How to spend 36 hours on a bus without losing your mind

10 months ago, I published my first article on this site. 

 

I called it, ‘The top 10 tips to survive a long bus ride.’ 

 

I know what you’re thinking….who read that?

 

Well, my 2 readers did. Mum, and this one guy from Zambia. 

 

Typed it on my phone on a bus from Kampala to Nairobi. 

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Experience Chale Island, and live like an Islander

Being rich is fun. Pretending to be rich is even more fun.

 

Eating rich people food. Maybe some unsuspecting sea animal.

 

Going to rich people places. Like an exotic island, a private beach, maybe a private nude beach. No? You’re not into that? Okay. 

 

What about waking up to a view of the ocean. You wouldn’t mind that, would you?

 

Smelling the air that the rich breathe. Oh, I imagine that it smells different. Like fresh bills, with a hint of mint, you know? 

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The little voice inside your head

Can you hear it? 

 

The voice inside your head whispering, ‘there is nothing you can’t do, baby.’

 

You can be anything and anyone you want to be. 

 

Can you hear it? 

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Tracking Mountain Gorillas in Uganda: (When & Where, Plus the Batwa Community)

A gorilla posing for a photo at the end of the tracking session

I am writing this on my way to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Yeah, yeah...I know people say this all the time. But seriously, I am typing this sentence on my phone, in a speeding taxi to Kabale town.

 

For as long as I can remember, this is the most excited I have been.

 

Why, you ask? 

  

a) In a few hours, I will be exchanging smouldering looks with a mountain gorilla, LOL!

b) I am staying at a beautiful lodge right by the national park.

c) But most importantly, I am on the road. In a place that's completely new to me (it's been a while)

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Why you're a loser at 23 (and how to fix it)

23.

 

At this age, your university days are most likely behind you. 

 

You are ready for the rest of your life.

 

Or, are you?

 

The thing about being 23 is that, you are truly at the beginning of the rest of your life. 

 

But also, at this age, you realize that life is not as straight forward as you thought it would be.

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My mystical challenge: The 4-day hike up the Rwenzori Mountains

Guest blogger Asedri Philip Drad shares his experience on the notable Mount Rwenzori in Uganda.

 

The purpose of life is to live, to experience, to reach out eagerly and without fear. For the joy of life comes from new encounters. There is no greater joy than having an endlessly changing horizon, or a new and different view of the sun each new day.

 

This is my search for an ever changing horizon on a hike to Uganda's highest point, The Rwenzori, also referred to as the “African Alps” or the Mountains of the moon and the snowy source of the Nile, one of Africa's few remaining glaciers in the tropical Savannah; surrounded by all that Mother Nature has to offer.

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How to travel like a pro: A beginner's guide

The best advice I ever got is 'travel by yourself every once in a while. That's the only way to fully embrace a new environment without reservations.'

 

There is nothing that screams amateur like a bunch of tourists following a tour guide like a pack of school kids.

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The weird stuff everyone thinks of on a plane

"Brace, Brace, Brace."

 

These are the final words pilots say to prepare passengers for an emergency landing.

 

I pray that you and I never hear these words. But if we do, it's important to remember, there is a 96% chance of survival if one is involved in a plane crash.

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5 places you must visit in Paris

What is so beautiful about Paris is that everything is within reach due to the well connected transportation system. So, you are always one train ride away from a world renowned tourist attraction.

 

If you're visiting Paris for the first time, prepare to be wowed by some of the world's most famous attractions. Here are my top picks of the 5 places to visit in Paris.

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Things you should never do when you travel

1. Act like a know-it-all.

 

Just because you read an article about the country or even watched a news segment about your travel destination doesn't make you an expert on that country.

 

Most tourists make the simpleminded mistake of assuming they've done enough research about the country, therefore have gained comprehensive knowledge about the country they are visiting.

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A Traveler's guide to an epic bucket list

I have never been a bucket list type of girl. But, I feel that if you decide to make one, (welcome to the cheesy club btw), you'd better do it right.

 

In my mind, an awesome bucket list should look like this.

 

 

1. If it's not going to kill you, it's not worthy.

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27 signs that you're addicted to traveling

Did you know that there is a group of individuals who are addicted to traveling? If you've been wondering whether you are one of them, here is a list of signs that are common to all travel addicts.

 

 1. If 80% of your new year's resolutions comprised of places you intend to visit this year.

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How to be a tourist in your home country: Uganda

Imagine this...

 

You're walking to work, in a hurry. You're always in a hurry. 

 

Then you pass by these lazy-looking guys wearing shorts and tank tops. It's Monday by the way.

 

Why would anyone wear flip flops on a Monday? They are sipping some green-looking drinks, laughing at some unfunny joke someone told last night.

 

Yap, those are tourists.

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50 questions to ask yourself before you study abroad

I remember the day I was accepted into the study-abroad program in Paris.  26/05/2015.

 

Have you ever felt like you are on top of the world?

 

I was over the moon. You couldn't pull me down if you tried.

 

But this feeling was short-lived when I realized how much I had to get done.  

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The reason why I travel

Have you met someone who instantly changed your life?

 

I met this little boy in Rwanda who did just that.

 

I had been in the country for a while, and things were beginning to seem too normal. 

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Top 11 things to do in Rwanda

Okay, when you think of fun countries, Rwanda may not be on top of your list. But you will be surprised. Whether you seek dangerous adventures or a simple walk on the beach, Rwanda has it all.

 

After a recent trip to Rwanda, I compiled a list of fun, adventurous and enjoyable activities to do in Rwanda. And here is the list.

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An African's Guide to Moving Abroad: 17 Travel tips

You found an amazing job. Or graduate school. Maybe your friends invited you to stay with them for 3 months. You're going abroad.

  

You are excited beyond words. It feels like for once in your life you are going on vacation. Life doesn't get better than that.

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6 ways to save for travel in 2017

I am your average 20 something year old. Big dreams. No stable income. And all these dreams are centered around...you guessed it....TRAVEL. 

 

There are so many young people with similar dreams. You could be that young person. You just want to travel and see the world. You want to learn about new cultures and try different cuisines. Your only restriction is the size of your wallet.

 

 

Worry not. Your travel dreams are about to come true.

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What ever happened to Didi's World?

Growing up, Didi's world was the place to be.

 

Not because it was the only amusement park in Uganda (it still is), but because every little kid went there.

 

 

When we went to school after the December holidays, the only two places we bragged about visiting were Didi's world and Garden City. That's how cool it was!

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9 mistakes to avoid as a tourist in Rwanda

You know what I like?

 

Being a tourist. Yes. A good old tourist. Doesn't matter where I am, I will act like a foreigner visiting the place for the first time (even in my home town!)

 

There is something about it. It's like walking around with a dollar sign on your forehead. You know what I mean? 

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7 Budget Places to Visit in Rwanda | Travel Guide

RWANDA. Known to the world as the Land of a Thousand Hills. But it has so much more to offer.

 

Are you curious about the thriving African country but have no idea where to go and what to see? Are you on a tight budget? (who isn't?)

 

No problem! I have got you covered with a list of 7 touristy and non-touristy places to visit all around Rwanda.

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Rwanda: Through the eyes of a wanderer

I am on a bus heading to the Western Province in Rwanda.

 

Cruising past endless hills, beautiful scenery, thick forests, small but well-maintained homes. Past trees that go on for miles and a lake that flows endlessly.

 

It is sunny outside but there is a beautiful breeze in the air, the kind that gently brushes against your cheek and triggers a smile.

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Broken Abroad

Her name?

 

Her name doesn't matter. All that matters is that life was once perfect. To her.

 

She was living abroad. Finally free.

 

She arrived at the promised land aware that she had a clean slate. In a land where not a soul knew her. Her past mistakes were forgotten.

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Gaddafi Mosque: Uganda's Tourist Sensation

I once compared climbing the tower of the Gaddafi mosque to bungee jumping in Jinja. It was so dangerous but so thrilling at the same time.

 

I first climbed the tower in 2009 as a young girl unaware of my adventurous spirit. I remember escaping from school one evening to visit the biggest mosque that was the talk of the town.

 

Of course, it was still under construction at the time but I didn't care. That day, my friends and I walked to the mosque expecting glory.

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The tale of the Ugandan Taxi

Most Ugandans have a love-hate relationship with taxis. This is why.

 

On a good day, the taxi conductor will help an elderly lady cross the road. Amazing!

 

 

On a bad day, that same guy will connive with 5 thieves to rob an unsuspecting passenger. (I was that passenger, but more on that later)

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An African's Guide to Europe: Budget Travel Tips

Paris. Amsterdam. Barcelona. Athens. Berlin. Madrid.

 

Would you like to visit one of these cities in Europe? Well, so do a lot of people. Unfortunately, many give up on their dream destination because they instantly think, "too expensive".

 

They decide this without doing any research to actually find out how 'expensive' a place is. Granted, these are a few of the most outstanding cities in Europe and in the world. So, automatically, they are branded as costly.

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Bungee Jumping in Jinja

'First, you climb to the top, then... you jump!' said the bungee jumping instructor.

 

Simple, right?

 

At this point, I thought it was simple. I had all the information. I was going to climb...get tied to a rope...then jump.

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Expectations of a First Time Flyer

There isn't a better feeling than knowing that you will be flying to a new destination...for the first time!

 

You tell all your friends and family. Deep down, they all wish they were you. You are excited beyond words. At night, you dream about your journey. Ah, the elation!

 

You check your ticket constantly. You can't wait for the D-day. One week to...five days...two...one...the day is here.

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A Sneak Peek into the 1st Ever Kampala Rolex Festival

Fry an egg (or four) and a chapati, roll them together and you have Uganda's greatest discovery...the ROLEX.

 

Although the actual roots of the rolex are not known, it can be traced tracked back to university campuses and student hostels around Wandegeya in Kampala.

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20 Crazy Things People Say to African Travelers

Disclaimer: I have met some of the coolest people when I was away from home. I have also listened to the coolest stories shared by fellow Africans abroad that make me want to pack up my bags and move to new places...every day.

 

But to be honest, many people will say the strangest things and ask the weirdest questions when they meet Africans. I kid you not. Allow me to share the top 20 of the most outrageous statements that people have said to my friends and I only because we said the 'A' word.

 

 

1. "You have an African accent".

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7 Things to Know Before Moving to Kenya

I could pretend to be an expert on all things Kenyan but you and I know that I would be lying.

 

Everything I know is based on my personal experience as a foreigner there. 

 

I moved to Kenya in 2012, with a dream. A dream that I could accomplish...

 

Fine, I will stop with the philosophical crap. I moved there to attend college.

 

Was it my decision? Well, I wouldn't say that exactly (my parents decided as all African parents do!)

 

Little did I know that Kenya would actually grow on me.

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To my Tourist Friend; 8 Hacks for an Incredible Ugandan Experience

Welcome, my tourist friend!

 

Uganda is one of the five countries in East...(ha! jokes, I am sure you know the country.

 

Thanks to Idi Amin, mountain gorillas and Museveni. In case you don't, then thanks to Google, you will in a few minutes (I'll wait...).

 

Well, I hope you can place this dear country on the world map. If you can't, you aren't the only one. All that matters is that you have heard of it.

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Why Racism Should Never Stop You From Traveling

Disclaimer: You may or may not agree with the statement below but...

 

Most Africans do not consider themselves 'black'.

 

Growing up, no one calls you black at the playground or in class. 'Being black' is such a non-factor that we do not consider it. So, when we experience our 'blackness' through someone else's eyes, we are caught off guard. 

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New Job in Different City? 10 Tips to Survive the First Day

Thanks to globalization, there is a good chance that you will, at one point, work far away from home. Here are a few tips to help you survive the first day craziness.

 

 

1.Prepare to do nothing.

 

Yes, you read that right. First days are tricky for employees and employers alike. Don't be surprised if your supervisor has no work for you.

 

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