{Travel} #Take12Trips Travel Challenge ~ month eleven

Month eleven of the #take12trips travel challenge was an awesome month. I had gone to Johannesburg, of course I shared a few pictures on my Instagram . It is a trip that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon but one that I want to repeat.

Whenever I travel somewhere new, I try to do 50/50 of the expected and unexpected. By this I mean, you do the touristy stuff and also go off the bitten path. Because I have family in Johannesburg, it made this travel even more amazing. I knew the experience would be nothing like I have had before and it was that and more. I mentioned in an Instagram post that an assumption is made that you visit to South Africa is always going to involve safaris. Granted South Africa is known for its wonderful safari parks, I still get slightly annoyed at the assumption.

I had decided before I embarked on the holiday that I would be avoiding the stereotypical expectations. Instead I would focus on just relaxing and appreciating my family whom I had not seen for 10+ years. For some this would be considered a wasted opportunity but for me it was the perfect getaway.

Ever since I took to this travel challenge, I can count on one hand how many of the destinations were purely relaxing. In all the places I have visited, I spent a lot of time exploring the land. Don’t get me wrong, there is no regret here but reflection on how to do it better the next time. I realised it is just as important to explore a new place as is to get comfortable and relax in it.

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#Take12Trips ~ Month Eleven

How many of us have gone on a holiday only to come back and want a holiday from a holiday? We obviously go to get away from the daily routines but somehow end up more exhausted than before we left. I saw enough of Johannesburg that I was happy with and had enough time catching up with the family.

Did I get holiday blues after? Of course who doesn’t but mine were different in that I was not longing to be there again but glad I had the opportunity to be there. I am sure I will be going back sometime next year and I look forward to it but still happy to be home.

mandela house

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challenges and Changes

Month eleven has really taught me a lot about myself and my capabilities. Not only about travel which has been a huge player but about myself and what I am capable of. Month eleven (aka September) saw me make so many changes, the biggest being stepping back from blogging. It was not easy to step away from this baby but for the greater good it had to be done. In case you’re not aware, I went back to university last month to do a masters in pharmacovigilance. I work full-time (40+ hours) 9-5, I only have weekends which for the next 3 months are booked. No I am not traveling again (except for one getaway next month and holiday in December).

All my weekends I am doing driving lessons in readiness for my test in  a few weeks time, I am traveling for work and got university assignments. Drowning is what I am right now but being a wanderlust soul I still want to go somewhere.

The #take12trips travel challenge has really opened my eyes to my love of traveling and finding new places. I am thankful for the amazing opportunities that have come my way since I started blogging. I have learned so much and this year’s travel record is proof.

Have you travelled anywhere this year?

Do you find on longer trips you come back more tired than when you went?