The Nature Traveller’s Handbook

Read about how you too can visit some of the most exciting and unique nature and wildlife hotspots alongside visiting scientsts.

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These places are

  • Conservation-oriented research sites and private reserves that accept non-academic visitors and volunteers.
  •  Filming and photography locations for documentaries and nature magazines.
  • Inside and abutting national parks and biosphere reserves.
  • The most important and threatened patches of wet, dry and cloud forests, desert, wetland, and mangroves left on the planet. 
  • The last refuges for some of the world’s most threatened and range-restricted species.
  • Biodiversity hotspots and sites of global conservation importance.

And feature hand-illustrated cover and icons

Illustrations by Irish artist, Tessa Gill. 

150 experiences across 36 countries and five continents

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If you are intent on seeing as many of our planet’s most biodiverse and well-preserved areas as you can while they still remain, The Nature Traveller’s Handbook is a must-have guide and reference to consult and take with you wherever you go. 

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(If you would prefer to just skip ahead to the actual guide part of this book, I have included a hyperlink on page 15 at the end of the first paragraph that says “click here.”)

The ethos and intentions of this book

This book is the culmination of nearly a decade of nature and wildlife travel and a life-long obsession with the natural world. 

My intention is to provide a global map of the best and most important remaining wild areas around the world for birders, fieldherpers, mammal watchers, invertebrate lovers, freshwater fish enthusiasts, botanists, snorkellers, as well as biologists, ecologists, conservationists and general nature and wildlife appreciators. 

Community-based nature travel

A lot of these sites are poorly known outside of niche wildlife circles and the biology and ecology communities, and many are run in conjunction with and for the benefit of rural and indigenous communities.

This, in turn, establishes a viable alternative economy that helps incentivize conservation in some of the planet’s most precious and threatened natural areas.

More affordable nature and wildlife experiences

Because of the research-first nature of many of these places and the attendant simplicity and rusticness,  they not only offer access to more spectacular habitat, but do so at a much lower price than a lot of the best-publicized nature and wildlife experiences around the world. 

If you’re willing to sacrifice some creature comforts and ammenities, you can enjoy the best natural areas on the planet for far less.


About the Author


My name is Alex and I’m a freelance writer, wildlife photographer, videographer and guide. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, since 2015 I’ve lived on the road, travelling the world in search of the best remaining nature and wildlife experiences as humanity continues to change, degrade and do away with our planet’s wild areas. 

In 2015, motivated by a sense that I was missing out on one of the most fundamental components of the human experience and human well-being (time in nature), while that nature disappeared, I quit my corporate banking job in Toronto, donated or sold most of what I had, and slowly cobbled together this life I’ve been leading. 

I have visited and lived in some remarkable places, met admirable and interesting people doing important conservation work, and been privileged to see a large amount of planet earth’s natural beauty and living organisms. 

I intend this book to be a repository of wonderful nature and wildlife experiences for people tired of highly-commodified and gimmicky “eco-tourism,” who want to see the best remaining and most authentically wild areas in the world while they’re still here, and are content (or forced) to avoid many of the luxury options that very often dominate such locales because, holy sh!t, the 2020s are gearing up to be quite the economic reckoning for the West and I understand that money is tight. 

Besides, the places offering access to the best habitat are very often low or no-frills and, if you know where to look, you can see the best for less.

If you decide to purchase this book, thanks very much and safe travels.

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