How to apply for a passport online

For updates on the How to apply for a passport online process, be sure to enter your email address here. Don’t forget to click on the confirmation link in the email you receive. When travelling abroad the general rule is that your passport needs to be valid for 6 months. Most countries require this. My …

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Travellers’ Tales

This post is about you – Tell me about your travels Three years ago , I decided to combine my passion for travel with my passion for writing – and started a travel blog to share my travel experiences with the rest of the world. Now I want to share your travels with my readers …

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Cheap Flights

I’ve been using Travelstart South Africa for years to find cheap flights for my travels and I’ve been recommending it to others too. So now I’m quite chuffed that you can compare and book flights on Travelstart South Africa directly from my blog. They always have great specials available. To view them and/or book , go …

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Review: Tala Collection Private Game Reserve

Dusk was descending as we entered the Tala Collection Private Game Reserve gates. We had driven a short way when a lanky giraffe strode up to welcome us.  He stood and watched us for a while and then ducked his head and disappeared into the trees, once he had ascertained that we were safe. Situated …

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Family time at Gwahumbe Game and Spa

As we ascended the steep rocky cliff, our game ranger Simon advised us to hold on tight to our vehicle. I must admit – it was a bit nerve-racking at first, but the adrenalin rush, the breath-taking scenery surrounding us and Simon’s entertaining anecdotes conquered any traces of anxiety soon enough and we ended up …

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The Wanderlust Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Loren from www.minkys.co.za in the wanderlust tag. Being a travel addict, I couldn’t resist completing it of course. So here goes, Your most treasured passport stamp? That’s a tough one but I’d have to go with my Schengen Visa because it opened up the way for me to visit so …

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Top 10 things to do in London with kids

London is a family-friendly city with loads of things to do with kids. My kids are aged 10 and 11 and this is what they enjoyed on their first visit to London – in random order. London Eye The Coca-Cola London Eye was the first attraction we chose to visit in London because the kids …

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Experiencing the magic of Walt Disney World

“Here you leave today- and visit the worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.” – Walt Disney A visit to Walt Disney World is almost every child’s dream – and I must admit it was on my bucket list too – the part of me that wanted to feel like a carefree child again. Often incorrectly referred …

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Caution: This post is about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It contains a lot of Harry Potter jargon. Muggles (non-magical people) may not understand. If you are a muggle and have not read the books or watched the movies, read this version. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter When the Harry Potter books took …

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Beggars around the world

Beggars are an unfortunate reality of many third world countries, and some first-world countries too. They can be discreet, demanding, precise or persistent, depending on where in the world you are. There are those with disabilities, often purposely inflicted for the very purpose of begging, (cunning) little children with puppy dog eyes (and wily ways), …

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21 photos of Mpumalanga that will inspire you to visit this beautiful province

“Mpumalanga” meaning “the place where the sun rises” , is one of South Africa’s most beautiful provinces.  It is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty and abundant wildlife – which attracts tourists from around the world.  It is also home to South Africa’s largest game reserve, the Kruger National Park which covers almost two million hectares and …

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The Westcliff Hotel aka Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

If you ever doubted that Johannesburg was an urban forest, then you should look at it from the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff (aka The Westcliff Hotel). You will see a canopy of verdant treetops with sprinklings of purple jacaranda blossoms and the occasional red-tiled rooftop, stretching far into the horizons. The hotel overlooks the Johannesburg Zoo. …

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Win a hot air balloon experience for two with Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris worth over R5000!

This competition is now closed. Click here for the winner announcement. There are few experiences more magical than floating in a hot air balloon over a scenic valley as the sun rises. As you drift lazily with the wind, enjoying the panoramic views, the early morning serenity and tranquility is punctuated only by the occasional …

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7 Videos of Attacks by Zoo Animals

Last week, headlines were made when a gorilla was shot after a 3-year old boy slipped into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio, USA. Attacks by zoo animals happen regularly and are sometimes fatal, leading onlookers to fear for the safety of the child. If you haven’t seen the video, here it is: …

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2015 : A review of my blogging year

Thank you to all my loyal subscribers and followers for your support during 2015. As the year draws to a close, it is time to recap the events that filled it. 2015 was a busy year, even though we were limited to traveling during school holidays and weekends – for local getaways. This is a …

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How to apply for UK Visas

The US visas were relatively easy to obtain. Then it was time to apply for the UK visas for the whole family. The number of visa types available were reduced from 15 to 4 earlier this year. We qualified for the Standard Visitor Visa. I spent hours completing the most comprehensive online visa application forms …

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US Visa Application (for children)

It took me a full year to recover from the Schengen visa application, before I could muster up the courage to apply for a complex visa again. And this time I was aiming for a double whammy – US and UK visas, although the US visa was only for my children. Why on earth would …

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Best of the North-West – Insiders Guide

This article was first published in SAA’s in-flight magazine – Sawubona  (November 2015) This is the best of the North-West. From food and accommodation to entertainment and activities, it’s all covered. Do Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris There are few more magical experiences than a hot air balloon ride as the sun appears over the …

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The best city in the world?

Sub-title : Stepping back in time in Florence Florence is often called the best city in the world. It came out top of the list in the Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards for the second year in a row. I took some photos of Florence that will give you an idea of what Florence …

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Santorini and the Fira Factor

I stood at the top of the cliff on the edge of the island and inhaled the salty air of the Aegean Sea. In front of me, the blackened volcano stood forebodingly in the midnight-blue waters of the caldera, daring anyone to assume that it had become docile. Behind me stood the iconic whitewashed buildings …

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About the Bo-Kaap

Like the colorful houses that line its streets, the Bo-Kaap has a colourful history. Lying on the lower slopes of Signal Hill, in the shadow of Lion’s Head, this historic, multi-cultural suburb in Cape Town, is a sight for sore eyes. Brightly painted houses, characteristic of Dutch and British architecture, line narrow cobble-stoned streets.  Many …

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Top 10 things to do in Venice

It is difficult to choose just 10 things to do in Venice. From my last whirlwind visit to Venice about 18 years ago, I just remember being serenaded with “Sole Mio” on a gondola ride through the canals and posing for old-fashioned non-digital photos in St Mark’s Square. This time, I spent 3 nights there – …

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Review: Tau Game Lodge

A pair of crocodiles chased each other as a fish eagle looked on. Ducks quacked around the waterhole and a couple of herons stood haughtily amid them. A dazzle of zebras and a herd of wildebeest arrived to quench their thirst. A bit later, a parade of what seemed like over a hundred elephants came …

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20 Awesome Travel Tips Everyone Should Know

As a frequent air traveler, I often get asked for travel tips and hacks. Here are some of my favourite ones that I’ve learnt over the years. Before travelling, scan all your important documents like passports, visas, drivers’ licences as well as air tickets and itineraries (if you do not already have electronic copies). Then …

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Review: Legend Golf and Safari Resort

Take a malaria-free Big Five game reserve in the Waterberg region, and add on a signature golf course where each hole is designed by a different world golf champion. Include luxury accommodation amidst the bushes and the wildlife. Then, accessorize it with a unique 19th hole and botanical gardens planted by Miss World contestants. What …

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Hotel Verde – Africa’s Greenest Hotel

It is not often that I am impressed by a hotel’s green initiatives. A sign encouraging one to re-use ones towels is usually the extent of the initiative. Hotel Verde is unique in that it is the first hotel in Africa to be built with the environment in mind and offer guests carbon-neutral accommodation and conferencing. …

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Review : Zebula Golf Estate and Spa

Having heard much in praise of Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, my curiosity had been piqued. How does one please a group of people with diverse interests at one destination? Amongst our family alone, we have a golfer, spa and wildlife enthusiasts.  When I finally got there and heard the exclamations of excitement emanating from …

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The magic of cruising – Splendour of the Seas

I stood on the top deck of my floating “hotel”, the Splendour of the Seas, and savoured the breath-taking views from my lofty vantage point as we sailed out of Venice’s Giudecca Canal. We passed pointed church steeples and ancient palaces, sidewalk restaurants and bridges traversing narrow canals. The little black and gold gondolas and …

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How to apply for a Schengen visa

I had been avoiding Europe for a while. But when Italy and a Mediterranean cruise beckoned, I couldn’t resist any longer. This, of course, meant that I had to apply for a Schengen visa. Not for the first time, I bemoaned the fact that I was a South African passport holder. It seemed that the …

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Rovos Rail – The Pride of Africa

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson I sat at the window of my ultra-luxurious suite and watched Africa go by. As the landscape transformed from congested city stations to open rivers and velds, the …

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A holiday at Margate Beach

The Kwazulu-Natal South Coast is one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations. In fact, it was voted the “most value for money, family friendly destination in South Africa” by SafariNow in November 2015. It has almost 120 km of beaches for swimming, surfing, diving and fishing. The beaches are in close proximity to nature reserves, …

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Things to do in Penang, Malaysia

Penang is one of Malaysia’s most visited tourist destinations and my favourite city in Malaysia too. Also known as “The Pearl of Orient” it has a lot to offer visitors – history, culture, exotic foods, beautiful beaches and more. There are so many things to do in Penang. Here are some of them. The capital …

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