Tag Archives: travel tips

Music festivals abroad – what you need to know

August 22, 2012

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With the Great British summer being what it is, it is easy for the weather to put a dampener on enthusiasm for outdoor music festivals. That is just one of the reasons that tens of thousands of Britons are heading off to music festivals abroad every year. So how should you prepare if you want [...]

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How to pack a suitcase

May 25, 2012

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Suitcase covered in travel stickers

Ironing is not fun (well not unless you’re one of those eccentric individuals who enjoy extreme ironing). And ironing on holiday is even less fun. Another thing I’m not a fan of is bouncing up and down on top of my luggage to try and get it to zip shut. There have been a few [...]

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Top five holiday planning tools for 2012

April 20, 2012

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At some point you have to take a holiday, switch your brain off, recharge the batteries, and let all that built-up stress of the daily grind float away. Though unfortunately, even the planning of your holiday can be just as stressful, to the point of opting for the easy option of spending your holiday at [...]

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Five total lifesavers to pack

March 14, 2012

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Image via Phillip Pessar

OK, so packing’s not the hardest thing in the world. Of course toiletries go on the list, possibly a swimsuit, and definitely clothes for where you’re going. But what about the little things that end up being total lifesavers? Well, in the interest of making your trip as worry-free as possible, here are five suggestions [...]

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How NOT to pack a bag (and ways to deal with it)

November 3, 2011

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iflybags: Better at packing than I am

If you’re anything like me, you approach packing with a mixture of excitement, fear and full-on panic. It’s a stressful business. The first stage is the anticipation; you’re going on holiday and anything could happen – how exciting. Packing is like this wonderful adventure where you can invent an entirely new persona for yourself from [...]

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Zanzibar: a desert island

October 18, 2011

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Image of man on fishing boat in Zanzibar

Warm 365 days of the year, and constantly alive with the smell of log burning fires and freshly harvested spices, Zanzibar is a place to go to to get happy and forget the hum of the super highways and 9 til 5 days back at home. This is a place of ‘pole pole’ (slowly slowly) [...]

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Long Layovers Be Damned: How to Kill Time at the Airport

October 13, 2011

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airport nap

Now that I live over 4,000 miles from my hometown, I have been forced to get used to long flights and boring layovers. Fortunately, I have devised a strategy for coping with lengthy layovers: – Let yourself buy anything and everything your heart desires. That book of Sudoku puzzles? Buy it. A ginormous slice of [...]

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Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo

October 12, 2011

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Image of a white lion at the Cango Wild Life Ranch

As a global ‘trogger’ -meaning: one who trawls the world while blogging- a new phrase that I have coined, I have come to see many places, and have been lucky enough to have met interesting people and discovered different cultures and ways of life. I’m here though to tell you a story or two through [...]

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How to haggle

July 29, 2011

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I remember the first time I ever needed to haggle. I was seventeen, and had gone on a day trip with my parents to Bodrum, Turkey. The day was hot and sticky, the markets cramped and the stallholders imposing. I had been given the usual tips on how to haggle, but I was a pretty [...]

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