This are just some of the books that I read (pretty much cover to cover) in the six months leading up to my trip. There is no such thing as “too much knowledge”, as long as you recognize that traveling (“the real thin”) will always be a richer, more exciting, and more dynamic experience than . . . → Read More: And you think traveling is easy?
Just a little update: Tomorrow I’m leaving on the start of my 2 1/2 month volunteer position/expedition on Bioko Island. I’m very excited, nervous, and curious about the experiences I will be having there. I know that it will be an amazing opportunity – the people are wonderful, the staff has been so . . . → Read More: Tomorrow is the day it all begins.
In the next few months I will be traveling through much of southern and eastern Africa, and like any traveler, I have a wish list for my trip. Rather than listing every single tourist attraction I’d like to see, this is a list of personals feats - both mental and physical. After all, traveling isn’t about . . . → Read More: Bucket List…of sorts
What does your boyfriend think about this? Are you going ALONE? What happens if you miss your family?
These were usually the first words out of people’s mouths upon hearing about my trip. Sometimes, I was lucky to get a whole sentence; occasionally, the disapproval was made known through some guttural, disapproving groan accompanied by . . . → Read More: Living the dream. How other people´s concerns were fuel for my journey.
Yesterday was the day all of my trip planning would come to a peak: would all of my stuff even fit into the backpack I bought?
Trust me, I’ve had my doubts. For a few weeks I’ve been juggling several shopping lists, adding can’t-live-without items, deleting nonsense…and hoping that I will have everything I need, . . . → Read More: Packing Schmacking. How I fit my whole life into a 45 liter bag.
Some pics of me trying on my backpack for the first time!!!
Nothing says “travel-ready” like a nice thumbs-up.
Although it took them two months to get me my student discount card, I really wanted to buy my flight through the STA site. Their customer service is impeccable, they have great reviews, with an easy to use layout, and customizable flights/trips. PLUS (my favorite): their website has a lot of information geared specifically towards . . . → Read More: STA.com: Why hast thou forsaken me?
Today I did the unthinkable – I started going through my clothes so I can donate them goodwill! It’s just under two months until I leave and I’m starting the process (slowly) of decluttering, organizing, and packing. After my second glass of wine I decided that unworn clothes should be the first to . . . → Read More: Planning, planning, planning – bioko island, vaccinations, and goodwill donations
Alrighty people – it’s getting down to the wire here (well, almost) and I need help with the logistics of my trip!
1) Backpack: What kind? How much? How heavy?
2) Clothes: Really, should I bring that much? Since I’m working as a field assistant, I’ll be bringing one set of clothes with me and . . . → Read More: Hello world! I need some advice! These logistics are a logistical nightmare!
…sort of pulls you away from the world of trip planning. I’ve been wrapping up my last semester of school – I’m working on three projects simultaneously and taking my last two required courses. I have (please hold your applause) had to learn all of the Floridian frog calls and every frog, salamander, and turtle . . . → Read More: Existing in the real world…