We’re flying into the capital, Nairobi. Spending two days there, then traveling across Kenya to the coastal beach town of Mombasa before going on a multiday safari in the Tsavo National Parks. After that, we’ll relax on the beaches near Mombasa for a few days before flying back home.
With any luck, we’ll see the Big 5 (buffalos, elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinos) while exploring and sleeping in the game reserves. Oh, hay, elephants meandering outside the dining room area. How’s it goin?
(photo from one of the places we’ll be staying whilst safari’ing, Lion Hill Lodge)
Let me back up a bit.
Ever since the first “if you could travel anywhere in the world” conversation we’ve had, Weez and I have dreamt of visiting Africa; to go on safari. Fast forward to April 2012. My best friend, Priya, moved to Malawi (she does global public health, aka saves babies in Africa). Weez and I had a series of heart to hearts, and knew this was our chance. No kids, flexible work schedules, a friend already living in Africa.
So we started saving, and researching. It’s been 8 months of planning and I can’t believe it’s almost here!
My advisor told me something once, and it’s resonated ever since:
“You can always make more money. You can never get more time.”
I love that philosophy, and I hope to live by it for the rest of my life. The world is a big place, and now is the time to explore it. Not in 5 years, not when we save X dollars, not when we’re older. Money is meant to be spent. On grand adventures and experiences and memories.
And an adventure this will most certainly be. I can’t believe this is real life. Africa. In two weeks :) I’m so grateful and excited. Two weeks!
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?