Yesterday, I was on a mission.
Good things can come from going to travel shows. At the recent Daily Telegraph Travel & Adventure Show in Kensington, I hung out at the desk of a company that organises tours to some of the most spectacular whalewatching destinations on the planet. Of course I could not afford to go on one of the trips, but I spent some time talking to the woman running the stall. Soon I brought up East Sri Lanka—not so long ago one of the most promising destinations and now devastated by the tsunami. Whalewatch tourism would be an enormous boost to the affected communities, not to mention provide vital support to cash-stripped researchers. I launched into a mini-lecture while the woman listened slightly startled but with growing enthusiasm, then she pushed a pen and paper across the desk. I scribbled some notes and a few days later an email from the company’s founder landed in my inbox; inviting me to a meeting in Brighton.