About Dawn Jorgensen
‘Conscious travel brings me closer to the things that matter, the people and how they’d like their stories told.’
After more than a decade of professionally designing dream holidays, as well as taking many myself, I founded The Incidental Tourist in 2010 with the express purpose of sharing my love for travel with others afflicted by the gift of wanderlust.
Based between Cape Town and her Winelands, I cover both local and international travel, visiting at least two to three new countries each year, with Africa my persuasion and South Africa my home.
As a conscious traveller with a deep love for Africa, it’s people and the environment, I use this space to share my stories and photographs, accommodation reviews and discoveries from international and local travels, as well as details of conservation campaigns that I support.
Countries travelled to include South Africa. Botswana. Lesotho. Namibia. Zimbabwe. Zambia. Kenya. Tanzania. Rwanda. Uganda. Reunion. Mauritius. Mozambique. Madagascar. Benin. Cape Verde Islands. UAE. Italy. Belgium. France. England. Ireland. Switzerland. Turkey. Greece. Israel. Germany. The Netherlands. USA. Mexico. Argentina. Uruguay. Honduras. Singapore. Indonesia. Vietnam. Thailand.
Some recent travel destinations: Kenya to work with the Local Ocean Trust: Watamu Turtle Watch, SWISS on their #InLoveWithSwitzerland campaign and Berlin to walk the streets and learn about the street art.
Additional Blog and Freelance Contributions:
My work is regularly published with Travelstart, Grootbos, The Good Holiday, Sawubona, Traveller24 and UK’s Round the World Experts. Also Africa Travel (London), AA Traveller, On Route Magazine, Holmes Mag, Sailing, Roots of London, Sawubona, Travel Trade, African Travel Market and more.
Campaigns and Collaborations:
I have worked with Swiss, South African, Singapore and Turkish Airlines, Switzerland Tourism, Trafalgar Travel and Reunion Island Tourism, FlyAirlink and Mauritius Tourism promoting their routes and offerings as well as numerous local DMO’s and PR Agencies such as Manley Communications, Lesley Simpson Communications, Five Star PR and Destinate.
Within South Africa:
– South African Tourism working with International Travel bloggers on the 2014 and 2015 #MeetSouthAfrica pre-Indaba campaigns
– South Africa Tourism on numerous Sho’t Left campaigns
– Fair Trade Tourism Ten-Year Birthday campaign
– Grootbos Private Nature Reserve on their #GrootbosMagic campaign.
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Radio and Television Coverage:
I am a regular guest on Radio Helderberg 93.6 ‘Passport to the World’ with Cathy Retief-Neil, talking about my travel experiences. Also on Good Hope FM with Nigel Pierce where I have a travel slot. I am often hosted on the travel section of the SABC3 Expresso Morning TV Show to talk about my latest experiences.
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– Awarded the 2016 African Travel Blogger Award. Runner up Best Travel Blog in Africa.
– Winner of a SA Travel Blog Awards for 2016, as well as an inclusion on three of their Shortlists.
– Winner of the Travelstart 2013 Blogger Experience Travel Writer’s which elevated my profile.
– Ambassador and Cape Town Chapter Leader for Global Movement Travel Massive.
– Founder member of African Bloggers Network, established to professionalize the blogging world and implement a code of conduct.
– Speaker on Travel Blogging at the Indaba Travel Bloggers Conference in Durban.
– Ambassador and Media Partner to Greenpop (NGO)
– Ambassador Green Pearls Unique Places.
A beauty seeker and earth advocate, I speak out about conserving the creatures of the earth, specifically those water based, with the believe that every little bit we do matters. I regularly promote the work done by The Black Fish and The Seals of Nam and am an official ambassador to Greenpop and was media partner (and walker) and this years Penguin Promises.
In addition to blogging I spend much time freelance writing, on photography, copywriting and content creating for travel websites. I regularly write restaurant and accommodation reviews and work on destination marketing campaigns with tourism bodies.
Travel humbles me. I learn and discover everyday and am grateful for the lessons. I do much travel on my own with posts written from a rather introspective viewpoint. My travels are self-funded unless otherwise stated. My passion is for people and their varied cultures, discoveries old and new.
When not on the move home takes the shape of a warm home in Cape Town, where I delight in long ocean walks with my pup Tuscan Storm.
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“Travel. It leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller” Ibn Battuta
‘Wanderlust: An irresistible desire to travel, to understand one’s very existence.’