What To Pack For Your Baecation

Your baecation destination has been decided. Hotels / airbnb home booked. And you are now wondering what to pack? First make a packing checklist so you will not leave anything behind. While working on this packing check list, take a look at our essential baecation  must pack list.

 

Swimsuits and sunscreen

For the beach, poolside, island hopping or water sports, swimsuits are a must-have for you two. Though it is mad fun lying in the sun, would be a better option to apply some sunscreen before doing so.

 

Sunglasses

For comfort, protection and to class up your outfit or to spy other guys without bae realising.

 

Trainers / Sneakers

Wherever you may find yourself, you should find the time to exercise (go for a run, hit the gym or do a bit of stretches). So, pack some trainers and workout outfits.

 

Comfortable Shoes

We all know beauty is pain but not on your baecation. Pack some really comfortable shoes for those days when you and bae wake up feeling adventurous.

 

Scented lotions and oils

These would be perfect for massages and just feeling each other out.

 

Games

A board game, deck of cards or dating games may sound boring but think of all the many ways you can spice things up.

 

Camera

Capture all the beautiful moments, landscapes to create memories wherever you go. Or you can just use your phone if you feel a camera would be too bulky.

 

Toiletries

You may never know when they will come in handy. Pack some tissues, hand wipes and sanitizers.

 

Blankets and snacks

If your baecation is a roadtrip, would be great to bring a blanket for chilly nights on the road and some snacks to munch on.

 

Gift for bae

Whether the baecation is a special occasion or not, you would want to bring a small gift to say thank you or act as a reminder for the time you two spent on the trip.

 

Extra packing tips for her

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When it comes to clothing, it would be great to pack simple but versatile basics into one bag that is if it is a weekend getaway. But as your baecation would be longer, you can include various other items. So. the below are must-haves for every woman on a baecation.

 

You will need;

  • Day outfits for exploring (this could be trousers, shorts, t-shirt or shirts or blouses, flats, sunglasses, shoulder bag or crossbody purse).
  • A date night out (slip or form fitting dress, low heels or wedges, clutch and a jacket) for a flirtatious evening.
  • In addition to your swimsuits, you will need shorts or lacy cover-ups, flats, hat, tote or straw basket.
  • Painting the town red, bar hopping etc., you will need pants with low heels and a classy top (sequins should be amazing with a jacket).
  • Pick the right lingerie for each day / night. See-throughs, lace, anything sexy but not uncomfortable.
  • Simple accessories or you can always go for those that make a statement. Depends on you and your destination.

 

Makeup Kits

It does not really matter where you go to, makeup is a must pack for every woman. Just stick to the essentials – waterproof mascara and eyeliner, light foundation, lipstick and gloss, makeup remover and highlighter.

 

Money

Usually on baecations, your man does most of the spending. He will take care of dinner, activities, transportation, shopping and souvenirs etc. Although you should expect this, it would be really nice of you to treat him to some really cool stuff and for unexpected money situations.

 

Extra packing tips for him

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You may want to pack;

  • Cool shorts or jeans and t-shirts for exploring during the day. Throw in a beach hat.
  • Flats will come in handy when chilling by the poolside or lazing about at the beach.
  • Pack shirts comfortable enough for sightseeing and/ or sharp for the evening.
  • Do not forget to pack extra socks and really cool shoes or trainers for date nights or bar hopping.
  • Pack several underwear. Could be new or old. The most important thing is that the underwear MUST be very clean, crisp and neat.
  • A jacket for when it is chilly or when she is chilly. Will score you some points.

 

NB: These are the essentials for a baecation but do not forget to bring any items that you would normally bring on a trip.

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Where To Go On Your Baecation

If the plan for your baecation is to explore new places and cultures, then how about the second largest continent in the world – Africa. Africa is the home of safaris, rich culture and history (earliest civilization), rainforest, various plants and animals, diverse climate, thousands of languages, art and culture, delicious cuisine, dance (azonto, amanda, shoki etc.) and music (afrobeats), diverse religions and beliefs.

If you are already hooked, then here are 15 baecation destinations in Africa.

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You must have heard of Prince Harry and Meghan’s romance and how Botswana played a big role in their love story? Why not create your own love story at the most romantic, wild and unspoiled safari / desert of Africa? You can go on a getaway at the Zambezi Queen with its serene and melodious sound of nature, incredible sunsets and starry nights. Or you can stay at their various romantic bush camps where you can view the open air and sleep under the stars.

 

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With stunning, never-ending, sandy beaches, glorious sunsets and lovely hotels, the islands of Cape Verde are a perfect location for a romantic vacation. If you love the exotic white linen drapes, turquoise blue sea, sun-bleached wood and seashells, then stay at the Spinguera Eco Lodge which is oozing with charm and romance. Or you can head to the mountainside on the rugged island of Santo Antão with its quiet and unique retreat – perfect for lovers of the great outdoors.

 

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Egypt

If you and bae are history lovers, the explore the early civilization in Egypt while riding a mesmerizing felucca ride across the river Nile into the sunset, plan a dinner cruise or relieve the ancient charm by riding a horse-drawn carriage in Zamalek. While in Egypt, use the opportunity to also visit Sharm El Sheikh – the resort town between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea where you get to explore the diverse marine life, go diving and see the Thistlegorm wreck.

 

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Gambia

If your baecation is on a budget, then consider Gambia. There are so many things you can do on a budget while staying at an eco-camp, the beautiful beaches or the floating lodges of Mandina and Makasutu on River Gambia. You and bae will be surrounded by the marvellous beauty of nature – a sight to die for.

 

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If you are looking to relax and immerse in authentic African culture, then Ghana is an ideal destination as it is the best place to learn more about African history. The people are amazing, the city of Accra is quickly growing and the nightlife on the Oxford street in Osu is a must see. Plus the eateries are also amazing. You can also go to the Eastern / parts of Volta region where there are mountains and the Volta Lake which gives a cool breezy atmosphere. Or the Central, Greater Accra, parts of Volta and Western Region with its various deep blue seas. Or the safari in the North. You can also use the opportunity to visit neighbouring countries like Togo which is right after the Aflao in the Volta region, Cote D’Ivoire to the West and Burkina Faso right after Paga in the North for a weekend getaway.

 

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Kenya

There are so many things to do in Kenya. You can either go with an itinerary or leave everything to chance. From their safaris; cultural and historical sites; the beautiful city of Nairobi; to the waterworld and exotic beaches, you will have to make a difficult choice when in Kenya.

 

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Madagascar was attached to Africa until some many years ago when it was violently torn and set adrift. This adds some magic to the baecation as it would be beautiful knowing you are on a secluded island – perfect for a romantic or a relaxing time with bae. There are the mountains, forests, coral reefs, beaches and you would not be surrounded by many tourists – a perfect island paradise. So, you and bae get to explore the abundance of wildlife and each other.

 

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Mauritius rightly called the Paradise Island has powdery white sands, turquoise water, ethereal beaches which makes it look like something out of a romance novel.  This makes it a perfect spot for a baecation. From enjoying your sweet private time with bae to exploring the adventures together, things to do in Mauritius and places to visit there, has a ton of both. You can spend lots of time experiencing world famous water sports, trendy bars, restaurants and clubs.

 

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The country is not only a top tourist destination for history and culture but also offers a warm climate, starry nights in the Sahara, captivating cities of Marrakech and Fes; calm beaches, great activities and sights which makes it a perfect location to spend with your loved one. Together, you can visit the romantic setting of Cascades d’Ouzoud with its waterfalls and pools; enjoy the luxurious beach resorts with its outdoor pools, fantastic restaurants and accommodation. Go camel trekking in the Sahara; wander the Souks, go on a hot air balloon flights, dine on a rooftop, visit the Atlas Mountains and Majorelle Gardens.

 

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For you to enjoy the full Namibian effect, it would be best to go during dry season, which begins late May to November. Just imagine a baecation where bae and you sleep under the sparkling stars, whilst the Naukluft Mountains and the Namib’s red desert dunes or mountains isolate you from the outside world. This I believe would give you the peace and quiet you seek with your loved one in picture perfect scenery.

 

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Rwanda

Enjoy the sunrise with two cups of some of Africa’s Best Coffee raised in Rwanda while staying in a resort on the studded sandy beaches along Kivu with the scenic Savannah of Akagera National Park right out your balcony. There is the romantic warm all-yearlong weather with the wondrous, fairy-tale Afro-Montane Jungle like Nyungwe Forest, the incomparable Virunga Volcanoes found in Volcanoes National Park along with Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, Volcano Climbing. You can partake in the cultural dances and music that will strike a spark in your and your bae’s soul.

 

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The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe is one of Africa’s thriving island tourist destinations. It is a small island country with a many romantic hotspots. For couples and lovebirds seeking the opportunity to ignite the spark in their relationship this year, then Sao Tome and Principe is the way to go. Rich and unspoilt beaches, stunning volcanic geology and pleasant all-year-round weather are priceless attributes of this romantic island.  Whether you are a history enthusiast or a lover of lush vegetation and exotic birds, this island will not disappoint you.

 

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This Island of Romance is perfect for any type of baecation as it is considered the most romantic in the world. Are you looking at proposing? Are you looking at making memories to cherish forever? Do you want to just relax and chill? Or do you just want to live in the moment? Whatever it is that you are searching, Seychelles has it! From secluded white-sand beaches; calm turquoise waters that provide spectacular snorkeling, surfing, and sailing; and intimate, luxe resorts with treetop villas and elegant, open-air restaurants. Some resorts even provide a beachfront proposal spot. What more can you ask for?

 

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South Africa

Whether you prefer a beach getaway or a luxury safari experience, South Africa has unlimited baecation spots, memorable romantic places to stay and activities for you and your loved one. There are lodges, cottages, resorts, hotels and backpackers from the coast and mountains to forests and the bush, to suit every budget. From breathtaking views to spas to wineries and places that offer some of the most delicious food, South Africa is indeed an ideal place for a long baecation.

 

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Tanzania hosts the tallest mountain in Africa which has three peaks called Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Given the fact that tourism is one of the main contributors of the Tanzanian economy, this country’s tourist attractions are one of a kind and offers whatever you are looking for. Whether it is a private romantic time at the beach, exploring a city’s markets and history; or indulging in absolute luxury and pampering. It is the perfect place to go on a baecation. When you get tired of the mainland, you can visit Zanzibar – a cluster of islands off of Africa’s east coast and home to beautiful white-sand beaches with sapphire waters, a rich history, and even hidden rainforests.

Happy Valentine’s Day Wanderlusts! Go have fun and just live!

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How To Plan Your Baecation

Baecations are meant to be awesome as it is a period where couples choose to indulge in each other through pampering, spa treats, shopping, wine tasting, nice dinners while exploring new territories. That is why it is important for you and your bae to plan this vacation carefully so you can get the best experience you both want and deserve. As you and your bae have been together a while, you should know each other’s likes and dislikes by now. You must also know how to compromise because baecations are all about doing what will make you two happy in a different land or while on the road.

If you are looking to get away with bae, here is how to go about your plans to ensure a happy time for the both of you.

Discuss your goals

You and bae have already agreed on the time of the year that is suitable for this baecation. The next step is to discuss your goals. What are you looking to achieve on this trip? What are you both seeking? Are you travelling for an adventure? A relaxation? Are you travelling to bond? Knowing your goals and the type of experience you are seeking will help you decide on your destination and budget.

Agree on your budget

What is your budget? You two have to agree on the budget for the trip to prevent any unpleasant surprises. You have to know how much you are both willing to spend on flights, activities, accommodation, other transportation, food, shopping etc. Make sure you are both on the same page and if either of you want to do something extra, you should discuss and then carry extra cash.

Choose your destination

Now that you have decided on your goals and budget, the next step is to choose your destination. Choosing your destination is all about compromise. You two have to consider each other’s likes and dislikes and then agree on the best place to travel to. This way both of you will be happy and the trip will be mad fun.

Book your flights and accommodation

What is your means of getting to the destination? Is it by flight? Then book it early at a time when deals are super affordable. Are you going on a cruise ship? Then book it quickly! Is it going to be a road trip? Then make the necessary reservations ahead of time. Same applies to your accommodation. Decide on the type of accommodation (hotel, B&B, Airbnb homes) suitable for the trip and book it. Do not wait till the last minute!

Prepare your itinerary

Though it is great to be flexible, it would be best you have an itinerary to guide you throughout your trip. You would not have to follow it step by step but it will give you a fair idea of what you want to do, see and where to visit. You would not want to come back home without achieving your baecation goals.

Create your packing and check list

In order not to forget any essential items, it would be best to create a packing and checklist to monitor you and bae’s progress. The checklist will keep you in check and make sure you have done all you need to do before the trip. The packing list will make sure you have all the items you will need during your trip. It would be really sad to go on that without your favourite bikini.

Bonus Tip:

Share the planning workload

Since you are going on this baecation together, be sure to each contribute to the planning workload. Whoever is the creative and adventurous one in the relationship can take charge of coming up with fun-filled activities that would interest you both. The organized one in the relationship can take charge of booking the flights, accommodations and preparing the itinerary.

The couple who plan together, stay together. Plan this baecation together and have fun!

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February: the Month of Baecation

Hello there!

February is back again with its lovey dovey atmosphere and I must say it is quite infectious as I have been thinking of ways to make your February awesome. This has been on my mind for days now. Today however, the love bug aka Cupid shot me with an arrow so here I am with a gift for not just you but also your bae. I am talking about a baecation February where I share with you tips to help you plan your next trip with bae.

After thinking about it for a while, I settled on the below topics;

  1. How to plan your baecation – 07/02/2018
  2. Where to go on your baecation – 14/02/2018
  3. What to pack for your baecation – 21/02/2018
  4. What to do on your baecation – 28/02/2018

I know most of you plan on getting on the baecation train this year and I want to offer you the very best assistance I can give. I am a sucker for love stories and travelling. And if you and bae can travel together and still stay together, then you are made for each other or you just got awesome personalities. Why do I say so? Well, I have come to understand that travel brings out the good, the bad and the ugly in a person. If you are able to deal with this on the road or in a different country, then you can handle just about anything.

So, I hope you enjoy “February – the month of baecation” and use these travel tips to plan your next trip with bae.

If you need help with planning your trip or any travel advice, contact wanderlustfulsights@gmail.com .

We will be happy to help!

Love,

Naana

PS: What do you call a person born on the 13th of February? Cupid, no?

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Planning your Travel Budget

So you have finally decided on your holiday / vacation spot and decided on your mode of transportation from home to your destination. That is great! As you prepare for your trip however, do not forget to plan a budget for the following.

 

Other transportation

Getting to your destination has been taken care of but have you thought of the transportation within? If not, then put some money aside for boats, trains, rental cars, parking, bus or taxi.

 

Accommodation

It is not only about getting there. It is also about where you will be laying your head each night. Will you be staying in a hotel, b&b or an Airbnb home? Book accommodations in advance to save time, expenses and help you plan your budget accurately.

 

Food

If you are staying in an Airbnb home, then you have to decide whether you will be cooking or eating from local restaurants. If you will be making your own meals, then you have to locate the local grocery store and purchase what you will need. Enquire about local eateries even before you leave home – that is if you will be eating out. If you are staying in a hotel or b&b, then make sure that breakfast is included in your accommodation fee.

 

Activities

Will you be going on any tours during your vacation? Are there any entrance fees for museums, parks, safaris or other attractions? Do you plan on doing something more expensive like skydiving, island hopping, scuba diving or a hot air balloon ride? Add these travel costs to your budget and make sure you know what is and is not included.

 

Shopping

Do you like to shop when you travel? If you only buy a few postcards and souvenirs, then you will not need to budget much here. But if you are going on a shopping spree, leave yourself plenty of room in your travel budget.

 

Emergency

Always have extra cash for medicine, miscellaneous expenses or ticket change fee.

 

It is always a good idea to track your travel spending. This will help you know how much you spend while you travel and also keep you in check so you do not go broke in a foreign land. 

18 Reasons Why You Should Travel

Last week, I shared with you our intentions for 2018 as wanderlusts. This week, I want to share with you reasons why you should not be content with seeing the same things and doing the same things each day. Reasons why you should go on trips this year. Reasons why travelling is good for you.

Here we go;

Travel for new experiences

How is it possible to do the same thing each day, live the same way and not yearn for something new? No wonder you are dying slowly on the inside. Get out there. Go to a new place. Try out new things. Go to a place you have never been before. Rejuvenate! Live anew! Dream again!

Travel for all the delicious delicacies

If you are a foodie such as I, you will know how important it is for the taste buds to try something new often. Treat yourself to meals from around the world. Eat whatever you want without feeling ashamed. You can worry about the calories when you get back home. And you will expand your menu list also.

Travel for the memories

Most of my cherished memories are sitting on Lake Togo sharing a sandwich with Ellen; going evening swimming with Mary at Takoradi; learning basic French with Albert, Afia, Mary, Reggie and Shika; strolling at the beach with Jacqueline; Nuella and I making fun of people at the Winneba Beach; sharing a hotel room with Dee on the mountains; staying in a beach house with friends and acquaintances for a weekend; holding the tail of a crocodile at Paga; having photoshoots with Edem, Jacqueline and a donkey at Burkina Faso; relaxing at the swanky Royal Senchi with Paa Kow; Elim’s birthday party on an island at Aqua Safari; Lizzy’s on the green mountains of Aburi etc. I can go on and on for days. Hopefully I will make new memories soon with the Jacobs at New Orleans.

Travel for cool stories

As the saying goes; don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled. Travel adds up to you. It somewhat increases your vocabulary and gives you a lot to say on that date, to friends and family. Your travel stories can be an icebreaker if you are nervous about starting a conversation though I believe travel boost your confidence since you have the opportunity to interact with various people from various ethnicity. Travel just makes you so cool and super interesting.

Travel to make new friends

People you meet while on the road become some of the most valued names on your contact. I have friends from different countries and backgrounds on my contact list. Some I met while I was travelling or while they were travelling. These friends have given me a glimpse of the world outside my community and has forced me to look beyond what is around me and strive for more.

Travel for bonding

What makes me enjoy solo travelling is the fact that I get to realise so many things about me on my trips. I do not know how it happens but being at a new place sort of open my mind’s eye to things I have ignored or buried deep inside. Also, if you are travelling with a loved one or friends, nothing says bonding than being stuck in a house with a group of people for a couple of days. You find yourselves getting closer, making memories and overcoming obstacles together.

Travel for adventure

How do you expect to be fun, daring and adventurous when you have been sitting at the same desk for centuries? Does it not bother you that you are getting too old for your age? Spice things up! Take a speedboat ride in New Zealand, zip-line over the jungle canopy of Peru, bargain prices in the markets of Marrakech, visit the safari in South Africa etc. We are wired for excitement and adventure. So go on that trip!

Travel opens your mind

The most open minded people are those who have travelled a lot. They have seen so much and learnt so much that they are open to things all the time. They are somewhat more relaxed also and take life rather easy. This is an ideology I am yet to unravel. The different people, new experiences, reality of things and foreign places have a way of shattering preconceived ideas.

Travel for creativity

Some of my best poems and write-ups was while I was in a new place. New places do that to you. You will find yourself identifying solutions for problems you or others have been facing for a long time. That is why entrepreneurs are advised to travel often as it gives them a new perspective about things.

Travel for education

If not for the fun, go see the world for education that you will not get in school. Relive history through the walls of ancient ruins. Learn about socio-economic differences and its effects from locals and personal observations. Learn about politics, sociology and geography while living / experiencing / seeing it.

Travel challenges you

Travel not only changes you but it also challenges you. It has you reconsidering certain thoughts and actions while encouraging you to set new goals for yourself. It has you doing things in a totally different way.

Travel for the language

I do not know about you but it feels rather satisfying when I say a few words in Greek and French. I know just a few words but being able to throw it into a conversation with natives gives me a small victory. You do not have to learn a whole new language but being able to say “hello”, “thank you” or “how are you” in Chinese, Arabic or Spanish should be everyone’s goal. You can also just luxuriate in the beauty of a different language and accent. You see that French you have been struggling with, you can easily learn it if you find yourself in among natives.

Travel to make your dream come true

Do you dream of the Eiffel Tower and feasting on the delicious pastries of Paris? How about learning the story of the Incas in Peru? Or partaking in Mardi Gras at New Orleans? Or is it the Carnival in Brazil? Maybe it is island hopping in the Caribbean? Or an euro trip? Maybe it is visiting the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania. Or exploring the exotic life of Zanzibar. Whatever your travel dream might be, making it happen means dreams do come true and that should be motivation enough.

Travel for a sense appreciation, gratitude and perspective

One thing I learnt about myself while travelling was I lacked appreciation and gratitude for what I have. This is because I had become so used to my blessings that I did not realise that not everybody has it like I do. Travel changed me as seeing new places, interacting with locals, seeing how others live etc. had me appreciating what I have. I no longer take the little things for granted.

Travel to live in the present

If it is your desire to move to Bangkok for a few months, why not do it? If it is an Europe trip for the summer, why not do it? If it is to help a non-profit in another continent, why not just do it right now with Operations Groundswell or Kailend? We make so many excuses and put so many things off for later when it can be done right now. Do everything that you want to do and do it now. Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring. Live in the now. Enjoy what it is that you have right now.

Travel else you will regret not doing so

So many things we are striving for right now can wait but travel cannot. You won’t be young forever. You will not have this energy forever. You will not have this perfect vision forever. So now that you have what it takes to travel and see the world, you better do it and not live in regrets later on.

Travel for love

I am a sucker for romance and happy endings and I have seen enough to know that travel heightens the connections you make / have with people. There is nothing as refreshing as holding hands while watching the sunrise with a new love; slowly moving to the rhythm of a foreign song with a love interest; rekindling lost passion with an old love on a secluded beach; bonding with an old flame on a road trip; discovering your feelings for someone you have friend zoned on a camping trip; or enjoying a couples’ massage with some sweet scented oil in Hawaii. As you are your truest self while travelling, let your guard down, be open minded because you will never know where love will come from.

Travel for the heck of it

Why travel? Because you can! Because you want to! Because it beats the alternative of staying home! What will you do with all the money you are working so hard for if not to travel!

So just go already or plan your next trip with triphobo trip planner for better travel experience.

Intentions for 2018

Dear Fellow Wanderlust,

I first want to thank you for the follow, likes and comments throughout the year. I really do appreciate it. It has been 2 years I started Wanderlustful Sights and there were days I could go MIA but you were still here. I do appreciate it. Thank you very much.

Last year, I had plans to do a whole lot of travel but could not because life had its own plans. The thing is that though I was unable to travel to the places I wanted, life compensated me with unplanned and planned trips that were just amazing. Also, I had my close friends visiting some of the places I wanted to visit. This gave me the opportunity to see these places through their eyes which I am thankful for.

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2018 however, we are going to do things differently. I want you and I to make a promise to go see the world no matter what. No more excuses! We are taking charge and doing this. Right from January 2018, we will be writing out our travel plans and stories for / throughout the year. We are going to go see all the places we have dreamt of; heard off; seen on instagram and in movies. We are going to go skinny dipping, hiking, dancing, eating, meditating, impacting, living, skydiving, scuba diving, island hopping, visiting museums and sanctuaries, discovering, savouring, writing, photographing, documenting, videoing, road trip etc. We are just going to do it! You would not have to start with Paris if you cannot afford but you will have to start somewhere. I suggest you start with your own country and its neighbouring countries then when you can afford – explore the world.

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Our mantra for the year will be “Out with the old, in with the new”.

If we have to travel solo, with a loved one, friends, an NGO or Social Entreprise, family, a travel group etc., we are just going to do it!

If you are with me, say “AYE”.

 

Love,

Naana

 

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