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My Best Travel Adventures of 2018

As the saying goes "the older you get the faster time flies." It certainly felt like 2018 flew by for me. While there were certainly highs and lows of the year, overall I consider myself very lucky. I think I did 25 trips in total, not including day hikes.  Here's a look at my best travel adventures for 2018. Sleeping in the Sahara Desert We were late getting to our tented camp in the Sahara…

5 Great Things to Do in Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira is a popular coastal city on Morocco's windy Atlantic Coast. As a former Portuguese stronghold, it's got a rich history along with plenty of culture, excellent restaurants and a laid-back beach culture that provides a lovely counterpoint to the busier pace of the medina.  Essaouira was our last overnight stop on our two week trip in Morocco. We stayed in the lovely Riad Perle d'Eau with windows opening to beautiful views of the sea. Even…

Marrakesh Places to Visit When You Only Have a Day

Marrakesh - just the name conjures up exotic images - snake charmers, colourful souks, palm trees, classy riads. If only that was the reality. Marrakesh was our least favourite stop on a two week Morocco tour largely because it's turned into a noisy, polluted city. In the last five or six years cheap Chinese made motorbikes have been permitted inside the medina, so now do you not only have to dodge them, but you have…

A Trip to Morocco’s Sahara Desert

A trip to see Morocco's Sahara Desert is one of the highlights of any trip to Morocco, ours included. The Sahara will bewitch you with its otherworldly beauty and the infinite patterns you'll see in the sand dunes. It will surprise you with its lushness after the rains. And if you're patient you just might find magic in the night skies as you lie on a carpet waiting for shooting stars. The Sahara Desert is…

A 2 Day Hike in the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Southern Morocco

One of the highlights of our vacation in Morocco was the two day backpacking trip we did from Igmir to Amtoudi in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. It was like no other trip we've ever done. There were no route signs or other hikers and nor were there any facilities though the one village we walked through would probably have had some food available. It would be best to go well-prepared or better yet, hire a local…

30 Interesting Facts about Morocco

I spent a couple of weeks traveling through Morocco. For a country just slightly larger than California it has a lot to offer. The landscapes are incredibly diverse, culturally it's eye opening and despite what you might have heard, it's very safe. The only time John and I got hassled was in the souks of Marrakesh, my least favourite stop on the trip. Enjoy these 30 interesting facts about Morocco along with observations we made while…

Travel Adventures: A Bus Ride Like No Other, Lions Included

One of my more memorable travel adventures involved a bus ride like no other I have experienced. Lions worked their way into the picture as well as breakdowns and unexpected night travel. Where you might ask did this happen?  It all started in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. My destination was Iringa 500 kilometres to the west - in theory a seven hour bus ride away. I had flown into Dar es Salaam a day and…

33 Interesting Facts About Africa

I love trivia and I hope you enjoy these weird and wonderful tidbits - some of which I learned on my most recent trip to the African continent. 33 Interesting Facts About Africa There are 54 countries in Africa. One of the oldest universities in the world is in Timbuktu, Mali. By the 12th century Timbuktu was home to three universities. Over 25,000 students attended one of the Timbuktu universities in the 12th century. Nigeria…

A Heart Warming Visit to The Elephant Orphanage of Nairobi

One of the most fun and educational side trips I've ever done is to visit the elephant and rhino orphanage just outside of Nairobi. The orphanage is run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Their mission statement is impressive. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife, which include anti-poaching, safeguarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals…

One of Africa’s Gems: Etosha National Park, Namibia

One of Africa's gems is Etosha National Park located in northwestern Namibia. It covers 4,600 square kilometres making it one of the biggest parks in Africa. It's dominated by a huge white mineral pan full of salt and DUSTY clay. The rest of the park consists of scrub vegetation and some trees interspersed with dozens of natural and man-made watering holes. A number of roads loop through the park and accommodation is available both in and outside the park…

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