First things first – you are going on a safari. That is awesome! Congratulations. Here are 10 things I just don’t see as often or consistently on all of the “must pack” lists that I think need to be.
For most of my adult life, I have called myself “half Asian/half white”. It felt like the most accurate depiction of “what I am”. Obviously, that’s ridiculous, and my exact genetic makeup couldn’t possibly represent me as a whole human being, but I think it was so important to say this because my Asian identity was erased from my being all throughout my childhood.
I’m sure you’ve started to see a trend when it comes to my travels. I collect local art from every new place I visit. I figure I’ll one day be able to create a gallery of adventures. Buying local is a huge part of that wanderlust. When I’m experiencing a new community, I want to support it the best I can. For me, that means eating local, ideally staying local, and buying local.
Years ago, when I’d think of Austin food culture, it was BBQ and Tex-Mex. Now? Food culture in Austin is this beautiful amalgamation of numerous cuisines combined with a love of delectable, cravable, comforting food.
Beach travel is definitely a big part of our world travel. Ironic for someone as photosensitive as I am, but the sound of the water and the feeling of sand between my toes means I just prepare myself a bit more for the excursion. Now, these 5 basics presume I have a great lounger and umbrella set-up already, because it’s imperative for my beach time fun that I have access to shade and also a comfortable place to rest. And remember, beaches can be warm and cold. These are generally more warm-centric recommendations. That being said, every recommendation here is either valid for the cold or has a cold-centric counterpart.
The first picture you see is probably the one most people have seen from my 2019/2020 trip to Iceland. Stunning landscape, my bright green hair, and witchy attire. But that photo doesn’t represent my best memories of that trip. It doesn’t give you the real picture of what that trip was like.