Ferrying her small family between Mozambique and Portugal is nothing unusual for Stephanie von Allmen, GM: Dana Tours. From a young age, Stephanie travelled between countries and continents, uncovering diverse people, places, cultures and great food.
Today she gets to share with visitors her favourite hidden treasures in Mozambique, a country that holds a very special place in her heart. Stephanie is the General Manager at Dana Tours, a Maputo-based destination management company and tour operator.
How did you fall in love with travelling?
I have divorced parents so from a young age, my sister and I always travelled to visit my dad. He worked at the International Red Cross and was stationed in many different countries throughout the years. This definitely sparked the travel bug as we were lucky enough to explore wonderful places like Cambodia and Georgia.
What kind of traveller are you?
I travel for the food and drink! It´s what I’m most excited about when I think of my travels – all the different cuisines I can try. But I’m also a big fan of the culture and try to immerse myself in it. I very rarely stay in hotels as I prefer to live among the locals in an apartment.
What’s your travel philosophy?
Travel as much as possible – live like a local! I’m a fan of going to the markets and buying titbits (be it souvenirs or food) as well as making use of public transport, visiting parks and smaller restaurants away from the crowds.
What are your top travel essentials?
Good comfortable walking shoes as I love walking when in a new country. I think that’s the best way to explore. My phone is also a travel essential as I absolutely need the GPS and the camera!
Where was your most memorable trip?
Medjumbe Island, Quirimbas Archipelago in Mozambique. It’s a gorgeous, tiny island where everything just seems to be brighter in color and prettier (from the birds to the flowers). Plus, the people are so warm and friendly. The endless shades of blue in the ocean make it a complete paradise.
How has travelling changed your life?
It’s given me another perspective on life. Travel has allowed me to embrace many different cultures and it also opened up the door for me to work at the best company with the best colleagues and boss I could ask for – Dana Tours in Mozambique.
When borders open again and the world starts to return to ‘a new normal’ what’s your first travel destination on your list?
Back home – Maputo, Mozambique to meet my niece.
Best travel advice you can share?
Travel with an open mind and try new things. Always support the local companies and people – it’s so rewarding! Lastly, never give up an opportunity to try the local food.