on how to pack for a bikini vacay…

So the plan is to usher in the New Year from Cape Town. I haven’t smelled that Cape Town air since 2009 when I graduated from university so I am super excited to go back after so many years.

A few of the things I’m looking forward to doing (provided my travel buddies are game) include

  • going to Mzolis (who can resist that meat!)
  • the J.C. Le Roux Bubbly and Nougat tasting
  • cherry picking – one of the farms I looked into says cherry time is from the last week of November until the end of December

Also, here are my top 5 tips on how to pack for a beach holiday:

  1. Pack 3 bottoms that are easily interchangeable and then pack tops/t shirts to go with the bottoms
  2. If you’re like me, you’re likely to spend more time in bikinis than wearing actual clothes so minimise on the clothes and bring out all those bikinis.
  3. Travel wearing sneakers. They are bulky so this way you free up more space in your suitcase.
  4. You need 1 pair of sandals and 1 pair of slippers. I learnt this lesson the hard way after being over weight for a 1 week trip. Yes I packed more than 20 kg of clothing for 1 week. Trust me on this one! That’s all the shoes you need.
  5. Don’t forget the sunscreen and the insect repellent spray. Those mosquitoes, insects and bugs can be really brutal!

Happy Holidays!

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on bikinis, cocktails and zanzikini…

My girlfriends and I have decided we will have 1 big trip every year to a destination none of us has ever been to before. This year kicked off this decision and we travelled to Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Zanzibar is such a beautiful Island and the people are extremely friendly. There is so much to see and do and before I knew it,  1 week was over and I had to head back home.

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We met such colourful characters and I even had an aha moment. If you follow my blog, you will know that I have shared some dreams of mine  but I’m not yet close to achieving everything on my list. Which is where the aha moment comes in.

During a trip to Prison Island, as we walked towards the beach on the wooden bridge I happened to look down. The bridge was very sturdy and it was one of those that has gaps between the planks and one can see the stones and ocean underneath. Every time I looked down I panicked and felt that I would fall through the little  gaps (irrational I know but that’s exactly how fear operates!). So every time I looked down, I felt fear and couldn’t move but as soon as I raised my head and looked at where I was heading to, that fear disappeared and I walked with ease towards the beach. This happened a couple of times and the verse  For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord came to mind. I felt God speak to me and in that moment I realised just like life, if you look down  and focus on the stones and ocean you get paralysed by fear and you can’t move forward. However if you keep your eye on the prize (your dreams and goals), you will achieve them. The trick is to focus on where you want to be and work towards it by making that your focal point and not putting all your attention on any setbacks or challenges you may encounter.

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return – Leonardo da Vinci

on wanderlust..

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Leo was onto something! I’ve always wanted to see every inch of the world. All I want to do is travel, explore ancient cities, get sunburnt on a beach somewhere, sip coffee in a cosy little cafe filled with locals telling stories, get lost somewhere, cycle through a city, taste new foods and make new friends!

Watch this space! 🙂

on your 20s…

Your 20’s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.

Kyoko Escamilla

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