Journaling The Journey

Epic Angola Itinerary: 3, 5 and 10 Days

Off the beaten path trip, 5 day Angola Itinerary, Angola tribes

Angola is not a country that many people travel to.  However, it is a fantastic destination if you are looking for true off the beaten path places and a real cultural immersion in an off the grid spot. In this post we have created the perfect Angola Itinerary for 3 days, 5 days or 10 […]

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7 Must Visit Places in Angola

Must Visit places in Angola, must do things in Angola, Angola tribes, Luanda

Angola is a country that truly surprised and amazed us.  We did not quite know what to expect.  However, when we got here, we were pleasantly surprised with a country that reminded us of  Burundi, South Sudan and  Namibia, all in one!  In this post we share the 7 must visit places in Angola. This […]

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Scary Road Trip in South Africa

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South Africa is a land of breathtaking landscapes, exquisite wines, and so much more!  However, our four-week idyllic trip turned into a very scary road trip in South Africa. Cape Town’s charm amazed us and the serenity of the Wine Route was enchanting.  We were wondering why so many people fear taking a road trip […]

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Togo: 5 Crazy Experiences

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Togo is a tiny country on the west coast of Africa.   It is home to some peculiar and a few interesting cultural attractions.  One of the most disturbing and gruesome, is the Akodésséwa Fetish Market, which is the biggest voodoo market in the world.  Vodun or Voodoo permeates the fabric of this country as for […]

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The Gambia: 5 Unique Adventures

the gambia, Tanji Bird Reserve, Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project Camp, river Gambia

The Gambia is one of those delightful gems that we uncovered during our lengthy travels through West Africa.  Have you ever seen a map of this country (hint, it is just below)?!  It is something!  In addition, this is the smallest country in mainland Africa. Gambia is chock full of interesting and diverse flora and […]

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Burkina Faso: 3 Awesome Days

Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Tiebele, Bazoule, Bobo

Burkina Faso is definitely an off the beaten path destination.  It is a country of many contrasts, incredibly welcoming people, stunning architecture and deep culture. Visiting Burkina for us was a real adventure. It was also a chance for us to step outside of our comfort zone, challenge our preconceptions, and discover a world that […]

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Scary Malaria Story & Comparing 2 Healthcare Systems

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Our story is a cautionary tale of how powerful and deadly malaria really is.  All it takes is just one mosquito bite and left untended, what can happen and did happen to us.  In addition, we got an opportunity to evaluate two emergency medical systems.  One in rural Senegal, which is one of the poorest […]

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Liberia: 4 Amazing Ecotourism Escapes

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Most folks wouldn’t immediately connect ecotourism with Liberia. It’s not the first destination that might spring to mind for a nature-focused adventure. But that’s precisely why it’s such a hidden gem waiting to be discovered! However, Liberia’s ecotourism scene offers an enriching experience for travelers seeking adventure, sustainability, and a connection with nature. Notably, Libassa […]

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5 Reasons Popenguine Senegal is a Hidden Gem

Petite-Cote, Best Beaches Senegal, Popenguine Nature Reserve

Popenguine, the perfect beach town on the Petite-Cote of Senegal has become one of our favorite places in the world.  Read on to find out why! Selecting the perfect beach on the Petite-Côte of Senegal can be tricky, as it’s essentially one long stretch of sand. This “Small Coast,” stretching from Dakar’s outskirts to the […]

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Cape Verde: 5 Reasons Santiago is Amazing

Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde, Cidade Velha, Praia

Nestled amidst the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Santiago, the largest and most populated island of Cape Verde, beckons travelers with its captivating blend of volcanic landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and infectious rhythms. From its bustling and historic capital city, Praia, to its serene beaches in Tarrafal, to the historic and charming Cidade Velha […]

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