Colisseum in Rome

Jord’s European adventure

Travelling is such an enigmatic adventure to spoil yourself with.  I have been bitten by the bug, and recently my cousin was bitten too.  He took a European tour and he spoke with such passion of his adventure that I asked him to write a piece so that I could help him share his passion with like-minded people on my blog.  This is his adventure in his words.

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Inner child rescue mission

Disney

Disney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A memory that I remember very clearly and still think about it often, is one which happened when I was a teenager. I was staring out of the car’s window, on the way to a family get together with my parents,and I remember thinking that I must make sure that when I grow up, I must never lose my imagination, and I must never ignore or forget the child within me. But it happened.  While life was happening to me, I lost my inner child, my imagination, and I didn’t even realise…… Continue reading

Dubai-eek

I’ve never had the urge to place a tick next to Dubai on my list of most desirable destinations to get to in this lifetime. But I was given an opportunity that no one could refuse, which included the word FREE.

A 3 day, 2 night trip to Dubai in May, 2009 sponsored by the Dubai Tourism Board
(remember to have a look at the slide show of memories after the story)

Lady lumps in the desert

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Rednose comic relief Detour haze

 
Those spur of the moment decisions are usually the best ones, and they remain the best if you don’t over analyse and just go with them.
 

The Plan:  

  • To do a road trip to Durban to meet all the fabulous people from Twitter who live there
  • To be a child again and enjoy every moment of our trip

Fast Facts:

 Dialing code for Durban is 031
Distance from Johannesburg to Durban is 588km’s
Time it takes to travel this distance is 6 hours
Actual distance travelled 1080km’s
Actual time taken to travel this distance was 12 hours
Number of laughing fits experienced on this trip were infinite
Number of Tweeps (People from Twitter) met was 20
Number of venues we made appearances at in Durban was 10
#Planking is the art of lying flat on odd surfaces & take a picture of it
#Owling is the art of perching on an object like an owl & take a picture of it
#Koalaing is the art of acting like a koala and grabbing onto an object with all 4’s & take a picture of it
Regrets? NONE
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T.I.A (This is Africa)

Africa is amazing in so many ways.  When we think of Africa we think of beauty, open spaces, law of the jungle, animals.  And that is what I have experienced on my trips through Africa.

The first trip I would love to share with you in my Africa travels is my “Smelly Wagon” 8 day overland trip.

October 2010. Extra! Extra! Read all about it…

Where in the world

A dream that I never imagined I would ever live is to travel to other lands.  And it did come true and is still in full force.

Having worked in the travel industry I have been one of the lucky people to travel to many cities in the world at no cost.  I have blessed to experience so many memories of epic proportion and this has made me a better person and enriched my enthusiasm for life and the world’s cultures, sights, people and food.

BEST MEMORY EVER:

After a long day on the Ipanema Beach, Rio, the sun set behind the mountains.  At that precise moment, EVERY SINGLE person on Ipanema Beach stood up and faced the sun where it was setting and applauded at the sun to thank it for a beautiful day.

So here is an insight on where I’ve been to in this world that is amazing and a few Pivotal moments (out of many) that stands out from my trip to this city/country:

 

AFRICA (36 cities/towns)

 

City, Country

Pivotal moment

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe White Water Rafting
Victoria Falls, Zambia Bungee jumping of Vic Falls Bridge
Livingstone, Zambia Flying Fox & Gorge Swing
Mbabane, Swaziland Just the beauty and the serenity
Nairobi, Kenya Masaai Mara Nature ReserveWitnessed the great migration
Ngoro Ngoro Crater, Tanzania Breathtaking abundance of animals  and natural beauty in an oasis
Serengeti, Tanzania Not a tree in sight, only Savannah and the wild.  Saw ALL BIG 5 in one sighting
Zanzibar, Tanzania Diving with 25m VisibilitySaw the Red Colobus Monkeys and swam with Dolphins
Stone Town, Tanzania Played Football on the beach with the locals and threw back starfish into the sea that had washed up on the beach
Arusha, Tanzania Sharing a bottle of Patron with the owner of the local back packer lodge
Inhambane, Mozambique The endless beers on a deserted beach
Maputo, Mozambique Taking a drive with the tuk tuk and eating delicious Seafood at Costa Del Sol
Xai Xai, Mozambique Losing my bag at the beginning of the 2 week road trip with R6000 spending money
Ponta De Ouro, Mozambique Diving and seeing a Caepapod emit a blue light out at me at 37m
Cairo-Hurghada-Luxor, Egypt The magical history of Egypt!!  What more!
Mauritius Just a bit of relaxation
South Africa I’ve seen almost every corner of South Africa’s beautiful country and I will do it AGAIN!!Best way to do the Garden Route is a road trip and staying in Back Packer lodges!!!I’ve also done the Bloukrans Bungee 
Cape TownKnysnaGeorgeEast London

Jeffrey’s Bay

St Francis Bay

Durban

St Lucia

Coffee Bay

Messina

Richards BaySodwanaTsitsikammaPlettenberg Bay

Mossel Bay

Grahamstown

Bloemfontein

Port Shepstone

Nelspruit

Phalaborwa

 

AUSTRALIA (2 cities/towns)

 

City, Country

Pivotal moment

Perth Drinking at a Back Packer bar and it was called “La Bog”
Sydney Doing the Bridge Climb and getting drunk at Star Bar

 

ASIA (5 cities/towns)

 

City, Country

Pivotal moment

Hong Kong, Hong Kong Could not pronounce “Lang Kwai Fong” to the taxi driver, so we said “Lank Kwai Fun”
Singapore, Singapore Definitely the Singapore Sling
Bangkok, Thailand Ping Pong 10 DollaTuk tuk driver that thought he was Michael Schumacher!
Pattaya, Thailand We had an all night work party and we didn’t sleep for 48 hours – just partyingAlso got my first Thai Massage here
Phuket, Thailand Holding a Kimono Dragon and the sea, fun and sun
 

EUROPE (22 cities/towns)

 

City, Country

Pivotal moment

Paris, France Seeing the beautiful history and taking in a show at the Moulin RougeAlso, took about 200 pics of a building thinking it was the Notre Damme – Now those pics are called “Not the Notre Damme”The most romantic city in the world, which will shower you with its Joie de vivre and spoil you with a legacy of memories.
Disneyland Paris, France I became a child again.  What an experience.
Athens, Greece My family and my roots stem deep here.  Culture, people, passion
Corfu-Fira-Heraklion-Kos-Paros-Rhodes, Greece Great to see all the different islands and take in a bit of culture, sun, sea and cocktails and of course, the Greek boys
Mykonos, Greece We hired a car and toured the island and ended on Paradise Beach and drank WAY too much with American Firemen
Santorini, Greece What an amazing island.  As you approach it by sea it looks like a volcanic island with snow caps on only to see that these are in fact houses
Florence, Italy Love Tuscany!!  The culture and the beauty around it.
Milan, Italy Not too much of a wow factor
Pisa, Italy Had to do the Tourist pose with the tower of Pisa!!!
Rome, Italy Taking in all the sights including the Vatican City
Sienna, Italy Sitting on top of a hill overlooking all the vineyards and juggling balls and drinking Chianti
Venice, Italy Going for a night out and taking in some culture.  Got lost in the alleys en-route back to the hotel and the only way to get back was to follow the gong of the bell in St Mark’s square which gonged every 30 minutes – took us 2 hours to get back
Madeira, Portugal Family and beauty.  The sea and the culture and the food
Lisbon, Portugal All the Castles and the culture
Kusadasi, Turkey Ephesus and history and “Genuine Fake” shopping
London, England Definitely everything about London!  Including PRIMARK shopping sprees.
Edinburgh, Scotland The ghost tour and the Castle

 

MIDDLE EAST (2 cities/towns)

 

City, Country

Pivotal moment

Dubai, U.A.E Everything about Dubai – definitely a must once in your lifeFull Moon Party on Atlantis BeachDune Safari and riding a Camel
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. An emerging destination.  At the time that I went it was not tourist orientated

 

SOUTH AMERICA (3 cities/towns)

 

City, Country

Pivotal moment

Buzios, Brazil The beautiful Pousadas!  They say the sun sets in Buzios.  A beautiful little fishing town made famous by Xsa Xsa Gabor
Rio, Brazil The city that never sleeps.  My BEST MEMORY ever!!!
Sao Paolo, Brazil Just a bit busy – more a business destination than a tourist