Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

There is nothing that changes your outlook on life more than travel. I am lucky to have a husband who love travelling and has encouraged us to travel as a couple. We try to do one regional and one international trip a year and have a savings account specifically dedicated to seeing the world. 
I am also lucky that my job takes me to some really cool places, which means I can sneak a weekend into a work trip to see some sites.

Travelling allows you to be immersed in a different culture, scenery and gives you an awareness that you indeed only make up a littu part of the world. 

Travelling can be as cheap or as expensive as you want and there are a few tips that can make your trip that much easier, here are 5 that work for me;

Villa in Msambweni  
1. Don't close off regional or local destinations.
Most Africans think that travelling in-country or within the region does not count. At the moment you can get a flight to Rwanda or Ethiopia for about $250 and once you get there hotels range anything from $40-100 per night.  
My next trip is definitely Addis Ababa, really looking forward to eating all the Injera!

Our Airbnb flat overlooking Table Mountain in Cape Town
2. Make use of technology 
Apps such Hopper and AirBnB are great for planning your trip. Hopper helps you book the cheapest flight and shows you the cheapest time to fly and Airbnb allows you to book homes and apartments for super cheap. 

Train journey along Cape Town Coast
3. Do some research on your destination
Once you know where your going, spend some time on the internet getting some information on the top 10 things to do at your destination. Just recently I was able to get a 30 rand/ Kshs 180 ticket on a train along the Cape Town coast, this was tip I got from a quick google search and was rewarded with the most stunning view of the South African coastline. 
On the most beautiful beach in Thailand
4. Save up for travel
Most African parents see travel as unnecessary expenditure or as frivolous which has made us reluctant to travel. However setting aside a few pennies every month will help you set up a traveling fund which can be used once or twice a year.
Also for you ladies who may be interested in travel, Wendy Watta of Afrowatta has group on Facebook called Divas on Wanderlust that organises group travel for super cheap. 

Jumba Ruins in Mtwapa 
5. Take photos

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