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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What You Need to Know About the Different Types of Visas

Travelling is one of the greatest pleasures in life, and visas can be a real grey cloud on those plans when they are complicated or shrouded in mystery. This post is going to clear away some of the confusion and hopefully get you closer to where you need to be.

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Livingstone, Zambia. Beyond the Smoke that Thunders.

Words and images by Dawn Bradnick @DawnJorgensen

With a mix of British architecture, museums, markets and traditional village life existing effortlessly alongside budget hostels and five-star hotels, Livingstone is at the heart of Zambian tourism. Founded in 1905 and named after the renowned Scottish explorer Dr David Livingstone, the city owes its existence primarily to Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya – the Smoke that Thunders, as it is aptly known.

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Holiday Package or Self-Made Holiday?

What kind of Traveller are you?

When planning a vacation there are two main options: holiday packages or self-made holidays.

Although holiday packages have a reputation for being the cheaper option and often are, they can also put limitations on your holiday in terms of travel dates and accommodation options.

Self-made holidays give you all the freedom in the world and can be the cheaper option if you don’t mind hostels, good street food, and living on the cheap (Of course there is a also a more luxurious version of self-made holidays available).

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Discover the magic of Marrakesh

Words and images by Dawn Bradnick @DawnJorgensen

Located in western Morocco, the former Imperial city is a major economic hub and home to mosques, palaces and expansive gardens. Dating back to the Berber Empire, with thriving souks selling traditional textiles, handcrafted pottery and intricate jewellery. Surrounded by a vast palm grove, Marrakech is fondly known as the ‘red city’ because of its buildings and ramparts constructed using red earth from the surrounding desert.

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7 Cheap Travel Destinations

…the Best Countries for South Africans to Visit Right Now!

Whether it’s visa issues or the cost of flights, travelling as a South African can be complicated and expensive and is not always an easy undertaking for the average South African. But if you choose the right place, you get it all – the adventure, the food, the experiences – without spending outrageous amounts of money.

These are 7 of our favourite holiday destinations right now that really are cheap to travel to.

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Bangkok, The City of Angels

The full Thai name of Bangkok is ‘Krungthep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit’ and will be recited with pride by any of the friendly residents you encounter on your visit there.

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The Best Time of the Year for International Travel: Autumn

A golden rule of travelling is to travel during the shoulder season. Autumn is a shoulder season in most places around the world. But it isn’t just a great time for international travel because it is cheaper and less busy, it is also when the worlds gets seriously beautiful.

Autumn is a season of colour and nature and a truly spectacular time of year to travel if you want a little fresh air, meanderings through nature, and holidays of good old indulgence.

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General Information

The warm turquoise waters, velveteen coastlines, vanilla and nutmeg aromatics, and short travel time makes Zanzibar a popular holiday destination amongst South Africans. Zanzibar is an archipelago of three islands just off the coast of Tanzania. It is famous for its Afro-Arabian decadence and picturesque tropical beaches. Many travellers combine a trip to Zanzibar with a trip to mainland Tanzania to get a unique safari and beach experience. South African travellers do not need a visa for Zanzibar and flights to Zanzibar are relatively cheap, which makes it an extremely desirable holiday destination. You will just need a valid passport and a Yellow Fever Certificate.

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What to pack for your beach vacay, a travel girl’s guide

An article by: Caryn Parker, Travel Expert at Travelcheck South Africa

This post is particularly for the ladies, but gents fear not, feel free to have a read too.

Yes girls.. the thought of jetting off to Mauritius, Zanzibar, Thailand, Bali and the likes will definitely have us shrieking with excitement, and yes I know almost immediately we will have thoughts of all the fantastic things we are going to do: excursions, beach missions, dinner dates, checking out the nightlife and the list goes on and I get it, it is very important to look great for those photo opportunities, especially for the oh so important Instagram shots! True? True!

..and I’m pretty certain we have all been there, packing more than our good ol’ faithful suitcase can hold. The funny thing is, most of the time we don’t even end up wearing most of what we’ve packed! True? True! So here’s a little guide I’ve put together on the essentials you should be taking along with you on your magical trip:

  • Sunscreen, your new best friend.
  • A beach coverup or sarong, it’s easy for you to get up and go, perfect for lazing around. Sunnies, if you can, try not to take the most expensive pair you have, eye-wear tends to get damaged or lost on your vacation.. or maybe that’s just me?! LOL
  • Two swimsuits, MAX Three, you will always have a dry set when you’re ready to catch some rays and get that quintessential holiday tan, while looking fab!
  • Shoes: One pair of trainers, one pair of flops, perhaps a pair of sandals and one pair of sexy wedges. Put those five pairs of heels away girl! If you think you are going to be wearing all of those, you’re lying to yourself haha..
  • A sunhat, don’t take the pricey, beautiful wide-rim one, it’s so going to get damaged in your bag while traveling, instead take a cheapie you won’t mind ruining a tad or better yet, take a peak-cap.
  • I’d say you’re good with five T-shirts/shirts/tanks and two pairs of shorts, try to take items that you could mix and match, take along that maxi dress, a sexy dress for when you hit the town, and perhaps a jumper for when you may get a little chilly..

that’s it girls.. you’re good to go! ‘Cause ain’t nobody got time to be paying for extra baggage at the airport!