Tired of trawling the usual cities and urban spaces, and looking to explore more dangerous territory? Make sure you read on to find out how you can survive alone in the wild! By Sharifah Nursyafiqah
In a city that’s packed to the gills, it’s hard imagining ourselves lost in the middle of nowhere without our trusty smartphones to help us out. But if that day should ever come, would we know what to do? Here are some tips from HISTORY (StarHub Ch. 401) on how you can survive in some of the harshest travel destinations all around the world!
1. Taklamakan Desert, China
The largest desert in China is a beautiful and mysterious part of a journey through the historic Silk Road. Fair warning though, the Taklamakan Desert is also know as the “sea of death” by Silk Road traders, as many have crossed it in their caravans, only to lose their way and were never seen again.
Survival tip: If you ever lose your way in Taklamakan Desert and cannot find the North Star, make your own compass. To make one, rub a needle on a piece of clothing. Place it in water, it will point north.
2. Cape York Peninsula, Australia This wholly remote place is one of the last remaining wilderness areas on Earth. These tropical lands are home to mostly aboriginal tribes, and is notoriously hard to access, with only one unpaved Peninsula Development Road that gets you in and out by land (that is, if it is not closed due to floods). Your best bet getting in or out is by helicopter, but even with transportation, heavy monsoon rains from November to April makes this area practically inhabitable.
Survival tip: You’re lost and you’ve eaten all your food. What now? You’d best start looking for bugs to chomp on. These creepy crawlies have more protein than fish and meat. Black, green, and brown ones are safe for consumption, but avoid brightly coloured ones! They are Nature’s way of warning you against bugs that are poisonous!
3. La Rinconada, Peru
The small mining city in the Peruvian Andes is located on a permanently frozen glacier, and can only be reached by truck via treacherous and winding mountain roads. In fact, it takes days just getting to the city, and even then, altitude sickness combined with the area’s treacherous conditions some 17, 000 feet about sea level make it difficult for most people to withstand living there for long. You’ll be needing more than a few jackets if you are game to visit the “highest” and most isolated inhabited city in the world.
Survival tip: Bubble wraps are inexpensive and lightweight. The next time you are exploring an unfamiliar territory, perhaps consider packing a few pieces into your pack. If you find the need for extra warmth, try wrapping a piece of bubble wrap around you. The air trapped in a piece of bubble wrap creates insulation, which will help preserve body heat when you use it like a blanket. (That is, if you don’t pop all the bubbles first.)
4. Motuo, China The most remote county in the southeastern part of Tibet, Motuo (meaning hidden and mysterious lotus) is a sub-tropical county with no highway link to the outside world, and occupied mainly by small pockets of Menba and Luoba ethnic populations. To get there, you have to trek four days from Pai Village (also inaccessible by modern vehicles), along one of the most dangerous hiking routes in China.
Survival Tip: Trying to fend off pesky flies? Some mud might help with that. To create your own insect-repellent, cover exposed areas of your body with mud. This blocks off the smell of lactic acid, which attracts insects.
5. Wabakimi, Canada
If you are tired of land treks, try canoeing through the wilderness of Wabakimi. Campsites are fairly remote and primitive, so be prepared to rough it out with more wild animals than humans for company.
Survival Tip: Fly-fishing is not for everyone. Lest you starve, why not give spit fishing a shot? All you need to do it hold your shirt like a net under water and spit. Fish will gather because they think it is food. Once they do, swing your shirt up and you’ve just caught dinner!
Bonus Tip: If you fall off your canoe and you can’t swim, you have to take your pants off to survive. Tie off the legs and fill them with air. Once in the water, you can use them as a flotation device.
Are you up for more survival tips? Tune in to ALONE, an all-new ten-episode series that takes survival reality series up a notch with the boldest and longest survival experiment ever attempted! ALONE is showing on HISTORY (StarHub Ch. 401), from 22 June at 11pm.
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