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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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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St. Petersburg, Russia. An imperial capital with a modern magic.

Words by Dawn Bradnick @DawnJorgensen

A Baltic seaside city known for its culture, cathedrals and canals, Russia’s second-largest metropolis after Moscow lies on a series of islands in the Neva River delta with more than 342 ornately decorated bridges crisscrossing its waterways.

Founded in 1703, Saint Petersburg has played a vital role in Russian history. Memorials, sculptures, palaces and monuments take you on a mesmerising journey through its dramatic past – while walking you into its welcome modern day era. 

A cultural renaissance has burst through the seams of St. Petersburg, with world-class museums, galleries and theatres adorning the streets, the city is a blazing hub of European culture.

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8 Famous Beaches You Should Visit if You Love Films

Words by Aislinn Corbet

There is something about beaches.

They are synonymous with paradise. They have been the site of countless declarations of loves and of weddings. They are places to find peace – or thrills in the barrel of a wave. They have even made it into Hollywood.

These are 8 gorgeous beaches from films you can, and should, visit…

Jaws – Joseph Sylvia State Beach in Massachusetts, United States

If there is one film that thrust the beach into the spotlight, it was Jaws.

Maybe not for all the right reasons though.

The film takes place on Amity Island, a fictional town in New York, but it was filmed throughout Martha’s Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, United States.

One of the most famous scenes from the film, where the unsuspecting folk of Amity scramble to shore when a kid is attacked, was filmed on Joseph Sylvia State Beach, a 3 kilometre stretch of sandy beach on the north east side of the island. Between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.

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The Most Romantic Off the Beaten Track Destinations

Words by Aislinn Corbet

It’s easy to make any place romantic when you’re with the one you love.

But these places take it up a notch when it comes to romance.

Whether you’re dating or celebrating an anniversary, these are some of the most romantic off the beaten track destinations to travel to if you want to escape with your special Valentine.

You’re just getting to know each other

Who says you can’t go on a holiday together if you’ve just started dating? There is no better way to get to know someone than trying new things together.

Get to know each other while trying saganaki and getting merry on tsipouro on a 16th-century bougainvillea lined cobbled street in Nafplio, the “most romantic city in Greece”. Or while dancing to Ecuadorian folk music on the beach in Montañita, a lively beach town in Ecuador.

These are two towns where you can’t help falling in love.

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11 Festivals Around the World worth Travelling for in 2020

Words by Aislinn Corbet

Festivals are not what they used to be.

Back in the day it was all about the music; today it is about the experience. Organisers are pulling out all the stops to offer the ultimate festival experience and festival lovers are paying attention.

From the wild jungles of Borneo to the dusty desert of Nevada  – festivals are springing up all around the world in some of the most spectacular locations with features that border on absurd.

These are some of the best (and unusual) festivals around the world that are worth the jet lag.

New Orleans, United States: Mardi Gras

There ain’t no party like Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Mardi Gras (a.k.a. Fat Tuesday) is a time for wild indulgence before the fasting rituals of Lent begin. In New Orleans that entails parades of elaborate floats, street parties that go on into the night, and an atmosphere you won’t be able to resist getting pulled into.

The French Quarter is the indisputable heart of the festivities, but celebrations happen in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Alexandria, and Lake Charles too. It begins in January and culminates on 25 February.

When: 4 January to 25 February 2020

Where: Throughout the city

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Hot Spot Alert: Ho Chi Minh City

Words by Dawn Bradnick @DawnJorgensen

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is a buzzing metropolis in southeast Vietnam with a population of just under 9 million. The capital of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1975, Saigon played a pivotal role in the Vietnam War when it served as the headquarters of U.S. military operations. Today a place where motorcycles rule the roads and timeless incense-infused temples sit alongside chic designer malls and sleek 21st-century skyscrapers, HCMC is a dizzying adrenaline-fuelled assault on the senses and instantly commands your undivided attention.

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Best Winter Experiences Around the World

Words by Aislinn Corbet

Winter in the Northern Hemisphere is a magical time of year. It is a time of Christmas markets, snowy towns, good food in cosy restaurants, and the festive cheer of the holiday season. And when it comes to winter holidays, no places do it better than places where it snows.

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Best Things to do in Nairobi, Kenya’s Gateway City

Words by Dawn Bradnick @DawnJorgensen

Nairobi as Kenya’s capital city is a hub of heaving cars and buses, khaki clad elated tourists and ultra-cool fashionista locals proudly embracing the infectious energy of the country’s largest gateway city.

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Trip Ideas for 7 Life Milestones

Words by Aislinn Corbet

Life is all about moments and milestones. Falling in love. New friendships starting. Old ones ending. The annual family getaway. Getting the job of your dreams. Or your best friend’s wedding weekend.

Some moments will be fleeting and some you will never forget, but either way, these are moments and milestones worth celebrating  – ideally in a beautiful place with the ones you love.

These are the places that will make the big life milestones extra special…

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