A Rendezvous with Rovers Introduces Rachael
On this newest installment of our interview series Rendezvous with Rovers, we are introducing you to the expert on Kenya, Rachael from Safari254. You might already recognize her name from our Weekend Travel Inspiration series as she is one of our partners. Read on to learn more about traveling from Rachael.
I love that you are from Kenya. It is definitely one place I would love to go. What would be the most important thing for me to do there?
This is a bit cliché but go for a game drive, I’d recommend the Maasai Mara or Amboseli. That is probably the lover of wildlife in me speaking.
What inspires you to travel? What types of places call to you? How often do you get to travel?
The urge to discover new (to me) places and wanting to experience new things. I’m a very visual person so I’d say I’m drawn to outwardly beautiful places so I’m more likely to visit a place if I have seen a picture of it somewhere. If not I tend to be drawn to places of historical or cultural interest.
Describe your travel philosophy. What is your style?
I like a bit of both. I am not above backpacking when necessary but once in a while it is nice to feel pampered.
I prefer to be in control of my travel plans. It gives me more room to be adventurous.
What types of things are you interested in while you are traveling? Is it adventure/adrenalin or history/culture? Do you want to relax on the beach or hike around ruins?
A bit of everything really. I love going to museums for the history and culture. I also love hiking but nothing too strenuous.
Everyone always asks the impossible question of what is your favorite, but just tell us a couple of places that you just love or surprised you, or a place you find yourself going back to, and maybe a place that was a little disappointing and didn’t live up to its reputation.
I remember going to some ruins along the Kenyan coast called Jumba la Mtwana. From the name “Jumba la Mtwana” which is Swahili “The House of the slave” I had assumed that it would be the ruin of a single house. However when I got there it was the ruins of a town and to top it all off it was right by a very scenic beach. I was pleasantly surprised.
What is one funny, embarrassing, cute, or even frustrating anecdote from your travels?
I was travelling late last year as part of team tasked with capturing images for a Telco company’s calendar for 2015. This meant that we were on the road the whole day and I was left longing for a place to rest my head since I was always exhausted. Everything had been going well up until we got to a town called Nandi Hills, we had called 2 days in advance to arrange for accommodation and our guide had promised us that everything was sorted. We got to Nandi hills late, exhausted as usual; luckily we had made a stop in a nearby town for dinner so we weren’t starving as well. And then the nightmare began. We spent almost 2 hours driving around the town looking for a place to sleep, I was so exhausted but I still had the energy to give the guide a piece of my mind. Eventually we decided to spend the night at a lodging. I ended up finding a man’s underwear in the bathroom in my room. Definitely an experience I will never forget.
Other than travel blogging, what do you do to remember your travels? Do you buy souvenirs?
I buy souvenirs when I can but if I don’t manage to get any I always have my pictures to look back to.
What is your next destination and what are you looking forward to doing there?
I actually don’t know! I don’t have anything planned for now.
Finally, if you could inspire someone to start traveling, which place would you recommend to him or her as a good starting destination and why? Are there any places that you wouldn’t travel to your first time out and why?
Start close to home. People tend to overlook destinations closer to home simply because of their proximity but sometimes these places might end up being gems that you might not have discovered otherwise.
Rachael really gave us some great advice. That’s what is so wonderful about a Rendezvous with Rovers, we get to hear about traveling from different perspectives. I, for one, can’t wait to get to Kenya. I love animals and beautiful landscapes as well.
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