2015 was a pivotal year, I lived in India while filming a travel series for Travel XP. I traveled though a dozen countries and states and I started my blog Eat Stay Live. I also started pre-production on a new series I am co-producing and hosting, titled, Incredible Islands: Animal Interactions. Where we show the viewer the best vacations to interact with animals in the wild.
My personal love for seeing animals in the wild and my experience traveling through Asia and Australia discovering incredible remote islands inspired this series.
I am the kind of traveler that craves adventure and wants to experience tropical and lush destinations that are unique and serene. My idea of heaven is a place where animals are wild and free. The feeling of diving into the ocean with migrating dolphins and whales is indescribable. Swimming in the Pacific Ocean while curious sea lions playfully circle me warms my soul.
My idea of hell is seeing caged mammals in sea world and parks alike. The thought of this makes my heart sore.
One day we as humans will come to realize that animals, especially sea mammals have a higher intelligence and empathy than we realize. This is the world I want to live in and this is the world I am looking forward to.
Incredible Islands: Animals Interactions is a series that shows people how they can interact with animals while making a difference and helping their existence at the same time. As the title, clearly states, this series is being shot on Islands-incredible ones!
We have scouted the remote island locations and spoken with animal conservationists. The series is all set to shoot!
Today I have been putting together the story board and arranging the interviews and logistics for the shoot. ‘Logistics’, normally a boring word- but in this case, think helicopters, boats, underwater filming equipment and dive gear! This has been a phenomenal project to already and we have not even started production!
First location is Rottnest Island in Australia. Rottnest Island located off the coast of Perth, Western Australia (the world’s most isolated city), is also home to the rarest marsupial on earth, The Quokka. The Quokka (a small native-Australian Kangaroo) is a tiny little animal that only lives in Western Australia. Its one of the rarest marsupials on earth and is under threat. The Quokka is also famous for being ‘the happiest animal on earth’, due to it ever-present smile.
Rottnest Island is one of the most isolated places on earth and is also one of the most breath-taking places I have ever seen. Its an A-class reserve, meaning it has the highest level of protection. The island is also home to protected colonies of Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seal.
Rottnest was separated from the mainland of Australia around 7,000 years ago, when sea levels rose. Artifacts found in the island date back 30,000 years! Incredible!
For all these reasons and more, we have chosen Rottnest Island located off the coast of Western Australia to be our first shooting location for Incredible Islands: Animal Interactions.
We commence shooting Incredible Islands: Animal Destinations soon! Stay tuned for more on this series and to discover the best vacations to interact with animals in the wild.