Armchair Travel

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Gustave Flaubert

Well, this quote couldn’t be any further off the truth than ever in these times that we are finding ourselves in. Most of you reading this are here because you have a passion for travel. 2020 has most probably turned all your travel plans upside down. Travel bans have been imposed; something totally unimaginable just a few months ago.

While most of us are stuck at home a world of virtual travel possibilities has entered our word. Tourism boards all around the world have started to offer virtual tours to the most loved highlights, Airbnb and other companies have made their experiences available online and some of our most trusted local safari lodges are allowing you to sneak peak into their wildlife reserves.

So, let’s check what is available. It will keep your mind occupied, your appetite for future travel alive and your Fernweh at least a little bit in check.

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Next adventure: Safari

Words by Caryn Parker, Travelcheck Head of Sales and Product
Follow Caryn on Instagram on @CPT_TRAVEL_GIRL
Cover photo by David Clode on Unsplash

Imagine waking up to the sound of birds singing, while the sun gently streams through the windows, the smell of fresh rain fills the air and as you step outside onto your deck you are greeted by the sight of warthogs, wildebeest and giraffe casually strolling past, as they gather at a watering hole on your doorstep. It sounds like an incredible dream, right? But this is what a safari trip is truly like in this beautiful country that we are lucky enough to call home. 

The Swahili word safari appropriately means journey, originally from the Arabic adjective (safar) meaning a journey, travelling, touring or voyaging. 

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Travel post COVID-19

Our CEO speaks about travel post COVID-19

Our situation

As a start-up in travel, just ten months old when the Corona Virus crisis hit the world and travel bans around the world have been implemented, we have been hit hard. Our focus at the moment is towards post covid crisis. There is a raw desire to connect, it’s a common theme in human behaviour. We believe that the desire to travel will return, and people will start looking for different kinds of experiences. We want to be there when consumers dream about their next holiday or experience. We want to be a part of their new dreams. Thus we are busy adjusting our offering on our platform.

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Enjoy a holiday in Greece without leaving your house

“My absolute favourite destination of all time is Greece, this place just exudes magic with its incredible ancient history and natural beauty. I love everything about Greece, from the cobble stone streets lined with vibrant bougainvillea trees, to the delicious cuisine and the surprisingly delicious wine. There is absolutely nothing like sipping on a Mythos Greek beer, while watching a magenta sunset over the endless ocean. Honestly Greece is a little taste of heaven on earth.” 

Caryn, Head of Product and Sales at Travelcheck
Follow Caryn for more travel tips on her Instagram account CPT_Travel-Girl

Aren’t we all dreaming of a holiday in Greece? Since we can’t travel there right now and most likely not even this winter (here) / summer (over there) we put together a list of things to do at home that will bring you that Greek-feeling just a tiny bit closer to our shores. 

Discover Athens

Of all Europe’s historical capitals, Athens is probably the one that has changed the most in recent years. But even though it has become a modern metropolis, it still retains a good deal of its old small town feel. Here antiquity meets the future, and the ancient monuments mix with a trendier Athens and it is precisely these great contrasts that make the city such a fascinating place to explore. The heart of its historical centre is the Plaka neighbourhood, with narrow streets mingling like a labyrinth where to discover ancient secrets.

Check-out our Arrival Guide for Athens to get inspiration for your next visit. 

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Top Things to do in San Francisco

Hire a bicycle

San Fran is a bicycle friendly city – well, if you don’t count the hills into consideration and if you stay in the flatter parts of the city.. I guess it is more of a tourist attraction than a local thing. There are a lot of bicycle hire shops spread all over the city. Most of them are located along the Waterfront anywhere between Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. The most famous thing to do with a bike is probably to ride over Golden Gate Bridge.  The city caters for it and the infrastructure from the Waterfront to the Golden Gate Bridge is bicycle friendly with dedicated bike paths etc. And don’t be afraid to get lost, just follow the paths (or the crowd for that matter) and it will take you straight to the bridge). The ride over the bridge itself is noisy (with all the cars hammering past you), windy (and mostly foggy) and be aware of having to dodge all the pedestrians. But it is so worth it! Once on the other side in Marin County you basically just roll down hill straight into the beautiful sea-side town of Sausolito. It’s the perfect spot to have lunch and enjoy a bit of sun. If you are too lazy to ride all the way back (like I was), you can take the ferry back to San Francisco harbor – they also take your bike!

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9 Experiences that should be on every Traveller’s Bucket List

Throughout your life, there will be moments you will remember forever. Many of these moments may happen while travelling. Experiences you have, people you meet, or things you learn. These experiences could change you a little, or change you a lot. They might even change your life completely. That is why we travel. These are some of the experiences that consistently awe and inspire travellers.

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