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When I started my blog about 3 years ago, I had to learn to take good photos. It took some time and I had to learn some new skills. I still cringe when I see some of my old photos. Then my husband bought me a Canon Powershot SX50 HS for my birthday. It’s easy […]

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 […]

Review: Premier Inn London Wembley Park

When I was looking for a hotel in London I had three requirements. Firstly, it had to be affordable taking into account our plummeting exchange rate. Secondly, it had to be comfortable as we were going to stay there for a week. Thirdly, it had to be located near the tube. I soon discovered that […]

Explore London with The Original London Sightseeing Tour

If you’ve been following my blog, you would know that the hop-on hop-off bus is one of my favourite ways to explore a new city, especially when I have limited time there. A few months ago, I became a tourist in my own city and experienced the Johannesburg City Sightseeing bus. During the December holidays, […]

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: […]

Exploring London with the London Pass

London is an expensive city and sightseeing can end up costing you a lot of money. That is why money-saving tips are always welcomed. One of the best ways to save money when sightseeing in London is the London Pass . The London Pass is a VIP card that allows you free entry into over 60 attractions around […]

Sleeping Under the Stars at Jaci’s Starbed Suites

Imagine sleeping under a diamond-studded black blanket, with the sky being the blanket and the stars the diamonds. Camping? Not quite. More like the ultimate luxury glamping. It had been almost 3 years since my last visit to Jaci’s Safari Lodge. On that last visit, we were accompanied by our children. They absolutely loved it. My son […]

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 […]

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. We qualified for the Standard Visitor Visa. I spent hours completing the most comprehensive online visa application forms I had ever done before. The section that took me the longest was the travel […]

US Visa Application Process (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 […]

My week in London

I have often been accused of wanting to do everything in a place in a short space of time. It comes from my inherent FOMO – Fear of Missing Out. Although it is impossible to do everything there is to do in London for a tourist – in a week - we (my husband and […]

Best of the North-West Province – Insiders Guide

This is the best of the North-West Province. 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 horizon. As you drift lazily with the wind, enjoying the panoramic views, […]

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