Solo Travel: 10 Lessons You’ll Learn While Traveling

  1. You’re destination is hardly ever as dangerous as family, friends, and the media portray it to be.

Earlier this year, when I first told my family and friends that I was going to travel  through Africa, solo, they had a fit. This was probably the most absurd decision I’ve ever made in their eyes. I was going to get killed, raped, kidnapped, or contract H.I.V (I can’t make this stuff up). Outside of family and friends, there’s also the media. Now we know all know that the media portrays Africa as one, if not the most dangerous place on earth. So according to “them,” I was doomed before I even set foot on African soil. Continue reading Solo Travel: 10 Lessons You’ll Learn While Traveling

Backpacking Through Africa: Celebrity Status In The Most Unlikely Of Places

Admit it. We’ve all dreamed of having our 15 minutes a fame. Some of us may have had the opportunity to do so. For those who know me, I’ve always had a bit of hippie in my blood. A true dare-devil in a sense. I made a promise to myself that I would take my FIRST (not only) backpacking trip through a foreign country before I turned 30. Little did I know that this foreign country would turn into 8 countries through Africa. Below is a snippet from my experience earlier this year… Continue reading Backpacking Through Africa: Celebrity Status In The Most Unlikely Of Places

South Africa: What Table Mountain Taught Me About Self Doubt

“It doesn’t matter how long it takes, as long as you make it to the top.”

This quote, given to me by one of the local South African taxi cab driver, kept running through my head with every excruciating step I took up that mountain. My legs were shaking. My feet in severe pain. I felt like every muscle in my body had given out. Although, out of shape with no previous hiking experience, I made the crazy decision to hike up Table Top Mountain, one of Africa’s 7 wonders. “What did I get myself into?” is the question I asked myself every few steps. There were moments when I contemplated going back down, but the further I climbed, going back down no longer became an option. I got the frequent “good job,” and “you’re almost there,” from fellow hikers passing me by. To be honest, these words of affirmation kept me going. Continue reading South Africa: What Table Mountain Taught Me About Self Doubt