Welcome to Africa And Other Countries, bringing you insight, inspiration and commentary from forgotten corners of the world, alongside some of our most loved and accessible destinations.
I am of course aware that the name Africa And Other Countries suggests that Africa is a country in itself. Culprits of ‘e.g. Africa’ overlook the intricacies of life in these 54-56 nations, opting instead for exotic images of war, wildlife and woe. We do the same with the beaches of the Caribbean or Europe's coffee and cakes. So, please read on for a more personal look at the people, places and peculiarities of Africa, and other countries.
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Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia
new borders crossed
trips over the Atlantic
Howard grew up in Norfolk and comes from an agricultural background. For most of his childhood, his father sailed worldwide in the Merchant Navy, regularly plying unstable East African and Middle Eastern waters with oil cargoes. This early exposure to geography, cartography, and tales of the high seas sparked an interest in travel from an early age.
Following a number of exotic family holidays, at eighteen Howard travelled alone to Malawi for his first taste of Sub-Saharan Africa. He then studied French and International Development at the University of Chester, complementing his studies with visits to the DRC, Zambia and Tanzania; and to the UN in Geneva. He also lived in the French Alps for one year, improving his French and making the most of the winter ski season.
Formerly UK Project Manager for a street child charity based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this gave firsthand access to one of Africa's least visited, yet revered countries. Continuing this sense of exploration, he is now based in London, managing a one million pound travel portfolio for some of the UK's most internationally focused companies.
Congo Children Trust
The Congo Children Trust's Kimbilio project supports street children in Lubumbashi, D. R. Congo. This UK charity helps children build a future with hope, overcoming challenges of poverty; witchcraft accusations; family death; parental divorce; and prostitution. Kimbilio aims to rebuild relationships and reunite children with their families. Please check out their website and social media feeds to show your support: