Why Sleep Can Make or Break Your Vacation

Why Sleep Can Make or Break Your Vacation

Did you know that “Slangry” is a thing? We often have hangry teenagers (hungry therefore angry), but I hadn’t really thought much about being angry from being sleep deprived. A good night’s sleep can really help everyone’s moods while travelling. Mom of 2, Elizabeth Larsen explains…

 

My daughter was two years old when we took her to her very first trip abroad, a vacation that I was very nervous about before beginning. I fought off the anxiety by making sure we packed everything we needed – from her medicine kit to her favourite teddy bear – and by the end of it my little family looked like a travelling circus in the middle of the airport.

 

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How to Become a Travel Blogger

How to Become a Travel Blogger

There are some facts in life that leap head first into your brain, nuzzle up, make themselves comfortable and stay with you forever. For me, one of these was taught in primary school English class. We were learning how to write a good story and our teacher reckoned the best way to start was with the “5 W’s” – what, when, where, who and why.

As tempting as it is to launch straight into the how, let me start with an intro that would make ma’m proud.

WHAT is a travel blogger?

In essence, anyone who travels and publishes regular stories and photos on their travels is a travel blogger. These stories can be published on your website, on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube – you name it. Hobby bloggers write about travelling as a hobby, often with a hope of becoming a professional travel blogger, who earns a living out of their travel blog. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get paid to travel, right?

 

WHY would you want to be a travel blogger?

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The Northern Cape’s Biggest Secret Revealed – Doornkloof Nature Reserve

The Northern Cape’s Biggest Secret Revealed – Doornkloof Nature Reserve

If you were to tell me that you could find a tourist destination without a single photo on the internet, I would call you crazy. In this digital age of oversharing on social media any place travel worthy has been facebooked, instagrammed and tweeted to death, in addition to being marketed on its website and myriad accommodation booking sites. Everywhere can be found on Google’s image search. At least that’s what I believed until I went on a cyber mission to locate somewhere nice to stay around Vanderkloof Dam in the Northern Cape.

 

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The Ultimate Bush and Beach Road Trip to Kruger and Mozambique (Part 2)

The Ultimate Bush and Beach Road Trip to Kruger and Mozambique (Part 2)

The long road from Giriyondo

Mopani and Letaba in the Kruger National Park are the recommended overnight camps close to the Giriyondo border post into the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. We were quite concerned as to the state of the roads on the Mozambique side, but our research suggested that even though the route we were taking was for 4×4’s only, we should be fine in our normal Kombi which has quite high ground clearance but no 4×4.

 

I must say I was feeling very apprehensive about the whole thing – here we were, not very well prepared at all, going on a family road trip into a completely unknown territory.  All the other cars we passed on the highway from Johannesburg were rugged looking cross-Africa 4×4’s, loaded with extra wheels and jerry cans and serious bushwhacking trailers brimming with stuff. We were just a family with a bag each piled into a normal car.

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How to Pack the Ultimate Family Travel Medical Kit

How to Pack the Ultimate Family Travel Medical Kit

We are busy gearing up for an epic cross-country road trip from Port Elizabeth to Mozambique, and part of our preparation is making sure our medical kit is fully stocked. Our family travels a lot, both locally and internationally and we have learned through trial and error how to pack a compact, portable but extremely useful medical kit that should address all minor conditions and avoid having to spend precious holiday time at the pharmacy or doctor.

 

Here is what to pack in a travel medical kit for families with teens and older kids:

(Note – the brands mentioned are all from South Africa, similar products are available globally)

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