Living life slow, but not slowly!

I’ve spent some time reflecting on my path ahead recently. Partly because I feel that just drifting from assignment to assignment (and then off on holidays in-between) is starting to interfere with my productivity. But mostly because in one week’s time I enter my last 30-something year on this amazing planet. It’s a fact that both scares me and makes me excited. I’ve decided to use it as a Good Excuse to do some crazy things. I mean, once I cross that big 4 zero threshold I have to be all responsible and adult. Nah, only kidding! I don’t think I’ll ever be ready for adult. But I’m all for a Good Excuse.

So the year ahead will be packed with slow adventures. Slow, because they will be close to nature and combined with sampling (read: stuffing my face with) local food and drink, not necessarily because of their pace or lack of adventure. I already have an epic hike planned for August through Fish River Canyon; the largest canyon in Africa and second in the world after Grand Canyon. This aint no slackpacking; the trail is 90km long, you have to carry all of your supplies and you sleep under the stars. Shortly after that, I am guiding an amazing hiking trip in Swaziland, Drakensberg, Lesotho (where we get to trek with ponies) and the Wild Coast. But before all of that, I am going on a walking safari in Pafuri, in the northernmost part of the Kruger National Park.

Hiking in the Drakensberg

Hiking in the Drakensberg

Pony trekking in Lesotho

Pony trekking in Lesotho

There will also be some more adrenaline-filled activities on the agenda. I still haven’t jumped off the world’s highest bridge bungy or paraglided high above Cape Town. Now’s the time! I hope that the year ahead will be filled with adventures and challenges where I get to push myself to the limit. I’ve already had a head-start in that department actually; last week I completed a 56km Ultra Marathon and I plan to run plenty more! Oh, and I recently went on an epic white water rafting tour with a group of crazy bloggers on the #MeetSouthAfrica campaign. It was a near-death experience that I’ll do again at the drop of a (hard) hat! Then there’s diving with whale sharks in Madagascar, exploring the vast forests of Scandinavia and a short hop and skip to Estonia on the agenda.

White water rafting

White water rafting

So here’s to living life to the full, slow but definitely not slowly!

My Slow Journey


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