From Africa to America: Updates, Travel Plans, and a Giveaway

Posted on August 20, 2012 by

Having just spent a month in the savannas of Africa, we’ve swapped our winter coats for flip-flops and shorts, and arrived in Miami, Florida. This week, we’ll be traveling around the lower end of the state with Visit Florida, getting a taste of the outdoor adventures it has to offer: from scuba-diving in the Keys to eco-trekking in the Everglades and biking around Miami. We can’t wait to get reacquainted with this place we used to call home.

South Beach, Miami

Getting Reacquainted with Miami

For those who know our story, you probably know that Alberto and I had met in Miami almost 10 years ago during our student exchange program. It’s a special place for us and we’re more than thrilled to be back! We’ll be spending the next three weeks here in Miami, catching up with old friends and basically slowing down to soak it all in. Over the past few days, we’ve already spent some time under the sun at Key Biscayne, tried sea-trekking at Miami Seaquarium, and explored the up-and-coming Wynwood art district in midtown Miami. Be sure to give a shoutout if you’re in the area, we’d love to catch up!

Biking in Miami

Local Living in Miami

Our base for the next few weeks will be an apartment rental from Wimdu. We’ve worked with Wimdu before, and have enjoyed the freedom and flexibility that comes with renting an apartment while traveling. Wimdu is an apartment rental website that offers short-term rentals in over 100 countries, with more than 50,000 properties ranging from Balinese beach villas to penthouse units in New York. To coincide with our partnership, Wimdu has kindly given us 10 vouchers (each valued at US$30) to share with our readers.

To win these vouchers, you simply need to leave a comment below with where or how you’d be using your vouchers and we’ll pick the 10 best answers.

The contest runs until 30 October, and is opened to all nationalities. It’s easy to win and takes less than two minutes to enter. We look forward to hearing from you!

Disclaimer: Our trip was made possible by Visit Florida, Gosh PR and Wimdu, but all opinions expressed are our own.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

22 Responses to “From Africa to America: Updates, Travel Plans, and a Giveaway”

  1. bridgetw August 21, 2012 3:13 pm #

    I would use the voucher towards accommodation for my first ever oversea's trip around Europe next year!! It would be a huuuuge help…as I will still be travelling on a student budget :)

  2. Jen M. August 21, 2012 11:38 pm #

    A Balinese beach villa sounds like an excellent way to use the voucher. That would definitely be high on my list of possible ways to use it.

  3. Michelle August 22, 2012 5:25 pm #

    If I were so lucky enough to win a voucher, I would use it towards my Europe-fund! All the little bits help!

  4. cosmoHallitan August 22, 2012 11:18 pm #

    I just got reacquainted with South Carolina on a recent trip home. It's amazing how many new things you can find when you dig below the surface!

    As for the voucher, I would spend it entirely on street food in Vietnam. You could have a royal feast for $25!

    • Nellie August 25, 2012 8:58 am #

      The voucher can only be used when booking a Wimdu apartment. Are you heading to Vietnam soon? Yes, $30 can go a long way in Vietnam!

  5. Mikhail August 23, 2012 12:09 am #

    I have great travel experience in Warsaw, Poland and met great host via Wimdu!

  6. John Eaton Beaverhausen August 23, 2012 12:26 am #

    I really hope I will get this voucher so that I can sleep at Arne Bleckwenn's place

  7. Cecilia Aimone August 23, 2012 5:44 am #

    I´m travelling to Europe for the first time this october without my girls staying at a lot of beautyfull Wimdu apartments.
    I would use the voucher to take my girls any beautyfull Windu appt. at a place I could afford ( a sea place for 2013 vacations) and enjoy with them a very very very happy time. We really love each others, but this time I can,take them with me to Europe. I believe I will take them in another time. Everithing begins with a dream.!!!!. Sorry about my english. Cecilia.

    • Nellie August 25, 2012 8:56 am #

      Thanks for joining Cecilia! Your girls will be so happy to stay at an apartment in Europe, good luck!

  8. Venkat Ganesh August 23, 2012 12:19 pm #

    Will use it to spend a few days in Rajasthan, India in November this year!

    • Nellie August 25, 2012 8:55 am #

      Superb, thanks for joining our giveaway! Rajasthan is gorgeous, Im sure this voucher will come in handy when you are there!

  9. @daphnemaia August 23, 2012 10:40 pm #

    In November this year, I'll be going to Tagaytay, Philippines to watch my childhood friend get hitched to the love of her life! I've got my eye on one of the Bali-inspired rooms listed on Wimdu! We've both come a long way, having grown up together in Jakarta, and now both of us living in Singapore. This trip will be a very meaningful one indeed.

  10. Micamyx|Senyorita August 25, 2012 1:08 pm #

    I would use the vouchers to my trip to Paris with my mom by November! I'll be flying to the UK and it's been years since she traveled to somewhere. I want to make our reunion quite special by bringing her to the places that are quite near to her, but she haven't been to due to her working schedule. I'll make it extra special :D

    • Nellie September 26, 2012 10:29 am #

      Sounds like a special trip! I am pretty sure your mom will be very happy if you win this.

  11. acoupletravelers August 30, 2012 10:40 am #

    I would use the vouchers in Vietnam! We start our backpacking trip in Japan in two week and will travel through South Korea and China before landing in Vietnam at the end of November!

    • Nellie September 26, 2012 10:28 am #

      That is brilliant! Sounds like an exciting trip. Good luck!

  12. Amber September 27, 2012 1:14 am #

    I am on my second RTW, and budgetting is obviously important. By early November I will be headed to Central and South America, so some vouchers would certainly come in handy, particularly in pricy places such as Brazil. And, I would be happy to write travel reviews on the places we stay!

  13. short term apartment November 6, 2012 2:36 am #

    I an am going to Europe for the first time, and for that I am looking a short term apartment stay. So I hope I will get these voucher so that would be helpful to me

  14. wasam November 21, 2012 4:18 am #

    So nice!

  15. Leslie Hu March 16, 2013 10:31 pm #

    I am a school social worker and would use it on a trip to South Africa this summer. I will be learning about apartheid and bring lessons learned back to my school community.

    Crossing my fingers! :)

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