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10 Best things to do in Granada

“If there were a beauty contest lining up all the towns and cities of Spain, Granada would surely be declared the fairest of them all – it’s a heart-stealer.” The Cities Book ­- Lonely Planet Named after the ambrosial pomegranate, Granada is an enchanting city with a fascinating history. Located in Spain’s Andalusia region, it […]

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Sightseeing while fine dining - JA Bateaux Dubai Dinner Cruise Review

One of my most memorable experiences from my first visit to Dubai, back in 2006, was a dinner cruise.  When I returned to Dubai recently, with my family, I wanted my children to experience a Dubai dinner cruise too. Dinner cruises are a popular means of entertainment for locals and tourists in Dubai, and with […]

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8 Fascinating Books on India you must read

“I love books. I love that moment when you open one and sink into it, you can escape from the world, into a story that's way more interesting than yours will ever be.” ― Elisabet Scott . ...And when you can't travel, then reading books is one form of travelling from your armchair. I've written a […]

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On top of the world at the Burj Khalifa

Often described as a ‘Vertical City’ and ‘A Living Wonder’, the Burj Khalifa has held the title of the tallest building in the world since 2010. Rising gracefully from the desert, it is 828 metres high, more than twice the height of the Empire State Building. We visited At The Top Burj Khalifa . At […]

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Review: The Hilton Dubai Al-Habtoor City

When it comes to family-friendly destinations, Dubai is one of the best cities in the world for a vacation. There are tons of things to do with kids there, and its ideal location on the globe makes it an easy, direct flight from most places. Al-Habtoor City is a huge development in this oasis, just […]

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How to apply for a Schengen visa for Spain (with kids)

This guide applies to South African passport holders. I've said this before and I'm saying it again- you must really want to visit a Schengen country in order to go through the Schengen visa application process. Apart from UK and USA visas which are equally onerous, I don't know of any other visa which is […]

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Hashtag Escape - Escape Room Review

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

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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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