Look, writing travel books isnâ€™t all romance and glamour you know. Itâ€™s hard work, and sometimes it can be quite stressful. But, when I was commissioned to tart up Map Studioâ€™s Kruger Park visitorâ€™s guide, I gave it some serious thought â€“ for about 25 seconds â€“ and then I packed my car and headed straight up there.
Oh shame, poor me. A month in Kruger. I really had fun with this one. Even when youâ€™re working to tight deadlines, there is something about being in the bush that just lowers your blood pressure â€“ and possibly rewires your brain. In fact, the weird thing was that, when I left the park I almost had a panic attack. I had not driven over 50km/h for weeks, and most of that time Iâ€™d stuck to 40km/h or less. But once out the park all these maniacs were overtaking me, and in self-defence I had to speed up to a terrifying 80km/h. Seriously, it took days for me to get used to driving at 120km/h again.