Welcome to the Jungle...Golden Dreams Safari (review) -Tanzania, Africa

Africa is a massive continent. Its’ actually the world’s second largest continent by both land area and population. It’s like huge…so when my friend mentioned a safari in Africa…I was like nah hard pass.

Let me be clear I am city girl through and through so I was NOT on board. I mean I did not want to spend my vacation sitting in a car looking at animals. I could go to the zoo. And sleep outside in a camp? Tented lodge?!?

Then she mentioned Zanzibar (and I did some googling) and soon I was on board.


It was the best experience of my life. One that I would easily do again. The whole experience was top notch. Victor (our guide and owner of GOLDEN DREAMS SAFARI) has been eating all the carrots as his eyes are amazing. He could see movement from what felt like hundreds of meters away. The call him Big Five and with him we saw the Big 5!
The Jeep was comfy and great for taking pics. The packed lunches were ok but camp sites were great, comfy, running water and a bathroom and very glam...we weren’t camping we were glamping and it was glorious.
Love love loved our time with Golden Dream Safaris and the owner/operator Victor.

This was a private tour which cost us less if we would have booked with a group. An amazing experience and my advice to anyone looking to book a safari, read reviews, check out different sites and always try and deal directly with the locals.

remember this is a slide show and sometimes needs to be toggled to get to the next pic.




On My Own ....Around the World Solo

Many, often ask/say: you are so brave to travel by yourself? How do you make friends? Do you feel safe? etc and I laugh and say "of course". But real talk: I am terrified AF! It can be intimidating but, also be exhilarating.

The main thing I have learned is to avoid "couple" event type tours or something that puts you in groups of couples or twos because everyone always had someone except for me and a random guy from Korea. (real talk and shout out to my Indian Street Food Tour). That ish was good...

Cooking classes/tours are a great thing to do when traveling solo...everyone bonds over food.

 

Ummmm....yummy Indian Street Food....but I digress

Ummmm....yummy Indian Street Food....but I digress

Sometimes, I believe that pics are better than words and the street food in Delhi was on point so if you ever are there, make certain to give it a shot. Also, food tours and cooking classes are GREAT classes to take when traveling solo as you learn a skill, and you don't feel so much like a third wheel. I find any type of tour that is active can be a great deal of fun when traveling alone. Or even painting or crafts like when I painted a scarf in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia:

I DID THIS ...#artist

I DID THIS ...#artist

I'vefound that drinking can be done alone and you can make friends, from bars, wine tours, ghost tours, walking tours, or even a random swinging adventure.

Just swinging....

Just swinging....

 

 

The thing is to get out and do and see as much as you can.

It's your vacation, your time, live your best life.

 

 

My Birthday Adventure..starts now...Malaysia

Wow..today is an amazing birthday (so far) as it is only just beginning. I woke up at the lovely Mandarin Oriental in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia. I expected the executive club but the treat was the upgrade to a lovely suite. (Don't forget that if you can't see all the pics then just click. )

My birthday began at the crack of early 5:30 AM to be exact. Time to get up and head off to my birthday adventure. Those who know me...know I am TERRIFIED of heights, and since my dad died I have tried to live my life in love and not fear, and embrace all that scares me. So, I decidedfor this MAJOR bday...to tackle heights and away I went:

The company is called My Balloon Adventure and is family owned and operated and have been around for ages. They were super professional and so kind. As you can see in the first pics I was terrified but by the end I was having the time of my life. My pilot was named Agatha (no that isn't it) but I can't remember as I was only introduced once in the beginning and to be honest I was scared out of my wits but she is an amazing pilot and so kind. We talked about travel, live and family. It was not an ordinary tour as I felt I was with a good friend, who also made sure all my needs were met. 

After soaring great heights we had the easiest landing I could have imagined, followed with a champagne/sparkling cider toast:

Celebrating a safe and easy landing

Celebrating a safe and easy landing

and to top it all off...I got a certificate of flying and by golly gee I earned it:-)

Me and my Captain oh Captain...I love it when women are in charge, Who runs the world? #GIRLS

Me and my Captain oh Captain...I love it when women are in charge, Who runs the world? #GIRLS

After the flight we had a nice breakfast then back to the hotel where the staff and mywas waiting with even more goodies. It was an absolute dream.