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Indian Travel: Sneezing Through Delhi Survival Guide

I found the pollution in Delhi seriously tricky.  I’ve travelled there a few times but the last time was the most difficult.  It was peak summer, Delhi was in the middle of a heatwave, the air was dry and heavy and there was no respite. I’m quite a good traveller and I always take the right medicines and health care accessories with me.  For India I have a checklist:- Wet wipe ....

Simply Stunning in Sossusvlei - Namibia

The sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia, are the highest in the world. They are also the most extraordinary, not only in their impressive size, but in their colour that seems to change all the time. Early morning the dunes appear to be pink.  As the sun rises the dunes take on a golden hue and change from pink to yellow to a bright orange or red.  They shimmer when the sun is directly ove ....

Fun in the Sun without Mosquitos - Explore Mozambique.

The best thing about Mozambique is that the weather is always hot.  Seriously.  In summer it can get to 40 degrees celsius and in winter it’s a mild 25 degrees.  Which means, Mozambique is the perfect place for a beach holiday, at any time of the year. One of my favourite places in Mozambique is Tofo Beach.  Tofo is just outside of Imhambane (there are flights almost daily, ....

Wind down the Windows - Road Tripping

There’s nothing better than a road trip. You can plot your route in advance, if you want to, or you can just get in the car and see where the road leads you.  Here are our rules.  Follow them, they are important. Plan the music well in advance.  Have a great selection, more than you think you’ll need. A road trip is not the same without your old favorites ....

Oh My Gosh, I'm Going to Die - White Water Rafting

Our guide was very serious during the whitewater briefing.   You must wear your life jacket at all times. Never take off your helmet. Hold the paddle tight and hold it properly. Stay in the raft; do not jump out for fun. Lean in if I shout BUMP. If you do fall out, don’t panic. And always listen to my instructions. I thi ....

Gambling with the Gorillas - A Tale set in Uganda.

You sense the gorillas before you see them.  Trees sway above and ahead of you.  Leaves and small branches fall from the sky to the ground.  You may smell something.  And then your ranger puts his hand up high, a sign to stop and be quiet. You look around.  Carefully.  The jungle is thick and it’s quite hard to see anything.  Then - a movement.  A glimpse ....

India and Pakistan Clashing in Kashmir - Is it still safe to travel?

Kashmir is in the news yet again and sadly, it is becoming harder and harder to travel to this most exquisite of regions.  Kashmir, India, is an area under dispute.  India wants it (and has it), Pakistan wants it and is willing to fight for it, and really, Kashmir would just like to be independent. Kashmirians have lived through difficult times where tourism stopped for years because of ....

Suffering as a Solo Traveller -- No Need

I travel alone, not out of necessity but out of choice.  It never used to be like that.  When I was younger I would travel with a girlfriend, a group of friends or in a tour group. I hated the tour group travel, it just didn't work for me - I was always the one to keep the bus waiting. And as I got older, it became harder and harder to find the girlfriend with the same flexibility that ....

Don't let Hotels get away with Murder. Checking in on Checking in.

Have you ever checked in to a hotel feeling all excited.  Then filled out the registration form, handed over your credit card, lugged your luggage either up the stairs or in an elevator, opened your hotel room and - it is TEENY!   Feeling disappointed, you find that the hotel has given you the worst possible room, there is no space at all, the window overlooks a brick wall if there is a ....

United Kingdom Travel: Lazing and lounging around London

There’s Bond Street, Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden, the high streets of Knightsbridge, Kensington and Soho, Tower Bridge and the South Bank and my gosh, the sights of London are amazing and vibrant, but they can be exhausting. Take a day out of your busy scheduled in London to just ‘hang.’  It can be the best way to observe people going about their daily lives and get ....

Pack that Passport and Don't Panic

I’ve worked in the travel industry most of my life and give brilliant advice to people who are traveling.  Somehow though when it comes to my own arrangements I can be a little bit slack.  A bit like a doctor who never actually visits a doctor. I recently flew locally.  I checked in, handed in my e-ticket and waited for my boarding card.  The check-in staff member looked at ....

The Netherlands Offer Unique Twist To Camping

The camping season is upon us and the Dutch head out to the fields in droves. It is “Buitenleven” (Outdoor life) season. Throughout Europe you will find campsites, basic or over complete depending on your tastes. The Dutch prefer to have all the luxury of a hotel, in a tent. So campsites here offer hot showers and swimming pools. It is normal here to take your tent to a campsite and s ....

South Africa: Prepare to Be Stunned

South Africans go to the polls on Wednesday to vote in their municipal elections.  It seems therefore a good time, while the country is in the news, to focus on what an amazing holiday you can have in this stunning country.  Let’s start with the currency. The South African Rand is incredibly low at the moment which means it is really good for you, the traveler.  Your money will g ....

Don't Get Mugged in Mumbai, India

The thing about traveling in a big city is that it is exciting, thrilling and a real head rush but it can also be overwhelming.  I travelled to Mumbai a few weeks ago and was so busy looking up and around, taking in all the sights, colors and madness, that I didn’t notice someone quietly take my phone. Granted, I was a little silly and had it in the back pocket of my jeans.   And it d ....

Go Hiking Without a Hiccup

You and your friends have been meeting for weeks to discuss your hike. You’ve finally booked, you’ve pre-paid, arranged to get to the start and are super excited.   You’ve probably thought about how many bottles of wine you’re going to take with you, but not much else. But there’s a whole lot of stuff you need to think about before you travel.  Especially if you don't want to ....

Itching to Travel? Find Out What’s in Store for You in Montreal

As the biggest city in Québec, a visit to Montréal feels like being in your own little European paradise, except that you’re right here in North America. There’s so much this Canadian city has to offer, from its old-world charm and eclectic mix of cultures to its bustling metropolis and joie de vivre. In 2015, Montréal received over 9.6 million visitors, a 3.2% increase from ....

Québec Tourism: Manoir Saint-Sauveur Channels the Tropics

It could be Lauderdale-in-the-Laurentians. Manoir Saint-Sauveur wants its summertime guests to feel as though they are in the sunny south, with the added charm of Quebec, the landscape of the Laurentian Mountains and the convenience of a quick 50-minute drive from Montreal. The Manoir, a full-fledged resort at the heart of St-Sauveur-des-Monts, has vacation life aced. It’s a quadr ....

Québec Tourism: Manoir Hovey Launches Instagram Photo Contest

Guests will be the winners now that Manoir Hovey has been voted the No. 1 country hotel in Canada. Manoir Hovey, the renowned Relais & Châteaux in the Eastern Townships, is celebrating this recent accolade with an Instagram photo contest. It’s easy to enter and the prize is a terrific two-night stay with all the trimmings of a posh hotel, plus gastronomic meals and transporta ....