James has always preferred to take the road less travelled. With an English childhood but with a natural curiosity for unusual places; travel has taken him to living in some unique countries, including Romania, Columbia, to name a few... Now living in Cape Town, James is running a successful travel company, Untravelled Paths (http://www.untravelledpaths.com), offering the intrepid traveller a taster of his favourite locations. One of James’s favourite things to do in Cape Town is to enjoy a Gin+Tonic with a beautiful view, which is where met up with him...
What’s your most memorable adventure?
My research trip across Ethiopia will always stand out, such a diverse, vibrant country. So many once in lifetime experiences from witnessing a Hamer Tribe bull jumping ceremony in the Omo valley, feeding wild hyena’s in Harar, sitting amongst the gelada money’s in the Simien mountains, exploring the sulphur spring of the Danakil and even sleeping next to the edge of the crater of an active volcano!
How does travel feed your soul?
For me travel awakens the senses, that excitement of visiting somewhere new, I thrive off exploring the unknown and learning from other cultures.
They say home is where the heart is. What does ‘home’ mean to you?
Having been a digital nomad for many years I’ve finally settled in Cape Town which I adore so for the time being, it has to be the mother city. That said I’ve been in Cape Town for a couple of years now so I maybe I’m ready for my next adventure!
What makes Africa special compared to others places you’ve been to?
The mix of cultures so vastly different from those closer to home, then of course there is the wildlife, stunning landscapes, white sandy beaches - it has something of everything. Africa also keeps you on your toes, the only thing predictable about Africa is that it is unpredictable! I think that feeds into my thirst for the unknown.
What are your favourite SOUL Design pieces to travel with?
Naturally the gold Africa cuff links. Stylish but fun, ideal to wear to both trade functions and social events.