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TRAVELLER ZOO – Expertus supercilius

Expertus supercilius

Like a leopard stalking a young antelope, he lurks, lip curled in a knowing sneer, as novice campers take three tries to back their caravan into a parking spot, consult the tent assembly manual and futilely twiddle knobs on the gas BBQ. Then he pounces.

Identifying call: ‘You need a hand with that?’

Illustration by Simon Letch, and thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age for continuing to publish our contributions each week.

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TRAVELLER ZOO – Perspectivus hilarius

Perspectivus
Two perspectivi are required to pull off this stunt. One aims the camera while the other props up the Leaning Tower of Pisa or pinches the point of a pyramid. Sure, Instagram may have seen it all before, but great humour must be shared.

Identifying call: ‘A little to the left, up a bit…perfect!’

Lovely work on the illustration, Simon Letch, and thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age for running our efforts each week.

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TRAVELLER ZOO – Baggagus obstructus

Baggagus obstructus
A telltale sign that an obstructus is ahead is the traffic jam of passengers in a plane’s aisle. Within minutes, you may encounter the creature itself, awkwardly wrestling camera, overcoat, duty free and tribal mask into the overhead locker.
Identifying call: ‘Could you help me with my case? I’ve got this bad back.’

Simon Letch did the picture. The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age first published it. Thanks again to all.

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TRAVELLER ZOO – Onlinea frugalis

Onlinea frugalis

Planning a dream trip to Italy, an onlinea spends weeks at the computer, painstakingly sourcing cheap fares and discounted accommodation. Then she finds an irresistible five-star deal, and books a Phuket package instead. Identifying call: ‘Taking that 2am flight via Guangzhou will save us $17!’

Thanks again, Simon Letch, for the illustration and Fairfax Media for running our efforts in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age.

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TRAVELLER ZOO – Mappus consultor impetuoso

Mappus consultor impetuoso
These creatures are generally, though not exclusively, male. They can commonly be seen in labyrinthine old cities, guidebook in hand, confidently leading family groups into blind alleys.
Identifying call: ‘No, we don’t need to ask directions. I know exactly where we are.’

* Illustrator Simon Letch and I have been contributing a weekly cartoon to the Traveller section of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age, introducing readers to the curious species we meet on the road. I’m releasing some of them into the wilds of cyberspace…one at a time.

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TRAVELLER ZOO – Hagglius shamelis

Hagglius

A hagglius is never happier than when getting 47 cents off the price of a bamboo flute. And never more miserable than when forced to pay $3.28 for a tuktuk ride he tried to get for under $2.
Identifying call: ‘They expect you to bargain. It’s part of their culture.’

* During 2015, illustrator Simon Letch and I have been contributing a weekly cartoon to the Traveller section of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age, introducing some of the curious species we meet on the road. Time to release some of them into the wilds of cyberspace…

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INDONESIA’S UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS

Students from Pulau Jang school.

The coolest guys at Pulau Jang school!

I almost feel guilty about sharing this. There is a part of Indonesia that is unspoilt, with beautiful beaches, patches of dense forest, skies in which you can see the stars and friendly local people with a relaxed attitude to the very few tourists that come here.

Would we want it to become the next Bali or Phuket? Despite my raving about it, I don’t think a blog post is likely to make that happen. Continue reading

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