I’ve learnt loads about family travel over the years. By the time I was barely taller than the offroad tyres, I could tell you how to set up a rooftop tent navigated for the best view; and early on I discovered fun doesn’t emanate from the television.
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A couple of border crossings and many semi-legal photographic opportunities later, I also discovered it’s easier to charm my way to forgiveness than get consent. But there’s one really important travel lesson: when given the option, always pick the road you’ve never been on.
Inspired by detours, backroads and an elusive painting (you can read more about the full Botswana road trip in the October issue) we hit the dirt in the search for Baines’ Baobabs – an oasis of trees in the middle of nowhere and one of the most soul-stirring spots I’ve visited.
“This is me,” my dad said as we sipped a twilight gin and tonic together. “Don’t take me to the mall. There are already too many people here.” I scan the pans spotting the dust trail from a single Land Rover, disappearing to campsite number three at Baines’ Baobabs in the Nxai Pan National Park (note: there are only three campsites here and we’ve occupied one of them) then realise I’ve learnt another important travel lesson from my parents.
If the road you pick is so honest and captivating it makes your body ache in contentment, you should choose it again. And never stop searching for beauty, even if you have to go back a hundred years to find it.
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