I didn't land in Africa and establish myself overnight. Where I stand today has been the result of a mix of a tremendous luck, hustling, and incessant networking -- an experience probably worth sharing. So here's my unsolicited advice. Consume at your own risk.
When I think back on the awesome times I've had with friends, or even on my own, people watching, I don't remember how difficult it was to travel there, or how cold it was out, I remember the company and the warm fuzzy feeling.