Instead of Traveling Europe, One Girl Backpacked Africa
Hey! My name is Michi, I am 27 years old and on a world trip right now. I was traveling through Africa on my own for the last 6 months. And I can definitely say that it was the best time in my life.
I started my trip in Uganda and went all the way own to South Africa by land. I crossed Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Lesotho.
Yesterday I started my trip back home to Austria from Joburg.
My heart is bleeding. I really fell in love with Africa.
I have to say that I didn’t know much about Africa when I started my trip.
It was my first time in Africa, it was my first time to do real backpacking and it was my first time to travel alone.
So you can imagine that I was totally excited and also a bit scared when i was sitting in the plane to Uganda. But I am young, single and I don’t have children. So it was the perfect moment to start to travel the world and to make adventures, which I will never forget.
I can definitely recommend you to travel alone. I almost never felt lonely. You will meet other travelers all the time. I had such amazing travel partners on my trip. And sometimes I was just happy to travel alone, because it’s not easy to find somebody who expects exactly the same things like you from traveling. If you travel with people who you met on the way, you can split up again, whenever you want. If you travel alone it is also much easier to get in contact with locals and other travelers. And traveling alone makes you really strong.
Many people told me that they admire me, because I am so brave to travel alone. But let me tell you something: I was really not brave. I was always a bit shy, but I think this trip changed me a bit. Now I know that I am brave. I had to solve a lot of difficult situations on myself.
But I never felt really unsafe. And I never had really bad experiences. My phone once got stolen in Malawi and in Zambia a small amount of my money was stolen, that`s all. I traveled all the way with public transports (minibuses,…). Some travelers think that they are not very safe but I didn’t have any bad experience.
Most of the time I tried to do couchsurfing and I loved it. African people are great hosts and super friendly. But it`s not so easy to find hosts everywhere, especially in East Africa, so many times I also stayed in hostels.
If somebody has any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments below.
You are also very welcome to read my travel blog. Unfortunately I wrote it in German. But maybe you can translate it or just have a look at my pictures: www.langersehnteweltreise2015.blogspot.com.