As excited as I am to head to Africa in a little less than four weeks, it hasn’t exactly all come into focus. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to head there, and now it’s actually happening. It’s almost unbelievable.
In my current mind, it’s all about being one with nature, seeing the animals, visiting Victoria Falls, climbing the sand dunes in Namibia, hiking Table Mountain, and cage diving with Great White Sharks. This is what I have been thinking about most when my mind wanders to my latest adventure. But, at the very end, what I keep forgetting, is that I will also be visiting Egypt.
There are exactly fifty-six days until I leave for Africa, not that I’m counting. But, this is the adventure I’ve been waiting years to make a reality, and that reality is feeling a bit more real as the days draw closer.
For months I’ve been telling people that this summer I will be heading to Africa. Each time it felt like a dream. But now, all of a sudden, summer is here; the days are longer, kids are playing out on the street, school is coming to an end, and I am fully preparing for my trip.
Today is World Malaria Day. As a traveler, I have had to take anti-malaria pills while traveling, and know just how deadly contracting this malaria can be. The video below paints a picture of the disease, specifically in Africa, and how, with a small donation, we can all help save lives and make the world a better place.
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.
Africa. A continent I have dreamed of visiting for as long as I can remember. A continent full of life and of culture. A continent full of hardships and triumphs. A continent full of love, of hope, and of strength. A continent like no other on earth.
Africa has intrigued me for the majority of my life, and I have often pictured myself visiting the countries within the continent. But, for years, I pushed that dream aside. I was focused on my studies, getting a good education, and later, becoming successful in my career. Then, after reaching those goals, I decided I was ready to settle down and start a family, willing to put my dreams of travel off to the future.