Africa Will Steal Your Heart

 

Africa is not often on people’s hit list when thinking of a holiday, but there’s absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t be. The wonders that you would be able to explore are amazing.

You will have adventures you will never be able to have in other countries, and your time will be filled with experiences that will create memories to last a lifetime.

Due to the vast landscape and beautiful wildlife, Africa truly is one of the best countries that you could visit. If you give it a go, we promise it will steal your heart, here’s why.

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Hidden Gems

Africa is full of hidden gems, let us tell you that for sure! One minute you could be walking down one of the main streets in Kenya, the next you could be immersed into a new terrain, bringing some of the most wonderful views of the planes of Africa.

Kenya is one of the best parts of the country to visit if you want to experience wildlife. It has plenty of nature reserves and national parks, with guided tours being held nearly every day.

There are also some truly stunning places to stop, such as the masai mara luxury accommodation. You’ll wake up to some of the most amazing views, and feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, with only yourselves and nature to enjoy.

If you want a little hidden gem, one that’s a little bit different to the wildlife you’re going to see, take a trip to the Gedi ruins, you won’t be disappointed!

Experience The Wildlife

If you’re going to Africa, one of the main things you should be going for is the wildlife. It’s full of it, no matter what part you go to.

We’ve already said that Kenya has some good wildlife national parks, such as the Amboseli national park. But there are so many more dotted around Africa for you to have a look at.

The Serengeti national park has to be one of the most famous. The wildlife living here has ruled the planes for as long as they have lived, and the rangers here work day and night to make sure they’re all safe, especially from the likes of hunters.

Take one of the Safari tours, and experience what Africa is best known for. Never try and venture out alone, as good as Africa is, it’s a dangerous place for both violence, and the animals that you may come across.

 

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Experience The Culture

Africa is full of rich culture. The many tribes that still exist, and also rule their own villages are incredible. Besides the dangers that we have just mentioned, Africa is one of the friendliest nations if you go to the right location.

The tribes will welcome you, as you should welcome them with gifts. You’ll experience so amazing food, amazing dances and rituals, and see a culture that you will possibly never get to experience again.

So, do you feel as though Africa is going to steal your heart now? We believe it will so get booking whilst you still can!

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The Ultimate Guide To Family Holidays Off The Beaten Track

It’s all too easy to surrender to the allure of the family package holiday. For one lump sum cost, you can secure your flights, transfers, accommodation, food, drink and excursions for every member of your travelling party.

There’s no need to worry about the planning and preparation of any holiday abroad, and you can relax knowing that somebody else is taking care of all the paperwork.

While the odd jaunt to a Balearic might be pleasant, and the volcanic vistas of the Canaries are lovely, sometimes you want to venture a little more off the beaten track and break from the norm.

If you want to provide your offspring with some more authentic, exciting and unique travel experiences, read on to discover the quirkiest destinations for family vacations.

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Iceland

When we talk about great trips abroad, we want an adventure that will tick something off our bucket list. Heading to Iceland in the winter does just that.

With kids in tow, you can marvel at the natural phenomenon that is the Northern Lights. Dancing streams of green and pink will create a laser show above your heads as night time falls; much better than another random evening spent in a Greek taverna.

During the day, you can head out on the open seas for a spot of whale watching, do a smidgen of glacier walking or take a tour of the geysers dotted around the island.

The people of Iceland are friendly, the food is plentiful, and the vibe is relaxed. For a unique family holiday, Iceland is hard to beat.

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Azores

If a sunnier climate is more your bag, but you don’t fancy the usual jaunt to a Costa, why not consider venturing a tad further afield.

The Portuguese Azores are a dramatic set of volcanic islands without the tourists of Spain or France.

If you are a family who loves getting your kicks by taking part in high octane outdoor pursuits, then the Azores should be on your list of potential destinations.

Activities in the Azores consist of kayaking on the crater lake of Sete Cidades, hiking up a dormant volcano and caving on the island of Sao Miguel.

For a more relaxed experience, you could also take a dip in one of the many natural hot springs adorning the beautiful landscape.

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Isle Of Skye

If you are less inclined to venture to distant shores and you’d like an experience a little closer to home, you should consider the stunning Scottish island of Skye.

The scenery is magnificent, the tourists are few and far between, and there is plenty to keep the kids busy.

Head to Portree, the island’s central hub and you’ll meet many Scottish fishermen willing to take you on a tour of the coastline.

Sea eagles are common, often diving down to catch a fish or two from the waves.

The iconic Old Man of Storr provides superb hiking opportunities as does the Trotternish peninsula high above sea level.

On those rainy days, the island’s museum is fun, interactive and a fun way to while away a few hours.

For an off the beaten track holiday, take a look at these three destinations when booking your next trip.

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Consuming Culture: Broaden The Heart and Mind Through Travel

The main reason that most of us enjoy travelling is because it’s fun. We get to see stunning sights, do fun activities and take a break from our daily lives where we can be a slave to routine.

But travel also has the ability to make us a more interesting and well-rounded person.

It can open our mind, show us a different perspective and allow us to understand and appreciate where we come from.

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One of the ways we can do this is by submerging ourselves in another culture, learning about how life is for different people and appreciating and understanding different customs and lifestyles across the globe.

Whether you’re travelling for a few weeks or months on end, here are some of the things you could aim to do to consume culture while you’re away.

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Meet New People

In your daily life, there might not be a whole lot of opportunity to meet new people.

You see the same faces at work, you have a close friendship group and you see the same family members.

But meeting new people is what makes life interesting, so when you’re away try and speak with as many as you can.

Chat to the locals, find out about their lives and aim to learn more. Chat with vendors, market stall workers, waiting staff, taxi drivers.

Just be social and find out about the people that live in the destination you’re visiting.

Meeting other travellers like yourself and chatting about their experiences and findings of the destination is also worthwhile.

You can use social media and look on online forums as a way to meet people while you’re travelling, and often it will be the people you speak to along the way that really make the trip special.

See a Performance

It could be a show at a theatre, an outdoor performance, a circus, a local musician or acting group performance or anything else that’s on offer.

Theatre, music and performance are great ways to get a glimpse into the culture of others.

Check out lists of shows before you go and where possible pop one on your itinerary.

Not only is it fun but it’s another way you can find out more about the culture – pay attention to the colours, songs, dancing and more.

According to the Guardian, performing arts provide a necessary opportunity to develop the skills of socialisation and communication required by a healthy democracy.

They can serve as a meeting place for the public, there is a definite relationship between theatre and citizenship.

As a tourist, you can take an objective view on this as a way to understand and appreciate the culture through performance.

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Try The Local Cuisine

If there’s one way to get to the heart of a culture it’s by tasting its food.

Ingredients, cooking methods and techniques will have been perfected over centuries, and passed down through generations.

Many places consider their food to be absolutely integral to their culture, but wherever you go, you will get an insight into your destination.

Go to markets and eat delicious food from street food vendors. Go into cafes and restaurants of varying budgets.

If possible, buy some fresh ingredients and cook some dishes yourself. For example, if you were in Australia you could purchase some local meat and seafood and cook it on the barbeque.

Learn About Religion

Whether or not you’re a religious person and what religion you believe in, there’s no denying that this is still a highly important part of many people’s lives.

We all know that it’s important to respect the beliefs of others, and so religion is worth looking into and learning about when you visit different places in the world even if the views of its believers and different to yours.

Some religions are centuries old, and for some cultures around the world their religious beliefs are integral to their lifestyle.

It can affect their laws, what they eat, what they wear and much more.

You can learn more by chatting with locals, and visiting religious buildings (many of which will be open to the public) and finding out about their specific beliefs.

This can be incredibly interesting and can open your mind to all kinds of possibilities.It can help you to understand the culture of the place you’re in.

Even in places like the UK where religion isn’t necessarily a large part of many people’s lives, places like churches and abbeys can provide a fascinating insight to the past as well as the current position of religion in the country.

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Go to a Festival

Vibrant and exciting, festivals are a celebration and can be for anything from music to art to religion to food.

If the destination you’re visiting has an annual festival then see if you can visit when it’s on so that you can attend.

With different stalls, decorations and excitement it could well be the highlight of your trip.

An annual festival in a town, country or city will often be linked to its roots, what it’s famous for or what the current citizens and tourists most enjoy.

Sing, dance, eat and be entertained – and soak up the spirit of whatever the festival is celebrating.

It could be anything from the BFI London Film Festival to Coachella in California, it could be the Cannstatter Volksfest beer festival in Germany or Panagbenga which is a flower festival representing the ‘season of blooming’ in the Philippines.

Look at Dress and Clothing

Clothing is a huge part of culture. It could be clothing that’s worn due to religious reasons, for example burkas in Islamic traditions cover the body and face as the Quran calls for modesty.

It could be the high fashion observed in places like Milan and Paris which are centred around designers, catwalks and fashion which filters down to the general public.

It could be Geishas with their long robes and distinctive makeup.

Not only do you need to check that your own wardrobe is ok for certain places in the world.

For example, you might not be permitted to wear very skimpy clothing or have a lot of skin on show in more modest cultures.

But observing the dress of the general public, entertainers and more will all give you a glimpse into the location’s culture.

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Observe the Languages and Ethnic Mixes of Locals

You don’t have to learn a language to be able to appreciate the culture of a place.

But listening out for the language, or in some cases mix of languages can be an interesting way to appreciate the culture.

Observing the ethnicities of the locals is also a good way to find out more about the culture.

Take places like Amsterdam, New York and Singapore which all have an ethnically diverse mix.

A little research will help you to understand how, why and when immigrants first came to the destination, and how that has affected things like language, food and other aspects of the culture after multiple generations.

Culture is an incredibly interesting thing, made up of many different elements which come together to explain the past, present and future of a destination.

When you understand the culture of others it can really open your eyes, and can actually help you to understand yourself and where you come from better too.

Keep this in mind next time you go away and try to incorporate as much culture into your trip as you can.

How do you make sure you’re consuming culture and appreciating every location you visit when you’re travelling?

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The Ultimate Beginner's Guide To Singapore

If you’re planning on travelling to Singapore for the first time, this guide will help you to navigate your way around and have the best time.

Whether you’re going for a couple of weeks as a vacation or you’re looking to stay there even longer to soak up the culture, learn the language, and make friends, many of the tips here will help you.

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Take a look and see what you can take away before you visit Singapore for the first time:

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Finding Your Way Around Singapore

Public transport is one of the best ways to make your way around Singapore. You’ll really be able to explore and find some awesome things you wouldn’t have found any other way, too!

The MTR is incredibly clean, so don’t worry about that –  they are very strict when it comes to things like no spitting, eating or gum. Very strict!

The escalators and subways are incredibly fast and efficient. You can buy single tickets or get a card for multiple rides – purchase an Ez-link card from the ticket office at any major MRT station.  

Alternatively, it’s a good idea to get an Uber for late nights. You even have the option to share the ride to reduce costs.

Then there are hop on hop off buses, which are a fantastic way to see the city and get to where you’re going. 

Make sure you don’t go wondering off alone if you haven’t got your bearings yet.

Have numbers read for your Uber, a fully charged phone, and perhaps a map or an app to help you find your way.  

The Price Of Alcohol Is Extortionate

Something almost everybody is surprised about when they visit Singapore is the sheer cost of alcohol.

With high import taxes (that are set to increase by a further 25%!) you’ll want to make sure you stock up on duty-free wine, beer and spirits when you come through Changi Airport.

It’s the smartest thing to do if you plan on having a drink when you’re in Singapore, (plus it’s one of the cheapest places to buy wine on the island).

Even if you plan on having a casual drink, it’ll be cheaper to buy it in the airport.  

Diverse Neighborhoods

Something that is absolutely incredible about Singapore is the diverse neighborhoods.

From Little India to Chinatown, Labrador Park and Kampong Glam (which is a very pretty place to take pictures for your Instagram account).

Singapore is one of the most diverse and interesting places you will likely ever visit in your lifetime.

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Where to Stay

There’s no denying that Singapore is expensive when it comes to finding somewhere to stay – there’s a steep price tag that is easily compared to London, New York, and Shanghai.

Be aware of this when finding the right place to stay for your trip. You might find it cheaper and easier to find a room for rent rather than looking to stay in a hotel for the duration of your stay.

However, there are some cheaper hotels, they’re just not cheap compared to cheap hotels in other countries. Be prepared for this and have a big budget!

Things To Do In Singapore

Now that you know how to get around and where to stay, you’ll want to know a few of the great things that you can do here. Here are some suggestions:

Gardens by the Bay – beautiful botanical garden spot for couples. Great for families and nature fans too.

The Flower Dome hosts different exhibits of plants and flowers according to the season. The Cloud Forest, is opposite; a magnificent indoor rain forest.

Some of the domes are open for viewing until late at night, and this is when the trees light up! It’s a wonderful way to spend some time, and you’ll have an even better time if you stick around for the light show in the Supertree grove.

Whether you’re out with friends or on a date, this is a wonderful activity to try.

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Exploring the city and shopping – you may have heard how amazing the shopping in Singapore is.

Fancy Orchard Street is great for those who have the budget for shopping, or Boogies will allow you to find knick knacks and souvenirs.

For those who want to shop in boutiques, make sure you head to Kampong Glam.

If nothing else, you’ll take some great pictures. On Arab Street and Haji Lane, you can find art galleries, handmade perfumes, hipster eateries and great coffee.

Murals and backdrops all over the place make it another fantastic place to take pictures. 

Taking the colonial tour – you might already know that English colonialism impacted massively on Singapore and because of this, it has become a big part of its history.

Many history nerds actually spend whole days taking this tour. Unbelievably, there are places to enjoy real English experiences in Singapore – like their version of afternoon tea.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve – this is the perfect place for greenery amongst the skyscrapers.

This place isn’t too far from the city, but it feels like a different world when you’re there.

When you visit, you can see bats, iguanas, crocodiles, an array of birds.

Going for walks through the mangrove forests. Is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry!

Some people are even lucky enough to spot pythons on their trip – if that sounds like something you want to do, then make sure you visit at night.

Hopefully, you enjoyed this beginner’s guide to Singapore and you now have a list of things you’re going to do and try while you’re in the area.

Singapore is a diverse place where you can experience many different cultures, activities, people, and food – it really is somewhere we should all visit at least once in our lifetime.

Let us know when you’re visiting Singapore and what you plan on doing on your trip – will you use any of the ideas here? Leave a comment below! Thanks for reading.

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How to Avoid Any Holiday-Ruining Problems When Abroad

There are some problems that really can get in the way of a good holiday if you let them.

How much money have you spent on your upcoming trip abroad? It’s something that’s certainly worth considering because most people tend to spend quite a lot.

Now, do you really want all that money to go to waste just because you made a few bad decisions before or during the holiday?

It’s so easy to watch things go horribly wrong for you if you’re not willing to plan things out properly.

The most frustrating thing about all that is the fact that most of the holiday-ruining problems that people experience can be so easily avoided.

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But that’s only possible if you think about them now rather than waiting until you regret not thinking about them later on.

There’s no time like the present and acting now could help you have a dream holiday experience rather than one you want to forget about sooner rather than later.

Keep reading to find out how you can avoid such problems while you’re abroad on holiday.

Take the Money You’ll Need

One disaster that will absolutely ruin your holiday involves money.

It might make the money go around, but if you run out of it before your holiday ends, you’ll find yourself in a very difficult situation indeed.

Take the money you’ll need, as well as a little extra just to be sure about it.

It’s not worth taking risks on this one because if you run out of money, you’ll be able to do basically nothing else.

Don’t Say No Too Often

When you’re travelling, you want to do new things and have new experiences.

So if you reach the end of the holiday and you haven’t stretched yourself or done anything that is out of the ordinary for you, you will probably end up regretting it in a big way.

Try to break out of the habits that stop you from saying yes to new opportunities.

By saying no to too many things, you will only limit yourself and hold yourself back.

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Keep Your Expectations in Check

Some people simply expect far too much when they go travelling and that’s something that you shouldn’t do.

If you keep your expectations more on the low side, you can be pleasantly surprised when things do turn out to exceed those expectations.

At the very least, it’ll prevent your holiday from being spoiled by disappointment.

That alone is reason enough for you to keep your expectations in check ahead of your holiday. 

Don’t Travel With Anyone You’re Likely to Argue With a Lot

Arguments break out all the time between people who have decided it’s a good idea for them to travel together.

It might seem like a good idea at the time, but the plan has to be considered and questioned beforehand.

You don’t want to have your holiday ruined by petty arguments with someone you’re supposed to be friends with, do you?

If you know that there’s one person you’re likely to argue with a lot, it’s probably not a great idea to take a trip to a foreign country with them. 

Pack the High Factor Sunscreen

So many times people go to hotter places and end up getting burnt from head to toe by the sun on the first day.

This can make the remainder of the holiday entirely uncomfortable for you because you won’t like how you look and your skin will be irritating you.

Always pack a high factor sunscreen if you’re heading to a place that’s known for its bright skies and sunny days.

Be Careful What You Eat and Drink

Eating and drinking are two things that no one can avoid when they’re on holiday. But these things can pose a danger.

In many countries, drinks with ice in have the potential to cause you an upset stomach, so try to avoid ice in your drinks.

You should also only eat food if it’s fresh and is still piping hot. Otherwise, your trip could get ruined before of sickness.

Think Contraception

I’m sure you don’t want to be dealing with a pregnancy scare when you’re trying to enjoy your travels, so always think ahead about contraception.

Even if you don’t have any particular plans for making use of it, you never know what might happen, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to situations like this.

You can order your contraceptive pill online, so you have no excuses for not doing this. It couldn’t be easier these days.

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Don’t Become a Stereotype

When you’re a tourist, you want to avoid being too much of a tourist because that can be annoying for the locals.

But that’s not what’s going to ruin your holiday. However, focusing on the narrow range of things that other people do and that the tourist guides tell you to do is not a very good idea.

You don’t want to become an empty stereotype, only going to the major landmarks and not taking time to explore the hidden depths of the location. 

Always Double Check the Suitcase For Everything You’ll Need

It’s always worth going back through your suitcase or suitcases in order to ensure you don’t end up leaving anything vital behind.

You don’t want to get to your destination only to find that your bikini is still in your drawer back home.

It’d be a disaster, so make a list of what you want to take and compare it to what your have in your suitcase before you leave. It might be time-consuming but it’s worth doing.

You want to enjoy your time in a different country, not end up coming home depressed and miserable.

So many people do end their travel adventures that way though, so you shouldn’t ignore the possibility of things going wrong for you.

It’s more than possible for you to approach things methodically and carefully in order to avoid such problems.

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