Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.

  1. Plage is French for beach – thanks to our self-drive family holiday on Reunion Island. In Afrikaans, Dutch, German, Danish, Hungarian, Norwegian and Swedish it is strand.
  2. Taking a kid (toddler) on an international self-drive holiday isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Plus one day she will have amazing photos of her very first international trip that I can tell stories about.
  3. Knowing how to say please, thank you, hello and do you speak English in the local language is a lifesaver. Add a smile and even the French won’t give you a hard time.
  4. I can survive in Germany and the Netherlands without speaking the language – thanks to being Afrikaans. Plus the Dutch really love hearing Die Taal.
  5. Sometimes you have to ignore the third world argument from your husband – because he’ll love going to that destination in the end. There are no mistakes…
  6. Getting lost is not the end of the world, but not carrying spare batteries is.
  7. Driving in the south of Ireland is an adventure I would never say no to. I did it once on my own and got my new husband behind the wheel the second time round. We will never forget the single lane road that was actually a double lane… and the bus!
  8. When you visit a place a second time around with the love of your life it’s even better than the first time! Plus you get to be the tour guide and human GPS. It’s weird, but you can send me back to any place I’ve been and a map just switches on in my head – just don’t ask me to drive around in Pretoria.
  9. You learn a lot about life and yourself. You change with all the new experiences.
  10. The world is wonderful, but home is always Africa.

Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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