Travel

What's It Like In America's Biggest Mega Churches?

They say that religion is dying in the West. But not if the latest data coming from US megachurches are to be believed. Megachurches are growing, even now in 2016. When most people think about church life, they think about something rather parochial and small scale. They imagine the priest standing outside of the front door, greeting people as they walk in. And they imagine some pleasant music p ....

6 Great Holiday Experience Ideas

The holidays are a perfect time to let loose and have fun. It’s also a special time of year to gather friends and family members together and socialize. If you’re looking for activities beyond the traditional dinner out at a restaurant, there are a number of ways for you to make your holiday experience something unique and festive. Attend a Concert Seeing a fav ....

Book cheap flights-best budget friendly option for travelers

Affordability is not a game when it comes to the travel. But with the advancement in technology and entry of low cost carriers, air travel came within the reach of the common man. The aviation industry has enhanced the requirement of inexpensive flight booking and negotiated rates of air tickets for the air fliers. This has become possible due to the incessant variable flight charges and ....

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 ....
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