BEL’S STORY

I have a view of travelling which I’m guessing isn’t that different from yours!

I travel because I want to connect with the world and its people and at the same time connect with myself. I want to see all the incredible things that the world has to offer, but I want them to be real and authentic, not those created to pander to a concept of what western tourists want.

I was tired of the bland, mass produced itineraries and holidays on offer and I didn’t want to be another tourist filing off a bus, following a pom pom stick carrying tour guide around!

I want more meaningful experiences and satisfaction. I want to jump into the culture, to wake when they wake, try the local food and learn what it’s like to walk a day in their shoes…but I want a comfy bed and a hot shower at the end of the day. I’m no sleeping on the floor type of gal!

So when I looked for a travel option that gave this – it surprised me that traditional travel companies didn’t seem to offer it. So I created one that did!

I love getting lost, new experiences, new food, new cultures.  Love meeting new people from all over the world and I want to give everyone the opportunity to experience these pleasures.

I believe that there are colours and tastes and smells out there that are unlike anything I’ve ever known.  There are new people to meet, fascinating things to learn and incredible experiences to be had. There is absolute joy and lightning bolt moments of excitement and inspiration. The world is bigger than what I can see from here, and I want to be a part of it. I want to be immersed.

Not only do I want to be able to see the world, but I want to leave my mark by giving back to the communities and countries that open themselves up to us.

One of the many benefits of travel is it provides us new perspectives. The tales you hear and friendships forged are ones that hang around well after the tan has faded. Our travelers are from all walks of life but uniting them is where they are going on their journey.

We have all sorts of wonderful travel experiences that take your breath away!  I’d love to chat with you to find one that suits you perfectly.

Bel with guides and porter after gorilla trekking
Rwandan dancer
Fun at dinner
Heading out on afternoon game drive
Cultural Immersion
Tiff meets the locals in Soweto

Why the Hummingbird as our logo?

I instantly loved this story and it totally resonated with my ‘why’. I knew from that moment, that Trailblazers Travel would become the hummingbird.

The Story of the Hummingbird, as told by celebrated Kenyan environmental activist, women’s rights advocate,and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai.

“The story of the hummingbird is about this huge forest being consumed by a fire. All the animals in the forest come out and they are transfixed as they watch the forest burning and they feel very overwhelmed, very powerless, except this little hummingbird.

It says, ‘I’m going to do something about the fire!’ So it flies to the nearest stream and takes a drop of water. It puts it on the fire, and goes up and down, up and down, up and down, as fast as it can.

In the meantime all the other animals, much bigger animals like the elephant with a big trunk that could bring much more water, they are standing there helpless. And they are saying to the hummingbird, ‘What do you think you can do? You are too little. This fire is too big. Your wings are too little and your beak is so small that you can only bring a small drop of water at a time.’​

But as they continue to discourage it, it turns to them without wasting any time and it tells them, ‘I am doing the best I can.’​

And that to me is what all of us should do. We should always be like a hummingbird. I may be insignificant, but I certainly don’t want to be like the animals watching the planet go down the drain. I will be a hummingbird, I will do the best I can.​”

What is responsible and sustainable travel?

At Trailblazers, responsible and sustainable travel is ensuring our tour partners are creating jobs and opportunity for locals, it’s about staying in small scale lodgings with local staff so the income from tourism stays local rather than being shipped offshore.

It’s ensuring interactions with people, communities and animals are a positive experience and not an exploitation of resources. It’s about showing respect to the people and engage with them in a dignified way.

Please see our Giving Back section for information on how your travel helps empower those less privileged and alleviate poverty. We’d love to have you join us! Read about our life-changing tours here >

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