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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Africa Will Steal Your Heart

California Dreaming in the USA - Lucy Williams Global

Before I joined the ship this time I flew out ahead of my embarkation date and spent three days in Los Angeles.

I stayed with some friends that live in Dana Point. This is a beautiful part of California, right by the beach and harbour.

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Dana Point

Dana Point is beautiful, the beach is long and sandy. Perfect for surfers and wildlife spotters.

To me this was the real California on the coast and whist I was there the TV show ‘The OC’ was in my head constantly ‘California, California, Califoooornia’! Do you remember that TV show?

The marina there is a nice walk, to see all the yachts and sit and have a coffee or a light snack.

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Laguna Beach

Down the road from Dana Point is Laguna Beach which is an another very pretty place to walk along the beach and around the town.

The small town is full of restaurants, surf shops, art galleries and cute beachy gift shops.

One the galleries that is nice to have a look around is the Wyland Gallery. The gallery is all sea life, especially dolphins and whales.

He is a painter and sculptor. Some of the pieces are out of this world. Also, at the back of the gallery you can go outside and see amazing views of the coast line.

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Balboa Island

Balboa Island was like stepping out of California as there are cute small wooden houses very close together by the water.

It was like a small seaside town that reminded me of New England.

The main street had nice little giftshops, beach clothing stores and ice cream shops. We had some delicious frozen yogurt there.

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Outlet Shopping

If in California you must make the most of the shopping! Especially the outlet malls. I’m from the UK and we do not have outlet malls like the American styles and you cannot beat the prices!

My friend loves to shop, so she knew all the great places to take me. The San Clemente and Carlsbad malls were so good! I got some great deals that I would have not got in Europe.

After three days I shopped until I literally dropped, as I was so jet lagged. I saw some beautiful beaches and coastal towns. Now I will be California dreaming until I make another trip!

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Essential Info

Weather: Spring 18*C – 26*C

Currency: US Dollars

Language: American English

Top Tip: Wear comfy shoes for walking around the malls and along the beach.

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How to See London on the Cheaper Side! - Lucy Williams Global

London is an expensive city and most of the tourist attractions have a nice price tag too! But how can you see London on the cheaper side?

Easy – use the lovely London buses, not the hop on hop off tour bus, but the big red buses run by Transport for London (TfL).

They are a great way to see the city, just try not to use them during peak time when Londoners are getting to and from work. This is usually between 6 am – 10 am and 4 pm – 7 pm.

How to See London on the Cheaper Side?

You can travel on the bus for as little as £1.50! So, top up your Oyster Card or use your contactless debit or credit card and you are well away.

You not going to have commentary of the sights in London, but the next stop is always announced when it’s approaching and when you’re there.

Just remember to press the button if you would like to get off and get near to the exit door as London bus drivers don’t hang around!

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West London

Whilst I was in London, I stayed in the Kensal area which is in West London. While in West London you must see Knightsbridge, Kensington, Belgravia, Chelsea and Notting Hill.

I was there in March and it should have been the start of Spring, but of course, it snowed! It was freezing between the wind and the snow.

As it was snowing, travelling by bus was the best way to see the sights. We managed to get a seat on the top deck at the front of the bus, so we had a great view.

Bus Route

We saw Kensington Palace (residence of Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle).

Kensington Gardens, the Royal Albert Hall, Harvey Nichols, Sloane Square, up to Chelsea Bridge and then went back on ourselves on the same route and stopped on the Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

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Portobello Road in Notting Hill

We walked down Portobello Road to see the market, colourful buildings and the quirky shops.

The snow got pretty crazy, so we stopped for a coffee to warm us up! Portobello Market is known for its antiques and vintage finds.

Whilst in Notting Hill, we went to see the famous ‘Blue Door’ from the film Notting Hill.

No Huge Grant though, just a blue door! Although even in the snow, the infamous door was surrounded by tourists.

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Pie & Mash

On the top of the Portobello Road, we went to a traditional Pie and Mash Shop, called Cockney’s. This is one of the oldest types of food in London and the most traditional.

What is a Pie and Mash Shop? It is a café that sells meat pies, mashed potatoes with liquor or gravy.

Historically, pie and mash shops were everywhere in London, being a cheap meal to eat and the eels were caught straight from the River Thames. The liquor was originally made from eels; today it is a green sauce made from parsley.

Sunday Roast

As I was in London on a Sunday we went to the Parlour in Kensal Green. It is a great place to have a traditional Sunday roast dinner but also specialises in quintessential British food using local and seasonal produce.

It is also listed in the top 50 gastropubs in the UK. They are also famous for their soda bread and a dessert list to die for, including the classic artic roll! This place gives British food a good name!

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Essential Info

Bus Route: 452 Kensal Rise to Vauxhall – vice versa back.

Bus route – started in Kensal Green, down Ladbroke Grove, through Notting Hill, Kensington Church Street, Kensington High Street, past Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, through Knightsbridge (Harrods & Harvey Nichols), down Sloane Avenue (all the designer shops), around Sloane Square which is Chelsea, Chelsea bridge and by the river in Battersea and then back the same route and wandered around the Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

Weather: Winter: 0* – 8*C / Spring 8* – 15*C / Summer 16* – 22*

Currency: Pound Sterling

Language: English

You may also enjoy reading about Arundel, Chichester and Portsmouth on the South Coast of England.

I hope you enjoyed reading about London and how to see the city a cheaper way.

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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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 The Ultimate Beginner's Guide To Singapore