‘I drunk-booked tickets to Brazil’

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What do you do when you awaken from an inebriated night out and find you are the happy owner of a ticket to Brazil?

In Lanarkshire male Jamie Ather’s case, you have a huge glass of water then load your travel suitcase since you choose to go anyhow.

The 27-year-old from East Kilbride turned an intoxicated oversight into a life-altering experience.

He kept going and went on to check out the 7 marvels of the world in simply 3 years.

After a Saturday night out with good friends in 2015, Jamie’s morning-after turned legendary when he understood he had actually invested more than £ 500 on a flight to Brazil.

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Image caption Redeeming function: Jamie and his very first marvel Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

He informed BBC Radio Scotland’s Stephen Jardine Programme : “That ended up being one bad Sunday.

“On the Monday I attempted to call the airline company and cancel the flights due to the fact that I had no intent of going to Brazil.

“I telephoned the airline company and it was past the cancellation duration.”

Friends and household informed him to cut his losses and forget the journey, that it threatened to go to South America on his own.

But Jamie had various concepts.

“I believed whatever takes place for a factor. I constructed the journey up and reserved flights to Peru and Argentina and developed a South America journey.”

Jamie really can’t keep in mind purchasing the tickets.

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Image caption At the Colosseum in Rome

“I was out with my good friends and I believe we were discussing taking a trip. I should have gotten home and gone on the internet.

“To this day I do not completely keep in mind. I got up and my ‘validated by visa’ was obstructed on one card so I need to have been rather identified.”

Jamie had actually been abroad however never ever on his own. He went on the journey and enjoyed it.

One year later on Jamie remained in Rome with pals, on a trip at the Colosseum.

He described: “They kept discussing the marvels of the world. I returned to the house and looked them up.

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“I discovered I had actually seen Machu Picchu in Peru and Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio and understood the Coliseum was my 3rd one.”

Jamie then set himself an objective of finishing all 7 prior to he turned 30.

Last year he went to the Taj Mahal and after that went on to China to do the Great Wall. When he made it to Jordan to see the ancient city of Petra, #peeee

He finished his job in late September.

What are the brand-new 7 marvels of the world?

The Great Pyramid of Giza has honorary status as the last staying initial marvel of the world. This was integrated in 2560 BCE.

A project to produce a list of brand-new marvels was finished in 2007. Those selected were:

Great Wall of China, built in 700 BCE

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Image caption Checking out the Great Wall of China

The ancient city of Petra, Jordan, 312 BCE

The Colosseum, Rome, Italy, 80 CE

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Image caption Jamie at Machu Picchu

Chichen Itza, Yucatn, Mexico, 600 CE

Machu Picchu, Cuzco Region, Peru, 1450 CE

Taj Mahal, Agra, India, 1643 CE

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1931 CE

Jamie states his last marvel was unique.

“That was my preferred,” he stated. “But I may have had a psychological accessory since it was the last.

“I began weeping when I saw the entryway to Petra. It was remarkable.”

He likewise kept the journey a trick. His household had actually cautioned him versus going there due to existing Foreign and Commonwealth Office suggestions which recommends a high threat of horror attacks.

Jamie scheduled his ticket and after that messaged them en path.

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Image caption In September Jamie visited his last marvel – the ancient city of Petra in Jordan

He stated: “They stated it was a no-go zone so I simply scheduled my flights and texted them from Heathrow Airport and stated I was flying to Amman however do not stress over me.

“When I returned my mum selected me up from Glasgow Airport, hugged and kissed me then turned me round and kicked my bottom.”

Jamie settled his journey by flying from Jordan to Cairo where he saw the last of the old marvels of the world, the Pyramid at Giza.

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Image caption Chichen Itza in Mexico

He states his 7 marvels objective has actually altered him permanently.

From an inebriated aircraft ticket, he states he has actually ended up being a various guy.

He discussed; “I needed to conserve my own loan. I fly as inexpensively as possible then I remain in hostels which forces me to go and satisfy brand-new individuals. I have actually developed my self-confidence.

“Before that inebriated purchase I would most likely never ever have actually thought about going to the opposite of the world solo.”

Now individuals who have actually heard his story contact him to inform them they’ve scheduled journeys and asking him for suggestions.

But now that he has actually finished his difficulty, he will not stop there.

Through his journeys, Jamie has actually checked out 6 out of 7 continents.

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Image caption Jamie checked out an old marvel to finish his collection
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Image caption In China Jamie discovered time to make buddies with the regional wildlife

Now he has his eye on another.

“The just one I have not done is Antarctica.

I’ve checked out it and you can go from the suggestion of South Africa, down, so …”

And he motivated everybody to follow their travel dreams.

“If you do not prepare there is a possibility it may not occur and life obstructs. You require a strategy and you require to dedicate.

“If I had actually listened to everybody about Brazil I would not have actually left and had the possibility to alter my life.”

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-45758976

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