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15 tips on how to save for your next trip
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15 tips on how to save for your next trip

Friends often ask me how we manage to go away as often as we do. Somewhere in the disbelief at yet another trip, is the inference that we must have loads of money to be able to do as we do. Far from it! Our monthly earnings would not make an investment broker sit up straighter. Our going away often has less to do with earning pot loads, and more to do with living frugally so that we have money over for fun – i.e. travel. Here are a few ideas on how to find the money for travelling - Our 15 tips on how to save for your next trip ONE: MINIMISE DEBT Many of us are so deep in debt that mon...
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Snapshot South Africa – 20 interesting and informative facts
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Snapshot South Africa – 20 interesting and informative facts

South Africa is vast - 1 233 404 km² – making it the 25th largest country in the world, twice the size of Texas, and five times the size of Great Britain. South Africa has the second highest waterfall in the world (the Tugela Falls) And the third largest canyon in the world (Blyde River Canyon). We also lay claim to the longest wine route in the world – Route 62 through the Klein Karoo, from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth – 850km. South Africa's wine tourism was rated the best developed in the World by International Wine Review, 2012. (see South Africa's Wine Estates) South Africa ...
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Where Will You Chop ‘n Dop On Braai Day?
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Where Will You Chop ‘n Dop On Braai Day?

24th September is National Heritage Day in South Africa, this public holiday was set by the government for South Africans to celebrate and enjoy our rich heritage. National Heritage Day is called something different by each culture, some call it Ukosa, others Chisa Nyama and of course Braai Day. The one thing in common is that we all commemorate the day by lighting a fire and enjoying fabulous food. It is tradition to braai on 24th September, which is exactly what I intend to do. If you are a visitor to the county and enjoying a holiday here, I suggest you get involved in the festivities an...
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10 great ways to cope when your flight is delayed
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10 great ways to cope when your flight is delayed

You're hemmed in on one side by a Japanese tour group making its way to Sun City, whilst the family next to you can barely contain their three-year old in the throes of an extraordinarily bad hair day, when there is a public announcement that your connecting flight is delayed. Flight delays are a large part of the travel experience. They happen. But there are ways to survive them ... 1. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS The most logical place to start is at the information desk to double-check the delay and to see if you can change your flight to another. If that is too busy, get online and have a...
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Sussed on travel – 10 top tech travel gadgets
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Sussed on travel – 10 top tech travel gadgets

Sussed on travel – 10 top tech travel gadgets - Much as you'd love to have a holiday from them, rather than with them, when travelling, particularly overseas, there are some travel gadgets you just can't leave at home... TOP 4 ESSENTIAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR TRAVEL SMARTPHONE Smartphones are now virtually mandatory, but more so when travelling. Better still is an unlocked smartphone (it's apparently quite complicated to unlock once it's locked), which makes it cheaper to plug in SIM cards local to the countries you intend visiting. BUT buying an unlocked smartphone is expensive. Get a secon...
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Travel Then and Now – 16 Changes
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Travel Then and Now – 16 Changes

Ever wondered how much travel has changed in the last thirty or forty years? For those of us who would be lost without cell phones, that's going back to when unless a phone was plugged in at the wall, or you had access to a tickie box (aka pay phone or phone box), you would have to rely on the kindness of shop keepers, or random agony aunts, if you needed to make a call home. But has travel improved? Have all the 'progressive' changes that have delivered an apparent simplicity to the travel experience been good for us? TRAVEL THEN PEOPLE SMOKED ON FLIGHTS AND THEN SOME Not only di...
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5 types of traveller – which one are you?
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5 types of traveller – which one are you?

I took an online quizz recently to discover what type of traveller I am. It turns out that not only am I a 'cultural' traveller who explores all the art and food a city has to offer (true) but I can sense a tourist trap from miles away (I can?) and I also gravitate towards more authentic experiences and don't need a guidebook to show me what to do (well, ja, but I have a husband who reads them from cover to cover!). The results were questionable, but it got me thinking about the 'types' of travellers we are – from those who simply want to sun worship, to others for whom a list of top att...
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Beer, Biltong, Braai – My 3 Favourite Things About South Africa
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Beer, Biltong, Braai – My 3 Favourite Things About South Africa

When I was 21, I decided to broaden my horizons and move to the United Kingdom to visit my family, gain some new experiences and to travel a bit. I was there for eight years and returned home to Cape Town not so long ago. Although I had a wonderful time abroad, filled with laughter, great memories and fabulous photos, I missed South Africa. It is by far the most beautiful country and when I was living here I took its beauty for granted. As the plane was landing in Cape Town after an hour stopover in Jo-burg, there were only about ten of us on board, all Capetonians. When we rounded past Tab...
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Jo’burg’s Ponte – It’s Back On The Map
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Jo’burg’s Ponte – It’s Back On The Map

Not only has the interior of the Ponte building leapt up a notch from sleeze to fashionable, but it's now part of an inner-city walking tour. Everyone knows the Ponte building – the iconic cyclindrical skyscraper in Berea, right next to Hillbrow, with its upper end encrusted with the Vodacom logo. The tallest residential skyscraper in Africa it might be but very few of us have visited it. Certainly nobody I know has ventured as far as Berea recently; it's one of Johannesburg's 'no-go' areas, if you want to live and tell the tale. Not quite true. Things, it seems, have changed. Po...
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My New Buzz Word – Flashpacking – What It Means, And Why I’m Doing It
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My New Buzz Word – Flashpacking – What It Means, And Why I’m Doing It

I was recently discussing with my better half (I say this with complete candour as when it comes to shoe-chucking, word spewing bouts of frustration, my husband has a lot more control than I; which must make him a better human being. He also plants great vegetables, builds legendary lego towers, and ignores the phone more readily than I) the ins and outs of packing for a just over three-week holiday. There are more outs than ins when packing. Of the bulging variety. As in bags; the sit-on-to-close variety. Whether we leave for a week or a month we generally look as though we're going away f...
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3 Great Meanders – Drift At Your Own Pace, In Your Own Car
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3 Great Meanders – Drift At Your Own Pace, In Your Own Car

South Africa is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in the world, its myriad landscapes easily explored by car on roads that are, by and large, excellent. There are plenty of unguided tour routes visitors can follow, particularly if you enjoy finding the little out of the way spots; the back roads; the out of the way gems. We share three great meanders; short enough to slow right down, long and busy enough to keep you entertained for a long weekend. 1. THE MIDLANDS MEANDER, KWAZULU-NATAL Overview: The Midlands Meander is one big art and crafts route with a some wonderful outd...
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The must-have guide to surviving longhaul flights
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The must-have guide to surviving longhaul flights

Nothing prepares you for the mind numbing final stretch of long haul flights. Nothing. Sleep deprived, muscle sore, irritated and overextended, longing for the constant shhhhhh of the airplane cabin white noise to end, there is little one can do but grit one's teeth and bear it. But there are ways to eleviate the obvious discomforts, and prepare in a way that at least allows you to relax. Taking control of your flight is half the battle won ... Here is our must-have guide to surviving longhaul flights BEFORE THE FLIGHT Direct or stop-over flights If you can afford it, take the direct ...
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We Bust 5 Travel Myths About South Africa
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We Bust 5 Travel Myths About South Africa

There are travel myths that the seasoned around-the-world traveller will encounter: You must have a backpack if you're visiting more than one country; women shouldn't travel alone; the plane will crash if you use your cell phone on board; train travel is always cheaper than air travel in Europe... These have been well and truly explored, and most of them debunked. But what about travel myths in South Africa - the type the average visitor might encounter whilst enthusiastically planning to fly to our shores? South Africa is full of crime Let's get the proverbial elephant in the room ...
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Camissa – Cape Town’s return to a place of sweet water
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Camissa – Cape Town’s return to a place of sweet water

'Camissa' is the ancient Khoi word meaning place of sweet waters, and their word for Cape Town. It's been adopted by a project called Reclaim Camissa that aims to reconnect Cape Town and its people to the water that we have available to us, right beneath our feet. According to Caron von Zeil, the woman behind Reclaim Camissa, Cape Town once had four rivers and 36 artesian springs. All of these were channelled and diverted underground, via a storm water system, and out into the ocean. Over 15 of these still run beneath our feet in the city bowl every day. Five of these – Beltzfonte...
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5 Favourite Travel Books
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5 Favourite Travel Books

What better way to get in the mood for travel than from your armchair. For those in your life who, either won't get moving and need more than a gentle prod, or are addicted to journeying in any way possible, here is a list of classics and great reads that are guaranteed to deliver wanderlust. EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert - because I couldn't put it down I'll start with my recent favourite. Written with a mixture of wit, intelligence and self-introspection with which many women will identify, Elizabeth Gilbert's travels through Italy, India and Bali to find a balance in her life are ...
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