Durban, South Africa

I Think I’ll Travel To South Africa On Saturday

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Travel To South Africa - Durban, South Africa

As usual, my next set of travel plans have all come together at the last minute. Actually, in this case, it didn’t come together at the last minute, but at the very last minute. I will travel to South Africa on Saturday.

Let me just recap the past couple of weeks. After my Eurail trip came to an end, I traveled to Istanbul in order to meet up with some friends for about ten days. I then flew for 22 hours in order to get back to the US just in time for Thanksgiving. I arrived the night before (November 23rd), spent the holiday with my family and then immediately began working on my future travel plans.

And now, I’m flying out to South Africa on Saturday, this Saturday, in two days time.

While these South Africa plans have been in the works for a couple of months now, I was not able to fully confirm my schedule until yesterday due to some other projects that I’m currently working on. But now it’s a go and lions I shall hopefully see.

So, what’s this South African trip all about?

I feel remarkably fortunate to have this opportunity because my trip is actually organized by the South African Tourism Board. Along with several other bloggers – Jessica Spiegel (@bootsnall), Rachelle Lucas (@travelblggr), JD Andrews (@earthxplorer) & Matthew Karsten (@expertvagabond) – I’ve been invited to visit this country in order to get acquainted with what this land has to offer. And believe me, this would have to be one insanely magnificent trip to convince me to fly 20+ hours to Johannesburg just 9 days after flying 22 hours from Istanbul to the US.

While this trip will be much shorter than my recent stay in Europe, the two weeks that I will spend in South Africa is going to full of activities, all of which my brain still can’t believe I’ll actually be participating in.

What kind of activities?

I do want to keep this post under 5000 words so I’ll just list a handful of what’s on the itinerary…actually, you know what, I don’t feel like listing the activities below. I feel like telling you myself. So, here it goes…


So there you have it. And the truth is, I’m looking forward to not only experiencing South Africa for myself, but to sharing the journey with you as well because, after this recent European trip, with all of the comments and emails that came in from everyone, I realized once again that this site is nothing without all of you.
Travel To South Africa - Shark Cage Diving, South Africa

And so, I hope that you will now follow along with me as I travel to South Africa and continue to share with me your suggestions and advice and to always feel comfortable in asking me any questions about anywhere I’ve been.

I’m really loving the interaction that’s been taking place here and I absolutely feel that, while it might be me who is getting on the plane Saturday, in truth, we’re all going to South Africa together…

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Comments 49

    1. Earl

      @Nomadic Samuel – Believe me, if I didn’t still feel excited about traveling, I would have stopped by now! Luckily, knowing that I’m about to visit a new country is an amazing feeling, especially when I think of all the possible adventures and interactions to come…

    1. Earl

      Hey Shaun – Well, unfortunately, we had to miss the shark cage diving due to rough seas and I’m not sure if we’ll be able to squeeze it in at this point. It was definitely disappointing but at least my arms and legs are still attached…that is obviously a bonus!

  1. Kan

    A little off the tangent but – when are you going to explore China next Earl!? All these invitations to explore some wonderful countries yet the most vast and most interesting country of all has barely been scratched by you! 🙂

    Projections are that China will be the #1 tourist destination in a few year’s time.

    1. Earl

      Hey Kan – I’m not sure about China. It will happen eventually of course but I’ve just somehow never made it there so far. Perhaps because it is too big and I like to explore a country thoroughly. These days, with all of the things I’m working on, I wouldn’t be able to go for as long as I would like. But again, I shall get there!

    1. Earl

      Hey Drew – I was actually contacted by the PR company that put the trip together for the Tourism Board. It certainly is quite a trip I must say and I feel quite lucky to have been selected.

  2. Ali

    Sounds awesome! I’d really like to go to South Africa someday but I don’t know a whole lot about it, so I’m really looking forward to reading your posts. Have fun!

    1. Earl

      Hey Ali – I’ll admit, I knew very little as well and so I’m excited to learn about this country myself. Hopefully S. Africa will move up a few notches on your list once you see what it really does have to offer!!

  3. Mark Wiens

    This is awesome news and you mentioned a lot of very fun sounding activities that you will be getting into in South Africa! Also great to learn that your favorite animal is the Hippo – they are pretty cool!

  4. Erin

    Fantastic! Isn’t this life amazing that it enables you to make last minute decisions to go to South Africa?! Will you be staying around to explore more of the continent?

    1. Earl

      Hey Erin – It is amazing and that’s why such freedom gets addicting! And I won’t be staying in Africa after the trip unfortunately. I have some things I need to do but a return to Africa is in the works for 2012…

  5. Merna | Impact Journeys

    That’s fantastic you’re going to South Africa! It’s so beautiful and amazing in countless ways. Your itinerary sounds jam-packed with adventure and fun. Seeing animals in their natural inhabitat on safari is the best! Not sure about the shark cage-diving – still uncomfortable with the controversy around whether baiting them makes them associate food with people and increases attacks. Will be looking forward to your blog posts about your trip. Enjoy!

    1. Earl

      Hey Merna – Thank you for the comment and for following along! It’s funny how excited one can get when they think of observing animals on a safari. And I can only imagine it’s infinitely more exciting when you’re actually on the ground observing them! I can’t wait 🙂

  6. Michele

    How incredibly exciting! I can’t wait to read about your trip.

    Loved the video, I kept thinking, “hmm is he lying down?” Maybe it was the shock of everything you’re about to do and all that awesome information sinking in? lol

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your lifestyle with us 🙂

  7. Forest

    Hey Earl, not commented in a while… Sorry :).

    Anyway the trip looks like it’s going to be a once in a lifetime trip (but aren’t they all!). I’m heading to New Zealand in Jan, can’t wait!

    1. Earl

      Hey Forest – That’s excellent that you’re headed to NZ! Should be a nice change of pace…

      And you couldn’t be more correct…every trip is indeed a trip of lifetime!

  8. Mica

    Congratulations! Sounds like an amazing trip. Looking forward to reading about your adventures. South Africa is on our list but we won’t get there till around 2013 or so!

  9. Cherina | Quiet Wanderings

    Sounds like an amazing trip, Earl. Love that it is so last minute – they often make the best trips! An African safari is really high in my travel plans. The cage diving with sharks…not so much. Living in Australia, I’m terrified of them. Have an awesome time! Can’t wait to hear about it and see the pics.

    1. Earl

      Thanks Cherina! I have a feeling the shark cage diving is one of those things that sounds quite fascinating at the moment but probably is a bit intense when it’s actually happening! We’ll see how it goes…

      And I do agree that last minute plans often do make for great trips. I love when I don’t know where I’ll be in a few days and then suddenly I’m off to another part of the world!

  10. Jason

    Great to see your on your way to Africa mate. Although short, I’m sure this small taste will leave you wanting more. South Africa even as a stand alone destination has an extreme variety of things to see and experience.

    Enjoy mate, and I’ll be reading along.

    1. Earl

      Hey Jason – It does seem like an ideal stand alone destination and the two weeks will certainly be quite busy. I’m really excited to finally be traveling there. Stay well!

  11. Linda, I'd rather be traveling

    1. Laying on the floor helps with gravity…..um…in my world …facial lines!~
    2. I loved your video, like meeting you in person, and feeling your energy…whew!!
    3….not least though, have a super wonderful time….keep safe and I look forward to see you back here.
    You made me smile, really smile and laugh out loud !

    1. Earl

      Hey Linda – I never thought about that with the gravity…perhaps the floor is where I should shoot all of my videos from now on! Glad you enjoyed it…I plan on doing many more videos in the near future 🙂

  12. Matthew Cheyne

    This trip sounds like it has it all. The sharks really bite off the coast of South Africa so you’re shark cage experience is going to be awesome especially if you do it near sunrise or sunset. They seem to go crazy there around those times, much more so than they do here in Australia. The safari sounds great especially all the spotting that you’ll be doing. All you need is a Vuvuzela and a soccer world cup and you’ve got it all covered 🙂

    1. Earl

      Hey Matthew – That would be perfect…although, after the soccer match I went to in Istanbul a couple weeks ago (which I shall write about soon), I need a break from soccer matches. But shark cage diving, I have a feeling that might never get old, even if one needs a little extra push to get into that cage!

  13. Amanda

    Haha, love that you were laying on the floor.

    This trip sounds amazing though! I’m super jealous of the safaris and the shark cage diving! I can’t wait to read all about it.

    1. Earl

      Hey Amanda – Glad to see another person who would be willing to go shark cage diving! And the safaris are definitely something I can’t wait to experience…all I want to see is one hippopotamus!

    1. Earl

      @The World of Deej – Haha…well, I don’t want to force you to read the blog 🙂 But if you do choose to read about my South Africa trip, I hope you enjoy it and I certainly appreciate it very much!

  14. Lori

    You are so damn lucky!!! OMG!!! I want to go with you!!!! Take me!!!!!!!!!! Will be looking forward to reading your posts. Be safe and ENJOY!!!

    P.S. Did I say take me?

    1. Earl

      Hey Lori – Sorry, it wasn’t too clear in your comment…did you want me to take you with me by any chance? 🙂

      I definitely feel very lucky to have this opportunity so I’l do my very best to share all of the experiences with everyone as much as I can!

    1. Earl

      Hey Andi – I’ve heard great things about Durban as well, so I was glad to see it on the itinerary. And I’m happy that your video feedback is positive. You never know how it’s going to turn out when you video yourself on the floor.

    1. Earl

      Hey Ian – Well, I absolutely look forward to exploring your home town. Not sure what my exact schedule is there, but if you see someone walking around who looks as if they’re a little too excited to be there, that’s probably me!

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