Time to Pack My Binoculars

Author:  Emilie Kretschmar

Penn Alumni Travel is going on safari, and I invite you all to join us! On Facebook and Twitter, that is…

On July 11, I’ll be heading off on my first Penn Alumni Travel trip as a staff host. Although I’m no stranger to travel, I have never been to Africa, and I must admit that thinking about the trip has consumed most of my thoughts these past few weeks. There is so much more to prepare for when you’re going on safari in Tanzania! You have to get vaccinated against scary-sounding diseases like typhoid, yellow fever, and polio; you have to pick-up special malaria drugs; you have to figure out which clothes to take so as not to upset the wildlife…At the same time, there is also so much to look forward to.

During my stay in Tanzania, I plan to live tweet and post to Facebook on the Penn Alumni Travel social media pages. However, when asked about Wi-Fi and Internet connections, the travel company responded with this:

Phone and Internet access will be available at most of the accommodations, but if you need to stay in touch with family or friends back home, there are other options.

So live tweeting shouldn’t be a problem, right? I’m staying optimistic, and I hope you do too. It may not be “live-tweeting,” but perhaps we’ll get up a daily feed. Go to Facebook and Twitter before July 11 and “like” Penn Alumni Travel. With a little luck, you’ll be able to follow us as we do the following (and more):

Stand on the edge of Olduvai Gorge where Louis and Mary Leakey uncovered one of our earliest ancestors. 

View the Great Migration from the western side of the Serengeti.

Meet local people and learn more about their different cultures during village and school visits.

And if this trip has sparked your interest in Penn Alumni Travel, there is a whole calendar of new trips for 2013. Perhaps you’ll join us for the next Great Migration safari!

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