This year, my family and I started going on road trips every month: to Naivasha, to Amboseli, Mombasa, Nanyuki.
The best part of travelling with my kids is that I get to hang out with them, because I’m hardly ever home.
They have a lot of stories but they keep asking if we’ve arrived: “ tumefika? tumefika? tumefika? ”My husband is a great driver. He packs the boot so well: nothing falls over, nothing does anything it’s not supposed to.
The last time I was out of the country, I visited Europe and travelled to Germany. My husband was born there, in Hanover.
Hanover was boring as hell but I liked Hamburg: it’s modern and has a different vibe, a cultural awareness that seems to embrace foreigners.
I don’t speak German but I’ll learn when I go to live in Berlin for a while. I’d go to fashion school, but I have young kids. Unless they’re coming with me, I’m not going
I would go to Italy for the fashion. I like good food, no matter where it’s from: Morocco, South Africa, India, Japan.
If I was going to Japan I’d be like, “I can’t wait to see the food.” But if I’m going to Italy I can’t wait to see the fashion. Other than that, Berlin, New York and Tokyo are my holy trilogy of dream destinations.
I used to be a last-minute packer but now I’m forgetful so I pack in advance – slowly slowly. I’ll leave my toiletry bag open and keep adding things.
I don’t check in my luggage so I pack light: I can buy tops for cheap on the other side.
If I wasn’t in Nairobi, I’d live in Lagos. It’s alive, one of those places that influenced me so much that I wanted to do something.
You see all these Africans who have no apologies for who they are: very vibrant, rooted in their culture.
I think my Auma bag – the big tote – is perfect for the intrepid traveller. It’s beautiful and interesting and an obvious statement about a certain part of the world.
It really is representative – all of my bags I think are – but this one represents the strength of us as Africans, and it seems to appeal to people from all over the world.