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10 Things You Need To Know About Travelling
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10 Things You Need To Know About Travelling

Everyone has a different travel story. My friend Sarah, who went to India for a month, quickly learned that taxi drivers are not to be trusted when she was 'highjacked' by someone at the airport who proceeded to take her to all of his buddies' hotels and attractions and charged her a superlative sum for the pleasure. Some people travel the world for a year, others only go to Italy for three weeks. But all of them learn a lot about the realities of travel, and what it is to travel effectively. Whether you're off across Africa, or simply taking a road trip through the Karoo, these apply to...
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Get sassed about your fish when travelling – use the sassi cell phone app
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Get sassed about your fish when travelling – use the sassi cell phone app

Did you know that SASSI (South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative) has a phone app on the market? I didn't. I have their sms line number buried deep in my cell phone. It's there courtesy of SASSI to help me buy and eat fish that isn't overfished. I hardly ever remember to use it. I do mean to. Honest. There isn't anything closer to my heart than sustainable living. I even throw my cooked scraps into a bokashi bin, which we then leave to stand for two weeks before burying in the compost heap, which the chickens then love to peck over – delightful, I know (just getting my credential...
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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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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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Great tips for using your DSLR – PART TWO
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Great tips for using your DSLR – PART TWO

I've just started using my DSLR and want to get the hang of modes other than auto. Whilst playing around trying to find out where to start and where best to focus, I've written a few pointers to share with others who also want to do more than simply point and click... BUY A UV FILTER FOR YOUR LENS This is one of the tips I picked up from the journalist fellow I mentioned in part one. Our hike at the time was along the coastline on the beach, thus exposed to typical beach fog, rain and the inevitability of a dropping or scratching the camera. It is cheaper to replace the filter than it is...
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Great tips for using your DSLR – PART ONE
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Great tips for using your DSLR – PART ONE

I've had a DSLR, or digital SLR, for over a year now. And I confess, I still use it on good old auto. Translated: I border on pathetic when it comes to skilled photography, obviously. Luckily for me, the gorgeous Canon I have literally does most of it for me. So I just line up what I think is creative and the camera seems to do the rest. And I manage to walk off with better shots than those I used to capture on my point-and-click. But I know I'm not doing the camera justice. I wonder how many of us there are out there. Those of us with gorgeous cameras  whose younger, tech-savvy siste...
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Planet Friendly Travel – Have Impact On People, Not The Earth
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Planet Friendly Travel – Have Impact On People, Not The Earth

Green travel is not a new concept. But it does bring to mind a long list of prohibitions – don't buy take away food in plastic containers; don't buy water in plastic bottles (carry your own re-usable bottle) and don't pick the fynbos. All of this is rather patronising; a restrictive list that leaves the average traveller (not necessarily an avid greenie, but still intent on considering the environment) feeling daunted by the prospect of travel, and guilty as charged before they've even packed a bag. Whilst avoiding brochures (waste of paper) and plastic bags, not using the hotel's sh...
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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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