Travel Experience
of Damon Ramsey

My travel experience includes work on expedition ships, overland guiding, personal research trips for field guide book writing and photography, and the website research. My aim is usually to experience a diverse range of ecosystems and try to observe as many animals and plants as I can. (Notes for below: I can't remember every place I have ever been! I haven't included every little town I stayed in for a night, or passed through, to get somewhere else.)

Afrotropical region (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Botswana - Kalahari Desert, Moremi Game Reserve/ Okavango Delta. Namibia - Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, the Caprivi strip, Etosha National Park, Namib National Park. Zimbabwe – Bulawayo, Zambezi River, Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls National Park. South Africa – Johannesburg, Kruger National Park (wet season and dry season), Drakensberg Mountains.

Paleoarctic region (Europe and North Asia)

United Kingdom - London. Tresco, Isles of Scilly. Scotland: Aberdeen, Orkney, St.Kilda Islands, Outer Herbrides, Iona, Lunga, Canna, Hoy. Ireland, Garnish Island. Japan; Osaka, Okayama, Miyajima, Takamatsu, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Yakushima National Park, Amami Oshimi, Miyako, Okinawa, Ryuku Islands. Taiwan: Taipei, Hualien Gorge. Hong Kong.

Neotropical region (South & Central America)

Costa Rica - Corcovado National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, Cahuita National Park. Colombia - San Andres Island, Cartagena, Tayrona National Park, Bogota, Leticia, Amacayacu (Amazon) National Park (Columbia). Ecuador - Quito, Tandayapa Reserve, Bellavista Lodge, WildSumaco Rerserve, Tambo Condor, Antisana Reserve, Angel Paz Reserve, Ecuadorian Amazon, Yarina Lodge. Brazil - the Pantanal, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Manaus, Rio Negro, Brazilian Amazon. Chile – Santiago, Antofagasta, Chanaral Island, Valparaiso, Easter Island, Chiloe, Valdivia, Chilean Fiords. Argentina - Buenos Aires

Nearctic region (North America)

United States of America – Los Angeles, Topanga state park, Big Sur, Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, San Diego (California), Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona), St.Loius, Hawn State Park (Missouri), New Orleans, Everglades National Park, Flamingo (Florida).

Oriental region (south-east Asia & India)

India – Delhi, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Kanha National Park, Sariska National Park, Periyar National Park, Bombay/Mumbai. Sri Lanka - Colombo, Talangama Wetlands, Kithulgala, Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains, Yala National Park, Bundala National Park, Lunugamvehera National Park, Udawalawa National Park, Sinharaja Reserve, Mirissa. Nepal - Kathmandu, Royal Chitwan National Park. Hong Kong. Thailand - Khao Yai National Park, Phuket, Khao Sok National Park, Kaeng Krachan National Park, Gulf of Thailand, Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Doi Inthanon National Park. Vietnam - Ha Long Bay, Haiphong, Danang, Hoi An. Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, Tioman Island, Cameron Highlands, Taman Negara National Park, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Mt.Kinabalu, Poring, Kinabatangan, Kuching, Bako National Park, Sepilok, Tawau. Singapore. Brunei - BSB. Philippines - Manila, Angeles, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Mt. Makiling, Donsol, Cebu, Bohol, Panagsama, Mindanao, Davao, Palawan, Mt. Apo, Coron, Hundred Islands,. Indonesia – West Papua, Rajah Ampat, Flores, Komodo, West Timor, Kupang, Lombok, Bali, Java, Gunung Mt. Bromo, Sindangbarang Nature Reserve, Sumatra, Siberut Islands, Bukittinggi, Lake Toba, Bukit Lawang National Reserve, Medan, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Torajaland, Tangkoko National Park. East Timor - Dili, Jaco Island, National Park.

Australasian region (Australia, New Guinea & Melanesia, New Zealand)

Australia – Sydney, Blue Mountains National Park, Wollemi National Park, Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park, Kurring-gai National Park Warrumbungle National Park, Newcastle (N.S.W), Brisbane, Fraser Island National Park, Cooloola National Park, Carnarvon Gorge National Park, Heron Island, Lamington National Park, Whitsunday Passage, Townsville, Hinchinbrook Island, Hypipamee Crater National Park, Crater Lakes National Park, Hastie Swamp National Park, Wooroonooran National Park, Cairns, Michaelmas Cay, Frankland Islands, Fitzroy Island, Kuranda, Lakefield National Park, Quinkan Aboriginal Reserve (Qld), Stanley Island, Flinders Island group, Cape Melville National park, Shelburne Bay, Cape York, Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, Nitmiluk National Park, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, West Macdonnell National Park (N.T.), Broome, Lacepedes, Montgomery Reef, Prince Regent, Kimberley region, Keep River National Park (W.A.), Flinders Chase National Park/Kangaroo Island, Coorong National Park, Adelaide (S.A), Dandenong Ranges, Sherbroke Forest, Philip Island, Port Campbell National Park, Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Melbourne (Victoria), Asbestos Range National Park, Cape National Park, Mt.Field National Park, Cradle Mountain-Lake St.Clair National Park, Hobart (Tasmania)

Papua New Guinea – Alotau, D’Entrecasteaux Islands, Woodlark Islands, Egum atoll, Marshall Bennet group, Trobriands, Green Island group, New Ireland, Rabaul, Kavieng, Tingwon Island, Manus, Murik Lakes, Sepik River, Madang, Siassi island group, Tufi fiords and many more stops I can't remember!. Solomon Islands - Ghizo. Vanuatu - Tanna. New Caledonia.

New Zealand - Milford, Dusky and Doubtful sounds, Fjordland national park, Stewart Island, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier, White Heron, Greymouth, Invercargill, Dunedin, Akaroa, Christchurch, Kaikoura, Marlborough Sounds, Napier, Gisborne, White Island, Waitomo, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, Auckland, Great Barrier Island.

tropical Indo-Pacific

Cook Islands - Palmerston Island, Aitutaki. Fiji - Colo suva National Park. Tonga. French Polynesia - Tahiti, Bora Bora. Tonga. UK – Ducie atoll, Pitcairn. (USA - Hawaii). (Chile - Easter Island).  Samoa Tuvalu?

Southern Ocean, (Subantarctica & Antarctica)

New Zealand sub-antarctic islands - the Snares, Campbell Islands, Auckland Islands. Australian sub-antarctic islands - Macquarie Island.

you get to meet some interesting people when you travel! (photographed by Mark Steadman)