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.
When traveling, I much prefer to stay in cozy places that offer some kind of unique experience, have an intimate and easy going vibe, and/or empower the local community. So on the recommendation of a few local friends (and the assurance of rave online reviews), I decided to start my time in Zanzibar at the Emerson Hotels in Stone Town. And my God, they did not disappoint.
While there were several highlights during my time in Morocco, I'd have to say that our stop in Merzouga was what I was most looking forward to. How could it not be, with a promise of spending the night in the desert under the stars? Spending a night in the Sahara desert is something I'm sure every traveller dreams about. But like everything else in life, there are a few things you should be prepared for to make the most of the experience.
I curated this trip for the person not afraid to step outside of their comfort zone - the person who dreams of exploring colorful and dynamic destinations. And while I'm a spontaneous traveler that enjoys traveling to destinations off the beaten track, I wanted to curate an elevated experience while still providing a combination of adventure, culture, and ease.
On a drive back to Dakar from Saint Louis, my friends and I had a chance encounter with some Tuareg nomads and their 300 or so camels. It wasn't until our taxi driver started slowing down the car that we even noticed what was ahead.
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.
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