In the year 2000 I experienced my first flight and travel experience abroad, I was in grade 8 at the time and had no idea what to expect. A ball of nerves, excitement and anxiety followed after saying goodbye to our extended family at the airport. The whole family came to say goodbye to us, we probably filled half the airport (ha ha ha). We boarded the plane, watched the safety presentation carefully, took off to Germany and I never looked back. My whole life changed after that holiday.
Fast forward into 2017, at the age of 30, I am still excited everytime I travel! I still remember all the details from my first holiday. We stayed with friends in a little town called Mosbach, about 58 km east of Heidelberg. I immediately fell in love with the culture, city, food and boy oh boy, did I love the chocolates. Our hosting family was exceptionally generous and patient, they took us all around Germany – we explored the main cities and the smaller towns. We stayed there during the December/January holidays, it was my first Christmas away from home. It was also the first time I experienced snow, what a magical experience.
These days travelling nationally and internationally are accessible to all. And since we on the topic, have you seen Travelstart’s newly revamped Flight Special page (view here)? On the page, you will find all the latest international and domestic travel promotions. Whilst browsing the page I am tempted to book a holiday and travel to London or Ireland. I would love to visit London and Ireland again (view special here). London is similar to Cape Town, but the pace of life in London is much faster. Although I stayed in the countryside with my sister, I loved going to Oxford street to shop. I literally spent the whole day in Oxford street shopping and eating. Even though I only visited Ireland for 4 days, I immediately fell in love with the green luscious lands. Unfortunately it rained ALL the time, but the Irish folks were much friendlier than the English. So I didn’t mind the rain at all. It also didn’t hurt that there was a bar on almost every corner. The one thing that stood out for me was the traditional Irish dancing. These old/mature dancers were super fit and danced for hours.
Of course, as much as I adore travelling abroad, local is lekker, and we always try and explore new places in South Africa. This year or next, I would love to travel to a new African country, Zimbabwe and Zambia are on top of my list. The Victoria Falls are calling me!
I always encourage people to travel, both locally and internationally as it opens your mind to different cultures and experiences. Travelling opens your mind to new experiences, and I truly believe, it makes us more tolerant of other people, their beliefs and culture.
What are some of your fondest travel experiences? Share them with me in the comments below.
Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Travelstart.
Love and light,