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1. Posted by Penny2011 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

hi guys.... i am planning to take 6 months sabbatical next year from April to october 2011.

  • My plan is to travel part of this and also go back to my country of origin (kenya) for a couple of months.
  • i love to travel and there is so many places i would like to visit , at the moment my heart is inclined to doing an overland cairo to capetown but not made up my mind yet.
  • ideally i would like to travel responsiblyand do some chariy work along the way .... am looking for ideas, tips on cheap travel, maybe even get travel companions along the way etc
2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Well, you say Kenya is your home country. I assume that this means you are of colour? How much do you know about Kenya? Have you had a lot of contact with people from Kenya before?

Quite a number of people with colour get quite a shock when they travel to African countries. Because they look African they are expected to behave according to the social norms. For somebody who has lived elsewhere all hir live this is impossible, bc they social norms are not the same and you simply don't know them.

For somebody who is white it is easy, they are recognised as a tourist and treated accordingly. For somebody who is dark-skinned... Be prepared for some serious misunderstandings. Not that they aren't fun in hindsight and you'll learn so much, but when you are in the situation it can be confusing and disturbing.

I am saying this bc as a white, blonde European who is also a muslim I have "been there, done that" so to speak. In Arab countries and at home in the mosque I am often seen and treated as muslim woman, which in many cases meant that I was supposed to act like a (local) Arab muslim woman. Many muslims from dominantly muslim countries have difficulties discerning between culture and religion.

So when you plan to travel from Cairo to Capetown you should definitely consider that it might be a tad more difficult for you to travel in Africa if you are of colour.

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4. Posted by Penny2011 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

thanks.... will bear that in mind.