@5410Africa Weekly Travel Update #15: 180 days to GO!!!

A lot has happened since my last update at the beginning of December. I moved out of my apartment, travelled for 2 weeks visiting Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, the Spitzkoppe,  Etosha National Park and last Sunday I returned to quarantine on my way back offshore. However, the most exciting news was the reminder by my countdown app on Thursday that I only have 180 days of work left before becoming a full-time traveller and content creator.

180 days to Go!

I have since invested a considerable amount of resources into the trip. I purchased the 2000 Toyota Hilux DC 4×4 that I will be doing the trip with and made a few modifications. Upgraded my camera and video gear and set-up my social media platforms i.e. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. My YouTube channel is not up and running yet. I’ve also done a lot of research on various topics that involves making a success of a trip like this.

I have a countdown app on my phone and on Thursday it reminded me that I only have 180 days of work left before becoming a fulltime traveller/content creator. It was in March of this year that I made, what some may call pretty ballsy, decision to do the 5410Africa trip (What is 5410Africa?). That is visiting all 54 countries in Africa over a period of 10 years. At that time no one knew or expected the effect that the corona virus will have globally, but at this point there has been no change in my decision to do my trip.

The final six months before my departure will be spent finishing some of the more detailed planning, finishing the build, hyping the trip and attempting to get some sponsors onboard. It will not be easy convincing people to throw money at my trip, especially under the trying economic conditions we are currently facing, but somewhere along the line I’ll need to generate some income.

Upcoming blog posts

Climbing Big Daddy

My visits to Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe and the the Etosha National Park has allowed me to gather quite a bit of new content and I’m happy to be sharing it with all of you over the next few weeks. Offshore is the best opportunity for me to sit down, gather my thoughts and put everything on my blog. The planned blogs for the next few weeks are:

  • Spreetshoogte, the steepest pass in Namibia and a cool stop on your way to Sossusvlei
  • Climbing Big Daddy, the highest dune at Sossusvlei
  • A comprehensive description of what Ive done to my Toyota Hilux up to this point
  • Camping accommodation at Sesriem, the base camp for Sossusvlei
  • Overview of Swakopmund
  • Staying at the Spitzkoppe community camp
  • The six camps inside Etosha National Park
  • My 5 favorite waterholes at Etosha National Park
  • Etosha National Parks three best attractions

To do list

the Hilux “frank” so far, about 60% done…

I am about 60% done with the modifications I want to do to the Toyota Hilux, the remaining to do list is:

  • Winch
  • Solar panels
  • Suspension
  • Lights
  • Interior work
  • Rock sliders
  • Breathers
  • Recovery points

With regards to electronics, my to do/to buy list is:

  • Drone
  • Laptop, hopefully the new MacBook Air M1
  • Another GoPro
  • A few smaller bits and pieces

Social media

My social media has shown another period of positive growth, with many new followers. Mostly, my Instagram which I am very happy with. Again, thanks for all the follows. My YouTube and TikTok is not active yet, but a lot of work is being done to get these going. All my handles are @5410Africa.

Thanks for reading, happy holidays and have an fabulous festive season. Most importantly BE SAFE!!!

Nick fr Namibia @5410Africa

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