Why Africa? / by Mariam Harraz

The first thing I get asked every time I mention my plans to travel Africa, is WHAT WHY? I get a sense that people fear the continent generally for many reasons such as diseases, poverty, food, distance etc. Silly stuff but that aren't enough for me to change my mind.

Africa was my first choice, being raised in London but originally from Egypt has pushed me away from my culture and traditions. I feel a part of me always missing it (as cheesy as it sounds) and even though I am not going to Egypt and many people see Egypt more Arab than African I will still learn a lot and be part of the culture. 

Their political issues, diverse tribes, culture and traditional beliefs and their way of living fascinates me. We live differently and sometimes it's good to put yourself out there and see how it's like.