World Journeys Blog

Live from the Hide

Every so often a piece of writing manages to capture perfectly the magic of Africa and its wild places. We share here a piece penned by Dereck Joubert, renowned wildlife filmmaker and CEO of Great Plains Conservation.   The scene is set at ol Donyo Lodge, located in over 111,000 hectares of private wilderness in the […]

Africa on the Horizon

‘Enforced downtime’ is a very glass-half-full way of describing the life of a travel agent in recent times.  With business on hold late last year, one of World Journeys’ friends Pam Hardy, of YOU Travel Levin, seized the opportunity to head back to her favourite destination – Africa.  Thrilling wildlife encounters, luxurious safari camps and […]

Travel in Covid Times

With the ongoing effects of Covid on the travel industry things had been so much quieter in the office over the past year. In July this year, after getting double vaccinated, I relished the opportunity of travelling to Europe to spend some of the winter staying with friends. Like many, working remotely is achievable, and […]

For the Love of Lions

Asking me about my favourite place to see lions is like asking me to choose a favourite child. From the wide-open plains of the Masai Mara to the waterways of the Okavango Delta, there are some incredible safari camps and lodges who make it their mission to get you in amongst the most spectacular wildlife […]

Memories of Mana Pools

Zimbabwe was the first African country I visited and, as a result, it has always held a special place in my heart. Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and Lake Kariba are all ‘must-sees’ but Mana Pools National Park actually ranks above all of them as one of my favourite places – not just in Zimbabwe, […]

I Have Loved It All

As is the case with many travel-nuts, my early days were peppered with jaunts around the country, and an immersive exchange experience to Tahiti. Learning to bargain was eye-opening, particularly in French, igniting in me an intense curiosity about our incredible world, its landscapes, cultures and languages.  After studying linguistics at university, I told my […]

A Latin Affair

Growing up in Christchurch, my desire to travel was first awakened when our next-door neighbour travelled to Kingston, Jamaica for the 1966 Empire (Commonwealth) Games. He worked for an airline, and I thought “how amazing”! I decided then and there, at the age of 12, that tourism was going to be my future. So I […]

From Arkansas to Africa

  It is with great restraint that I am having to hold back on travel right now – in fact 2020 was the first in more than 25 years that I haven’t travelled! My formative travel experiences began as a child of four years old, relocating to Arkansas in the U.S. and then again at […]

Dreams are free…

Just like that, Covid-19 changed us; Jack London or Stephen King could have had a field day. We learnt a new language which included: social distancing, Zoom meetings, elbow bumps and self-isolation. Planes were grounded, families were separated across the world, swathes of jobs disappeared, and what was with the dearth of toilet paper? I […]

Driving Iceland

As a horse-crazy young girl, the photos of Icelandic horses in my library of equine picture books caught my eye every time.  Noticeably smaller than other breeds, their coats were covered with a gorgeous range of colours and patterns, with fluffy manes blowing in the wind, their eyes reflecting their gentle nature. These adorable beasts […]