20 Trips to Take in Your 20’s

Seeing as my 20s are soon coming to an end 🙊 I've been taking a look back at some of my favorite experiences!

Oh hai! I’m Kiki! 👋🏻
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It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper introduction. I know many of you just started following my journey, and many of you have been following from the start (6 years ago!), and I’d love to get to know you better! Here are a few things you might not have known about me:

1) I studied martial arts and have my black belt in Taekwondo 🥋
2) I still sleep with my baby blanket 👶🏼
3) I’m a California girl living in Cape Town (hence my love for In N Out) 🍔🍟
4) I’m obsessed with Harry Potter and terrified of heights 🤓⚡️
5) I have my degree in Financial Planning and left my career to backpack and volunteer abroad (the blog came a year later!) 💼 🎒 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Your turn! Where are you from? Share something interesting about yourself! ❤️ (PS you can read more on my “About Me” page on my blog)

Staying at Meno a Kwena in Botswana

On the edge of the Boteti River in Botswana lies Meno a Kwena, a simple safari camp. This was the perfect place to disconnect from the online world and reconnect with the natural world.

Cruising the river on a raft and watching elephants cross in front of us was one of my favorite moments of my trip to Botswana. Read more about my experience below:

This Mediterranean Island Hasn't Changed In Thousands of Years

Check out the incredible traditions of wine making in Croatia!

Staying at Jack’s Camp in Botswana

Old world glamour meets African safari at Natural Selection's Jack's Camp! I had the pleasure of staying at this luxury camp on my recent trip to Botswana and it seriously blew me away.

The rooms reminded me of the Quidditch World Cup tents from Harry Potter (so you know I was excited) and the personalized service was amazing. Plus there were so many adventures to be had and wildlife to explore.

Read more about my stay below:

24 Best Spots in the Caribbean

Tropical getaway inspo!

The Best Apps for Bloggers to Stay Organized

With so many moving parts in my online business, I have to find little ways to keep everything organized. I have found that there are a few KEY apps that contribute to my business running smoothly.

From content planning to team management, these are my must-have apps for a productive blogging business:

Exploring Botswana

{ NEW VIDEO } Botswana you’re a beaut! I spent a week traveling the country, staying in remote lodges and completely disconnecting 🇧🇼
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Watch the full video from my trip to Botswana HERE: http://bit.ly/BotswanaFB

The best cocktail bars in the world: The Gold List 2018

Comment below where you've had the best cocktail and what it was!

Jungle Cruisin’ 🐘🗺
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Shot on FUJIFILM X Series US XT-2 | Edited with @tbapresets (https://theblondeabroad.com/lightroom-presets-x-blonde-abroad/) | Natural Selection

The Best Rooftop Bars in Cape Town

Take warm weather, great views and throw in some trendy cocktails...you've got a great night in Cape Town! There are some really great rooftop bars that have popped up around town that you have to check out if you're in the city.

Click below for my list:

The Top 10 Destinations To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Where will you be celebrating next month?

No WiFi. No problem. 🌳
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One of the best parts of our trip to Botswana was being completely disconnected for a week. It might sound silly, but I don’t often find time to do “nothing.” We were so remote at Sable Alley that we spent our days watching hippos from the lodge, and falling asleep in the afternoons reading books as light rain fell from the heavens. This was truly one of the most perfect places I have ever been.
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The Local’s Guide to Cape Town for Coffee Lovers

Wherever I travel I love to check out the local coffee shops. They always seem to give the best representation of the cities' culture and people. Cape Town is no different! There are so many great little coffee shops in the city.

Today I'm sharing my fav local places in Cape Town to get a caffeine fix! Comment below where in the world have you had the BEST cup of coffee?

Pack Your Bags: This Place Was Just Named the #1 U.S. Destination for 2018

Can you guess where it is? (Hint: it's in the same state as my hometown!)

Five Things to do in Xi'an, China

A couple of days ago we celebrated the Chinese New Year! Who's headed to China this year?

Where to Watch the Winter Olympics, Craft Cocktail in Hand

What's your favorite sport to watch in the Winter Olympics?

Double date 🐧💕🐧
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I spent the majority of my 20s single. I traveled solo. I was the third wheel. I was the “single” friend.

For years before meeting Meyer, I would have people feel genuinely sorry for me when they found out I didn’t have a boyfriend.

I could have just spent an hour talking about the success of my business, having traveled to over 50 countries on my own, displaying self-confidence and wisdom beyond my years— but the second I said I was single, I instantly became a crazy cat lady, loudly displaying a countdown timer to infertility.

The conversation would literally go from “WOW! You’ve done so much at such a young age!” to “You better lock it down before you’re too old to have kids.” (*insert a real LOL here*) I spent my 20s seeing the world, learning about what I truly wanted out of life, growing a business and selfishly focusing on becoming an awesome human.

Some people meet their soul mates in their teens, and others might find love where they least expect it. There is no “how-to” guide for life OR love. So, don’t compare your life to others— especially on Instagram.

Love yourself first. Accept yourself. Truly. Flaws and all. It’s one of the most cliche things to say on a day like Valentine's Day. But, self-love isn’t important. It’s necessary.

Believe in yourself and do what you want in life. Appreciate the journey. Surround yourself with friends, family, and people that bring out the best in you. THAT is the true secret to happiness.

The Ultimate Bali Travel Guide

Add Bali to your travel list this year!

Five Things to do in Xi'an, China

Looking back on some of my favorite experiences in this wonderful country in honor of the Chinese New Year today!

A Beer Lover’s Guide to Cape Town

South Africa is very well-known for it's outstanding wines, but Cape Town actually has a great craft beer scene as well! There's nothing like cracking a refreshing cold one in the summer heat.

I've compiled a list of my favorite local beers and some great tap houses to check out in the city. CLICK below to learn more:

16 Apps Every Woman Should Download Before Her Next Trip

These could come in handy:

The beautiful #baobabs of #Botswana 🌳
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These giant trees are unbelievable to see in person— and are said to be thousands of years old!
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Natural Selection #unchartedafrica

10 Local Gins to Try in Cape Town

If you know me, you know my cocktail of choice is a Gin & Tonic! Today I'm sharing my favorite local gins and places to try them in Cape Town.

What's your go-to cocktail?

6 Breathtaking Destinations with *No* Cell Service for Your Next Vacation

I recently traveled to Botswana where I had no cell phone connection and I truly got to unplug for a bit. It's great to take a little break now and then 😌

If “The Notebook” had been filmed in Africa 😜
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The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! While staying at Sable Alley, we took a mokoro to discover to experience this peaceful wonderland of the delta.
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Shot on DJIglobal MavicPro | Edited with @tbapresets (yes they work on video in Premiere too!) https://theblondeabroad.com/lightroom-presets-x-blonde-abroad/ | Natural Selection |

The Most Romantic Things to Do in Cape Town

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! 💘

In honor of this day of love I'm sharing my favorite date ideas for all around Cape Town-- if you don't live in Cape Town you can still use these as starting points and research similar places in your hometown.

Comment below your favorite date night (or day) activity...

The 15 Best Independent Bookstores in the US

Comment below your favorite book of ALL time...

Ten Itinerary Planning Tips for a Trip to Europe

Get started planning your next holiday in Europe!

7 Cheapest Beach Getaways To Go On If You Still Want Your Instagram To Sizzle

Grab your towel and flip-flops, it's time to hit the beach!

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit the Christmas Markets in Europe

I can't stop looking back at my incredible holiday visiting the Christmas Markets in Europe! After scrolling through my camera roll, I picked out some of my favorite photos from all the different markets.

Click below for some major inspo for your 2018 winter holiday!

My Experience at Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Just a few more days until the Mardi Gras celebrations begin!

Golden Hour 💛🐘
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Shot on DJI Mavic Pro Drone

The Most Romantic Destinations in Europe

Sweep your love off their feet this year❤️

You Can Get 2-for-1 Tickets at NYC's Biggest Attractions Right Now

Check this out if you're visiting New York soon!

"Dunes Meet the Ocean" 4x4 Tour in Namibia

Namibia is full of epic deserts and great ocean views. When these two natural landscapes come together, it makes for one EPIC African road trip.

Details on my awesome drive through the dunes below:

Every Change to Expect From Alaska Airlines as It Completes the Merge With Virgin America

Good to know these things about the big merger:

Kalahari Safari 🦓
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Best Road Trips Around the World

One of the best ways to see a new country or state is to drive through it! I've had some epic road trips from the deserts of Namibia to the Ring Road in Iceland to the iconic Pacific Coast Highway.

Check out some of my favorite drives around the world below:

17 Romantic Hotel Packages for Valentine's Day

Getting ready for V-Day!

Kalahari desert oasis 🌴
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Lemonade in hand and zebras on the horizon. Definitely one of the prettiest pools I’ve ever seen!

Tag who you’d want hang here with below!
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#jackscamp #botswana #kalahari #africa

Staying at Spitzkoppen Lodge in Namibia

Every time I visit Namibia I find new adventures. It's the perfect place to really get in touch with the outdoors and marvel at the earth's natural beauty.

I had the absolute pleasure of staying at the incredible Spitzkoppen Lodge and experiencing a true eco-escape.

Read more below:

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Shot on FUJIFILM X Series US | Edited with @tbapresets: http://bit.ly/2nHzoXd

How to Travel Interlaken on a Budget

Interlaken, Switzerland is such an incredible snowy destination to visit in the winter. Thankfully a trip here doesn't have to break the bank.

Making small changes to your itinerary like choosing hostels over hotels and hitting the grocery store instead of the spendy restaurants adds up!

Click below for more tips on low-cost ways to see this beautiful city:

Destinations You Should Avoid in February (and Where to Go Instead)

Where are you headed this month?

Hakuna Matata ✌🏻🇧🇼
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Meet the meerkats of the Kalahari! At Jack’s Camp in Botswana, I got to hang out with these little cuties! As a tourist, I am very cautious about human interaction with wild animals. These animals are completely wild— as they should be— but have been habituated, meaning their behavior is not affected by the presence of humans. They have come to see us as part of their normal habitat— not as a threat. While you should never touch them, they might not respect the same of you lol! With the guidance of a game ranger and meerkat researcher, I simply sat down and these guys ran right up to the top of my head as if I were no different than a termite mound!
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My Experience at Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Masks ✔️ Beads ✔️ Beignets ✔️ Time to get ready for Mardi Gras!

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