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Packing For Your Trip
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Packing For Your Trip

The thought of packing for your trip can strike terror into the hearts of even the most seasoned travellers, especially when there are young children involved.  But, with a comprehensive list of what you want to include in your luggage as well as some research into the place to which you’re going and the seasons you can expect, you can conquer this ugly monster. Here are some ways to make the packing process much easier Be sure you know your luggage allowance for the aeroplane, bus or train Collect everything you want to take with you and lay it out on your bed or the floor. Then, be ...
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Travel Trends For 2013
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Travel Trends For 2013

Travel constantly morphs as the world changes. But what are the major trends that will define travel in 2013, and how will they affect you? INCREASE IN FEES = LOCAL TRAVEL Airline tickets around the world are on the rise. The odd out of seasonal sale will have you dancing in the aisles but, certainly domestically, price hikes are the order of the day. The worldwide trend is 'shorter trips but higher spending' and we will no doubt follow suit in South Africa. The consequence? Local is lekker. Travel at home will probably see a huge take-up as people choose to explore the country close to home...
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Travelling With Children
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Travelling With Children

Children change the nature of travelling. Often, they make it so much better; giving you a different perspective of the destination and holiday as you see it through their eyes. However, it certainly takes some adjustments so that both you and the younglings can get the most from the travel experience. When planning your trip, keep your children in mind along every step of the planning process. Choose activities that they’ll enjoy and balance adult sight-seeing experiences with fun distractions for them. So, if you want to see a monument or library, try to make the trip there fun for the li...
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How To Take Great Vacation Photos
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How To Take Great Vacation Photos

Going on holiday is exciting for so many reasons, but the time just flies and, before you know it, you’re back to the routine of daily life. Taking photos of your holiday, no matter how short or close to home, is an essential part of remembering it. There are few things as disappointing as scrolling through your holiday pictures, only to find that that they didn’t come out well.  You might feel that you look terrible in every single one (us humans are so predictably critical) or your landscapes may be a blur. Here are some ways to ensure that you take stunning holiday photos and make the...
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Making The Most Out Of A Beach Holiday
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Making The Most Out Of A Beach Holiday

Ah, a beach holiday. Just what we need at the end of a long, rather tough year. And, in South Africa, there are a number of stunning beach getaways that invite local and international tourists to relax on the warms white sands or take a dip in the cool turquoise waters. Whether in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal or even a part of the Northern Cape, the South African coastline is extensive and exquisite. To get the most out of your beach-bound vacation, a little bit of preparation and planning is required. It is well worth it when you are enjoying sea, sand and sunshine in shee...
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Travelling With Pets
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Travelling With Pets

Travelling doesn’t have to mean leaving your beloved pets at home or with a sitter. Depending on where you plan to go on vacation, taking your furry children with you may be a great option for both you and your privileged pets. Of course, taking them along requires some preparation. This 1) makes the entire experience a lot more manageable for you and 2) keeps your pets as safe and comfortable as possible. Here is a checklist of tips and advice to ensuring that you and your fur-kids have the best vacation possible • Before booking any flights, train trips, accommodation or activities, en...
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How To Take Great Safari Photos
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How To Take Great Safari Photos

Going on a safari in South Africa is a truly memorable experience, one that you will treasure for a lifetime. Naturally, you want to capture these memories so that you can look at them for decades to come, but also so that you can share some of the splendour of this country with your friends and family back home. Before providing tips on how to take the best safari photos, though, we want to remind you to enjoy the holiday. Put the camera down for a while and witness the majesty and beauty first-hand. These are memories that will never fade, and you will be able to tell others about your ex...
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Safety In Hiking
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Safety In Hiking

South Africa has hundreds of hiking and walking trails through the many mountain ranges, deep gorges and magnificent forests. Whether you are looking for a quiet country getaway or an experience to test your skills and expertise, there will definitely be the perfect place and trail to suit your needs and capabilities. However, there are associated risks with hiking and walking, particularly in a place with which you are not completely familiar. To make sure that you get the most out of your hiking experience, apply the following tips and guidelines. HIKING TIPS AND GUIDELINES A...
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Travelling On A Shoe-String
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Travelling On A Shoe-String

Being a little short on cash should never hold you back from seeing the world. Granted, you will still have to save money to travel, but you can certainly explore other countries while only spending the bare minimum. Here’s how: Travel in off-peak times of the year. Summers are usually the most expensive time to travel, depending on the destination. Most accommodation spots, activities and attractions offer special rates during their off-peak periods. Share your costs with one or more other traveller(s). If you can split the costs of transport and accommodation, you will be guaran...
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What To Pack For A Camping Trip
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What To Pack For A Camping Trip

South Africa is brimming with stunning places in which to go camping, ranging from the exquisite Drakensburg Mountains to the coastline of the wild Transkei. Camping is special. It allows holiday-makers to experience the country in a very personal way; being part of the natural flora around them without the physical limitations of hotel rooms or lodge boundaries. Still, without the luxuries of formal accommodation establishments, the only way to enjoy a camping trip is to prepare for it properly. This means making comprehensive checklists of what you need to pack and packing well ahead ...
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Escape to the West Coast and the Berg River Region
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Escape to the West Coast and the Berg River Region

Think West Coast, think sand, heat, sea and little fresh water. And you wouldn't be far off the mark. The West Coast is arid, wild and windswept, but it does have water. And one of the major sources of water available that makes farming possible, in the arid Sandveld and undulating hills of the Swartland, is the Berg River - its source in the Drakenstein Mountains just south of Franschhoek and its mouth at Laaiplek on the Atlantic Ocean. In the presence of the Berg River (more commonly known amongst locals as the Bergrivier – one word) the towns of the West Coast between Velddrif and Ela...
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Tips for a stress-free xmas holiday travel experience
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Tips for a stress-free xmas holiday travel experience

There is something almost deranged about the festive season. People become gripped by an inexplicable mania. Take my average shopping experience during Decembers of late where shoppers hurl themselves at the shelves in similar fashion to post-Christmas sales. Are they frightened that the shop will run out of items? Has Woolworths ever run out of turkeys or mince pies before? As far as I know, they were selling mince pies on special well into February the following year, so why the fanatical devotion to filling the trolley as if we're about to be snowed in for the entire season, and then som...
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Shosholoza Meyl – an alternative to air travel?
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Shosholoza Meyl – an alternative to air travel?

Everyone has a fond memory of taking the train in their childhood – piling on with mom and dad, the luggage (ours were a series of rather dramatic, bright red suitcases that included a small, square one for my mother's cosmetics), egg and mayo sandwiches and the welcome delight of sleeping under crisp white sheets as the wheels chugged gently beneath you. Remarkably, the inter-city train of our youth still exists, in the form of the Shosholoza Meyl, named such after the popular South African song about train workers. The word 'meyl' refers to a long distance by train. One would think I coul...
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How social media can find you a holiday
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How social media can find you a holiday

One mother's journey to find a house swop on Facebook – the ins and outs, pros and cons We recently found someone with whom we are swopping houses. Or, as she puts it, swopping lives. Because when you move into someone else's home, use their car, feed their cat, flick through their photo albums on a rainy day, stock their fridge with your food, and sleep in their beds, then you've practically taken on their lives, haven't you? I'm not a fan of Facebook. I intensely dislike the compulsion I act under to check FB at least three times a morning to see who is saying what. I cringe when I ge...
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Escape the Vuvuzela – Your antidote to World Cup Fever
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Escape the Vuvuzela – Your antidote to World Cup Fever

The chance to host a major sports tournament on a world stage is a wonderful opportunity for South Africa. The positive aspects of World Cup Fever will bring this country a heightened sense of optimism, valuable foreign income and a patriotic pride at being the first African nation to stage the FIFA festivities. That said, some city-based indivduals are worried about their home town being infected with World Cup Fever. Fears of stressful side-effects include increased traffic congestion, hooliganism and of course the endless cacaphony of the Vuvuzela army. Our simple remedy to the potential...
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