THE parents of a toddler have revealed they spent a month living off of the land on a desert island – claiming there’s just as much danger at home in the UK.
TV survivalist Ed Stafford and wife Laura Bingham took son Ran, 2, to Merak island in Indonesia earlier this year in a bid to undertake one of their most extreme survival challenges yet.
Ed Stafford and wife Laura Bingham took son Ran, 2, to Merak island in Indonesia[/caption]
They travelled to the island this year in a bid to undertake one of their most extreme survival challenges yet[/caption]
Despite having no easy access to water, food or tools, the family say they believe living in the UK holds just as much danger due to recent knife crime.
Speaking to The Mirror, Ed, 43, said: “There are always dangerous things that could happen but you mitigate the risks as much as possible. You know, if you’re really unlucky you could just as much come a cropper in Chiswick.”
Laura added that people in the UK could even “get stabbed in the park”.
The couple, who are set to star in ‘Ed Stafford: Man Woman Child Wild’ on Discovery this weekend, admitted, however, that the trip was packed with risk.
Ed said that having Ran with them meant the couple were ‘never relaxed’.
He added: “I didn’t know how we were going to do it at first and make sure Ran didn’t do anything really really dangerous. I had this vision of making Ran a harness out of vines and I even read about a Japanese tribe where, when women are working, they bury their kids up to the neck in soil.”
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
Ed said he quickly realised that the technique to keeping his family safe was to remain “present and aware”.
The couple, who hold the Guinness World Record for being the first to walk the length of the Amazon River – 3,976 miles – said they decided to do the TV show in a bid to “inspire families to take more risks with their children”.
Laura, 26, said: “We wanted to inspire families to take more risks with their children, get out of their comfort zone and expose them to more things. We were at an indoor play centre recently and some of the kids got stuck on some tiny ladders because they were too scared to go up or down, but Ran was going head first down a big slide.”
For their month on the island, the family took just a few knives, some bananas and the clothes they were wearing.
The couple, who are set to star in ‘Ed Stafford: Man Woman Child Wild’ on Discovery this weekend, admitted, however, that the trip was packed with risk[/caption]
They were forced to build their own shelter, fish for food and even source clean water whilst trying to keep little Ran out of trouble.
Whilst filming the series, which was filmed entirely by the couple, they said they learned a number of lessons – including not to argue as “arguments weren’t a luxury that we could afford” on a desert island.
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Despite having dreams of continuing their adventures with Ran and future children, Laura admitted that if their lifestyle ever became detrimental to their offspring, they would stop.
She added: “We’ve always said throughout being together that we are constantly evaluating our way of living and if it ever become detrimental to Ran or our future children then we’d make the move to change our jobs and become dustbin men or work in Tesco – as long as it makes them the happiest people they can be.”
For their month on the island, the family took just a few knives, some bananas and the clothes they were wearing[/caption]
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