It's not too hard. It's not too scary. It's not too dangerous.
Hi! I’m Val, and I’m from the United States. In 2013, I traveled across Africa solo. It was my 1st time backpacking, and I did it using public transportation only. No planes– just a bunch of buses, cargo boats, one train, and some hitchhiking.
I was so scared before my trip. I literally started crying on the floor of the Frankfurt airport during my layover because I was that freaked out. Ha. So yeah, I get it. But it turned out to be the best 7 months of my life! I also realized it’s a lot safer and easier than you would expect.
Backpacking Africa changed my life. And I promise you won’t regret coming too.Read More
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Most likely if you are heading towards South Africa then you’ve already heard about the Baz Bus, the 20 passenger hop-on-hop-off backpacker transport vehicle. If not insiders Guide to Baz Bus will shade some light. For some, it can be the greatest thing on earth… for others it is the source of all misery and frustration. […]Read More »
Backpacking Africa Cost: Can You Travel on a Budget? While memories might be priceless, making them often requires a visa card.Or at least it did for me. To be honest though, my backpacking Africa cost was much less than I have spent in many other parts of the world. The cost of living while I […]Read More »
Africa is not what you think (and it’s definitely not what the media portrays). It’s 54 unique countries that are home to some of the best travel spots on the globe. Read on to bust your ideas about this infamous continent. 1. Lions Are Everywhere! The Lion King screwed up all the kids in the […]Read More »
What are backpackers saying about their time traveling the African continent? Check out what some of our favorite travelers had to say. “I am so glad you inspired me to come to Africa – it’s been the most amazing time and the people are so friendly, just like you said” -Barbara, UK, traveled […]Read More »
Volunteering in Africa: The good, the bad, the ugly Africa has become a magnet for volunteers, charity organizations, and non-profits from all over the globe. If you’re interested in joining the ranks and volunteering in Africa, there is a lot you need to know! I got my introduction to the continent by volunteering in Africa– […]Read More »
Clever Travel Companion: The best backpacking gear out there When I was getting ready for my big trip across Africa, I bought a lot of backpacking gear. Most of it I threw away or it broke somewhere along the way. That’s why I’m weirdly obsessed with my tank from Clever Travel Companion. It’s one of the few items […]Read More »
The world is filled with some absolutely amazing, incredible, and beautiful places to see. With so many options available, picking where to go and where to start is not easy. Climbing the Great Wall of China, visiting the Eiffel Tower, and touring a winery in Napa Valley all have an alluring appeal. What happens to […]Read More »
Is Africa Safe?: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and Alive! Before you buy your plane ticket, book your safari, or start training for some serious trekking, you’re probably wondering one thing.“Is Africa really safe to travel?” That one little question stops more people from realizing their dreams of coming to Africa than any other. […]Read More »
I traveled Africa, & know you can too! In 2013, I backpacked through 13 African countries. By myself. Using public transportation only. That’s right, no planes. Just one train, a few boats, and hundreds and hundred of buses. I started in Cape Town in March and after seven months I traveled Africa (complete length of the […]Read More »
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This is the guide I wish I had before my trip.
It's a total how-to book on everything I learned traveling Africa by myself. It's filled with everything I did wrong (what to pack, budgeting & spending money, getting around), the things I got right (staying safe, being healthy, solo girl backpacking), and all the random stuff you'll never be able to figure out online (crossing borders, itinerary ideas, time line, cheapest & most friendly backpacking countries).
It's really my labor of love for all the African who helped me along the way that I'll never be able to repay. I hope it encourages you to take the leap of faith, travel the way I'd do it now, & making the best impact you can while you're there.
Due to popular demand, I also added more stories, pictures, and my contact information in case you want to chat more.Get it Learn More