In the last year I have managed to head on trips to a number of countries I never thought I’d get the opportunity to visit, and admittedly, I had never had a plan to visit. Places like The Gambia and Cape Verde haven’t exactly been on my travel radar, and had I been challenged to point them out on a map a couple of years ago, I would have probably pointed to Swindon.
My West African horizons have been broadened since late 2015 when I began working for a holiday company specialising in a number of niche travel destinations, amongst them these two West African gems. Every now and then, employees get the opportunity to jet-off to our destinations and get acquainted with the character, identity and appeal of them. As a writer, this is integral for me, otherwise I may as well be writing about any random place, like Swindon.
My Cape Verde trip was probably the most tiring travel experience of my life. Even after enduring 24-hour bus journeys in Argentina, sleeping in a campervan in New Zealand for a month and hiking in rain and snow in Patagonia; my five-day island-hopping experience of this archipelago was mental. A six-hour flight there and back, sandwiching three internal flights, a ferry journey, four islands, four island tours and a suspected accidental ingesting of sleeping pills that were mistaken for sea sickness pills; I was zonked.
Even if most of my body and mind was sleeping, I still managed to function my camera, and was able to capture some of the beauty and striking scenery afforded by the four islands I visited; Sal, São Vicente, Santo Antão and Boa Vista.
Here are some photos from that whirlwind smash-fest of five-day educational…
Have a look at some more of my recent adventures in Africa, a continent I last visited back in 2007 during a hitch-hike to Morocco.