Thursday, October 15, 2015

Time-Out Thursday - Itching to Travel

Pink Heart Society regular, Joss Wood, is talking about those itchy feet that indicates the return of her travel bug

I’ve just come back from Cape Town, possibly the most beautiful cities in the entire world and I have itchy feet syndrome again, AKA as “Joss-needs-to-travel.”
Put a pack on my back and my passport or a ticket or in my hand and I’m the happiest person in the world. I’m lucky in that I have the most adventurous man in the world as my husband; someone who will try anything once so we’ve done some interesting trips together. We’re  fortunate that our children love to travel as much as we do and e have the best fun together.

And when I mean that we like to travel, I mean that we like to travelOne of the most unforgettable journeys was a Christmas holiday trip across Southern Africa, 6000 km’s in two and a half weeks. It included four days on a houseboat on Lake Kariba, a visit to Sioma Falls− where the same volume of water that cascades over the Victoria Falls flows over a set of 3 horseshoe shaped falls on an island in the middle of the crocodile infested Zambezi River. We were taken over the Zambezi in this steel morkoro− it was very unstable and I wasn’t happy, as you can see by the fake smile.  

We’ve spent an lot of time in game reserves, usually in tents. The only place where we didn’t seen much of any wildlife was the grand daddy of all the game reserves in Africa, My favourite reserve is the Etosha Game reserve where our friend had an altercation with a honey badger and we made bread in cast iron pots over an open fire and drank copious amounts of red wine.

Another of our favorite destinations is Malawi, a beautiful country filled with friendly people. We stayed at the Norma Carr Cottage, a guest lodge owned by our great friend Taffy Heske and is situated on Lake Malawi at Namkoma Bay. It is quite close to Monkey Bay and Cape Maclear. The lake is beautiful, the sunsets incredible and the snorkeling is amazing!

That’s Taffy and my hubby (back) on Taffy’s boat Alfie. 

I can’t not tell you about Cape Town, specifically the Cape wine lands where I recently spent the weekend with my writer friends at the South African Romance Writers conference. This was the view from the patio of the hotel. 

Do you love travelling?  Let us know where your favourite places to explore are in the comments!

Joss's latest book, Claimed by the Warrior, is available now at Tule:

Bad boy Jed Hamilton is ex-special Forces and a current undercover recovery agent who's mentally and physically tough, a lone wolf and, above all, violently allergic to commitment, permanence, and anything wedding related. So when he learns, in the very sexy McKenna Dixon’s bridal salon, that his younger sister is getting married and wants him to be her “man of honor”, Jed wishes he was anywhere but in Cape Town. Especially now that he'll be spending more time around the one woman who makes him consider perilous phrases like “what if” and “maybe”… 

McKenna Dixon loves bad boys, but her past experience with the species has led to nothing but pain and heartbreak. Jed Hamilton is exactly the type of man she should avoid, but when a nasty incident threatens her and her daughter, Jed immediately appoints himself as their protector, even though it’s not a part of his job description.

McKenna is determined not to allow another bad boy to flip her life inside out, and Jed is determined to retain his bachelor status to keep travelling and working. But, as they both discover, love does its best work when busy making other plans…

To find out more about Joss Wood, you can visit her website and follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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