The first of three winners in our ‘Make Your Next Step Count’ campaign, Melbournian Natalie J recently returned from an all-expenses paid adventure to Haiti, making her next step count on a life-changing adventure.
Haiti—known as the "Pearl of the Antilles”—is a rugged place is full of beaches, waterfalls, caves, and an alluring personality rich in music, art, vodou, and of course, rum.
“Travelling to Haiti,” writes Natalie "I had no idea what to expect. I had researched a little, but I could not find a whole lot about Haiti that wasn't just about the earthquake.”
Haiti is a place where tourists don’t go—but where real travellers venture. A place that is off the beaten path, the Caribbean’s most seductive island changed Natalie's perception the moment she touched its soil.
"So far I've been surprised by the diversity of Haiti,” the Melbourne native revealed, “we went from sitting in a jazz bar drinking Haitian rum cocktails, to navigating a busy city market, to swimming in warm Atlantic waters, to climbing a mountain and exploring a citadel and palace ruins”
"I can't pick a favourite thing about Haiti, everything I've seen I've loved. Haiti has so much to offer and a culture so different to anything I've seen.