O-Rang-U-Tan Spotting in Dat Jungleee

Thought it was quite interesting to look at the word Orangutan in more detail and it’s quite fascinating…of sorts.

Orangutan’ – Noun
/ɔˈræŋʊˌtæn, oʊˈræŋ-, əˈræŋ-/

…a large, long-armed anthropoid ape, Pongo pygmaeus, of arboreal habits, inhabiting Borneo and Sumatra: an endangered species.
(Taken from

There’s a reason for this and it’s all about Borneo. After last year I noticed that my list of places to go seemed to dwindle to just one place, Costa Rica. I’ve always had a long list of places I really wanted to visit but for some reason they all disappeared and got forgotten about. Not sure why. So whilst thinking about my next destination and always long awaited holiday, there was one place that sprang to mind. Borneo! Yes, I remember that place and all the reasons I wanted to go there. Hmm now its all coming back. I love the jungle and being around such beauty. And all the life! Walking thorough all the rainforests and up Kinabalu to see the beauty of South East Asia.

Costa Rica has not been removed from my list of places to go, hell no sir! However, this trip is definitely on the back burner as my brother in law has requested me to wait until 2013. Fair enough as this will make a big difference in the fun to be had. Japan was awesome so if Costa Rica is anything like that then it will be well worth the wait. Since that is a couple of years off I’ve promoted Borneo up to the next target.

Borneo seems to be quite expensive that’s for sure and a lot more than I anticipated. Does that put me off? Hell no sir! However, it does mean that I’ll need to tap into my travel network and dig some people up for the trip. Most likely it will require making some new travel buddies but that is what makes it more exciting. Rainforest, mountains, Orangutan’s, sunshine, stunning natural beauty and beaches. Enough said.

Now that Borneo shall soon be off the travel list, I’ve decided to make the list out in full so I’ve got a record of where the places actually are. So in no particular order:

  • Costa Rica
  • Namibia
  • Brazil (aiming for the 2014 World Cup)
  • Philippines
  • Japan (again)
  • China (again)
  • Bolivia
  • Madagascar
  • Hawaii
  • Finland
  • Mongolia
  • Turkey

Just about a top 10 but quite a distinguished list nonetheless. I only know of the dates for two of the destinations so the rest will all be a wishlist for now. Although, I always achieve my travel wishlist!

Happy holidays :)