AN AFRICAN ADVENTURE: EXPLORING AFRICA AS A SOLO FEMALE TRAVELER
Ever seen the maps most travelers use to show the countries they've visited? Notice anything interesting? I have - Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and South America are always well plotted on these maps. But they never seem to include Africa...why? My guess: a lack of accurate representation. And for the few that do visit, it's almost always for missionary work or safari adventures. Neither of which are bad - there's just so much more to see and experience!
Africa is in dire need of rebranding and to be captured through inspired eyes. I wanted to be part of that rebrand by sharing my personal stories and genuine experiences as a solo female traveler throughout the continent. So I decided to quit my corporate finance job and move back and travel throughout the continent. To make it all happen, I saved up, sold all of my belongings, and took a major leap of faith. I know, I know - you think I'm crazy.
You're probably wondering why I'm doing this. And for me, the answer is simple: Africa needs more Africans to tell the world her story. To experience her endless offerings firsthand and capture her diverse beauty accurately. And most importantly, to create content that inspires and informs on how you too can come experience it all for yourself.
Simply put, La Mamounia is a visual experience and the ultimate place for relaxing in Marrakech.If you've ever wanted to experience what living like a Moroccan royal and experience life in the luxe lane, this is where you can make it happen.
If I'm certain of only one thing after this trip, it's that Moroccans know damn great architecture.
Those deeply rich blues (my love for the color is everlasting - just call me La Femme Bleu), the rare gargantuan cacti, that soft bubbling water fountain, the charming bougainvillea, the refreshing breeze...I could go on endlessly.
"Where did you buy that dress? How can I get those bracelets? Who makes those baskets?"
How cool would it be to swim in an actual lake that is naturally? A lake literally the shade of pepto bismol? Pretty damn cool.
For several months, I chose to take a back seat and remain in the shadows- instead working harder and quietly behind the scenes. I was preparing to do the one thing that had both terrified and endlessly driven me for the past few years. I was planning to take the leap and move back to Africa.
The cozy resort Village Vacances could very well be every nature lovers dream. Built on the strikingly beautiful island of Ile a Vache (Cow Island), the environmentally and socially conscious hotel was the perfect base for me while I explored one of Haiti’s most stunning remote satellite islands located off its southwest peninsula.
Ungovernable, devastating, heartbreaking, environmental disaster.
These are just a few of the words that turned up after I did a quick Google search on Haiti ahead of my trip several months ago. In search of positive travel stories highlighting what was once known as “The Pearl of the Caribbean”, I set out to see it for myself.
Just like that, a year came and went. An idea evolved into a journey of storytelling, cultivating, and curating. A year spent navigating the winding roads of a terribly exciting and unfamiliar new world. No map in hand, no local guide, and no real destination. Who knew it would all pass so quickly?
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