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Our Travel Bucket list

Every person I know has a travel bucket list or some kind of list of things to do and places they want to see before they die. If you don’t have one, then what are you waiting for? There is nothing more satisfying than ticking something off a list. Or maybe that’s just the OCD side in me.

I always knew I had a “Gallivanter Soul”. I have never missed being home, even as a small child, and I often feel depressed when we don’t have a trip planned soon after one has ended. I’m sure a lot of people can relate. But that will probably be where the similarities end.

You see, we are what regular folks call weird… And this bucket list might prove that too.  Although there might be a few destinations that seem normal, most of them are what they call “Dark Tourism”. Add to that our love for concerts and history, and you get our perfect bucket list… As seen below. I’ll come back to this list regularly to update it and have clickable links to the ones we “ticked off” our list. 

A person who likes to travels a lot and goes around from one place to the another in pursuit of amusement, fun or pleasure is called a ‘Gallivanter’.

Travel Bucketlist for the weird dark tourist

 

Our List

⇒ Columbia: Pablo Escobar History Tour in Medellin

⇒ WW2 Historical Sites in Germany

⇒ Day of the Dead Festival in Mexico

Bucketlist for the weird dark tourist. Day of the Dead festival

⇒ Explore India

⇒ Visit Kurt Cobain’s hometown Aberdeen, Washington

⇒ See Rammstein perform in their home country, Germany. We have seen them while they were in SA!

⇒ Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert.

bucketlist for the weird dark tourist. Burning man Festival

⇒ Attend the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco.

⇒ Drink Beer at Oktoberfest in Germany.

⇒ Stay in an Overwater Bungalow in Bora Bora.

⇒ Visit Roswell in New Mexico.

Bucketlist for the weird dark tourist. Roswell.

⇒ Visit the real Santa in Lapland, Finland. Haha! You didn’t see this one coming, did you?

⇒ See the F1 in Monaco. Or in Canada. Or in Abu Dhabi. Basically, go to a Formula 1 race anywhere in the world.

⇒ Spend a night in the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. Stephen King’s visit to the Hotel inspired The Shining.

⇒ Area 51. As if that would ever be allowed… Insert eye roll here… But as a big lover of Conspiracies, this would be extremely cool!

⇒ Explore Castles in Scotland

⇒ Pearl Habour Tour in Oahu, Hawaii.

⇒ The Swiss Alps

⇒ Oradour-sur-Glane in France. Oradour-sur-Glane is a little village that was a site of a grisly massacre by a German Waffen-SS company in the WW2.

⇒ Banff, Canada.

⇒ Chernobyl. Now, if you don’t know me, you might think this is insane. But those who do indeed know me well will know that abandoned cities and disasters are what sets my soul on fire. Almost as much as music does!

Travel Bucketlist for the weird dark tourist. Chernobyl.

⇒ See the Northern Lights.

⇒ See the Changing of the Guards in London.

⇒ Bali, Indonesia.

⇒ Take a tour on the HMS Belfast War Ship in London.

⇒ Lock Bridge in Paris

⇒ Coco Chanel Store in Paris. Another one that might surprise some and few might not be surprised at all. This was probably on my list since I came out of the womb.

⇒ Tour Namibia.

⇒ Kruger National Park. A million times over. I’ll never get tired of visiting the Kruger.

 

So this is just a few things at the top of our travel bucket list. It goes without saying that all the other Europe countries are on our list too. If you know of some cool places that we might be interested in, let me know so that I can add that to our list too. And be sure to check back regularly, as we tick these off.

Click here to read my post about what Dark Tourism is.

What is Dark Tourism or a Dark tourist?

The short answer: most of us are at least to a degree dark tourists and into dark tourism even if you’re unaware of it. It is by no means as gloomy, dubious or outlandish as it may at first appear or as some websites have stated. Dark tourism has been defined as tourism involving travel to places historically associated with death and tragedy.

Well to start off, ‘dark’ in this context is not meant literally but metaphorically, as in “a dark chapter of history“. And these dark aspects of history and humanity are simply quite interesting. So there are a lot of people who are interested in history. For example, my husband and I love WW2 history. And would love to explore War Sites. So thus it makes us Dark Tourists.

What is a Dark Tourist/ Dark Tourism really? Click to find out.

Think about it…

Have you ever thought of visiting the 9/11 Memorial site a Ground zero in New York? Tour the Catacombs of Paris? Even visiting a famous Rock Star’s grave. Or like us, would like to visit War Museums. How about a paranormal abandoned hospital?

If you answered yes or maybe to the few things I have mentioned above, then you are potentially a dark tourist.

To give you an example, the 9/11 Memorial Site in New York has about 5 million tourist visitors each year. Which makes it the most popular “dark site” in the World today.

The spot where the JFK shooting/murder happened is also a big tourist attraction. Going so far as having an X crossed out on the road at the exact spot he was shot in the car. And thousands of tourist go to see that every year.

In general: dark tourism is considered to be sites you travel to that are in some way connected to death or disaster. Or so goes the rough definition usually applied on Internet sites. But of course, it is much more complex than that short one-liner suggests I think.

Dark Tourism can be viewed in different ways. The connection with death and disaster or it can be quite indirect, like touring Volcanos and such. Which might not have caused deaths, but still gives a gloomy and dark feel to it.

‘Dark tourism’ is just a convenient cover term, but it covers a vast range of different types of sites that may have little to do with each other otherwise. Most visitors to dark tourism sites go there simply because they find it interesting and intriguing. Many come to learn something, or to try to understand something grim and unnerving that is hard to come to terms with. Some may attach even more philosophical depth to it.

“It has been speculated that one element could be that many dark tourism destinations make visitors confront their nightmares; e.g. what would you do if you found yourself in a civil war breaking out all around you – or if a nuclear power station blew up next door?”

So maybe there isn’t a single straightforward answer.

What is NOT included in dark tourism are such mainstream tourism elements as sunbathing on beaches or surfing.  Neither are traditional elements of tourism such as opera, ballet, theatre and a large portion of art galleries. But that doesn’t mean dark tourism couldn’t be combined with any of those other elements of tourism. You are still on holiday after all. So take me for example. I would love to go on a day trip visiting some war museum, but also enjoy other touristy stuff while on holiday.

I think what it comes down to, is having an open mind when travelling. To be open to learning. And to explore. However, if all you want from travelling is beaches, sun and relaxation, then I’m sure you don’t have to worry about being called a Dark Tourist.

If you would like to see what is at the top of our Tavel Bucket List, then click here.

 

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10 Instagram Photos that will inspire you to travel to London

With our upcoming trip to London in December, I couldn’t help but feel inspired by some of my favourite bloggers and Instagrammers’ photos while they were visiting the beautiful city.

I have been dreaming about living in London since I was a little girl.

I even chose the UK as the country I did one of my school projects on. And spent hours with my grandad who have traveled there frequently, listening to his stories.

But dreams aside, with mouthwatering pub food like fish and chips, the Big Ben, the London Eye, Windsor castle and the sighting of royals (who am I kidding?) the rainy, cold weather, and our best friends living there, what’s not to love. Aside from all the tourist attractions and doing what all tourists do, we want to go to some underground metal and rock bars/clubs and do a tiny bit of shopping on Oxford-street.

I’m extremely excited to experience Christmas in Winter as we have warm Summers here in South Africa over Christmas season. And you can bet that I’m already looking at ugly Christmas sweaters for Christmas Day. This is my one opportunity to wear a Christmas sweater without sweating or looking ridiculous.

So before I babble on about how excited I am, have a look at these London wanderlust photos.

10 Photos that will inspire you to visit London

@queenofjetlags

 

@alyson_haley

 

10 Photos that will inspire you to visit London

@bethsandland

 

10 Photos that will inspire you to visit London

@raquelsmx

 

10 Photos that will inspire you to visit London

@rosielondoner

 

10 Photos that will inspire you to visit London

@aspynovard

 

10 Photos that will inspire you to visit London

@inthefrow

 

10 Photos that will inspire you to visit London

@theblondeabroad

 

10 Photos that will inspire you to visit London

@amberfillerup

 

10 Photos that will inspire you to visit London

@lydiaemillen

 

It’s difficult looking at these photos and not want to start packing already. But it’s almost time for all the winter sales, so there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Shopping!

And make sure to go follow all these beautiful babes on Instagram if you are not already. ♥

If you want to follow along on my travels to London, you can subscribe to my blog posts and follow me on Instagram.

I’ll make sure to link our London trip here in the future. And I might have to do a post about romantic Instagram photos taken in Paris, seeing that we are traveling there too. So keep your eyes peeled.

In the meantime, please enjoy my latest travels to the Kruger National Park.

 

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Turffontein Charity Mile

Here in Gauteng, when you speak about “a day at the races” you’re usually referring to spending a day watching horses race at Turffontein Racetrack.

It is one of the oldest horse racing venues in South Africa, built in 1887.

So in November 2016, my best friend Tiffany arranged a day out for our group of friends at the races for a charity event. We got to eat, drink, bet on horses and have fun.

We had the most delicious pulled pork sandwiches. And sipped on pink champagne like the true ladies that we are. All while raising money for charity. There’s a lot to be said for what good it does for the soul to spend a day with friends close to your heart.

I let the photos do the rest of the talking…

Day at the races Turffontein

Tiff Turffontein Charity Mile

How gorgeous is she?!

Turffontein Charity mile

Coffee Flavoured Ice Cream

Best friends are the family we choose for ourselves.

 

We ended off our great day by going to Starbucks and Krispy Kreme for some delicious coffee and yummy doughnuts.♥

 

This was such a fun day out, and if you are looking to do something similar check out THIS website. They host these type of events regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Galley Beach Bar in Ballito

Late in 2014, we decided to have a spur of the moment holiday. We wanted to go to the Dolphin coast and visit our friends there too. And we obviously took Django, our Jack Russell along.

Because Django was only a few months old, accommodation wasn’t really a big problem.

So we went on a mission to find cool restaurants and places we can go where we can take him with. We came across The Galley Beach Bar and Grill in Ballito. Such an awesome place.

Not only are they pet-friendly, but they are right on the beach as well. Which meant a beautiful view while you enjoy your lunch and drinks. They also have a menu for your beloved pet! How cool is that?! Not to mention, we went back there twice.  Another bonus… it’s wheelchair friendly too!

I will definitely recommend this place if you are in Ballito. Bring your canine, enjoy a delicious meal and a walk on the beach.