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Travel Tuesday - an African childhood

Cape Town
Me and my best friend with the view of table mountain in the background

This is the first time I am doing a Travel Tuesday post and I thought I better start right at the begining. Both John and I have done quite a bit of travel and John will feature in this weekly post as well but for now this is my journey with a little bit of my background. Basically I was born and grew up in South Africa, to a South African father and a Welsh mother.

Hout bay beach
My father and I on Hout Bay beach, Cape Town

My father would work very long hours so he could save and take us to the UK for a few months every 2 years so my mother could see her family and while we were in Europe we always visited other countries such as Greece, France, Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Spain and across the pond to the US. We went without at times so we could do these big trips but I have some amazing memories and it sparked my love for travel and I hope I can do the same for my little man Mr A.

Brother and sister
My brother and I in Paris - my sense of style was somewhat missing at this age

Holiday in Greece
Me and my brother in Athens

Even when I was a child London was one of my favourite cities

I left South Africa and my family at the crazy age of 16, to venture the UK on my own (what was I thinking!) and called Edinburgh my home for a year before moving to Wales. I returned back to Cape Town, my home city when I was 19 for what should of been a four week holiday but instead turned into a two year working trip which ended up with me taking a cargo ship from South Africa to the UK - it took 28 days and was a life changing experience.

I have been lucky enough to travel to 23 different countries and live in Cape Town - South Africa, Edinburgh - Scotland, Cardiff - Wales, Falmouth - Cornwall, Nice - France and Amsterdam in Holland.

South Africa
My brother and I at a waterfall in South Africa.

I truly think that travel is an education and can open up the mind to so much more and I cannot wait to share more of my travel adventures and stories with you.

I am joining up with the Travel Tuesday at Helene in Between


  1. great post and nice pictures!

    xoxo ♥

  2. totally agree, travel is such a wonderful lesson and eye opening experience. how neat that you got to travel so much at such a young age!

  3. What a great and adventorous life you've had so far! I love this post, can't wait for the sequel :)

  4. wow- you had some incredible experiences! i was lucky to travel from a young age too, because my parents always said travel was the best education they could provide us! love your site! XO
    the well-traveled wife

  5. How cute are you and your brother!? And how lovely that you had the oppertunity to travel so much and so young! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! I'm following now :-) Alex


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