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.
Pristine white sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, endless spices, a varied culture and name that commands curiosity - Zanzibar is an East African island full of beautiful contrasts.
Senegal is among the top 3 African countries I always recommend to both first time visitors of the continent or seasoned travelers looking to experience a modern alternative to the travel possibilities in Africa. I love Dakar in particular because it's such a modern city and is pretty easy to navigate independently (so long as you speak some French). I highly recommend it to all kinds of travelers - from luxury to adventure backpacker.
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.
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