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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 Best Things to do in Madrid

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. A family-friendly city, […]

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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 not easy - 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 the best of 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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How to apply for a passport online - an easy guide

South Africans can now apply for a passport online , and renew their expired passports online too. Here is my detailed guide on how to do an online passport application. 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 […]

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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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11 things to do in Mauritius Besides Water Sports

Looking for things to do in Mauritius ? Read on... “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 […]

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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 best things to do in Cape Town

Looking for things to do in Cape Town ? Read on... 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 […]

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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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