As part of the next instalment in Guests’ Corner – a local and international travel interview segment on Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust – I chatted to Lorinda Voges, South African travel and lifestyle blogger and the pioneering founder of PR agency, 4Elements Media.
Lorinda Voges is a woman who requires little introduction… Not only is she the proud founder of the highly rated, South African-based PR agency, 4Elements Media, but she is also an immediately recognisable, talented travel and lifestyle blogger.
In fact, Lorinda is many things… She is a female entrepreneur in the PR and media industry, a connected and engaging blogger – and above all else, a bold female traveller.
In 2015, with a clear-cut mission, Lorinda began her beautiful blog, #LorindasWorld. Her goal was simple: to fulfill her own love of travel, food and lifestyle-related things – and to share these experiences with others, connecting with them and sharing as she goes. (In 2017, she branched into travel blogging, as more and more women began asking her for travel tips and insights, particularly around solo female travel.)
Despite leading a very busy life, Lorinda takes everything into her stride with the greatest of ease, grace and utter professionalism. This is apparent both in the way she conducts her blog and business ventures – and in how she takes the time to engage with her readers and followers, diligently replying to emails, comments and messages.
From her home base of Cape Town, Lorinda enjoys showcasing gorgeous Cape Town. And, when she’s not here, she’s off exploring other fascinating corners of the globe.
This is Lorinda’s World – and she welcomes you into it.
Follow her one tastefully curated blog post, photo and social media share at a time…
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
I have always had a wanderlust soul and travelling was something I rewarded myself with each year since I started my own company, 4Elements Media.
However, it was only in 2017, that I decided to take up travel blogging after I had numerous females asking me to share more about my travel journeys, especially when I embarked on solo travel adventures.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or something of everything?
I would say I am more of a nature lover and a culture vulture. I am not seeing out for the next adventure every time I hop on a plane or take a road trip – but rather taking everything in about the destination and country I visit.
They do say travelling and life experiences are the best education you can ever experience in life.
3) What was your most memorable travel experience in SA?
I have had a few. But the ones that stand out the most must have been my (recent) trips to Shamwari Game Reserve, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel in Paternoster.
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening local travel experience and why?
Travelling to so many five-star destinations last year opened up my eyes and gave me a new understanding that only a small percentage of South Africans can truly experience our beautiful country.
Sadly, the majority of SA’s top destinations and hotels do not even offer local rates to South Africans and purely cater for an international audience.
5) Worst local travel experience (and if you are comfortable enough to, please explain why)?
I have had a few bad experiences. Yet, what I do want to express is that I am amazed by how many top destinations and five-star hotels still don’t have uncapped Wifi available throughout their properties for travellers.
I am also very concerned that most establishments have not adopted the latest technology, like USB charging ports next to your bed – or standard universal two-point plugs.
If third world countries, like Cambodia, can get it right – why not a country like South Africa?
6) Your top three travel destinations (or road trips) in SA are?
1. West Coast – especially staying in and experiencing Paternoster.
2. Route 62: Visiting Barrydale and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.
3. The Cape Winelands – and staying at and experiencing Babylonstoren.
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs, either local or international, you can recommend for following?
8) If you could travel anywhere in South Africa – or the world in general – right now, where would it be?
I have an absolute love for Asia and would love to experience every corner of it. Especially Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia (again), Japan and Hong Kong.
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world – I can truly vouch for that!
If you are travelling to South Africa, know that you can experience all sorts of seasons in one day, so make sure you are prepared.
You can experience some of the most beautiful parts of Cape Town in one day when you hop on the (City Sightseeing) Red Bus Hop On Hop Off buses. The history and information they share about our city is very helpful.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
I realise that the perception that tourists have about the crime in South African is a major issue. I am hoping to see more travel bloggers from South Africa share about how safe it is to travel in South Africa, if you are just more aware and know which places to avoid.
Crime is everywhere in the world, you just need to be travel- and street-smart.
Photo credits (lead image included): Lorinda Voges
To read about and see all of Lorinda’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit her amazing blog. Or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Thank you very much, Lorinda, 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.