A couple years ago we started talking about where we could go for big 10 year anniversary trip. We considered many places like Italy, Spain, Bora Bora, Maldives, but I will forever pick my second love: Africa. Upon choosing the continent, we still had much planning ahead of us. Where do we go? Same places we’ve visited before? Do we try a different camp? Should we try seeing some of Europe too?
Here we are, 3 years later and we’re on our way to the vacation of our lives! Finally the moment has arrived and we’re on our way in first class all the way through. During this 5 week (38 days) journey, our itinerary looks something like this:
- Paris, France
- Munich, Germany
- Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia
- Botswana, Africa
- Zambia, Africa
- Zimbabwe, Africa
- Johannesburg, South Africa, Africa
- Nairobi, Kenya, Africa
Packing for 38 days / 8 countries
I mean, how exciting can this trip get?! And to think we were going to keep adding to this already humongous trip! (Lol) Good thing we didn’t or I would have to be on anxiety medication from not knowing how to pack. I must admit, packing is one of my weaknesses when it comes to travel. I suck at it. I over pack every single time. I’m just afraid of forgetting something or needed something and not having it t my disposal. I can’t stand being unprepared, that gets me when we’re travelling and it’s hard to shake. Because ultimately anything we could possibly need or want while away is normally disposable at any small corner store wherever you are. So you ca imagine my horror when creating such a large trip knowing I would only be able to pack a certain amount of weight and travel with carry-on’s ONLY.
Now, the reason we’re being so strict on only packing a certain way is because of the Africa parts of the trip. If you’ve ever been to Africa, you know that there isn’t much room for giant luggage in the tents you stay in while on safari and the airlines/airports of these tiny planes that take you into the bush won’t even allow it. Bags bigger than a carry-on or if all of your accumulative luggage weighs more than 35 lbs, you’re probably not getting on that plane. If you do, you paid an arm and a leg for the extra weight, if they even allowed it. There’s just simply not enough space for everyone’s luggage if everyone were to bring 50 lb bags each plus a carry on or 2. There’s honestly no escaping it or going around it. Everything on your person needs to be small and weigh up to 35 lbs TOTAL for it to be fair for everyone.
So yeah, I’ve been a little anxious. But I did it! And here we are, in the Delta lounge in terminal A of the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport waiting for our direct first class flight to Paris. I’m crawling in my own skin with excitement. The next challenge I face, however, is jet-lag. Too many countries/continents to keep up with a regular sleeping schedule. So for now, just focusing on the thrill of all the new things we’ll be seeing and experiencing should keep us awake. 😉
I plan on eating my butt off and filling all of my memory cards with spectacular pictures and videos from my camera and drone. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower, Luxembourg Gardens, Versailles and the Chateau de Chambord. In Germany, Neuschwanstein Castle and the alps. In Croatia all of the terracotta roofs and blissfully blue waters as well as the national parks with all of their jaw-dropping waterfalls. And in Africa… well. Just about everything and anything there is to record, I’ll be getting it.
Starting with the all the wildlife like elephants, wild dogs, leopards and lions in Kruger national park in South Africa. To our moving safari camp around Victoria falls in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. All the way to the cheetah plains of the Masai Mara where the great migration will be seen up close and personal with my new toy drone, the DJI Mavic Pro. Lightweight, small and quiet compared to other monster drones out there. I will be recording in 4k and photographing in HD as we witness nature take it’s awe-inspiring course through the Masai Mara and Serengeti plains.
But what else could there be?? FOOD. Duh. I will be making sure to document all or at least most of our meals from all the artisan cheeses, baguettes and wines to choose from in France to the great “meat and potatoes” meals with the ever so popular beers in Germany. From the decadent Dalmatian food in Croatia like the gigantic oysters to the intriguing yet wonderful culinary arts in Africa. I’m so excited for just the food alone I’m drooling already.
But anyways, it’s almost time to board our flight to Paris so keep watching as I post our trip away on social media!!