A new year of science travel

Happy New Year!

My first year here on The Finch and Pea has been a busy one. You can see all my science travel posts to date (and some posts by others – see further down this post) on the map below. However, as I alluded to last year, I’ve run out of science travel destinations that I’ve been to, so this year is going to be a little different.

First of all, as usual, if you would like to write a science-related travel guest post, get in touch! Ironically, I sometimes don’t have time for my weekly travel post because I travel too much, so any help to cover those weeks is very welcome.

Second, I’m going to be focusing on places I have NOT been, so if you have suggestions, throw them my way. They can be destinations that are themselves of scientific interest but possibly hard to get to (Mariana Trench, the moon), great science or natural history museums that we haven’t yet covered, destinations with an interesting scientific history (VLA, Galapagos), or combinations of the above. As you can see I’ve come up with some myself, but my imagination has limits.

Finally, we’re adding some destinations to the Have Science Will Travel Map: Destinations that may not have been covered on The Finch and Pea, but that appeared on other blogs.

Over the break I added these five posts/locations to the map:

Stuck in Antarctica’s Icy Grasp – One of Alok Jha’s updates from his time on the Akademik Shokalskiy while it was stuck in the ice. Actually, I believe that as of this time, the ship is still stuck, but Alok and others have been rescued by helicopter in the mean time.

Another one from Antarctica, but this one from a staff member at Palmer Station. “May you live in interesting times”.

Monarch Butterflies at the Ellwood Butterfly Grove in Goleta, California. This is a post from travel blog The Intrepid Tourist, and from the same blog I also added Akumal, Mexico, place of the sea turtles.

Last but not least, I added a post from the travel blog that my friend and former lab mate Roberta kept during the year she took a sabbatical from her work as a science teacher to literally travel around the world. One of her stops was Tanzania, where she volunteered with a group of teenagers to make them more aware of local wildlife conservation efforts. In All Good Things Must Come to an End she describes what they did in the programme, and how the kids went to the nature reserve for the very first time to finally see the wildlife they had been studying.

Know of any other science travel posts? Send them our way and we’ll consider them for the map. I’ll do some regular updates after we’ve added a few new ones.

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