My name is Caroline Somba, a finance controller by profession and a travel blogger at My Global Attitude. I am a budget traveller, visited 14 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America to date.
I enjoy hiking as an adventure and way of keeping fit while travelling. Also I camp a lot and prefer hostels/Airbnb to hotels. Street food is my weakness, you will be forgiven to say my appetite is on the roof.
Travelling has helped me discover my passions, gain confidence and changed the way I relate to people from different backgrounds. Travelling has made me more open-minded and accepting, something I didn’t grow up with.
I live in Nairobi, Kenya, the home of champions ?
I’m back home after a month-long trip to Canada.
It’s now 3 years since the wanderlust bug descended on me. My first trip was to a very unlikely country for first trips, Qatar. My sister lived there and offered to cover half of my costs for the trip, little did she know she was opening a whole new world for me.
That’s a tough one indeed! I’ve been to Cape Town, South Africa and I fell in love, instantly. I also got totally smitten by London. Such a tough choice to make!
My favourite country is Canada. The people are kind and friendly, the 3 provinces I’ve visited are amazing. Camping and hiking the Rocky Mountains in Alberta and British Columbia was my favourite part.
So far, I don’t have a least favourite place. If you asked me this question on my first day in Hanoi, Vietnam I would have given you a straight answer but by the second day in the city, I was already loving the chaos, and the food ?
When I travelled to Malaysia in 2015, I signed up for the Kampung Kuantan Firefly tour in Kuala Selangor. I was, of course, excited about it from the photos I had seen online. Since I was travelling solo, I joined a group of other travellers for the trip. We were served with seafood at a local Chinese restaurant which was yummy (it was later disgusting to see where the prawns and crabs we had were grown. Clearly not in the ocean or the river).
Anyways, we proceeded for the boat tour around 8 PM down the river to view the Fireflies which were described to look like Christmas Trees on the internet. We paddled down the river with a Dutch couple and only saw a small group of Fireflies in different patches. We didn’t see the Christmas Tree or anything out of this world, only ended up with several mosquito bites ☹ Don’t believe everything on the internet folks.
Meeting new people from different backgrounds and being able to connect with them is my favourite part of travelling.
When shopping in Port Elizabeth, South Africa I forgot my purse in one of the changing rooms in a shop. The purse had money, credit cards, and passport. I did not notice until I walked into a jewelry store, shopped a few items and when it was time to pay, I couldn’t find my purse. I dropped my shopping, ran like a mad woman and I was lucky to remember where the last shop that I was at. I walked in panting like a small dog, ran straight to the changing room and I found my purse there. Thereafter I explained to the shop owner what had happened and she gave me a small lecture on how not to be careless in South Africa. That was damn scary!
Participating in the Marathon du Médoc in France, famously known as the world’s longest and booziest race. I hope to check that off next year.
Yes, I do have a packing list. I have listed my carry on essentials in the blog. The weight of my luggage depends on whether I’m backpacking or visiting my friends. For the latter, I pack a lot of Kenyan coffee and processed nuts for my friends. I however make sure my luggage doesn’t exceed the airline requirement.
Passport of course. My cell phone, credit cards, some cash, my camera kit, a book and a pair of sunglasses also make it to the list.
Different people prefer to read different types of literature while travelling, some books while others read magazines. When travelling, I like reading books about a place or an inspiring adventure. I enjoyed reading ‘EAT.PRAY.LOVE’ by Elizabeth Gilbert that inspired me to travel to Italy.
Paul Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ is my favourite when travelling solo. It encourages me to keep my eye on the adventure, and that the challenges I meet on the way should not make me turn back.
‘A good man in Africa’ by William Boyd and ‘Secrets in Summer’ by Nancy Thayer are also other favourite holiday reads.
I use Duolingo for translation when travelling to non-English speaking countries, Uber for bargain taxi fares and convenience, Currency exchange app to convert prices to my local currency and Maps.me, an offline map to help me with navigation at my destination.
Always keep an open mind. Talk to the local people, and other travellers. Be open to suggestions and recommendations. Packing light is a serious challenge to many, but you reap the benefits after landing at your destination.
In the next three months or so, I’m widely exploring my beautiful country Kenya. The Great Wildebeest Migration is still on in Maasai Mara National Park at least before late September. The Northern part of Kenya is also calling with its natural beauty.
For international trips, I’m torn between Zanzibar and Munich for my Christmas vacation.
Caroline is a young African blogger who has been very fortunate to see a whole lot of this big world. In the last three years she has travelled to various destinations in Africa, Europe, South East Asia, Middle East and North America, whilst running My Global Attitude.