I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section earlier this year to give my readers and other travelers an opportunity to talk about their travels. Today I would like to introduce you to Tamlyn Ryan, a travel blogger based in the Western Cape, South Africa. She blogs at Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust – Travel Writing and Photography.
Read about Tamlyn’s travels here:
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a twenty-two-year-old South African woman, born and bred in Kwa-Zulu Natal but I have been happily residing in the Western Cape ever since 2000. I love travel, photography, writing, reading and exploring the great outdoors and I am also a keen sports fan. I am currently doing my final year of Journalism studies at CPUT in Cape Town, where I have been living since 2014. Once I am done studying, I wish to become a travel writer and for this purpose, I have been diligently managing my two blogs since 2014, the latter of which is my personal travel blog.
2. What is your earliest travel memory?
My earliest travel memory is going on a camping trip with my family in Kwa-Zulu Natal near Zululand. I must have been about three or four then but I feel like the travel bug must have bitten as far back as then.
3. Where was your last holiday?
My last holiday was in December 2015 when my family spent time in my favourite holiday destination of Struisbaai, which is a small but eternally charming little coastal town.
4. What was the best thing you did there?
We swam in the aqua-marine coloured ocean, strolled along the beach and hiked to a famous wreck in the Cape Agulhas National Park after a lovely seafood lunch at a restaurant a kilometre or two away from where the two oceans meet.
5. What was your best holiday ever? Why?
My best holiday was road tripping from the Western Cape to Kwazulu-Natal for a week with my parents in 2004. We drove through four provinces, had a safe and happy journey both ways, saw some amazing sights and enjoyed some wonderful experience – I went to the circus, trekked to the Big Tree, saw a huge tidal wave and fell deeply in love with my country, especially the Garden Route.
6. What is your favourite travel destination?
My favourite travel destination is Struisbaai, which I mentioned above. It’s also my planned retirement destination.
7. What must one do there?
You can enjoy sports, kayak in the ocean, swim in the aqua-marine waters, stroll along the smooth, pristine sands, eat seafood, horse-ride along the beach, relax and unwind, explore nearby Cape Agulhas and enjoy the amazing sights and sounds of the area.
8. Who is your favourite travel companion/s?
Anyone who loves to travel or roadtrip as much as I do and can have a good time whatever the sights, climate or experiences.
9. Name one item you must have when travelling.
My smart phone because I take notes for my travel site and love taking photos. I don’t use it for anything else when I travel though!
10. Your best travel advice?
Be safe but don’t be afraid to take the road less travelled. The best places, sights and people you meet will not necessarily be the ones the tourist guides and travel brochures point you to.
11. The one place you want to visit before you die?
Ireland. My surname is Irish and I really want to find the town in emerald green Ireland where all the locals have the surname ‘Ryan’.
12. Your favourite place in South Africa?
My favourite place in South Africa is Wilderness (in the Garden Route).
13. Any embarrassing travel moments?
I am sure I have a few but none really spring to mind. Never had anything terribly embarrassing happen to me but slicing my hand with a steak knife while picnicking at Boschendal Wine Estate was slightly cringeworthy.
14. Worst travel experience?
I think it was travelling from Kwazulu-Natal to Montagu with my parents. When we hit Van Reenen’s Pass, we hit the worst possible electrical storm imaginable and it was utter chaos. I was absolutely terrified.
15. Please include a photo of your holiday/holiday destination.
16. How can people connect with you?
Travel blog: http://tamlynamberwanderlust.com
Thank you, Tamlyn, for sharing your fascinating travels with us!
I would love to hear about your holidays too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales” , fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.