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Guests’ Corner: Kerry Kopke

As part of the next instalment in Guests’ Corner – a local and international travel interview segment on Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust – I chatted to Kerry Kopke, local entrepreneur and writer.

Kerry Kopke is a Cape Town-based entrepreneur and writer. She is extremely passionate about travel and the outdoors and uses her stunning blog, Kerry Kopke to inspire others to pursue bold adventures, both overseas and in their home cities alike.

Kerry’s career started out as a corporate associate at a prestigious New York law firm. She remained in the Big Apple for two years before moving onto Dublin and eventually, back to South Africa.

Cue her ‘slash’ phase of life, during which time she juggled different career paths and dreams… In 2012, this led to the founding of her own non-profit organisation, MissWrite, which teaches creative writing to girls from disadvantaged communities.

Then, in 2017, Kerry took things even further by launching her own business. Now, she offers legal and business consulting and compliance and training. Naturally, this is where the entrepreneur aspect of Kerry’s full life comes into play.

Aside from that, when Kerry isn’t updating her blog and social media feeds, she can be found swimming in the ocean (she’s aspiring to become a full-time mermaid!), seeking out new adventures and helping others through her business and life coaching.

Follow Kerry’s blog for inspiration for local and international travel, hiking, swimming or yoga adventures – and some truly lovely imagery to boot!

1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?

I love travel and I have always written lengthy emails to my family and friends about my travels. One of my friends, who is a mommy blogger, suggested that I turn my writing into a blog.

2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or something of everything?

I am definitely something of everything. I love all the history, culture and food – and then also the outdoor adventures!

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3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.

1. Joining a group tour of Southeast Asia: I joined a group package, flexible tour of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia with a bunch of other travellers – most of whom were younger than me. We had local guides from the country and we did things like home stays in small, remote villages.
I loved the freedom of travelling without having to think or plan what I was doing next and just be fully present in each experience.
2. My solo trip to Paris: I have always struggled with travelling by myself in the past but my trip to Paris was a turning point in my solo adventures. I had the most wonderful time enjoying my own company, taking detours (or getting lost…) without anyone to blame – and also, being open to meet new people… I still enjoy travelling with others – but now I also relish and enjoy my solo trips!
3.  New York City: I went to New York City for the first time as a student and was overwhelmed by the sheer energy of the city that never sleeps. Little did I know that, in a few years time, I would be living in New York!

4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?

I’m from South Africa and I think for me, it was going to Kimberley, to the old farm of my great-grandfather – with all that was left being a husk of an abandoned, small house. The old farm was essentially in the desert without any water…

It gave me a sense of gratitude to see the humble beginnings of my own family, realising how hard they worked to make a life for themselves.

5) Worst local travel experience (and if you are comfortable enough to, please explain why)?

I think it was the time we missed the gate for Kruger National Park and we found a random hotel outside… but some of us had to sleep in the car. Everyone was stressed, angry and tired, which is not fun on a family holiday.

6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?

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1. Paris
2. Southwast Asia: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
3. Italy

7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?

Nomadic Matt.

8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?

I think the Philippines because the diving looks spectacular!

9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?

My local city is Cape Town, South Africa – and I would say try to do Table Mountain or Lion’s Head and then take a drive around our coastline, stopping at a beach for a swim.

The best thing about Cape Town is its natural beauty.

10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?

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Plan and book as much as you can before your travels, so that you don’t spend all the time on your holiday planning the next thing. You want to be present and enjoy your holiday.

But obviously don’t micro-plan every minute… Leave a few hours here and there for spontaneity.

To read about and see all of Kerry’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit her amazing site. Or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you very much, Kerry, for appearing in this South African guest travel segment. Until the next one… happy writing and reading, everyone!

Author: Tamlyn Ryan

Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.

Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.

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