On Thursday night, I decided that it was finally time for me to book my plane ticket home from Africa. As thrilling as it was to purchase my one-way ticket there, I actually did have to come home at the end of my adventure. School would start up again in September and as much as I want to one day complete a trip around the world, it wouldn’t start with this trip.
Before booking my flight home, however, I had to do a bit of planning. A few weeks ago, Jeff and I decided that he would come to meet me in South Africa when my tour ended. Our original plan just included spending time together in Cape Town: heading to Table Mountain, seeing Cape Good Hope, and diving with Great White Sharks. But, we had a week together and decided it was enough time to head elsewhere after our South African escapades.
First, we planned on heading to Morocco, a place we were both interested in seeing, but plane tickets were too expensive, so we looked to other destinations. We looked to major cities and ports that would allow cheap flights home afterwards to New York, so when we stumbled on cheap airfare to and from Dubai, we thought we were all set. We even found a flight home that would give us a 15-hour layover in Cairo, Egypt, so we figured we could do a quick tour of the city and see the pyramids while there.
That was until we discovered that the layover was overnight. We were disappointed at first, but excited again when we began our search to find somewhere new to go. After some flight research, we decided that we could still head to Egypt, but we would make that country our only other destination.
So now, the official plans for the summer in Africa are as follows. At the end of July, I will be traveling to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and for three weeks I will make my way through Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Then at the end of those three weeks, Jeff will meet up with me for a few days in Cape Town. Then we will head up to Cairo for a few days before heading back to New York. This will give us plenty of time to see the Great Pyramids, King Tut’s tomb, take a boat ride on the Nile, ride camels, sample plenty of Egyptian food, and shop the markets.
Both of us have always wanted to visit the country of Egypt, but didn’t know when we would actually make it there. It is so exciting to make another travel dream become a reality, and this time, I am so excited to have someone to share my journey with.