I bought four tickets today. Three one way, one return. My pre and post menstruation period is especially dangerous, plus the days people upset me. In such cases, I go on to the internet foraging flights. My shopping addiction is this. At least, it's for a cause. Mostly, people want to travel the world, so they attach a cause to it to find sponsors. For me, this was the opposite. (No wonder! I always seem to see and do things from the reverse.) I had a cause, and I attached a mission to it. To get attention. It doesn't seem to be working, but still, my cause of Free Movement, Ending Global Apartheid, Ending Injustice at Birth, Migration Without Borders is there.
First I got a ticket from Luanda to Rome. I'll be burning my flight back from Cameroon. There's no point in going back there. I had bought a return ticket thinking the flights within Africa would be cheaper, instead no. Some routes are more popular and therefore much cheaper obviously. So TAP flies to Angola sort of cheap. I mean you can get a fairly reasonable price if you are flexible with the dates. So I bought my return from Angola. I already have my flight to Cameroon. Then I worked my way backwards. Bought the Kinshasa-Luanda. I'll be getting to Kinshasa crossing the Congo River by boat from Brazzaville. So next I bought my flight there from Gabon: Libreville-Brazzaville. I hope to get to Gabon by bus. I would also like to go to Equatorial Guinea. Again by bus. Of course if I can manage. Equatorial Guinea is one of the strangest countries I hear. I do not wish to fly to Malabo and back. The capital city is on an island. There's no point in spending that money. But if I have to, I will. They all ask for your flight tickets to give you the visa. What do I do if I wish to go by land? Equatorial Guinea also asks for confirmation of your hotel. How do I do that when I do not know the exact date I'll be travelling? They also ask for your criminal records from the courts. Good for them.
After buying the three tickets, I couldn't step on the brakes. I have tickets to four more countries by the end of the year. That would be bringing the count up to 142. But I wanted to make it to 143; then it would be 11/15 x 195. So I will have completed 11/15th of the countries by the end of the year. The next goal would be 12/15th which is 4/5.
4/5th of 195 = 156
So that's the next goal.
Let's see how many I can manage on the coming up Africa trip starting from Cameroon. Of course, first I need to see I get to the next five!