Sorry that I’ve been quiet on this blog for awhile! I’ve been kept very busy by the new digital magazine that we’ll be launching at the end of the year – plus the occasional freelance gigs and editing work. On another note, I’m stoked to announce that I’m officially part of the Wanderer in Residence program that G Adventures has designed to promote authentic travel through partnerships with travel bloggers.
G Adventures (formerly known as Gap Adventures) has always been a company operated by passionate travelers who run trips that get people off the beaten path and deep under the surface of a destination. As one of the biggest and most popular adventure travel outfitter in the industry, they’ve clearly been very successful at inspiring and educating people through travel. I personally like that they emphasize on sustainable tourism, respect for the environment and live-changing experiences. I also fully support several of G Adventures’ initiatives like Planeterra and volunteer tours, which not only give us travelers a chance to learn about the world but also give something in return.
As a Wanderer, I will be joining G Adventures on a few trips per year, and writing about my experiences here as well as on their brand new Wanderers in Residence blog. As you may know, I’ve already gone on one trip with G Adventures and it was definitely one of epic proportions: I traveled on their Arctic expedition cruise (Realm of the Polar Bear trip; code: XVRPNX) around the Svalbard archipelago of Norway and encountered wildlife and landscapes that were truly out of this world. Our week was packed to the brim with amazing polar bear sightings, encounters with walruses, emotional sensations when climbing glaciers and snow-peaked mountains…
As an independent traveler, I was honestly quite hesitant about joining the tour – but this journey turned out to be one of the best I’ve had in my life. The expedition guides were experienced, knowledgeable and most importantly, very respectful of the surroundings – so were my fellow passengers. Everyone followed instructions, respected the rules (especially important in a fragile environment like the Arctic) and basically had a blast!
Travel Plans with G Adventures
In a few weeks’ time, I’ll be traveling with G Adventures again to a very different corner of the world: Southern Africa. I’ll be traveling on the Dunes, Deltas and Falls tour (DCF), setting off from the Cape Town, South Africa up towards Namibia to explore the Sossusvlei dunes and Etosha National Park. We’ll then cross into Botswana, where we’ll be floating on the Okavango Delta in traditional mokoro dug-out canoes and camping under the baobab trees of Chobe National Park. The trip ends in Zambia with a trip to Victoria Falls and a tour of Livingstone. From there, my journey continues on with an overland trip from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg (DLLJ), which will bring me back down through the salt pans of Makgadikgadi in Botswana and the Polokwane Game Reserve and Kruger National Park in South Africa. It promises to be an adventure-filled journey, so be sure to stay tuned for my updates.