I’m Going to South Africa!

Johannesburg

Johannesburg skyline via tourist-destinations.com

It’s finally happening. Last year, I talked about wanting to go to Nairobi, Kenya, but things didn’t pan out. But as the old folks say, everything happens for a reason because in two day–TWO DAYS–I’m leaving for my first trip to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Like most things in my life, the opportunity to go to Johannesburg just sorta happened. A friend hit me up back in August and suggested I pitch an idea to present at Social Media Week in Johannesburg, and what do you know? It was accepted. So I’ll not only be making my first trip to South Africa, and the African continent in general, but I’ll also be teaching a class!

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Kinda dope, right?

Although I’ll be gone over a week, my time in Jozi will only be about 5 days. It’ll take me about 30 hours to get there–2 flights + a 5hr. delay–and sadly, I won’t have time to go on safari or visit to Cape Town. Still, please believe I’m going to make the most of my (extremely) short trip.

If you want to follow along with me in real time on my journey (aka on Twitter & Instagram), follow the hashtags #BDinJozi & #BDinJoburg (I kinda dig both) while I’m in Johannesburg.

On a side–and awesome–note, I’ll also be making a weekend stop in London on my way home from South Africa, so keep an eye out for #BDinLNDN & #TILtour tweets (TIL = Turn It Loose, my novel set partly in London) because I’m going to hit up some of my character’s main haunts, plus see a few things I missed the last time.

Although I’m dreading the long flights, I’m super excited about my upcoming trip. I’m going into it with very few expectations, a wide open schedule, and the knowledge that all I want to do (and will do) is have FUN.

Come back here to see how it all turns out.

London Lowdown, Part 1 (with video!)

London, Buckingham Palace

Outside of Buckingham Palace

Last month I took my first solo trip across the Pond and landed in London, England. Although I had been planning my trip for MONTHS (and dreaming about it even longer), once I was on the plane I was FILLED with nervous energy.

The questions ran through my head:
Would I have fun alone?
Would I get mugged?
What if I got lonely?
What if I lost my passport?
I’m on a budget, can I REALLY have a good time in one of the most expensive cities in the world?
HELP! I’m going to London alone!!

Luckily, all of my nervousness melted away once I touched down and began to feel the infectious vibe of the city. I’m going to go into my trip in more detail a little later, but just know that I had an AMAZING time and all of my fears were unfounded.

While I was in London (and Paris!) I connected with a lot of really amazing people, I went out EVERY night (yes alone), and in all eight days I spent wandering the city, I never experienced a dull moment. Not one.

I made sure to take lots of pictures and even shot some video footage while I was there, so I decided to do a quick clip about my trip.

Check it out & let me know what you think!

Have you ever been to London? What did you enjoy most?