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Things to do in Johannesburg: Hashtag Escape

Hashtag Escape – Escape Room Review An abandoned house...a missing child...a decades-old mystery…if you want to feel as though you’ve just stepped into a paranormal thriller, Johannesburg’s adventure escape room game Hashtag Escape might just be the thing for you. Some background In case you haven’t heard of them, escape rooms are a popular craze […]

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Arabian hospitality at the Habtoor Grand Resort Dubai

Sun, sea, sand and shopping … these are some of Dubai’s biggest attractions, and there is no shortage of any of them in the popular Jumeirah Beach area. This is where some of the city’s best hotels are situated, including the award-winning Habtoor Grand Resort. The resort overlooks the white sandy beach and the Arabian […]

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12 Things to do in Madrid with kids

Madrid, is often seen only as a gateway to other parts of the country. We found it to be a beautiful city in its own right. Located in the heart of the country, it is full of architectural wonders like grand palaces, magnificent monuments, tree-lined boulevards, charming fountains and unique green spaces. Although we visited […]

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How to plan a trip to Spain and Portugal

Spain had been on my bucket list for a long while, but planning a trip to Spain and Portugal was a nightmare - because as usual, we tried to do too much in a short space of time. We decided to add Portugal to our itinerary because it was a country we wanted to visit […]

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How to see Barcelona in one day

“Barcelona is a very old city in which you can feel the weight of history; it is haunted by history. You cannot walk around it without perceiving it.” Carlos Ruiz Zafon Before I go any further, let me emphasise that I do not recommend going to Barcelona for only one day. Rather I would suggest […]

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2019 - My year in review

2019 turned out to be a good year in travel for me, despite a slow start. I visited eight countries, three of them for the first time - bringing my total country count to 47. As the year ends, I am relaxing at home, recovering from one of the most hectic trips I’ve ever been […]

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11 Family-friendly things to do in Mauritius Besides Water Sports #mymauritius

“Welcome to Paradise” said the Captain as the plane touched down in Mauritius. One did not have to look far to discover the motivation for such a bold claim. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is synonymous with postcard-like turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, palm trees and year-round sunshine. Mauritius had been on my bucket […]

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Tintswalo at Lapalala - a sustainable wilderness experience in the lap of luxury

As the sun began its descent towards the horizon, we drifted lazily along the river, surrounded by ancient mountains and bushveld-covered valleys.  Skittish waterbuck scrambled behind the trees as we approached, and a trio of hippos ahead of us bobbed up and down over the water surface. Above, a fish eagle surveyed us from its […]

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50 things to do in Cape Town

Cape Town, also known as South Africa’s Mother City, is consistently listed amongst the best cities in the world.  It is endowed with abundant natural beauty, many opportunities for adventure, world-class shopping and food, and captivating history. I often get asked about things to do in Cape Town so here are my recommendations. I have […]

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The ultimate seaside escape at The Plettenberg

Long walks on golden beaches, year-round sunshine, the scent of the ocean breeze in your nostrils and the sea and forest at your doorstep. Add to this – personalised service, barefoot luxury and the freshest gourmet seafood – and you have the ultimate seaside escape. You have The Plettenberg . The exclusive five-star hotel in […]

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Experience the magic of the Zambezi at Royal Chundu

“You cannot leave Africa,” Africa said. “It is always with you, there inside your head. Our rivers run in currents, in the swirl of your thumbprints; Our drumbeats, counting out your pulse, Our coastline, the silhouette of your soul.” Bridget Dore The best African destinations are rich with fascinating experiences. Experiences that are made even […]

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9 Things to do in the Garden Route

The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most picturesque areas. It makes an amazing road trip and holiday destination– for the whole family. Sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains on the one side, and the Indian Ocean on the other, the route snakes along a narrow coastal road between Mossel Bay in the […]

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How to plan an international trip – DIY for beginners

These days, booking a trip yourself has become infinitely easier with the Internet. However, people often say that they prefer to use travel agents because they are afraid to plan a trip themselves – afraid of doing something wrong, afraid of booking the wrong flights, afraid of booking accommodation in the wrong area etc. It […]

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Victoria Falls - What you need to know

9 days, 4 countries, and umpteen experiences - many outside my comfort zone. I was enchanted by the Victoria Falls , canoed in hippo and crocodile infested waters, rode a horse in a game reserve and was almost attacked by a massive baboon. Africa is wild .. and wonderful. What started off as a simple trip […]

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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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9 Things to do in Port Elizabeth + Day Trips

Port Elizabeth (PE) is a beautiful city on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Part of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, it is also known as the windy city or the friendly city - although I prefer the latter moniker. Although it is not as popular as Cape Town and Durban when it comes to […]

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Knysna History and Charm at The Lofts Boutique Hotel

In July 1869, Arndt Leonard Thesen, a timber merchant from Norway, left his home with his wife and nine children, with plans to start a new life in New Zealand. Their ship encountered problems near Cape Town, and they decided to stay in South Africa. Arndt settled down with his family in Knysna, where they […]

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More than 50 things to do in Johannesburg

Johannesburg – South Africa’s biggest city and commercial epicentre. Also known as Jozi, Joburg, or Egoli (City of Gold in Zulu), it began as a gold-mining settlement in the 19th century. There is more to this cosmopolitan city than shopping. If you are visiting Johannesburg, or on a staycation in the city, here is a […]

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30 Photos of South Africa that will fuel your wanderlust

South Africa is a beautiful country with so much to see and so many places to explore. Here are 30 Photos of South Africa that will fuel your wanderlust Get lost in nature… 1. Go hiking in the Garden Route 2. Or cool off on the river banks in Drakensberg... 3. Admire the spectacular Blyde River Canyon […]

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9 Family-friendly things to do in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most visited cities on earth, famous for its man-made islands, huge skyscrapers and shopping malls. According to the latest Euromonitor rankings, more tourists now go to Dubai than Paris, New York or Tokyo. It is a constantly expanding destination. There are so many things to do in Dubai . New […]

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39 signs that you are a travel addict

My earliest travel memory, apart from a safari in Kruger National Park, was when I was seven years old. I travelled with my family from South Africa to India, on my first international trip. That trip instilled a love of travel within me, which has never left me. I am a self-confessed travel addict. Are […]

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How to spend 1 week in Morocco – A 7-day Morocco itinerary

If you are not interested in the humdrum and mundane, and are drawn to places that ooze magic and mystery… If you are captivated by beauty and crave the fierce rhythm of exotic, faraway worlds where mysterious Bedouin tribes rule the desert and snake charmers rule the streets…  If adventure to you means chasing the […]

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The #MyMauritius Explorer Lab conference

I was recently invited as part of a contingent of 30 bloggers to visit Mauritius for the #MyMauritius Explorer Lab conference . The trip was organised by the Mauritus Tourism Board and iambassador. It was not just a press trip. It also included blogger workshops and lessons designed to help us improve our content and […]

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10 myths and misconceptions about Mauritius - Dispelled #MyMauritius

I don’t know about you but I had many misconceptions about Mauritius before I went there – mainly because of the myths and misconceptions spread by others who had not even been there themselves. After going there, these misconceptions have been cleared up. Here are 10 myths about Mauritius dispelled 1. Mauritius is only a […]

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Life is sweet at Sugar Beach Mauritius #mymauritius

The (wise) decision to visit Mauritius is inevitably followed by that age-old question - where to stay in Mauritius ? Every coast has its merits but if it’s calm waters, white powdery beaches and spectacular sunsets that you’re after, then West is best, especially for families. On the leeward west coast, planets away from everyday […]

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