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Rome: My thoughts & some Roman photos

Rome was our last stop in a whirlwind vacation consisting of a Mediterranean cruise and a tour of Italy's major cities. It left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it was fascinating. A city with many layers, Medieval, Renaissance, Imperial and Republic. History oozes out of every cobblestone. There are historical sites around every […]

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A visit to Constitution Hill

“They told you that your life was over beyond this gate.” Nolundi Ntamo. Pass offender. (1980) I’m embarrassed to admit this but even though it’s just a 10 minute drive away from my house, I visited Constitution Hill for the first time this month. That too, my visit was triggered by a Groupon deal which […]

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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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Win a R1000 Gift Experience Voucher

Update: The winner has been chosen by random draw. The lucky winner is Delia Reddy! Congratulations Delia! If you didn't win this time. don't despair. Look out for another exciting competition coming soon. August is Women’s Month – and to celebrate, I am giving away a R1000 gift experience voucher in conjunction with Gift Experience South […]

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27 Boxes, A shopping centre built out of shipping containers

27 Boxes, Melville 27 Boxes is an innovative shopping centre in the trendy suburb of Melville, Johannesburg. What makes it unique is that it is made entirely of shipping containers - a first in South Africa. Opened in 2015, it was inspired by the Boxpark in London and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris . For those of […]

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11 Ways To Travel Without Breaking The Bank

How to travel without breaking the bank Yes, my blog is mainly about luxury travel. However not everyone can afford luxury travel. budgetary constraints shouldn't stop you from travelling. Let’s face it. Who doesn’t like to travel? Nobody. But if you ask most people why they don’t travel, they’d mention something along the lines of […]

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Interview...with me

I was recently interviewed on a popular radio station. Here is an approximate transcript of the interview. 1. Tell us a little bit about yourself? I am originally from Johannesburg. I am married with two children. I did a B.Comm degree and worked as an auditor for a few years. When my daughter was born […]

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22 Great Travel Tips Everyone Should Know

22 Great Travel Tips Everyone Should Know As a frequent traveler, I often get asked for travel tips and hacks. Here are some of my favourite ones that I’ve learnt over the years. Click here for some great airport hacks. Before travelling, scan all your important documents like passports, visas, drivers’ licences as well as […]

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Giveaway!

Today I am launching my first giveaway on In Africa and Beyond. I intend it to be the first of many! Honeystays has kindly sponsored a free standard membership voucher for one lucky reader. The membership is valued at R649 but savings are worth many thousands of rands. For those of you who don’t know […]

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Review: Legend Golf and Safari Resort

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 […]

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Hotel Verde - Africa's Greenest Hotel

Hotel Verde Review 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 […]

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12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, an exclusive retreat

12 Apostles Hotel Review The panoramic route to the hotel was just a prelude to the luxurious haven awaiting us. It was quite befitting, I mused, as we ascended Chapman's Peak drive to the 12 Apostles Hotel . In one of the world’s most beautiful cities, on one of the world’s most spectacular routes, stands one […]

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How to plan an Italian trip

How to plan an Italian trip Planning an Italian trip was more difficult than any of my other trips and much worse than I expected. And although I don’t normally use travel agents, this was one occasion where I thought that it would have saved me a lot of stress to use one. I had […]

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Review: Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel

I walked into the huge open-plan lobby of the Radisson Blu Gautrain and was immediately struck by its size – extending all the way from the Central One Restaurant on the one end to the bar at the other, with the reception area in–between. The public areas seemed to flow together harmoniously, welcoming me to […]

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Emirates vs Qatar Airways

I’ve flown on Emirates and Qatar Airways and spent long hours at both their airports on both legs of each journey - in the public areas not the private lounges. I decided to do a review of both airlines and their airports and compare Emirates vs Qatar Airways. Both are consistently rated amongst the world’s […]

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