It wasn’t on my bucket list. I didn’t want to go. I was kicking and screaming all the way to the airport.

Here are the reasons why I didn’t want to go to South Africa: It was a 17-hour flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg. I might get sick. Traveler’s diarrhea, malaria, COVID-19 or something worse. It was expensive. I might not like the food. My diabetic equipment might fail. I didn’t like the idea of riding on light aircraft from camp to camp because I might get airsick or we could crash. There were three nights when there would be no hair blower in the room. I might lose my luggage with all my medications. I was too old for such a complicated trip. The list goes on and on.

Connie Owen would love to hear your stories. Call 605-593-2730 or email

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please note: Online comments may also run in our print publications.
Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Please turn off your CAPS LOCK.
No personal attacks. Discuss issues & opinions rather than denigrating someone with an opposing view.
No political attacks. Refrain from using negative slang when identifying political parties.
Be truthful. Don’t knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be proactive. Use the “Report” link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with us. We’d love to hear eyewitness accounts or history behind an article.
Use your real name: Anonymous commenting is not allowed.
The News&Guide welcomes comments from our paid subscribers. Tell us what you think. Thanks for engaging in the conversation!

Thank you for reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.