I tend to think that there are two types of people who seek out vacations. First, there are those with super wealthy backgrounds who seem destined to hold a corporate job, with paid vacations for family and friends. Then there are those who are street-smart and scrappy, those who previously knew nothing about vacations and feel uneasy when they make their first vacation trip. These are obviously from a struggling background who have worked hard for relatively little, have been bullied all through their lives but make it because they have a burning resentment and something to prove; they have an ambition; they have little to fall back on but their determination and their willingness to do whatever it takes to make it in life. These also make up part of the “Nouveau richie” whose drive is so intense that it borders rage. A typical travel magazine will most likely cover stories of the first type of people.
I remember the day that I said to myself, “I will never be able to afford a proper vacation”. The thought of it just made my jaw drop. A year earlier, I had quit my corporate job, with an airline which could afford me rebate flight tickets. I could afford a decent vacation easily by complementing my flight money with hotel bookings, but I would never share the luxury with my family. I remember filling my bucket list with travel aspirations, but seldom ticked them off; and if I did, I was either taking a work vacation or training. I would then spend hours, days, weeks and months, trying to put together an affordable vacation with little success. You can relate to this, can’t you? Did I belong to any of the two types of vacation takers above? I wondered.
Fast forward to today, and in hindsight, I think I have demystified the affordable vacation. I can report on my amazing journey of discovery and adventure with my friends and family. I have experienced and documented some of the most memorable and treasured moments of this journey. And some of these include:
- A cable car ride in Hong Kong
- Shopping adventures in Thailand with my friends, which included a cruise along river Pattaya
- Being the only African on a trip to Pattaya, Thailand
- Dinning with elephants in Amboseli, Kenya
- Experiencing a tour of Singapore with my friends
- Watching the sunset while on a cruise in, Watamu, Kenya
- and many more…
Question: Have I finally hit my goal?
Answer: Not yet.
Question: Have I joined the “Nouveau richie”?
Answer: I do not think so.
The point is, there is so much out there for me and you to experience. And because I can’t do all this on my own, I sort to request you to come on board.