I don’t quite know what to say apart from:
I’M GOING TO AFRICA PEOPLE…..AFRICA!!!!
Do you know how good it feels to be able to say that? For a regular Josephie (currently looking for my Regular Joe) that does a 9-5 job and who, up until 18 months ago, had never been backpacking or travelled solo to say that I’m travelling through 7 African countries in just 6 weeks?! Ridiculous! I’m hoping that I might get to see some of these too…
How prepared do I feel? *tumbleweed* I’ll be honest; completely taken aback. I’m struggling to sleep due to the nervous excitement and can’t quite believe that 10.5 months after booking this trip, in just 30 days I’ll be setting off for an adventure that few people have experienced; it’s daunting and yet incredibly exilerating. I haven’t felt this way before. If you’ve read my story then you’ll now that before I left for Asia last year, I was a very broken person filled with nothing but dread for my journey. This time I am genuinely excited and scared all rolled into one. I’ve talked about it for so long that I don’t think I’ve realised that it’s actually happening yet.
It’s not just my feelings that I find entertaining but peoples reactions as well. When you say you’re going to Africa people assume one of two things;
Either I’m going only to South Africa, forgetting that it’s actually just one country out of the African continent OR I’m volunteering.
So when I explain the enormity of my travels and that I’m going for the adventure you can actually see the complete look of disbelief in their eyes. The funny thing is is that I think I’ve come to terms with what I’m about to do until I talk to people and seeing the looks on their faces shocks me all over again. I. AM. GOING. TO. AFRICA! I am a female solo traveller and I’m heading to Africa for 6 weeks – hear me ROAR! =)
Travel insurance, my malaria medication and a little, ‘unimportant’ thing called a camera! Yeah, I’m leaving the little things until last haha.
I liken the countdown to a travel adventure to driving…
Average speed, average speed, average speed —-> oops I hit the accelerator by accident —-> hit the brakes! hit the brakes! BRRRAAAAAAKKKKKEEE! —–> And relax.
And so the true countdown begins. In 30 days time I will be heading to a continent I know virtually nothing about so here goes a few words of future wisdom:
Dear Girl Tent Buddy, FYI, I like to spoon before I go to sleep but after that, don’t touch me. Do and you’ll find out how strong my Serena Williams legs are…unless my sleeping bag restricts me of course. In which case, you’re perfectly safe. I do not snore or talk in my sleep; I’ll leave that entertainment up to you.
Dear Mosquitos, Bite me and watch what happens! For you suckers before you get me I have DEET, for the masochistic biters that decide my legs are too juicy to resist, I have Tiger Balm – have some of that!
Dear Africa – I already love you.
*in NASA voice* We are a go for Africa in T minus 30…