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Posted On: 17th Dec 2013

‘Borneo’ To Travel

Fixer Lewis on his travels abroad
Fixers Lewis and Lisa
Lewis and Lisa presenting their Fixers website

Two jet-setting adventurers from Inverness have returned to their old school to launch a website encouraging more young people to explore the world.


After returning from a summer expedition to Borneo, Fixers Lewis Mackenzie (17) and Lisa Swanson (18) went back to Dingwall Academy on Wednesday 11th December to share travel tips with pupils.


They’re concerned that not enough young people are aware of the opportunities abroad and aren’t encouraged to see how people from other cultures live.


The duo went backpacking for a month as part of World Challenge, which included trekking and taking part in voluntary projects.


‘The experience changed us both,’ says Lewis. ‘We learnt a lot but it was also incredibly rewarding too.


‘I remember during one of the voluntary projects feeling humbled seeing a group of children smile when we bought them new shoes. They had very little and the moment will stay with me forever.


‘We also both felt a sense of accomplishment by our adventure, knowing we had done it. It’s been one of best things I’ve ever done and we would recommend travelling to anyone.’


The pair’s Fixers website, Got to Travel, gives would-be explorers advice on everything from funding their trip to reading up on the destination.


It was unveiled to an audience of 15 to 16 year-old pupils, who are to go on their own travelling trip with school next year.


‘The launch went extremely well,' says fellow Fixer Lisa. 'I think the students were genuinely enthusiastic about the website and it was lovely going back to my old school.


‘We hope it will inspire more young people to follow their dreams and make them see foreign travel as something they can realistically do.


‘Travelling abroad can be daunting, being away from your family, so we hope our project helps young adventurers to take all the precautions and be as prepared as possible.’


One of the attendees at the launch, Alan (15) said: ‘The Got To Travel website is a great idea and could really help with inspiring young people like me to explore.’


The website link has been sent to other schools in the area so it can be used as a resource in classrooms.


Click the image below to visit the website or you can check out Lewis and Lisa's Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.




Author: N. Farooq


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