Major the Rock My Adventure tours more than the final three years has been such an amazing practical experience.
It has offered me the chance to market and help a quantity of neighborhood enterprises in Africa and make a lot of new close friends in the course of action, at the exact same time permitting me to connect with my readers (and a handful of people who just randomly stumbled across my tours and liked the notion behind them) and bring people today collectively.
It is been excellent to share experiences and travel with so a lot of beautiful people today from about the globe, while displaying them the Africa I know and really like.
It is been a year of development as well. I did twice as a lot of tours this year as I did final year and took on a new tour leader, Jessi.
I met Jessi when she came on the 2017 Rock My Uganda, Rwanda & DRC and we became excellent close friends. Her enthusiasm, optimistic attitude, tenacity and sense of adventure seriously impressed me and straight away, I knew she’d be an great tour leader. So when I decided to expand, I asked her if she’d like to join the Rock My Adventure group and to my delight, she accepted!
It is been so substantially exciting to operate in a group once more, to have an individual to bounce suggestions off, even if it is remotely most of the time. Blogging can be really lonely at occasions, specially if like me, you are a people today particular person who has normally worked in a group. So obtaining Jessi has been incredible. Her input, help and tough operate have been invaluable this year! I couldn’t have carried out it without the need of her.
So the program for subsequent year is to take on at least 1 a lot more tour leader (the a lot more the merrier in my eyes), so if you believe you have got what it requires, watch this space… I’ll be marketing quickly.
Anyway… general we’ve had a excellent year and the feedback has been great! Here’s just 1 of the testimonials we had from Jessi’s Kenya tour:
“This tour was incredible! I have normally wanted to travel to Africa but I by no means had adequate time to take months at a time off. I also did not discover the overland trips exactly where you are in a huge group of 20 or a lot more people today camping every single evening incredibly attractive and none of the compact group trips had been ones that I could afford. When I stumbled upon Helen’s weblog and discovered about her tours I honestly believed it was as well excellent to be accurate. For me this tour was excellent and I can not believe of any recommendations on how to make it greater. It was what I hoped for and a lot more. Any inquiries I had ahead of the trip had been answered or supplied in the pre-departure packet. I am seriously impressed with the activities that had been picked out. Helen has a excellent network of neighborhood guides and drivers and a lot of of the camps or eco lodges we stayed in also have projects with the neighborhood communities. That aspect was seriously crucial to me and I seriously enjoyed the compact activities like going to a neighborhood bar even though we stayed in the Mara. Our tour guide Jessi was a badass and super exciting. She was excellent at adapting to modifications or altering a thing on our itinerary if it was greater for the group. She was also a excellent resource for seeing and understanding how solo travel to other nations is carried out. I have currently advisable this tour to a lot of of my coworkers and close friends and would really like to go on a different 1 of these tours myself someday!”
When I acquire feedback like that, it brings me so substantially happiness and encouragement to know that we’re developing a thing fairly specific right here.
But for a even though now, I’ve been feeling like Rock My Adventure is becoming a thing separate from Helen in Wonderlust. Though the two will normally be linked, I wanted Rock My Adventure to have its personal space. I have so a lot of suggestions and I believe separating the two is the ideal way to do it.
I’d like Helen in Wonderlust to go back to my original objectives of getting a travel weblog that offers valuable data and assists people today program their personal independent Africa backpacking trips primarily based on my experiences.
While Rock My Adventure is a compact, independent tour corporation, that creates incredible itineraries and offers special possibilities for people today to have an great backpacking/flashpacking practical experience in Africa, with a cool group of people today but without the need of the hassle of preparing and organising it all oneself.
I have a handful of other suggestions too… but all will be revealed in due course (and when I have some time)!
With that in thoughts, as some of you may well have noticed, Rock My Adventure got a makeover in the kind of a new(ish) logo, but now we also have a new Facebook page, Instagram and… a new internet site!
Myself and the designer, Amanda (who also made my excellent logo) have been operating on the internet site for a even though now, but with restricted time and crappy net, it is only now that I’m lastly capable to share it with you!
Along with the new internet site, we have slightly updated itineraries and tons of pictures from this years tours. So please verify it out and I hope you really like it!!
But if you have any feedback, each about the tours or the internet site (if you notice any hyperlinks not operating and so forth) please let me know and likewise, if you have any recommendations/requests for new tours, do not hesitate to get in touch!
Tours are currently filling up rapid for subsequent year, with Sierra Leone currently complete (waiting list is open even though) and some of the other people nearing capacity. But we also have some new tours in the pipeline (Kilimanjaro & the Serengeti, Botswana & Zambia, Malawi and South Africa and a lot more in improvement) as effectively as all the old favourites!
I’m also teaming up with my pal Matt Estrada, an amazing experienced photographer, who has been on two of my tours (Tanzania & Zanzibar final year and Namibia this year) and we are going to be launching a Kenya & Tanzania Photography Tour incredibly quickly.
Matt is excellent (that is him at the front in green). He’s actually the nicest, most upbeat and patient particular person I know and he spent the complete Namibia trip teaching the rest of us how to do all sorts of distinct photography, how to use Lightroom correctly and answering a million inquiries! And he’s an incredible photographer! He’s excellent, you will really like him.
If you want to like the Facebook web page or stick to us on Instagram or inform all your close friends about Rock My Adventure I would be incredibly grateful and I just want to thank you for all the help you have currently offered me. Thank you for every single social media share or mention to close friends and loved ones, it seriously does mean the globe to me and without the need of you, this wouldn’t be doable!
I have significant plans for Helen in Wonderlust and Rock My Adventure in the subsequent handful of years… there’s a lot of operate ahead and I’m positive it will not normally be straightforward, but it is an thrilling time and as normally, it is an adventure!
February: Kilimanjaro & Serengeti
March: Sierra Leone
July: Uganda, Rwanda & the DRC | Malawi, Zambia & Botswana
August: Botswana & Zambia | Namibia | Kenya | Kenya & Tanzania Photography Tour with Matt Estrada (COMING Quickly)
September: Kenya & Tanzania | Malawi | Tanzania & Zanzibar
October: Malawi, Zambia & Botswana | South Africa
November: South Africa, eSwatini & Mozambique
You can discover the itineraries and information more than on the new Rock My Adventure internet site!