I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section to give other travellers an opportunity to talk about their travels on my blog. Today I would like to introduce you to Jeanne , a travel blogger and digital nomad from Cape Town . She blogs at Learning to Breathe Abroad.
I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales” , fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
Read about Jeanne’s travels here,
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Jeanne, a single mom who travels with her now 12 year old son. We’ve been on the road nearly full-time for the last 3 years, covering South East Asia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Morocco. I have a web development business and Tai is being homeschooled, so as long as there is wi-fi, we are good to go. Becoming digital nomads has been the most incredible life changing experience. We’ve seen phenomenal sights, interacted with fascinating people and have created memories that will last us a lifetime.
2. What is your earliest travel memory?
I was blessed with parents who also loved to travel, so my holidays were filled with new destinations. Mostly local travel when we were young, but also international travel as I got older. Not my earliest memory, but one of my best memories, was going skiing in Austria at the age of 12. As a child of Africa, it was the first time I’d ever seen snow and the thrill of careering down the slopes is something I still dream of doing today.
3. Where was the last place you travelled to?
We’ve just spent 3 months driving from Netherlands down to Morocco and then back up the coast of Spain in our campervan. We spent 2 months in Morocco and absolutely fell in love with the country. It is one of the most visually stunning countries I’ve ever been to, the food was incredible and the people couldn’t be more friendly. The best part is it’s cheap, so you can really enjoy your holiday!
4. What was the best thing you did there?
Oh my word, that is a hard question as there were just so many incredible things that we did. We were in the desert in a town called Merzouga for Tai’s 12th birthday, so as a treat, we went 4x4ing in the sand dunes and then spent the afternoon sandboarding. Wandering the narrow alleyways of the medina in Marrakesh was also a highlight, along with our visit to the most southern Roman Ruins at Volubilis.
5. What was your best holiday ever? Why?
Campervanning through Albania! Albania has been given a bad rep and I’m not sure why. It has some of the best beaches in the whole of Europe. The water is crystal clear and warm. Its super super cheap. You can feast on calamari and seafood risottos for nothing. The beaches aren’t packed in season. There are some incredible historic and natural sights to see. Wild camping is not legal but is tolerated so we just parked up right on the beaches, rolled out our awning, popped up tables and chairs and voila! Such freedom.
6. What is your favourite travel destination?
Hands down Thailand. I have been to Thailand 5 times over the last 25 years and I spent 6 months there in 2017. I love the food, the people, the beaches, the smells…. Thailand has my heart!
7. What must one do there?
Head north to Chiang Mai and Pai, then pop into Kanachanaburi to see the bridge over the river Kwai and the Erawan Waterfalls. The islands are all amazing and cater to whatever you may need. If you want a party go to Phuket & Koh Phi Phi. If you want family, then Koh Lanta and Koh Phanang. The best scuba diving is on Koh Tao and to get away from it all head to Koh Kood.
8. Who is your favourite travel companion/s?
My darling son, Tai.
9. Name one item you must have when travelling.
My Samsung. It is my maps, my phone, my emails, my bank, my translator, my entertainment, my budget keeper and everything in between.
10. Your best travel advice?
Don’t over plan. Make sure to keep arrangements loose enough that you can grab other opportunities that may pop up along the way. Have an idea of your general direction, but go with the flow. That’s when the magic happens.
11. The one place you want to visit before you die?
Salt Plains in Bolivia
12. Your favourite place in South Africa?
Cape Town, but I’m biased as it’s my home.
13. How can people connect with you?
Thank you, Jeanne , for sharing your fascinating adventures with us!
I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales”, fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
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