Photo Source: Palesa and Instagram
Meet Palesa, a travel and lifestyle influencer. This week's Travel Crush Tuesday visits exotic locales and blogs about their beauty when she's not taking in the breathtaking scenery of her home, South Africa.
Tell us about yourself! Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do? What inspires you to travel?
My name is Palesa Chiloane. I'm a content creator, travel & lifestyle influencer, and the author of the blog www.paleighpontsho.com. I'm based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Travel takes us out of our comfort zones and inspires us to see, taste, and try new things, learn about different cultures, and the spirit of ubuntu (humanity to others). Traveling has played such a significant role in my growth as an adult. I've learned things about myself that I probably wouldn't have. My travel goal is to see different oceans and beaches around the world.
What is the best place to visit in your own country?
Cape Town, South Africa, is one of the most breathtaking cities. Nature surrounds this multicultural city, which nuzzles between a rugged range of mountains and the sea. This is where you'll find the iconic Table Mountain, the spectacular flat-topped mountain. There are also nature trails, water sports, fine dining, unbelievable wine estates, and white sand beaches. Here are some of the main places you have to see in Cape Town: Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain, Signal Hill & Lion's Head, Robben Island, Bo-Kaap area, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Two Oceans Aquarium, and also the city center with its local markets, shops, restaurants, and museums.
Where did you go for your first international trip? What was most memorable about this experience?
I'm planning my first real international trip, which will also be my first solo trip, in December. I visited some countries outside South Africa before becoming a travel influencer, but that was when I was younger.
When traveling where do you feel most at home?
I feel most at home wherever I’m at the beach; that is my favorite place in the world. I feel the real purpose of life when I am there. I hear it in the waves. I feel it in the sand under my feet. When I look to the horizon, I see lights from far off boats with shipping containers on board.
What’s the best travel advice you’ve received?
Start with what you can afford. Travel local first, which is a good start for solo travelers.
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