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This week started with open borders and I hope that excites you as much as it excites me No one needs me to tell them that Namibia is a breathtakingly beautiful country quite unlike any other destination on earth. There’s a saying that goes “when everything is taken away, we see who we truly are” and I have been exposed as certified travel addict and enthusiast. The travel bug has me good. Travel has been the fuel for most of my life. From the moment I first took off for boarding school in Stellenbosch at 13 years old, I’ve defined myself by where I’ve been and where I’m going. My mind and soul are filled with memories of places, people, enchantments, disasters and discoveries. Before travelling to Namibia’s least inhabited area, which borders the cold Atlantic Ocean to the west with the rugged Angolan wilderness to the north, the only ovaHimba I had seen in my life were at OK parking, selling their crafts. On the morning of 12 March 2020, I woke up in India with plans to fly to Nepal for a 180-day trek to Everest Base Camp, but I ended up in Singapore with my partner. Spending one night at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore was a memorable lifetime experience that absolutely rocked my world. As one of the most visited cities in the world, the capital of the United Kingdom is a thriving multicultural metropolis that has something for absolutely everyone. Someone asked me the other day why I like travelling and I’m not sure if she really wanted to know, or if it was just a “why” question she knew how to ask. Either way, I was rather stumped. Travel companies are vamping up their business models and marketing campaigns for the corona era. Summer is fast approaching and as it rolls in, it’s a good time to escape to somewhere wet. Read on to discover three of my favourite (and unconventional places) to visit. Today, I embark on a special journey that’ll see me going to exotic destinations as I navigate the world with no real plan for six months, powered by Standard Bank Namibia. The biggest benefit of flying during this pandemic is the forced social distancing aboard an aircraft. European governments reopened their borders over the summer months this year, but following the relaxation of measures, much of Europe is now experiencing a brutal second wave. Even though I have always leaned towards this approach to life, travel has taught me that I don’t need many possessions. I like things, nice things, but I’ve learned that I don’t need them. After spending a cold and wet month in London, my partner and I jetted off to Dubai for some sunshine, sandy beaches and the unique Arabic culture. For extravagant entertainment and dining, culture-rich sites and cool beaches, a holiday in Dubai should be high on anyone’s destination list. One of the most unusual restaurants in the world, this is one of the most unique dining experiences one can have. The year 2020 was the year we learned just how fragile life is and how the freedom to roam the world can be taken awaken the blink of an eye. The recent downpours that have flooded some parts of the country have given the Namibian landscape a magical makeover.