London and Africa
I traveled a lot in 2015, and one of my favorite experiences was going to London for the first time and then on safari in South Africa. The itinerary totaled 18 days, including a couple days in London on either end of the trip for sightseeing, key restaurants and exploring. The main part of the trip was focused in two parts of South Africa. One week on Safari at Exeter River Lodge andSabi Sabi Earth Lodge and then another week in Cape Town to absorb some South African culture.
LondonIt was my first time, and it was super helpful that Brittney had spent a great deal of time in the city growing up so she was familiar with the transit systems. We did a lot of your typical sightseeing, the Tower and Crown Jewels, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, etc. The weather was shit, but I knew it would be that way going in. It was nice that everyone spoke english, and if its your first time traveling outside the US, London is a great way to dip your toe in the water.
I'm of two minds about my experience in London. I did really enjoy the art and history of the place, which I always do when I hit a major international city. I just didn't like the vibe of the place, and I know thats pretty subjective and hard to explain. I know a great many people who really love London, and I'm sure I'll be back to give it another shot.
South AfricaMaking it to SA, going on safari and exploring Cape Town was definitely the highlight of the trip. Our safaris were outstanding, and we were incredibly lucky to see as much as we did in such a concentrated time period. We have a habit of staying in very nice places and eating incredible food, and South Africa did not disappoint! In true visual storytelling fashion, I'd rather show you not tell you:
A quick little plane flight from Houston and you're in Belize, a great place for adventures on land and under water. This video was my first attempt at capturing a vacation with only a GoPro. I'd say it turned out pretty well, and I learned a ton about what these little action cameras can and can't do. The people in Belize are incredibly friendly and courteous, always smiling and ready to help a stranger on the road. Our lodgings (Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort) was pretty amazing. With almost everything included and plenty of diving and forrest adventures to choose from, we were spoiled for choice.
Highlights from our three week trip to France in 2014. We drove the country and visited Paris, Versailles, Honfleur, Bayeux, Mont St. Michel, Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Sarlat-la-Caneda, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Beaune, and Burgundy.