Who is Rebecca Amo?
Amo is a free spirited chic, easy going with lots of energy, selectively bubbly and on the lookout for intriguing adventures. I am super athletic and easy going when in the right mood ~extrovert. I also have this introverted side to balance the equation; That is get immersed in soul food books, solo back packing travels around the world, meditate and soul search in the mix of it all.
What inspires you to travel?
My forever young spirit and attitude,history,a yearn to learn new cultures,desire to try different foods, explore villages, meet different people,discover myself and most recently, books!Last but not least, the satisfaction I draw from putting Kenya in the map! Am that patriotic! I enjoy explaining where in Africa Kenya is and yeah, we girls travel solo too!
Has travel changed your life?
So much! Travel has uncovered in me resilience, risk taking, spot on financial management, patriotism, love, peace, gratitude and awakened my consciousness on living in the now-present moment (Most difficult thing we suffer as humans),can’t leave out the love for soul food books.
How many countries have you been to?
30 Countries so far adding 4 more this year!
What is your scariest travel experience?
Crossing Okavongo delta on a dilapidated ferry that looked like open rafters / dhows used by traders on the Indian ocean in ancient times,with the knowledge that if the caricature of this transport medium gave in, nothing and nobody would survived! Keep in mind, I am not a great swimmer.
What is the most underrated travel destination in your opinion?
In Kenya? Takaungu
Elsewhere? India, especially by Kenyans.
What is the riskiest thing you’ve tried during travel
Shared a room with a stranger (A man) in a dingy hotel at the Zambia border while back packing to South Africa, my first amateur excursion as a solo traveler! This was after I offered my room to a gentleman who was in the same bus,enroute to Zimbabwe, also stranded but couldn’t share a room with another guy! I was so naive! This stranger tormented me with sexual advances that I had to sit up all night watching football.Looking back? This guy could have actually raped me.For some reason, I was soo composed and stuck to my gun and fought back. Crazy! I can’t do it ever in my right mind…
How do you afford travel?
I literally save up for my travels.I work for my travels amongst other priorities…I also have a great network of friends around the world who help in playing host in some of the destinations I have been and will be in future.
What are some of the disadvantages of traveling the world as a Kenyan?
Mmmmh, generally, destinations that need visas can really make it hell because you need good financial proof to obtain a tourist visa, if you do get one, it does not guarantee entry to the destination country.The immigration of the destined country has a right to deny you entry.The other thing is,if you are female, there are some assumptions on why you are traveling alone that can be annoying if not condescending. Being black puts you on drug trafficking scrutiny among other annoying checks that you might just miss a connecting flight if scheduled for one and lastly, the assumption that I am Nigerian?While my passport reads Kenyan?….doesn’t go well with me!
Strangest food you’ve eaten abroad?
Snail and raw meat.
Bush or beach?
Bush!Now that I leave by the beach…..everyone needs a beach front address!
Best book or movie you’ve read about travel?
Motor cycle diaries .
Warmest country you’ve ever visited?
What sacrifices have you made in order to travel?
I don’t have assets like land as most of my peers, at present, I don’t want anything that ties me down physically, I can pack up any time.I believe there is time for everything.Now, travel takes precedence.
What are your future travel plans?
Well, I have split my travels in the 4 quarters of the year and as per my leave days.
For 2017, I plan to go to;
1.Europe- France and UK in May/June for pleasure and watch sevens rugby team in the mix.
2.Pilgrimage-Jordan &Israel in October, this is a treat for me and my mum.
3.Festive season end year-Australia in December, time to make merry right?
I just started working on Jordan & Israel itinerary this month…..it is a challenge to get a Jordan visa while in Kenya.
1. Tembea Kenya- Lake Turkana
2. Paragliding in Switzerland
3. Explore Barcelona ,Madrid & Party in Ibiza-Spain
4. Explore Morocco and attend Africa largest salsa dancing congress
5. Machu Picchu trek in Peru.
Best items you have checked off your bucket list?
2.Cruise on River Nile.
3.Snorkeling in the Red Sea.
4.Axum and Lalibella BC under ground orthodox churches in Ethiopia.
5.Taj Mahal in India.
6.Auroville in Pondicherry- India.
7.Stayed in an Ashram in Vellur, South India.
8.Climbed and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
9.Ngongoro crater and Lake Manyara in Tanzania.
10.Back packing Road trip from Nairobi to South Africa.
11.Empire State building ,statue of liberty and wall street in New York.
12.Desert safari and desert camping in Dubai.
13.Ferrari world in Abu dhabi.
14.Ango Wak Temple in Cambodia.
15.Full moon party in kho pagan island -Thailand.
16.Floating market in Thailand.
17.Rice fields and Olowatu Blue point in Indonesia
18.Yoga retreat in Bali
19.Garden by the bay in Singapore.
Tricks and tips for young people who want to travel?
1st. Master your context: This is with regards to your life obligations and what you know is your reality.Be realistic and flow…..Nature will conspire and make your travel dreams achievable.
2nd. You will never have enough money! So, with the little that you have, move! Start small, domestic tourism,then regional and international travels thereafter. Time is now, remember nothing happens in the future!
3rd. Once you get bit by a travel bug:-Trust me, anything is and will be possible and with the law of attraction, you will surely pull lots of positive vibes to your travel dreams!
I hope you are fired up to travel as I am!! Rebecca is serious travel goals!
Enjoy till the next post!