Next summer we will be traveling to South Africa with our son, his wife and their baby. We are planning on using our miles for free flights. The trip has two purposes behind it. First and foremost is to visit our daughter’s-in-law family. She was born and raised in South Africa and then emigrated to the States as a middle-schooler. Her grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins still live in South Africa. We are excited to meet her other family members. We are also looking forward to seeing the country of her birth and to put a “face” to the different areas that she speaks so fondly of.
Secondly, another item on our bucket list is to go on safari. Most Americans tend to sign up with a safari guide and stay in a preserve to be sure to see The Big Five. That’s not how our son and daughter-in-law have done it the past two times that he has gone. They always stay in Kruger with reservations made about a year prior to their stay. They rent a car and do a self guided tour of the Kruger, looking for animals themselves in a more natural and not fenced in manner. Apparently that is the way most from South Africa do safari. We had though of also going to Victoria Falls but apparently there is a huge conference going on during the time we would be there and there are no rooms to be had except in Zambia. Doing Victoria Falls could also be very expensive as well.
With such a long trip we thought we would plan a stopover in a location that we might not go to for a primary vacation. We are having a difficult time coming up with where we want to go. We thought of the Maldives but Blogger Hubby would not want a week long beach vacation. We’ve been to Istanbul but admittedly for only 2 days so that is a possibility. Morocco was another suggestion but I am a wee bit concerned about the heat as I had heat stroke twice in Singapore. Another possibility is Scotland (where my maternal family is from) and where our exchange student from a decade ago lives. I had thought of Scandinavia but Blogger Hubby thinks that would be a trip by itself. Finally, a trip to the Canary Islands.
What are your thought on where we should try to find a stopover for about a week or so? We desperately need help and suggestions so we can begin planning this trip.