• Blog,  Travel

    Things to do over the Easter weekend in Gauteng

    So, you have either missed the “Easter long weekend” bus or have just decided to spend the time at home. Don’t stress there are tons of fun activities you can do in Gauteng this weekend. Easter on the Piazza Entertain the kids at Montecasino with Easter on the Piazza. It runs from Friday, 19 April 2019 to Monday, 22 April 2019 from 10h00 – 18h00. They will have giant inflatables, interactive games, a kiddie’s creative corner and dedicated Hopper Squad to entertain the little ones. All this is FREE! Plus, you can enjoy a drink and great meal from one of the restaurants in the square. I suggest trying out…

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    Places you can visit without a Visa

    South African passport holders will completely understand the gauntlet that needs to be endured in order to obtain a travel visa. Most times the process falls short of a blood sample and a home visit. This is despite the fact that the South African passport is the strongest in Africa. So how do you get around this complicated process? Marry someone with a stronger passport? Stay at home for the rest of your life? Why not visit one of these countries that don’t require South Africans to get a visa. Just within Africa there are quite a few. Angola, Benin, Botswana, Djibouti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda,…

  • Blog,  Travel

    Make the most out of your next flight

    I am unbelievably lucky to say that I get to travel quite regularly not only for work but for leisure as well. I must say after a while it becomes more like a task than an enjoyable moment.  As I write this I am sitting in a plane behind a group of youngsters who are flying to JHB and it seems to be their very first time in an airplane.Hearing their excited screams as the pilot opens the throttle really gave me goosebumps and made me experience just a little of that magic once again.So what are my tips today? Just a few ways to bring back the excitement of…

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    Best places to see the Big 5

    Having recently visited the Pilanesberg, I am now serious craving another bush holiday. However, the problem comes in when you want to visit a big 5 game reserve.   As a South African taking 2 days to drive through the bush and potentially spot some of the most magnificent creatures, sounds like a weekend well spent, the only problem is not many of us can afford it. When it comes to some lodges you are looking at forking out as much as you would on a trip to Europe.   So where can you go that isn’t too hard on the pocket? Luckily there are a few options.   Obviously,…

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    8 photos that will make you fall in love with Croatia

    Croatia seems to be on everyone’s lips at the moment and with reason. In August 2018 we had the opportunity to visit this beautiful country and it definitely lived up to its reputation.   We decided that if you are going to travel to the gem of the Adriatic the best way to see it is by sea and boarded Sail Croatia for a 7 day roundtrip from Split to Dubrovnik and back. The trips itinerary included a different city every night with an afternoon swim stop with lunch to break up your day at sea.   The cities are each special in their own way and choosing only 8…

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    Travel through 5 European cities in 3 weeks

    As South Africans we honestly live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. So, when it comes to picking a holiday destination we really have to choose carefully to be able to find a place that can come close to the beautiful areas we have on our doorstep. After a vast amount of research and a substantial time on Pinterest, five specific destinations were added to her itinerary:  Croatia, Vienna, Budapest, Milan and Venice. In her own words, Kriya gives us an account of her tour of Europe. Croatia The land of crystal-clear waters, great seafood and ‘Kings Landing’. Croatia is a vast country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. It…

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    How to make a custom holiday hat

    Every beach holiday needs the perfect custom-made holiday hat but the recent trend has made their prices increase ridiculously. So why not make one yourself? It’s quite easy and took me less than an hour to make. What you will need: A hat Sequins Ribbon Scissors A glue gun   First, you will need to find your perfect saying. We decided to go with “La Dolce Vita” because it perfectly summed up our holiday. Glue the ribbon around the top of the hat. Use a pencil and draw the wording onto the brim of the hat. Use the glue gun to glue the sequins along the pencil outline.    …

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    Tips to find the perfect accommodation for your next trip

    Planning a trip is unbelievably exciting but finding the perfect accommodation within your budget can get quite stressful. Here are a few tips that can make finding your dream accommodation a breeze. 1.Location, location, location I start by looking through some of the main tourist attractions in the area I am planning on visiting. I use this to choose the location that we would stay in. The closer you are to the attraction the less transport you will need to use. “Unexpected splendour: the late 19th-century lobby of the budget design hotel Motel One Staatsoper.” Don’t forget the compact Outdoor Lounge, a tempting spot for an al fresco breakfast or Viennese…

  • Blog,  Food,  Travel

    5 Pretoria Markets you need to know about

    Everyone loves a good food market. Especially when you know you are going to get great food, craft beer, vintage clothing and maybe a little live music. Over the past few years, Pretorians have really caught onto the market trend and we are lucky enough to see a good variety of events popping up. Here is my pick of the best markets to visit in Pretoria. Deep Roots Market Date: Every first Friday of the month, 4pm to late Location: 78 Storrar Drive, Groenkloof, Pretoria Deep Roots Market started a little while ago and slowly but surely become one of my favourite markets to visit in Pretoria. You can expect a…

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    The best places to see the Northern Lights

    Getting to see the Northern Lights is one of the most amazing natural occurrences I have ever seen and if it isn’t on your bucket list I definitely suggest that you add it. A common misconception is that you need to travel quite far in order to observe the aurora borealis but in actual fact, it is quite an easy trip and lucky enough there are a number of places you can see it. Finland Finland is one of the best places on Earth to spot the Northern Lights – they appear on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland. Finland also offers a number of glass igloos…