my favourite travel apps

my favourite travel apps

You guys know that I have travelling quite a lot recently – I travelled to 7 countries in 2018. Since beginning my international travel about 11 years ago so much has changed in the travel sector and most of the change is due to technology, these days our phones are able to do so much more than back in 2007. I want to share with you my favourite apps that I use when I’m travelling to other countries which help to make my trip much easier and ensure that I am well prepared. View Post

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7 days in Beijing, China

Beijing China

there are 9 million bicycles in Beijing, that’s a fact, it’s a thing we can’t deny… (this is a line from one of my favourite songs by Katie Melua).

I spent roughly 7 days in Beijing, China at the beginning of November. I was there for work purposes but I had some free-ish days where I had 1 meeting per day and the rest of the day off so I managed to do some exploring. This was my first time in mainland China and I was very excited about going but also anxious about the cultural and language differences. I ended up having a great time though despite being sick for a few days while I was there. View Post

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a day trip to ngor island, senegal

Ile de Ngor

I was in Dakar in Senegal recently and decided to go on a day trip to Ngor Island. The last time I was in Dakar we visited Goree Island, so I really wanted to check out another island this time around. It was a short afternoon trip, I had lunch, and lay on the beach while people watching. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to walk around the island as much a I wanted to because my lunch lasted way longer than I had planned (I got chatting to some locals). I did enjoy the time that I spent and I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for a short getaway in Dakar. View Post

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how to plan an overseas trip

plan an overseas trip

Gone are the days where you depended on a travel agent to book your overseas trip, these day a whole lot of us are planning the trips ourselves, thanks to the internet. I’ve only used a travel agent once to book a trip and that was my first trip overseas back in 2009 when I went to Europe, after that every other trip I have booked myself. I know that it can be daunting at first but trust me, it is doable, and there are a numerous resources out there (like this blog, wink wink) that can help you plan an overseas trip of your dreams. View Post

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7 blissful days in phuket and bangkok, thailand

phuket and bangkok

I spent a week in Phuket and Bangkok, Thailand in March – 5 days in Phuket and 2 days in Bangkok. I was in desperate need of an overseas holiday – I hadn’t had one in a very long while. This wasn’t my first time in Thailand, I was in Bangkok for work in 2015 but I only stayed in the city and thus I was very excited to explore the island life this time around. You’ll see that most of the photos are from Phuket, this is because we spent most of our time there chilling and relaxing whereas when we were in Bangkok we were shopping.  View Post

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5 absolute must have in-flight essentials

in-flight essentials

I have been travelling quite a bit recently and thus have spent sooo many long hours in planes. Being comfortable while on a plane will make your travel so much better, trust me on that one. You want to arrive healthy, happy and refreshed at your destination. There are a few items which are absolute essentials on a long-haul flight, these are my ride or dies or fly or dies, hehehe. So the next time you’re on a long-haul flight, make sure you have these items and your journey will be set. I’m writing this post on board a flight from Johannesburg to Entebbe in Uganda, I have all my in-flight essentials and I am enjoying the journey. View Post

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which is South Africa’s most romantic city?

South Africa's most romantic city

The month of love may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean that you should stop spoiling that special person in your life. This is especially for all the people who are on the I don’t believe in Valentine’s Day, you should spoil your partner on every day of the year boat. In this post I am going to share a few of the romantic places in each of South Africa’s biggest cities: Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Don’t worry if you are a Durbanite and you find the places in Johannesburg more romantic, you can always book return flights to Johannesburg as well as Cape Town on Travelstart. View Post

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5 must know tips on africa travel

africa travel

If you’ve follow me on any of my social media you will know that I have been doing a lot of travelling to African countries since October 2017. All of these travels were work related, however I have been a long time Africa traveller since my first trip out of the country to Malawi in 2007. As a South African I will tell you that travelling to other African countries is not for sissies – it can be tough but it is so totally worth it. I love being in other African countries and getting to see how other people live. If you want to know about other places that I have travelled to, I have a video where I go through my passports and chat briefly about all the places that I have been. But for now I’ll give you some of my first hand experience and tips on travelling to other African countries like a pro. View Post

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travel // zambia

Lusaka Zambia

I’ve just returned from my first out of country trip for 2018, this time around I went to Zambia. I spent a few days in the Central Province and another couple of days in the capital city Lusaka. This was not my first time in the country, I visited Lusaka in 2009 and Livingstone in 2012. The one thing I noticed this time around about Zambia is how a lot of things look familiar, there are quite a number of SA shops in the country. The fact that I go to these countries for work makes it difficult for me to capture a lot of footage, but I did manage to get some photos from my trip.  View Post

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travel // glimpses of kampala and bamako

Lake Victoria Uganda

I’ve been out and about out of the country a couple of times in November for work purposes. The November trips were shorter than the Dakar trip I took in October so there wasn’t a lot of time for touring and exploring. However, I did manage to take some photos to share on my blog and give you glimpses of Kampala and Bamako in Uganda and Mali respectively. When I am traveling, I’m usually more active on my Instagram stories, so if you want current footage that is the place to go.  View Post

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travel // goree island, senegal

Goree Island 2017

On my recent trip to Dakar we got to spend an afternoon at Goree Island. This was one of the landmarks that I had read about when I was researching on the tourist attractions in Dakar so I was vey happy when we were given a chance to go. We went on a sweltering hot Wednesday afternoon and spent about 2.5 hours on the island, this was enough to do a walkabout on the island and make it in time for the 16:30 ferry back.  View Post

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travel // dakar, senegal

Dakar travel blog

I was fortunate to travel to Dakar, Senegal for a few days last week. It was a work trip – but I managed to include a bit of play. I arrived in the wee hours of Sunday morning, my direct flight from Johannesburg landed in Dakar just after midnight. It was my first time visiting West Africa, so I was pretty excited to check out the scene. South Africans travelling to Dakar require a visa, getting my visa was pretty easy and I didn’t have to pay anything for it. There will be a lot of content from this trip on the blog and on my YouTube channel; so be sure to check now and again for new content. View Post

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