Posted by: MummyTravels | May 8, 2012

The greatest journey meme – The Mum Blog gets me thinking

It should be an easy question – what’s my most memorable, incredible journey so far. But I’ve been pondering for days after I was challenged to answer it on The Mum Blog. I’ve been to some fabulous places, with China, Madagascar, Laos, Lebanon and the South Pacific springing to mind as a few that really opened my eyes to the amazing places around the world.

But for somewhere I remember for the emotional experience as well as the destination? Well, there was my wonderful honeymoon in Brazil, where I explored the Amazon, saw one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls and the incomparable Rio de Janeiro, all with a huge smile on my face and my brand new husband beside me.

All contenders without a doubt (and that’s barely scratching the surface). But the surprise winner is one of the earliest trips I took aged 21, to Egypt.

I’d travelled before – family holidays to France, an Interrail trip with my then boyfriend around Europe, I’d even explored a lot of Germany during the year I lived there (though that wasn’t so much of a holiday). But as I finished my post-grad diploma and prepared to start my first ever grown-up job, I wanted to do something a bit more adventurous.

Egypt had always fascinated me, and when I couldn’t find anyone else who wanted to come along, I bit the bullet and decided to go alone. Which surprised even myself! Not completely solo, but given how shy I still was and my tendency to overthink everything, even a group trip with Explore was daring.

Needless to say, it was amazing. I saw the pyramids, no less breathtaking for their familiarity, and the fabulous temple of Abu Simbel. I sailed on a felucca up the Nile, relaxing under an awning in between stops at riverside temples, loved riding a camel and hated being in the saddle of a maniac donkey, tried my hand at haggling, plus my first scuba dive in the Red Sea – with an extremely dodgy instructor who nearly let me run out of air.

So it wasn’t all perfect – I ate dodgy food and discovered the wonders of Immodium, as well as learning to make do with holes dug in the river bank instead of toilets and encountering more than a few tourist scams. But I survived, I loved it and I’ve never looked back since.

What’s your most memorable and incredible journey so far – and why? I’m tagging Room For A Small One, Far From Home Mama and On The Luce but hope it inspires a few other people to join in. Don’t forget to link back to this blog and The Mum Blog and tag a few other bloggers of your own.

Image: whl.travel/Flickr

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Responses

  1. I have never been to Egypt but this post really made me want to go there. Love the sound of your honeymoon, too 🙂 Thanks for sharing such great memories.

    • Egypt was amazing – would love to go back again (although not quite right at the moment). And Brazil too, I couldn’t have gone for a two weeks on a beach honeymoon. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  2. I’ve not been to Egypt either, probably because my GP husband tells me everyone who goes there ends up with the trots. I don’t think he appreciates this is all part of the experience!!
    Don’t fancy the maniac donkey or the scuba diving but would love to see the temples and pyramids.

    • Yup, I think it’s just one of those things that you can’t avoid, however careful you are. Wasn’t actually too bad until I had ice cream at the Red Sea (young & foolish…). Have ridden donkeys a few times and they’re all certifiable, although I do have a soft spot for camels. The history is just incredible though, I think everyone should see the Pyramids/Abu Simbel once…

  3. Thanks for tagging – Now I need to work out how to do it 😉

    • No problem – and just write your own post on your blog, based on the theme, with a link back to me and The Mum Blog. Intrigued to see what you choose and why!

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