I still don’t know why I had to wear that hat. Hats don’t suit me – never have. Especially ones that are mainly phallic in appearance. But no matter, I was still going to come out of this looking cool. How could I not? I was in Slovenia, about to parachute from a plane at 10,000 feet. You don’t get much cooler than that. All was going fine. The plane took off. It climbed, my ears popped, it climbed some more. We jumped, we fell. He whooped, I whimpered. And then, at about 1:44, terminal velocity, I made the disastrous decision to open my mouth, thus beginning a prolonged period of such intensive gurning you could be forgiven for assuming I’d sustained severe cerebral trauma just prior to leaping out. The play button will reveal all.
Check out Will’s other hair raising adventure in Slovenia here, as he leaps off a bridge with just an elastic band between life and death.
My best travelling experience was a two-month road trip around and through Australia in a tiny campervan. When they appeared, the sights were magnificent. But what I loved most about the whole thing was the relentless motion; travel in its simplest form. Because of the vast distance we needed to cover (13,000 kilometres) it was necessary to be almost constantly on the move, and this became a way of life. Nothing can quite compare to the freedom you feel when pulling out onto a road that ends in a vanishing point, fuel needle pointing to 12 o’clock.
Next on my bucket list is Antarctica to see the emperor penguins. These have to be the most adorably quirky creatures on the planet (though meerkats come a close second), and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see them waddling around in their natural environment. And speaking of the environment, I’ve always been drawn to inhospitable places; they unnerve me and excite me in equal measures, a balance which in my opinion is the epitome of a fulfilling travel experience. Or perhaps I’m just a misanthrope in denial.
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