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27 Boxes, A shopping centre built out of shipping containers

27 Boxes is a 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. It was inspired by the Boxpark in London and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris . For those of you wondering where the name came from […]

11 Ways To Travel Without Breaking The Bank

Yes, my blog is mainly about luxury travel. However budgetary constraints shouldn't stop you from travelling. Here are eleven ways to travel without breaking the bank 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 “it’s too expensive”, […]

10 best things to do in Venice

It is difficult to choose just 10 things to do in Venice. From my last whirlwind visit to Venice about 18 years ago, I just remember being serenaded with “Sole Mio” on a gondola ride through the canals and posing for old-fashioned non-digital photos in St Mark’s Square. This time, I spent 3 nights there – […]

Winner announcement

Thank you to everyone who entered the Honeystays membership giveaway last month. The winner was selected by a random draw. Congratulations to Sawliha Bhoola who was chosen as the lucky winner. Sawliha, I hope you enjoy your prize. Happy travelling! To those of you who didn't win, please stay tuned for more competitions.  

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 […]

How to find the Cheapest Flights Ever

I was recently asked to contribute to Webjet's blog, along with Patrycja Oosthuizen of Travel Opulent Box and Naeem Mayet of Naeem.co.za, about our cheapest flights ever. Read the article here: Cheapest Flights Ever What was your cheapest flight ever? Please comment below and let me 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 air tickets and itineraries (if you do […]


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 […]

Review: 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 by Miss World contestants. What […]

Road trip to Cape Town

Road trip to Cape Town Flying from Jozi to Cape Town is definitely easier and quicker than driving down. But with a family of four and last-minute flight prices almost the same as our tickets to Rome (yes, Rome in Italy), driving was a cheaper option – even with the current price of petrol. It […]

Hotel Verde - Africa's Greenest Hotel

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 accommodation and conferencing. […]

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, an exclusive retreat

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 of the world’s best […]

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