Travel Diary, January 12th-13th

Back on the road again. For the 3rd time in a row my travel year starts with a Billund-Bergamo flight. The reason is the amazingly cheap Ryanair flights, this year it was less than 15 euros and without a sponsor on the route, there is not better choice. I spend the night at the beautiful Gombit Design Hotel (see review at Hotel Passion), before exploring Bergamo the following morning. Bergamo to Charleroi, near Brussels was the next Ryanair flight, again priced at less than 15 euros. From Charleroi it was a challenge getting to the national airport to catch my flight to Zanzibar.

The 17 Euros direct airport bus to Brussels was a bit too much for my limited budget, so I decided to walk 3 kilometres and catch 2 local buses to Brussels instead. Total price: 4,80 Euros, saving: 12,20 Euros, but also add another hour of transport including the 3 kilometres walk. I like challenges and I have to on do it on a daily basis to complete this project succesfully. It is hard financially, especially as my goal is to be debt free as soon as possible.

The check in with my sponsor Jetairfly was a little disappointing as I couldn’t get a window seat. They charge for it online, which I wasn’t aware of. I hate the aisle seat and find it hard to sleep when people walk by all the time. The flight itself was on time and comparable to Arkefly, the Dutch sister airline to Jetairfly, that also is one of my sponsors in this project. The food was good compared to other airlines food and I look forward to my next flight with Jetairfly. I will however make sure to check in online and get my window seat in advance.

To my luck, I was the first to leave the plane in Zanzibar, as they decided to open the doors in the back of the plane. The immigration process went very well. You fill two forms onboard the plane and bring it along 50 American dollars. They take your fingerprints and a photo. Then your full-page visa is ready in around 2 minutes.

I am now at Matemwe Retreat, a beautiful property, that is one of Zanzibar’s many 5-star properties. So far, I have been impressed with the stunning villas, the personal butler named Martin and good food. It is good to be back, I had a lovely time here two years ago and look forward to relax for a few days before going to South Africa.