For my readers who missed it on social media, below is a snippet of my feature in the awesome series Travellers’ Tales. In Africa and Beyond runs a series whereby readers and other bloggers answer a few simple questions about their travels with the opportunity of being featured. Read some of my answers below. For the full deal visit “Meet Sabeeha from tattoo my passport”
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am travel junkie currently residing in South Africa, but wishing to reside in different countries all over the world. I am a Chartered Accountant by day, and a travel blogger by night (I’ve just recently started). I enjoy writing and travelling and hope to inspire others to travel with my blog.
What is your earliest travel memory?
Travelling as a kid mostly comprised of local trips with my family. Most of our trips were to Drakensberg, hiking up beautiful mountains and exploring the natural wonders and wildlife in Mpumalanga (then known as Eastern Transvaal). Even though these were my most recent travel memories, the experience that got me bitten by the travel bug was my secondment to New York for 4 months. I was selected to work in the New York office of the firm that I was at. After living in such a vibrant city for 4 months and travelling extensively through the US with friends thereafter, it was difficult not to fall in love with travelling.
Where was your last holiday?
My husband and I travelled to Vietnam recently. We were limited to 10 days and carefully selected to visit Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay. We unexpectedly did a day stint in Sapa too! Vietnam is utterly compelling, filled with natural beauty, smiling locals and unique heritage sites, making our trip unforgettable!
Kids playing in Sapa, Vietnam
What is your favourite travel destination?
Istanbul. On one of our trips, we travelled to London and did a stopover in Istanbul. I fell in love with Istanbul and probably left a little bit of my heart there. The most fascinating thing for me was the Islamic history. Since Istanbul was just a stopover, we didn’t manage to explore the rest of Turkey. I am anxiously waiting to return to explore the likes of Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Izmir, Antalya and the rest!
My Husband and I at Ortakoy Camii, Istanbul
Who is your favourite travel companion/s?
Hands down, this has to be my husband. We both have the same passion for travelling, thoroughly enjoy each other’s company and have different travel strengths which makes us a great team.
Your best travel advice?
Plan your own trip instead of using a travel agent. The task may be daunting the first time around, but it comes with lots of benefits. It’s much cheaper and allows you the flexibility of planning your trip just the way you want to. Be cognisant of the fact that even though you’ve planned your trip, things may not always go according to plan! Be agile and adaptable to change when travelling.