|Pre-departure to Zimbabwe to start West Africa expedition|
OR Tambo Intl Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa
"...but where do you live? ME: Where I sleep that night."
"...won't you miss home? ME: How can I when 'home' is where I am at the time?!"
"...where are you going to stay? ME: I'll figure that out when I get there."
"...you are mad! ME: Probably, I've been called worse than that before."
As a youngster I made myself a promise that I would never do anything I don't enjoy. So now in the event I reach the point I don't enjoy something, or realise I will reach that point soon, I pack up and go! Yes, there are things I do that might as a whole not be that enjoyable but I find the part of it that I do enjoy and focus on that - AND use it as a tool to reach or achieve another goal.
Now travelling is something that as a kid I always said I want to do especially being paid to travel. Since leaving school, my jobs have always had some form of travel aspect in it or as in the last 13 years - travel is an integral part of the job i.e. I'm living out my childhood dream which fuels my passion for travelling even more. But what in travel is it you're looking for you ask...well, it's firstly about getting out my comfort zone. Over time this has come to be the best part of it, from the planning through to the actual travel is to new places and/or via new routes and invariably, comes with new challenges.
You see, I don't do 'bored' and I need to the challenges - that's my drug if anything. Travel presents challenges all the time, it's about you approach and deal with them that makes the reward great. Just the planning for the next phase/trip itself presents challenges. This is one of the times that I'm at my happiest and most content and the planning just takes over my thoughts everything right up to D-day when there's at least a hint of butterflies in the stomach - that little addictive drug called adrenaline!
|Chefferie display for Emir - Ngaoundere, Cameroon|
|Subantarctic Skua - Gansbaai, South Africa|
Then there's my life wish-list of places to go and things to do. This is the headline of it all pretty much; travel to see places and do things I've dreamt about and this will culminate in me indulging in my other passions of birding/wildlife, diving and photography. Mid-2011 was a big one for me as I did the solo trip from Zimbabwe to Mali through West Africa. This was a childhood dream come true and had been No 2 on my life wish-list - driving into Bamako, capital of Mali, at the end of that trip was one of the most incredible moments of mixed emotions. Sad that the trip was over, overwhelmed that I had just realised a childhood dream and thankful that I had made it one piece with no/little physical injuries or worse.
|Klein Scheidegg with the Eiger North Face behind it - Bernese Oberland, Switzerland|
So the moral of this little 'story'? Start doing what you enjoy, it will feed your passions and waking up in the morning will always be a happy affair (not referring to feel crap because you have a hangover or whatever) - happy because you're doing something you enjoy or is getting you to a long-sought after goal.