Shake your what? Djibouti? You have heard of it right. Is it the new dance craze?
A few weeks ago I had never heard of this African nation called Djibouti pronounced “ji-boo-tee”. However in less than a 24 hour period the country came up in two very different circles of conversation. It was a sign. We need to learn more about this country!
Djibouti is located on the Red Sea and Indian Ocean giving the nation a strategic advantage for Suez canal shipping lanes providing a majority of the nation’s trade. The region has been inhabited since 8000 BC with a current population of just under 1 million speaking primarily French and Arabic.
What is there to see in Djibouti?
Check out Lake Abbe with a lunar atmosphere and covered with flamingos. Famous for filming location of first Planet of the Apes movie (in review for UNESCO heritage status)
Take a hike among the Goda Mountains to check out the waterfalls
Swim or more appropriately float in Lake Assal as the salt level is similar to the Dead Sea (in review for UNESCO heritage status)
Snorkel with whale sharks in the Bay of Ghoubbet
Soak up the Arabian culture with a visit to the sea side town of Tadjourah
In May 2015 The Telegraph had an article “Djibouti: Africa’s hottest new travel destination” with tourism on the rise over 300% in the last 20 years. However tourism remains in it’s infancy I suspect due to the cost and challenges of local transportation. I may not put this country high on my wish list however it definitely will be added to the list for a someday wish list.
In today’s fast pace world many people are quick to dispose of things especially completed travel documents. Several years ago I started saving all of my boarding passes as a souvenir of the trip. On rainy days I will pull from the storage box to replay the trip video in my mind.
While the nostalgic value of a boarding pass can be easily discounted the documentation value for miles needs serious consideration. In the event that your flight did not get credited to your frequent flier mileage account in many instances the airline will require the boarding pass as proof of travel. This is extremely important when flying partner airlines given it is not their typical business process and the miles earned may take several days or weeks to post to your account.
I had discovered that my flight to Romania on LOT Polish Airlines had not posted to my Singapore Kris Flyer mileage account. Stay with me here as I clarify this; I utilized my Singapore miles account because I would earn more miles based on the fare class that I was flying than if I utilized my United Airlines or Lufthansa Miles & More account. So my boarding pass included my my Singapore Kris Flyer number yet the miles failed to be posted to my account. It is usually very easy to request the credit however finding the precious boarding passes in the travel closet was a bit of a chore. Given this was nearly 10,000 miles missing it was worth a little extra time!