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6 of the best destinations for affordable tropical vacations in Asia

Best destinations for affordable tropical vacations in Asia B.E.A.C.H. - Best Escape Anyone Can Have  When one thinks about affordable tropical vacations, Asia usually comes to mind. There are many destinations on this vast continent which are synonymous with warm, balmy weather, palm trees, sunshine and water sports – at an affordable price. Here are […]

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How to plan an international trip – DIY for beginners

How to plan an international trip These days, booking a trip yourself has become infinitely easier with the Internet. However, people often say that they prefer to use travel agents because they are afraid to plan a trip themselves – afraid of doing something wrong, afraid of booking the wrong flights, afraid of booking accommodation […]

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Armchair Travel - 5 ways you can travel when you can't actually travel

Armchair travel - 5 ways you can travel when you can't actually travel "It’s important to remember that travel is also a state of mind, and that you don’t necessarily have to go far away to feel far away. And no matter what you do right now, don’t forget to dream about that next big […]

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Win personalised canvas prints valued at R1790

Congratulations to Cathrine Roux (Instagram entrant). She was chosen as the random winner from entries on Facebook and Instagram by CommentPicker.com Would you like to win a personalised canvas print valued at R1790? Read on... “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” Karl Lagerfeld I love […]

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Hartford House -The only world-class hotel on a world-class stud farm in the world  

Hartford House Review The picturesque Kwazulu Natal countryside is a region steeped in history. The Zulus, the Boers and the British fought fierce battles for dominion of the territory here and Mahatma Gandhi served as a stretcher bearer for the British (before the advent of satyagraha), in one of these battles. Here, Winston Churchill was […]

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Mhondoro Game Lodge – an amazing family-friendly safari getaway

Mhondoro Game Lodge Review It had been an eventful final game drive on our last morning in Welgevonden Game Reserve, even though we had encountered intermittent rain. Elated, we returned to our home away from home, the exclusive Mhondoro Game Lodge , only to find that the safari experience was far from over. Three huge elephants […]

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Lockdown Around The World - Part 3

Today is Day 35 of lockdown in South Africa. We are looking forward to the easing of our lockdown restrictions from tomorrow - 1 May.  In this post, I chat to people from Finland, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Canada, England, Zimbabwe, USA and Australia. Read Lockdown Experiences Part 1 and Part 2 . Linda – Vantaa, […]

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Walkersons Hotel and Spa - A luxurious countryside getaway

I stopped on the mountain trail and inhaled the intoxicating fresh air. The rest of my family were far ahead of me, but I didn't mind. I wanted to enjoy the picturesque scene below me. I was just outside South Africa’s highest town, Dullstroom. Below me lay the shimmering blue dams and charming stone cottages […]

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Lockdown around the world - Part 2

It’s Day 33 of the lockdown in South Africa (28 April), however there is light at the end of the tunnel. Our President announced the easing of our stringent lockdown restrictions from 1 May. This means, inter alia, that 1.5 million workers will be able to return to work and many more items can be […]

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Lockdown around the world - Part 1

Today, 23 April, is Day 29 of the lockdown in South Africa, where I am based. Some of the strictest lockdown rules in the world are in place here, with outdoor exercise, dog-walking, and fast food all banned. We are only allowed to go out to buy essentials or for medical reasons. This is probably […]

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10 Best Things to do in Toledo , Spain

Looking for things to do in Toledo , Spain ? Read on... While researching things to do in Spain, and specifically Madrid, I constantly saw Toledo being recommended. Once I Googled it, I instantly knew that it was a place I had to go to – even if it meant omitting something else from my […]

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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa - a luxurious hideaway

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa Review A journey to forty-one different destinations. I thought that it was a rather apt way to describe the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa, with its forty-one exquisitely designed units. The five-star hotel was recently crowned the ‘Best Luxury Boutique Hotel’ in South Africa by the World Luxury Hotel Awards, […]

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21 Beautiful Mosques Around The World

21 Beautiful mosques around the world Prayer clears the mist and brings back peace to the soul…Rumi During these difficult times when religious and other gatherings are prohibited, many people are missing places of prayer and the solace and serenity found within them. The call to prayer is still heard from the mosques 5 times […]

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Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden: Things to do in Johannesburg

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden "A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” Luis Barragan The Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden is not something one would expect to see in the greater Johannesburg area. Situated below the dramatic, 200-metre-high cliffs of the Roodekrans Ridge in the West Rand, the beautiful […]

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The frantic rush to get home before lockdown in South Africa

Going into lockdown in South Africa When President Ramaphosa announced the impending lockdown in South Africa, I was in Cape Town. We had been staying with family for the past few days, and the following day we were leaving on a road trip where we would be doing media reviews at four amazing hotels and […]

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