After taking a LONG time to post all of the parts to this amazing trip, the posts are coming to an end so I can move onto my next trips.
As you have read, this was an amazing trip. It was busy, but that is how I tend to like it. Everyone that spends a good deal of their life traveling struggles with the distinction of being a traveller or a tourist. I am no different and spent some time thinking about this conundrum on this trip. The conclusion that I came to is that I am a traveller and a tourist, and am okay as both. I will not, nor will anyone, see everything in this world. There is something to be said about spending a lot of time in one place, really getting to know its heart and soul. This was not that kind of trip. Instead, I saw as much as I could in the time, getting a taste of the place, a better understanding of what goes on in Southern Africa as well as a part of Europe that I have not spent that much time. I do not know these places, and probably never will, but I do know that I want to return to see more of them, to feel the African sun on my face and to taste the flavors that the culture has created.
This trip was full of luxury that I was able to experience through the amount of travel I have done over the last few years. Thousands of frequent flyer miles and an understanding of the rules of these programs got me a business class ticket for almost nothing, at least that I paid specifically for this trip. Hotels were covered the same way and allowed me to experience a great level of service at a fraction of the cost that most guests pay. That is not to say that I didn’t spend much money, just that I was able to spend it on great experiences and a few pieces of artwork that will allow me to have a reminder of this trip for many years to come. This is not to brag, but instead to say how accessible an experience like this is for anyone to experience. If you are interested in finding out exactly how, please email me or comment below and I will do the best I can to give you the information to make a trip like this possible for you. I have found that the most difficult thing to find is not money to cover the trip, but instead the time off to see the world.
Each place I visited offered something unique, something amazing. The wildlife in Botswana, the food, wine and sights in South Africa. In Zambia and Zimbabwe the spectacular majesty of Victoria Falls is not found anywhere else in the world, which made the thrill of rafting the river and flying over the falls in my first helicopter ride that much more unique. In Turkey, the culture and devotion of the muslim people combine with it’s unique place between the East and West to offer amazing sights and amazing food. This was followed up with an amazing time seeing Budapest, which offered amazing sights that were reminiscent of others in the West, but completely their own. Each of these places combined to make an amazing trip, one that will go down as one of my favorites that I have taken up until now.
Safari Photo Gallery Part One, Day One
Safari Photo Gallery Part Two, Day Two
Safari Photo Gallery Part Three, Day Three
South Africa’s Food