

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