Traveling..where to go next

P1060622A traditional night in the desert having Dinner

Last year my husband Lorne and I were fortunate to travel extensively. We started January off with Dubai..what an amazing country and it really surprised me how safe I really felt there.  We checked out all the “must see and do’s” with my favorite being the Burj al Arab Hotel. This sail ship shaped Hotel is stunning inside and out.burj

Following Dubai we also visited Fiji. This was my second time in Fiji, but Lorne’s first.  The people in Fiji are amazing. Most exciting experience there was the Zip Lining.  The climb to the top almost did me in, but it was worth it to see the view and experience flying through the trees!

New Zealand, was my next get away with my daughter.  We went on a 9 day Familiarization trip with one of our suppliers, and I absolutely loved it.  I’m definitely going back to New Zealand and more specifically Queenstown!  Queenstown reminds me of Banff, a small mountain town in my home province of Alberta.  Lots to see and do and walking the Boardwalk area was so beautiful!

We then had a few months getting back to normal, and camping.  One of our passions!  Getting away from phones, TV, social media is a great down time activity for us! 

Next, my Ladies Travel Group headed to New Orleans!  This group is so much fun.  We have travelled 2 times to New York, and once to San Francisco, and we always have a great deal of fun, and the group just keeps growing!  New Orleans is a great place to celebrate music in the streets, friendly people and shopping!lori 

My final trip of the year was Peru, with one of my suppliers.  I have to be honest and say that I haven’t ever had any inclination to go to Peru. Sure I had heard of Machu Picchu, and how wonderful it is to climb it, but I always thought that was out of my reach anyway, so why go to Peru!  Let me tell you…Peru is amazing, so much to see and experience and I did climb to the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu!  What an exhilarating experience! The other amazing part was visiting a local village and having lunch with a family and giving gifts to the village children!                        And of course now I want to go back!!laurie539

Now the only problem with doing that much traveling in one year, is that the next year is going to be boring!  I sat down with my old passport (the old one expired this spring) and looked at all the amazing places I have had stamped in it…And now I have to start over!  Going to be fun trying to top that passport as I had stamps from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, New Zealand, Fiji, Bahamas, Turk n Caicos, Cuba, Mexico, Dubai, Peru, and so many places in the United States.

Hmmm…where to next!

 

everywhere

More on South Africa!

The Posts that you see on South Africa are Thanks to Janet Plante.  Janet and her husband Pete travelled with my group to South Africa in November and she kindly shared her expereience. 

We took 24 people to South Africa with us and it was an amazing experience!  With our first stop in Washington where we did a tour of the city and everything it has to offer we were so glad that we made that stop on our trip! there is so much to see and experience in Wasington and could easily go back there to see more.  With the Expertise of our amazing Guide Chris Hanson, we gained alot of great information about Washingtons history and places of interest.

As you can see from Janets Blog on our trip we travelled alot, saw alot and experienced so much it was overwheling but amazing.  From the Beautiful city of Capetown, Table Mountain, the Winelands, and Boulder Beach to see the Penguins.  The Boat Tour in St. Lucia where we saw Hippos, Crocodiles and many birds, was fantastic.  To see the Hippos up close in their habitat was so great!

Then our favorite part came with the first Game Drives.  We were loaded in the 4X4 vehicles and out we went to see what we could find! The one afternoon was so amazing. Unfortunatly some of the people stayed behind as they were tired, and it ended up being the best drive!  We saw an Elephant only a few feet away, Giraffes right on the road in front of us, Rhinos, and a leopard!  I can’t even begin to describe what it felt to see these animals up close in their own enviroment.  You can see them in a Zoo, and its not even close to the feeling you get seeing them in the wild!

We went into Swaziland where we went to a Candle Factory and watched them hand make beautiful candles and shopped in the local market there. We then went to the Chismo Safari Camp where we would be spending our next 3 days.  We were fortunatre to see so many more animals like the Male Lion with a kill.  One of our jeeps watched him come out of the bush, turn around and he roared at them.  The pictures were amazing!

After our games drives were over we headed on the plane to Victoria Falls in Zambezi!  Here we experienced the magnificent Victoria Falls!  We were there when they were at their lowest, which I thought would be disappointing, but wasn’t in the least!  We actually walked over the Land and Boulders that are usually covered by the water from the falls at its highest point!  To be able to see how deep the canyons were and how high the water actually goes and how much land it covers was unbelievable!  We could see the falls that were running as well, and it would definitly be a great experience to go back and see them at their highest and fastest stage.

After all the incredible experiences we went through in South Africa I would definitly go back in a second!  There are so many misconceptions of South Africa.  People say it can’t be safe…we never felt unsafe at any point in our trip!  The people are so friendly there, and its a beautiful country to visit.  It’s definitly a holiday I won’t EVER forget and would recommend to anyone! A HUGE Thank you to Deon Romijn for being such an Incredible Tour Guide.  There wasn’t anything that Deon didn’t know about South Africa!

If you would like more information onn a South Africa trip, please give us a call or e-mail!