The Jamboy Principle, a post from hubs

Invariably, unless booking a weekend in Rome or a fortnight in Spain, holiday planning starts by a trip to one of the numerous specialist travel agents who, within an hour, have strangled any adventure from your plans and sanitised your trip down into a series of preferred airlines, hotel groups and guided tours. We swore after last year, which included a guided tour of a Hong Kong traffic jam and a day in Jakarta airport – voted the world’s worst (not sure how it rated that highly) we would live by our own mistakes. We wanted jungle, wanted off-the-beaten track, we wanted life like the locals!


The internet is great for hearing about what can go wrong and planning accordingly. We already knew about rabies, mosquitos, spiders and ticks but a new one for us were leeches and their blood-sucking activities. Leech socks are the answer, along with vast swathes of deet, so off we go to the large outdoor chain to stock up on both. It is at this point reality kicks in and I remember Clarkson on his Top Gear trip to Burma discussing the Colonial English at their cruelest and most devious, they built on what we know happens in Nature, there are effectively two types of traveller, the ‘jamboy’ and the person who travels with the jamboy. Clarkson gets grief for many things and its usually well merited,  but I supposed on the basis “those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it”, we’ll let this one go. Perhaps of more relevance though is the way we often seek to perfect what Nature already shows us.

Heart of hearts, we have always known, from our days of tramping through the Australian outback, one of us was a natural jamboy, a veritable smorgasbord for any number of bugs, no matter what, and fortunately that wasn’t me !

It was with this in mind that when we reached the shop, rather than look for insect repellents or afterbite salves, the big bright tents soon became very attractive. Leaving the shop with a 400 quid tent and nothing else, I still felt quite relaxed, after all I had nature’s own deterrent, a similar argument to when faced with a bear, you don’t need to run faster than the bear just faster than the one you are with.

We finally got some deet, the day before we left, more by accident when we were stocking up with wine, that other vital ingredient, if you are going to get bitten, give the bug a hangover!

The carpet bag was ditched – we were supposed to be travelling light !?!, just the bare necessities and there was no real plan, the jungle booked for 6 days, and a loose set of places we’d like to see with a flight back from Singapore three weeks later.

The night before we left, I felt comfortable in our arrangements but for a niggling question – should I take a jar of jam should nature need a helping hand ?

  14 comments for “The Jamboy Principle, a post from hubs

  1. February 18, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Good Luck! Hope all goes well for you….Take Care! Hugs!

  2. February 18, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I hope Ms. Smorgasbord will be found most unattractive this time around, although she is cute as a bug.

    Really enjoyed this! Can’t wait to see the photos from this adventure.

    It sounds like you shop as we do; we always come home with treasures rather than the item(s) we headed out to hunt and gather…ah, well. Adventures!

    Have fun!

  3. February 18, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    I am a biting insects meal of choice, I’m afraid.

  4. February 19, 2017 at 2:31 am

    I would have been fairly freaked out if I didn’t have at least some semblance of a plan. I’m not sure I would have liked living in a tent in a jungle! I’m curious to hear how it all works out!

  5. February 19, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I enjoyed this so much….next instalment please……please again. 🙂 Also look forward very much to seeing photographs – sending you both love Janet. xxx

  6. February 19, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    This post had me smiling, and relieved that I never did travel to exotic parts. I look forward to seeing how your trip fared. Take care, and I hope that you’re enjoying yourselves. xx

  7. February 19, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Enjoy! I regret to say that I am the jamboy in our family. Mosquitoes find me very tasty, and poison oak and ivy reach out their tendrils when they hear me coming.

  8. February 19, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    The intrepid travellers are you! Have a great time. xxx

  9. February 19, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I enjoyed reading this …
    Can’t wait to read more … please

    All the best Jan

  10. February 22, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Deet and wine. That’s a tasty combination.

  11. February 23, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Six days in the jungle? I can’t wait to hear the tales of your adventures. Have a great trip!

  12. Keggy
    February 23, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Haha. I also like travelling off the beaten track. I have a story about leeches. I planned my visit to Nepal for after the monsoon season as the leeches were supposedly only a problem during that time. I still got bitten by them though. Our guide told me that was because the monsoon season was delayed that year and we were still in it !!
    Hope you have a wonderful time. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Xxx

  13. February 27, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Oh no, how could you use poor Dina as a jamboy? Actually I know from experience it only works if you deny the jamboy any sort of repellant.
    I hope you are having a wonderful time and come back safe and sound with lots of photos and stories to tell.

  14. March 4, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Goodness, I’m such a mosquito magnet that this trip, no matter what beauties lay ahead, would be off my agenda. And since I’ve read Dina’s account of bites, she was the traveling smorgasbord! Did you fare as well as you’d hoped, Mr. Person Who Travels With Jamboy?

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