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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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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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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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