About us

Anne Livingstone and David Park are actuaries who based in Johannesburg, South Africa. We have always been enthusiastic travellers, scuba divers and keen photographers and started this blog when Dave decided to take career break in mid 2014. These days we are back in the real world but we still travel whenever we can.

We love sharing our adventures, and hope this blog will be useful to anyone planning similar escapades. Our style of travel is not quite backpacking, but certainly not high end – we prefer quantity over quality! Our philosophy is:

Spend money on:

  • Direct flights (time is more precious than money)
  • Once in a lifetime experiences (don’t skip that gorilla trekking or that balloon flight over the Masai Mara)
  • The occasional luxury accommodation  (but only where it really enhances the experience, think private safari vehicle, rather than private butler)
  • Scuba diving

Save money by:

  • Staying in hostels (private rooms, we’re getting too old for dorms), AirBnB and home stays / small guest houses
  • Using public transport
  • Flying economy
  • Using free tours and watching out for other free things to do


Contact us at myverylongweekend at gmail.com

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