The travel and adventure year ahead
As you may realise, I’m on an eight month stint of travel around Africa, South America, Central America and even a brief visit to North America. As we begin the new year I thought its a good time for me to reflect on how much I’ve experienced already and how much to look forward to.
2014 was the year I saved and saved, visited Russia and decided to leave the UK. One of the hardest decisions of my life, but one that I think was worth doing at this stage of my life. You never know what is around the corner and I want to make sure I’ve seen as much of the world and cultures as I can, while I can.
This took me back to Africa to kick off my adventure in October. Volunteering in Namibia and then travelling through Africa from Zimbabwe to Botswana, back through Namibia and down to Cape Town. Some of the best highlights were sleeping under the stars in Spitzkoppe.
Testing my fear of falling while sandboarding in Swakopmund.
Spending the day surrounded by massive sand dunes on my birthday.
And seeing elephants (and other animals) up close in the Okavango Delta and Etosha National Park.
December rolled around far too fast and I found myself in South America. Mouth dropping in awe at Iguazu Falls, seeing whales in Peninsula Valdes and stunning scenery of Patagonia.
Blogs will be coming about my Christmas and New Years, current ideas include Bariloche (Lake District, Argentina), Santiago/Valparaiso (Chile) and Mendoza (Wine District, Argentina), but I’m now free from plans and letting go. Something I’m not quite used to.
As this is the travel linkup of my wish list of the year ahead though, here are my current plans…
- Dipping into Chile and Argentina as I make my way north to Salta and San Pedro de Atacama for a varied array of scenery.
- From there its up through the Salt Flats of Bolivia hopefully, maybe a visit to the Pampas in the Amazon before hitting Peru.
- Peru will bring high altitudes and mountains. Both of which I hope to manage without too much sickness. I’ll visit the Nazca Lines and sand dunes for a bit more sand boarding too I think!
- As March rolls around I’ll aim to be in Ecuador to volunteer at a wildlife rescue centre before hopefully visiting the Galapagos Islands.
By now I know you’re with me in freaking out about my budget. Turns out my flight travel agent was a tad wrong with his suggested budgets, but I’m here now and just hoping I can cut costs with food while still enjoying all the amazing places while I’m here. It’s a once in a lifetime trip for me.
It doesn’t stop there though. I’ll make my way through Colombia, take a boat to Panama and finish up in Costa Rica where I’ll lap up the surfing and yoga to relax.
My final flights will take me to San Francisco for a week where I’ll hope to visit Yosemite if my knee and feet are still functioning.
Then it’s to NZ! I hope to finally start to see some of my own country, maybe by house sitting, while freelancing – but I’m sure my plans will change, that’s just the current idea… but I’m liking the idea of not quite knowing what the next year holds. It could be anything!
Wow all of your past and future travel adventures sound amazing! Are you going to do paddle board yoga in Costa Rica? I’ve always wanted to try that.
Thanks for your comment! I’d love to try that in Costa Rica, will just depend on budgets and time when I’m there I think! I’ll be sure to keep it in mind though – thanks for the suggestion!
Awesome! Good luck with all your upcoming adventures. Can’t wait to read about them!
Thanks! I’m looking forward to them!
How amazing is Namibia especially Etosha National Park, my favourite country in Southern Africa. You’ve done so much in the final months of 2014 and can’t wait to read more about your big adventures in 2015. Happy New Year xx
Thanks Kelly! Namibia was really amazing. I think East Africa still is closer to my heart, but Namibia is so diverse and incredible too. Hard to imagine how much I’ve done in the last few months and what is to come! Thanks for reading, happy new year to you too!
Utterly incredible – eight months of pure adventure!
Yep! Seems that way a bit. Can’t believe I’ve still got 5.5months left of it!
I’ve been following along with your trip so far and it does look amazing, I’m hoping to do something similar very soon! Good luck with the rest of the plans!
Thanks Sara! If there is anything I can help with your plans feel free to ask away!
Your plans sound amazing, Ngaire! I can’t wait to read about your upcoming adventures (and I hope you enjoyed South Africa – that’s my home country!) xxx
Thanks Kasha! I certainly did enjoy South Africa – Cape Town reminded me of home!
Namibia looks amazing. I hope you get to visit the Nazca lines, I’ve been fascinated by them ever since I read Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World!
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Hi Suze, Namibia was great, so diverse! Definitely want to visit Nazca too!
I love that you are living your dream right now, I know it feels tough sometimes (particularly the money side) but totally worth it!
Thanks! Yes it is totally worth it, now I just need to keep appreciating the experience and countries I visit (its wearing at times)
Love your adventures on your trip so far… good luck with the rest of your travels!
I know what it’s like to realise that you’re spending more than you’d hoped for while on the road! All I can say is be conscious of your outgoings ,but also, don’t stress TOO much about it. Odds are it will work out.
Thanks, yes very true – still have to make the most of being in such amazing places!
We just came back from safari in South Africa and just loved it! It was our first time in Africa and I’ve definitely got the Africa bug. You were so lucky to have an extended time there. I look forward to hear about your South American adventures.
Oh neat! Africa is really incredible and I don’t think any continent will ever compete – but I’m excited to see how South America continues as I’m sure I’ll start seeing really unique culture and landscapes soon!
What an amazing adventure you’ve been on in 2014, I can’t wait to see where you trip leads you in the upcoming year