Team Travels – Molly in Sumatra, Indonesia

What makes our content agency different to most others is that our content creators have a deep passion for our niche – travel. At Travel Content Collective, our team not only work in the travel sector – but they also travel regularly or travel full time! Between us, we’ve been lucky to have travelled to most of the corners of the globe. Travelling is something our team could not live without.

Naturally, then, we decided to create a blog series called Team Travels where our team get the opportunity to share their recently travelled destinations.

In this next instalment of the series, travel writer (and jungle guide!) Molly tells of her recent trip to Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s less-travelled islands.

Why did you go to Sumatra?

There are one reason and one reason only why I travelled to Sumatra, an orphaned baby elephant named Paichit. My partner and I are volunteer conservationists and fundraisers, so when we heard about the plight of young Paichit we jumped into action.

This was my first trip to Indonesia and I quickly fell in love with the place despite the trials and tribulations that surrounded our work with Paichit. We spent three months living in a rural elephant camp in Aceh, far from any tourist hubs. This was the most authentic way to experience Sumatra for sure.

As with the rescue and rehabilitation of any being, there is always the chance that all efforts will be in vain and sadly this was true with Paichit who sadly passed away in June.

Little did I know that at the time but Sumatra is the perfect place to hide away and reflect on your place in the world. Surrounded by crystal clear seas and mesmerising jungle, I knew that I found a home here.

What was the highlight of your trip?

The highlight was, without a shadow of a doubt, our boat trip from Pulau Weh. On this one day tour, we visited 10 different snorkelling spots and an underwater volcano. I saw Octopus, Starfish and Clown Fish too.

I also got a very sunburnt back! Top tip; when snorkelling in the tropics be sure to wear a t-shirt!

We headed out on the boat before the sun rose. As the morning light grew we spotted tiny black triangles popping up on the horizon. It was dolphins; hundreds of Spinner Dolphins on their early morning hunt.

This was the most incredible marine life encounter I have ever experienced, being a jungle guide in landlocked Nepal means I seldom get to observe the wonders of the sea.

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