2016 Highlights: An Unforgettable Year

2016 has been a great year. I’m not dead, I have all of my limbs, and I haven’t landed myself in jail. Therefore, I have no complaints. I used to make New Year’s resolution promises, but I never actually fulfilled any of those promises, so now I just vow to try to live better and do better. With that being said, here are a few of my 2016 highlights.

If you’ve been following along, then most of you would know that I had the amazing opportunity to backpack through Africa for the first time. I call this the journey of a lifetime. If you would have asked me 2 years prior would I ever backpack any country, let alone Africa, I would have said hell no. Things changed. My mind changed…and there I was, at the airport boarding a one-way flight to Cape Town, South Africa with all of my belongings crammed into a 30 lb. backpack. My mission, travel from South Africa to Egypt using nothing but Africa’s public transportation system and immersing myself in the culture along the way. Mission accomplished. Continue reading 2016 Highlights: An Unforgettable Year

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