Women in Tourism – Alison Johnston
Are you interested in becoming a Travel Blogger? Or perhaps you post your travel pic’s on Instagram already and would like to learn how to hook up with other avid travellers and showcase your inspiring travel photo’s? Be inspired by our next Women in Tourism – Alison Johnston. Alison has travelled along the N3 Gateway on a few of our Insta blogging tours in more recent years, so we caught up with Al on what inspired her to get into this field.
“I have always been an intrepid explorer. Growing up in Tzaneen being surrounded by lush green forests, waterfalls and winding roads I think the love for road trips and adventure along with a deep sense of wanderlust has always run deep within my veins.
I love being outdoors and having lived in Durban for the past 18 years I still get that first time seeing the ocean feeling, so many of us “Vaalies” still feel when we see that great deep blue ocean.
Photography has been something I have always had a great passion for. Finding the love for landscape photography became more evident when I downloaded an app called Instagram. This is a massive tool used by photographers, all around the world to document travels. This is my first tool. And the one I use most.
I love South Africa and I love to discover new places and then sharing those new places with others, is a great honour. The best way to get involved is to meet up with the locals. Over the past few years, I have been involved with various tourism hubs, and attend local Instameets, most of which I host now.
I remember the first time I went to my first Instameet. It was hosted at Thompson’s Bay, Hole in the wall. I was so blown away by the sheer beauty and realisation that a place like this exists right on my doorstep. Another favourite is the swing bridge at Lake Eland.
I chase the light and often find myself down at the beach near Moyo pier shooting sunrise and hanging with the locals.
The only way you get to experience the world around you is to get off your couch and drive. I feel there would be a lot less stress in the world if more people watched the sunrise. Life is filled with beauty all around us. The best camera is the one on you. The happiest memories of my kids and I have, are when we are out and about, seeing what our city has to offer, taking the roads less travelled and always stopping even if it is just to capture the beauty of wildflowers on the side of the road!”
You can take a look at Alison’s work yourself!