30 Days and counting until Africa – ahhhhhh!

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! =)

Quite frankly the next 30 days are going to be a total, chocolate biscuity mess.  Whilst I’ve bought 95% of what I need, there are still a few minor things like, you know…

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 brakesBRRRAAAAAAKKKKKEEE! —–> 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…

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  1. After reading this I can’t determine whether you’re just excited or retarded. That being said EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKK 30 more days! Girl, get your shit together! Get your insurance, get your shots and go buy a damn camera because I’m going to need you to document this shit for me. I’m so freaking excited for you!

  2. Too Exciting! Here’s to hoping the 30 days pass quickly! It’s agony waiting for a trip to begin!

  3. THIS IS AMAZING! I’m excited for you. You’re going to have an amazing time. Congratulations. FYI – It’s Shark Week on the discovery channel! 🙂

  4. Weeeeeeeeeeeee! So excited for you, it’s gonna be AMAZING!

  5. Congratulations! Sounds like you are, without a doubt, in for an adventure. I leave for Africa in just THREE days (Ethiopia & Tanzania), and someone has definitely stepped on the accelerator. Where are the brakes!? Inevitably, I think you “prepare” as much as you can, but then you must hop on that plane anyway and go for it, tumbleweed feeling and all.

    Here’s to African adventures!

  6. @Elle – as always, I think I’m a little of both hun =) haha don’t worry – I’m really close to finding/getting the camera I want…I wouldn’t leave you in the dark; I’m gonna document the shit outta Africa for you =D

  7. @Erik – I’ll probably be in denial asking the Universe for more time. You watch, 1 week before I go and I’ll suddenly realise it’s here and I’m going =D

  8. @Phil – thank you 🙂 I really can’t wait – it truly will be like no other adventure I’ve ever experienced 🙂

  9. @Lauren – thanks hun…really can’t wait for it…shame I’ll have such limited access to the internet to show everyone 🙁

  10. @Briana – Africa in THREE days?! woop woop! Ah Tanzania – might have to stalk you for advice etc haha. Exactly…I think no matter how prepared you are, you’re always going to panic because it’s the big unknown etc but getting on the plane is the best thing for everyone to do! High five to Africa 🙂

  11. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    Ahhh I’m SO freaking excited for you! I LOVED Africa and would go back in a heartbeat and I went swimming with the Great White’s in South Africa as well!!!

  12. @Andi – Everyone that’s been has said how much they love it so I can’t wait! I’ve only got ONE day to try and go shark diving so here’s hoping the weather is good and the sharks are biting 🙂

  13. Your writing continues to make me smile 🙂

    Ride the wave of nerves and know we’re all cheering for you! T minus 30!!!

  14. @Heather – such a lovely comment; thanks hun =) Now T minus 28 – woopppeee =D

  15. LOL freakin’ Elle’s comment made me laugh out loud and spit water everywhere! HAHAHAHA!

    Africa is on my dream list of places to go, and I’m totally living vicariously through you. Get that camera girl!!!!

  16. @Sheryll – SHE’S the retard not me =D haha. I have a feeling that EVERYONE will living vicariously through me when I’m away – I can’t wait!! =D

  17. Hi Toni, guess what…..you are in this weeks “worldfirst Wander” (The Girl Power Edition)

    here is the Link – http://wfti.co/r4ss5H

    please leave a comment on the blog and tell us what you think

    hope you like it

    Cheers

    Tristan

  18. Tristan – yay! I got into the girl power edition too; super cool =D Thanks!

  19. Jennifer – hate to admit but I love that programme lol. Yay for Africa =)

  20. God damn Toni, I LOVE YOU! 🙂 I’m feeling somewhat the same way about my own African adventure coming up in a few months. I managed to book my flight today and am super stoked that this is actually becoming a reality 😀

    <3

  21. Melissa – haha thanks hun! 🙂 Eek you booked your flight! Where’s first and where are you heading to? I cannot waitt to erad all about your adventures and what you think of the continent! 🙂