I’ve long believed travel to be one of the best instructors in life lessons. Whether positive or negative, different locations can leave a lasting impression and teach you something you might not have previously known, either about the destination or yourself. Here, in order of when I first visited them, are a few things I learned from the first ten countries I’ve traveled to.
Since I don’t travel full-time, I figured that instead of doing a monthly recap, I would recap each of my trips following the full posts. These recaps will contain highs, lows, logistics, funny anecdotes, pictures, etc. that I likely didn’t include in the full posts.
Without further ado, my South Africa & Swaziland trip!
When I hear the word vacation, what springs to mind is a white sand beach stretching as far as the eye can see, with waves ceaselessly crashing against it. Our day spent at the stunning beach Cape Vidal was that and more. Located along the coast in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this stretch of sand was the site of one of my favorite days ever.
I am far from a morning person, so getting out of bed earlier than 7 am is a huge undertaking for me. On the second day of the sight-seeing portion of our trip, though, I was willingly out of bed before 4 am. Why? The excitement and promise of spending six hours in a safari Jeep driving through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and seeing stunning creatures in their natural habitat. If you love seeing photos of animals in the wild, get ready for this post, because we lucked out into seeing four of the Big Five!
Our first non-volunteer day had an exciting sunset cruise. We were going to be cruising along a nearby river, in an area that’s known as a hot-spot for hippos, and we were also going to be cruising in costume!