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Oh hai! I’m Kiki! 👋🏻
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)
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:
Check out the incredible traditions of wine making in Croatia!
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:
Tropical getaway inspo!
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:
Comment below where you've had the best cocktail and what it was!
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:
Where will you be celebrating next month?
No WiFi. No problem. 🌳
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.
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?
Can you guess where it is? (Hint: it's in the same state as my hometown!)
A couple of days ago we celebrated the Chinese New Year! Who's headed to China this year?
What's your favorite sport to watch in the Winter Olympics?
Double date 🐧💕🐧
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.
Add Bali to your travel list this year!
Happy Chinese New Year!
Looking back on some of my favorite experiences in this wonderful country in honor of the Chinese New Year today!
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:
These could come in handy:
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?
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 😜
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.
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 |
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...
Comment below your favorite book of ALL time...
Get started planning your next holiday in Europe!
Grab your towel and flip-flops, it's time to hit the beach!
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!
Custom playlist for a custom trip!
Just a few more days until the Mardi Gras celebrations begin!
Sweep your love off their feet this year❤️
Check this out if you're visiting New York soon!
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:
Good to know these things about the big merger:
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:
Getting ready for V-Day!
Kalahari desert oasis 🌴
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!
Natural Selection Uncharted Africa Safari co.
#jackscamp #botswana #kalahari #africa
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:
Caption this below!
Shot on FUJIFILM X Series US | Edited with @tbapresets: http://bit.ly/2nHzoXd
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:
Where are you headed this month?
Hakuna Matata ✌🏻🇧🇼
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!
Shot on GoPro Hero6
Masks ✔️ Beads ✔️ Beignets ✔️ Time to get ready for Mardi Gras!