Short Expedition Makes Big Impact
Travel agents must hate me. I’m the person that walks in, smiles sweetly and says, “Can I please have a brochure for Canada, Alaska or Africa?”
They know this potential client will never come back, never book a tour and never book a flight.
You’ve probably heard someone say, “I’m going to London to work “or “I’m going backpacking through Asia”
Can I let you in on a secret? - Those enthusiastic, passionate and exciting people make me jealous and if I was brutally honest, I kind of hate them sometimes.
They have this amazing ability to get exciting, elaborate or fun ideas and run with it. But it takes all types to make the world an interesting place.
If we are lucky enough, we have one friend in our life that is happy when we travel, one friend who supports us when we start new projects and one friend who encourages us in the pursuit of our dreams.
I like to think I’m that friend - the cheerleader on the sidelines, cheering the loudest.
You could say that the Echidna and Goanna Discovery Weekend with Earthwatch was an educational experience, a unique opportunity to participate in research, a chance to go camping and see a beautiful environment. But it was so much more.
For a person who has always been the cheerleader on the sidelines - this trip represented the beginning of a new life. No longer would Karen Grainger be just a spectator in everyone else’s dreams.
For the first time, I was an active participant in the world around me and my own life.
Earthwatch let me meet great people, touch unique animals, travel in an unusual environment and experience new concepts.
But my Earthwatch expedition gave me so much more. It proved to me that I was capable of changing my life.
Thank you Earthwatch.