December 17, 2016

Bucket List: My African Sabbatical

About Heather McKay Vacation

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide
to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”
Amelia Earhart

Heather McKay's African Sabbatical

 

Each year, I give myself ‘homework’ for life and for work… similar to New Year’s Resolutions, yet more attainable. With 2016, mine was to finally check off the #1 item on my bucket list: a visit to relatives in Africa!

Here I am, nearing the end of the year and reflecting on what it took to take 7 weeks completely off of work and thinking fondly of the wonderful experiences had on my big African Sabbatical.

For now, here is just a snippet… a little video of some of the animals of Africa:

 

It all began when I turned 40….

For my entire life, I’ve been saying I was going to Africa and I have given it a lot of thought over the years. When I turned 40, I was like: “Dang! 20 years just flew by! I better go to Africa before I blink and I’m 60!”  So, I gave myself 2 years to save, plan, pay off debts, streamline my business, reduce my monthly bills and warn my cousins living there.

And so. Here we are. I have many many images to go through, an album to create and a plethora of fond memories as well as many more stories untold.

and the absolute most memorable & intense moment of the trip…

 

I want to thank everyone who supported my journey, gave me money and emotional support, as well as my amazing clients! Without all of you, this daunting African Sabbatical would not have happened. It made me feel so thankful and so loved. From the bottom of my heart, Happy Holidays!

My wonderful travel photographer pal, Deb Woodard, captured the other angle of this amazing moment in the mountains with the African Elephants! You can see just how close we were! Yikes!

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[…] The only major bummer was that the Travel Hacker that I've been following on the Art of Non-Conformity Blog, Chris Guillebeau was in town the NIGHT BEFORE and having a meetup. What are the odds?! I missed him by just one day on my first official Travel Hacking trip. Though I didn't use exclusively points and miles to take this trip, I'd say visiting Singapore for $1200 and flying First Class was pretty darn good. It sure was a great test drive for my big Africa trip. […]

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