The Travel Manuel | Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone and Into Your Next Adventure
Step out of your comfort zone and into your next adventure! It's not risking your life that makes it an adventure, It's risking your comfortable, preconceived ideas about life. The essence of adventure is to stretch yourself. To go further, faster, higher, longer, deeper or wider than you ever thought you could. To see the world from a different perspective.
This upcoming Easter weekend we are so excited to be partner with Hi-Tec as a family and be a part of the Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival taking place in the areas of Mossel Bay, George, Great Brak, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Nature’s Valley and Keurboomstrand.
Walkers of every age can join in the festival fun and choose to sign up for various walks depending on intensity, date, location. Lots of the walks and trails are free whilst others involved a donation or a cost per person. So bring your dogs, toddlers and entire families.
We have travelled to the Garden Route quite often as a family and so look forward to joining walks on the beaches, trails and even game reserves along this route. A few essential items we will be packing for the festival in preparation include:
What we are packing
Our Kway Carrier perfect for toddlers and hiking. With a light, solid frame, Caleb loves jumping into this carrier and makes walking over long distances or up hills and inclines relatively easy for the parent.
Four Seasons in a day prep pack: The Garden Route weather loves to change a few times a day and even though mild, there is often light drizzle between Knysna, Plett and Nature’s Valley. We will need sunscreen, sun hats, warm tops ( if a cold front comes in) and rain macs for possible drizzle or downpour.
Light Backpack for one of us to wear on the walks to carry all the toddler essentials such as nappies, change of clothes, suncreen, water and all our things from above. The Garden Route weather loves to change a few times a day and even though mild, there is often light drizzle between Knysna, Plett and Nature’s Valley.
Our Hi-Tec trail shoes perfect for hitting outdoor trails.
We will doing the following walks each day and look forward to see you and your families out and about in this spectacular region of South Africa.
Our Good Friday will start off in the best way possible on the 3km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe View from 9-10am at Wittedrift, Giraffe View, Stofpad Road, Plettenberg Bay.
This easy flat guided walk is suitable for all of the family and costs R150 per person. You will see zebra, wildebeest, bontebok, impala and springbok. You will possibly see giraffe, waterbuck and bush buck depending where they are roaming on the reserve. This walk is located in a beautiful, tranquil valley nestled in the hills. Meet 10 minutes before at the poolside boma. Overnight accommodation and game drives available for non-walkers: giraffeview.co.za
On Saturday, we will do the Karlanderkloof Circle from 8-10:30am starting at the Picnic Site in Nature’s valley. The Kalanderkloof hike is surrounded by fynbos and has lovely viewpoints over Nature’s Valley. The walk will include information about the fynbos like the importance of fire, pollination and seed dispersal as well as the medicinal and cultural uses of some of the plants in the area. There will also be a handout with information.
This is a free walk but a conservation donation is encouraged.
Come Sunday morning Caleb will be dressed as a pirate for the Kid’s Coastal Pirate Walk from 9:30-11:30am starting at Enrico’s Car park in Keurboomstrand. This is a free, Robinson Crusoe style beach walk for kids. Come dressed as pirates and win a prize as we adventure along the coves and beaches from Keurboomstrand to Cathedral Rock. Great prizes to be won from Hi-Tec as kids hunt for the treasure buried in pirate’s hide-outs.
Mexico has elotes, Vietnam has banh mi, and the Czech Republic has chimney cakes. But unlike many countries, it’s impossible to identify Thailand’s street food with a single dish. And if you’re on the hunt for the most iconic and diverse street foods in the Land of Smiles, there’s no better place to look than the global hub of Bangkok.
The moment you step off the Skytrain, you’ll see vendors chopping, frying, skewing, grilling and stirring up some of the most memorable flavors to ever hit your tastebuds. Whether you’re seeking luxury villas with private pools in Thailand or will be bunking in a hostel on Khao San Road, you’re bound to be lured to more than one streetside food stand when visiting Bangkok.
There’s no doubt you’ll want to dine in some of the city’s iconic restaurants too, so these are just five street foods you absolutely have to try on any visit to BKK.
Moo Bing (Grilled Pork Skewers)
I affectionately call this street food “meat on a stick,” and it’s one of the things I look most forward to eating when arriving in Thailand. The best way to identify a moo bing street vendor is by the wooden skewers used to cook these melt-in-your-mouth pieces of bit-sized meat. Every piece of meat on a stick in Bangkok is a little bit different from the last (you can also find chicken, fish and sometimes mysterious meats too). Most vendors use a marinade paste, typically including garlic, peppercorn and cilantro roots. Slightly spicy and prepared on the grill the moment you order — you’ll want to ask for at least two or three.
Pro tip: Be sure to take the chili dipping sauce whenever it’s offered.
Kao Pad (Thai-Style Fried Rice)
Kao pad, also known as Thai fried rice, is a Bangkok comfort food. I turn to it whenever I’m a little worn out on extremely spicy or ultra exotic Thai dishes. It’s somewhat similar to the fried rice you can have delivered to your door in America or Canada with chopsticks and a few packets of duck sauce, but much, much more flavorful.
Thai-style fried rice is made with fragrant Thai jasmine rice instead of the traditional long grain rice you’re used to ordering with your General Tso’s chicken. Salt, sugar, fish sauce and soy sauce are stirred into the rice with whichever other ingredients you choose, ranging from eggs and shrimp to carrots, onions and greens. I love that this street dish can be customized to the way my tastebuds are feeling any day of the week.
One of your more adventurous meals on the street should be reserved for pla pao. Stuffed with lemongrass, rubbed with rock salt and flour, perfectly barbecued, then served with a sweet and spicy chilli sauce, pla pao is a must-try way to taste authentic Thai seafood. The fish is typically a mild-flavored tilapia, snakehead fish or catfish, so you don’t have to fear that really “fishy” flavor, and the simple yet flavorful ingredients speak for themselves. I find it easiest to eat pla pao with my fingers — removing the skin, picking out the bones and digging in.
Gaeng Kiew Wan Gai (Thai Green Curry)
You haven’t truly tasted Thai street food until you’ve chugged an entire bottle water and wiped the sweat off your forehead because of an unbearably hot bite. That’s the chance you take when tasting gaeng kiew wan gai, but believe me, it’s worth the possible pain. In fact, many vendors know that travelers don’t want their street food “Thai hot,” so just be sure to clarify that you don’t want the tear-jerking heat, and they’ll most likely leave some chilis out of your portion.
Fear of hotness aside, Thai green curry is one of the most flavorful dishes served on the streets of Bangkok, and it’s one I order again and again. Ordering a hot soupy dish on a 95-degree day in Bangkok may seem crazy, but the unforgettable flavor combination of fresh green Thai chili paste, Thai basil, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, coconut milk, chicken, vegetables and other spices will make you forget about the humidity for at least a moment. Pile this curry over rice, and you’re eating like a local.
Don’t Forget Dessert: Khao Niew Ma Muang (Mango Sticky Rice)
Arguably the most popular Thai dessert — and an ideal way to soothe your palate after a spicy bowl of gaeng kiew wan gai — mango sticky rice is the sweet street food every traveler has to try. The cook first soaks the rice in water overnight to create its sticky texture. The rice is then perfectly steamed and seasoned with coconut milk and a healthy dose of sugar to make it just the right amount of sweet. Topped with fresh local mangoes and drizzled with coconut syrup and mung beans, khao niew ma muang will end your day of Bangkok street eats with a touch of tropical sweetness.
You’ll find street food around nearly every corner in Bangkok, and there’s no definitive place you need to be to taste the best moo bing or kao pad. However, some corners and side streets (sois) throughout the city are known as street food hotspots. The following are a few places you should hang out if you’re looking to fill up on some of the city’s tastiest street eats without having to wander too far.
Step off the Skytrain at Saphan Taksin and walk down Charoen Krung Road. You’re guaranteed to leave with a stomach full of meat skewers, noodles, fresh fruit, dumplings and so much more. Some stalls offer tables and seating, so you can sit down to enjoy a curry or whole fsh.
Victory Monument is one of Bangkok’s major transportation hubs, which means there are a lot of people and a lot of street vendors. This is more of a daytime spot, so if you’re seeking street food for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner (until about 8 p.m.), just exit the BTS Skytrain at the Victory Monument station.
Silom Soi 20
Bangkok is a city that will have you waking up with street food on your mind. That’s perfect, because Silom Soi 20, in the heart of the Silom business district, is a street that’s lined with vendors on both sides. It’s most popular in the morning, and you’ll find everything from fresh fruits to takeaway curries, fried chicken and black sticky rice.
Ask any Bangkok local or expat where their favorite street foods can be found, and you’ll probably hear a different answer every time. My suggestion — try as many as you can.
Just before heading back to South Africa after a three week European trip, we stayed in the Montreax Riviera part of the Lake Geneva region of Switzerland. Being September, the mild weather of Autumn provided us with the perfect time to experience life along the lake.
Here’s a few reasons we loved staying in this region as a family with our toddler Caleb and some things we recommend you do whilst there:
From our accommodation at Hostellerie Bon Rivage right on the lake promenade meant that we opened our windows out onto the magnificent garden, sailing boats docked in the small harbour and a children’s playground a short stroll away. Only a few steps and out through the hotel gate and we were right on the promenade where families walked their talks, strolled with their kids in prams and on bikes and went jogging. From here we could walk for ages in each direction towards the market, parks and enjoy the small harbor of Tour-de-Peilz.
If you’re traveling by Eurorail like we did, Vevey is the best station to stop at. From there it’s a short ride on the bus no 201 in the direction of Villaneuve to Baumes ( right opposite the hotel).
2. The Vevey Farmers Market is a great way to spend a Saturday.
Being avid lovers of local markets, we were super keen to experience a farmer’s market which takes place every Saturday at Place du Marché. We found everything from a South African making artisan expresso from a truck to farmers selling pumpkins, vegetables and flowers to others selling food from every nation ranging from Vietnamese to Northern Indian, Chinese, Italian and more.
Once we had explored all corners of the market and eaten ample samoosas, noodles with flat whites and ice cream we lazed on the lawns. The square was abuzz with locals and foreigners alike all coming to enjoy the sunny morning and savor the tasty treats.
From our Baumes bus stop on bus no.201 we travelled a short ride until Ronjat and walked a few meters to the market at Place du Marché.
After the market, we discovered that this little hub not only hosts the market but tons of things for kids to do. We watched the graceful swans on the shore of the lake, rode with Caleb on the carousel with its horses, carriages and monkeys and played with him in the wonderful little park set with a small ship, mini-houses and floor of hay. We ate waffles and pancakes with nutella and happily stayed for the best part of the day.
4. A Boat ride aboard a restored 108 year old steamer.
If we had hopped aboard one of these 1908 Belle Époque steamers linking Lake Geneva’s towns and cities with no destination in particular, it would have still been a spectacular experience. After 18 months of renovation and relaunched on Lake Geneva at Ouchy, Lausanne, the ‘Italie’ is an absolute beauty to behold on the outside and inside with its luxury dining hall, outside deck and upstairs restaurant. These Lake Geneva steamers are considered the biggest Belle Époque fleet in the world and heaps of fun with children. The Swiss flag flying on the back, the boat steaming and the horn sounding with mountain lakeside views, we were all in absolute heaven.
5. A step back into medieval times at Chillon Castle.
With a history spanning the Savoy, Bernese and Vaudois periods and a few centuries of constant renovations and buildings this medieval fortress on the shores of Lake Geneva is rightfully one of the most visited monuments in Switzerland. Schools and groups can book guided tours throughout the many rooms and halls within the castle but the audio guides were a great way to experience the castle alone. While Caleb slept in the carrier on my back, we wandered through giant dinning halls, courtyards, underground rooms, great halls overlooking the lake, the Bernese chamber ( bedroom), a chapel with 14th century paintings and a weapons room.
Families with 2 adults and up to 5 children pay CHF29 entrance fee. Phone ahead to find out about holiday workshops, family events and cooking/wood workshops in Chillon castle.
Absolutely unknown to me was Chaplin’s World, the place called Charlie Chaplin and his family called home for most of his life when he could no longer return home to America. We strolled through the impressive garden he loved so much, the manor he lived in and the studio showcasing his career through its various stages, films and plays. Wander through the history of his life from a poor childhood in a tiny London apartment to a successful film career on hollywood sets before returning to life in Switzerland.
Entrance rates for adults CHF25 and children (6-15 years old) pay CHF18. From Place du Marché take the bus n°212, direction FENIL and stop at “Corsier-sur-Vevey, Chaplin” (stop on request).
With your Montreux-Riviera Card, you will get discounts at certain museums entrance. Visit the Nest, – Chaussée de la Guinguette 10. Entrance for adults 9 CHF p.p. or the Alimentarium – Quai Perdonnet 25, Entrance for adults 6.50 CHF.
8. The Cogwheel Train up the mountain to Rochers-de-Naye.
The trip up the mountain to Rochers-de-Naye takes about an hour and is filled with breathtaking views on both sides of the train. Passing forested slopes and the village of Gilion 300 m above Montreaux, you’ll have so much to take in even before you reach the summit of La Perche. Even in Autumn it was quite chilly at the summit 2000 meters high, so do dress warmly.
On the bus n°201 in the direction of Villeneuve. Stop at “Escaliers de la Gare”.At arrival in Montreux, go to the train station (cross the road and take the electric stairs, you will arrive in front of the train station).
Thank you to the Lake Geneva Region Tourist Office for hosting us in this family-friendly part of Swizterland. We truly recommend this region or families with young kids especially with a base at the Hostellerie Bon Rivage
At the Southernmost point of Florida you’ll find Key West, a laidback tropical island that will have you feeling as if you’ve stepped straight into the Caribbean. Throughout its rich history Key West has served as a refuge to pirates, ship wreckers, smugglers, writers, artists, fishermen and musicians. With an eclectic atmosphere where life moves at its own pace, every hour is happy hour in this little slice of paradise.
That’s right, Key West has recovered from the hurricane, and it is truly paradise again. Furthermore, the businesses need you guys (the travellers and tourists to return!) If there’s one thing we love doing on the blog, it’s promoting worthy destinations and that’s why we were excited when Expedia.com wanted to collaborate on a story for Key West. So get your butts back to Florida, your time and money means so much more than just an amazing holiday for yourselves, it also means an you’re actively taking part in the restoration of one of the world’s most beautiful places.
We’ve highlighted five good reasons to visit Expedia.com , so head over to to plan your Key West vacation.
If there’s one thing the locals know how to do it’s celebrate at every opportunity. The sunsets in Key West are unrivalled and in order to celebrate its magnificence there is a gathering every day at Mallory Square where locals and tourists come out to enjoy the orange hues and entertainment provided by street performers, artists and musicians who fill the streets. It’s the perfect way to end off the day and once the sun goes down you can head to Duval Street’s restaurants and bars where to continue the celebrations.
Fantasy Fest is a 10 day extravaganza that was started by some Key West locals back in 1979 and has grown every year to become the wild party it is today. This year from the 19th to 28th October, Key West will become party central with fancy-dress parades, pet masquerades and eccentric antics all celebrating this year’s theme of “Oh…the games we play”.
For the History
Key West has a fascinating history from art, pirates & shipwrecks to slave rescues. You have to make a stop at some of the many museums and historical sites around town. In 1928 Ernest Hemingway found himself on the island of Key West. By 1931 Hemingway and his wife loved the island so much they made it home. Today their little home has been restored and literary enthusiasts can go visit the exact spot where Hemingway conceptualised and wrote some of his best works.
Discover the treacherous world of shipwrecking and how it made Key West one of the richest cities in America back in 1856 at the Key West Shipwreck Museum. Delve deeper into the sea-faring history at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum known for sound archaeology, excellent research, and stunning exhibitions.
For a taste of Cuba
Being closer to Cuba than it is to Miami, Key West has a strong Cuban influence and lots of opportunities to immerse yourself in the Cuban culture. Most significant is the rum and cigar trade that flourished in Key West during the prohibition years. The Key West First Legal Rum Distillery is a unique and offbeat rum distillery with three decades of expertise. Guided tours are available and with an array of quality rum a visit here will definitely be memorable.
The Cuban Cigar tradition started in the mid-19th century when Cuban refugees landed in Key West. It did not take long until it was the Cigar Capital of the World. These days you can still enjoy a Cuban style hand-rolled cigar.
For the Natural Beauty
Higgs Beach is a stunning spot just off Duval street where you can spend your day soaking up the sun and taking a dip in the shallow waters. Tennis courts, volleyball courts, children’s playground and a dog park ensure there’s something for everyone. Water sports are also very popular here and snorkelling, kayaking, wind surfing, parasailing or jet skiing will provide endless hours of fun.
The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is also a must see with swirling butterflies, colourful birds, bright koi fish, pink flamingos and turtles. The Eco-Discovery Centre will also give you a look into the ecosystems of the Florida Keys and includes an interactive satellite map of the Keys, a replica of the Aquarius underwater ocean laboratory and an underwater video camera used for monitoring the health of a coral reef.
For Good Food
The local cuisine unsurprisingly has a strong Cuban influence with a focus on seafood. Dining choices range from five-star gourmet restaurants to casual cafes and bars. Restaurants are plentiful in this small town, from Duval Street to hidden Old Town Gems and everywhere in between there’s a culinary experience just for you. Some highlights include the Cuban Coffee Queen for an authentic Cuban breakfast. Louie’s Backyard is a perfect fine dining spot for lunch and El Meson de Pepe has a variety of delicious island style cuisine to enjoy after you’ve watched the sunset at Mallory Square.
Europe has so many options of fantastic cities all with their own unique offerings. Choosing where to go can be seemingly impossible so here are just a few favourites to help you decide.
Whether it’s the bustling city atmosphere that you love, the rich history or the magic of famous sites like Buckingham Palace that entice you there’s truly something for everyone in London town. An intriguing mix of centuries-old and modern, traditional and hipster chic, with quaint cafés and boutiques and high-end cuisine and designer labels; you’ll find your space in this city. Of course a must-do is to hop on one of the famous red double-decker busses and head around town for a day of sightseeing. Make sure your itinerary includes sights like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye and after you’ve seen all the sights why not head over to Oxford Street for some good old fashioned retail therapy.
Not all buildings and cityscapes, London also has many outdoor spaces for you to enjoy. Parks are plentiful and rooftop bars and open-air restaurants are frequented in the summer months. The London tube is another experience every visitor should experience so why not pack a picnic and jump on the tube getting off at one of the three stations with access to Hyde Park (Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge & Marble Arch) and hang out on the lawns. From formally dressed horse-riders to scantily clad sunbathers, this area attracts and welcomes everyone.
The people of London may work hard during the day but they also know how to play hard, there is always something happening once the sun goes down. From world-class London theatres to well-known clubs in the West End and trendy nights in Shoreditch amongst artsy locals you’re sure to have a night you’ll never forget.
Images of canal-woven streets and narrow lanes full of bicycles are what immediately spring to mind when thinking of Amsterdam. Famously forward-thinking and friendly, these qualities filter down to the people, the art and the atmosphere which can be summed up in one word ‘gezellig’, a Dutch word that translates roughly as ‘cosy, friendly and inviting’. Must sees include the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and a visit to Jordaan & the West where the former workers quarters have been transformed into a bustling spot crammed with galleries, pubs and markets.
Picture clear blue skies, picturesque stone buildings, rolling fields of lavender and olive trees in the distance as you sip on a glass of wine. If that sounds like your cup of tea then Provence is the place to be. This romantic little French city is a feast for the senses with breathtaking vistas, mouth-watering cuisine, and small-town tranquillity. Cruise through the cliff-top roads, spend your days sunbathing on the beaches or browsing for goodies at the weekly market, there’s no better place to take a break from craziness of life.
Prague, Czech Republic
Take a walk on the Charles Bridge full of vendors, artists and painters or a stroll through the cobblestone alleys framed by ornate Gothic and Baroque architecture and it’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with this city. Luscious and green during summer and snowy and magical in winter it’s a great destination all year round. With the largest castle complex in the world, complete with torture chambers, as well as some of the oldest pubs and beer halls in all of Europe. For a unique experience visit Bunkr Parukarka and drink inside a nuclear fallout shelter or do as the locals do and visit Malá Strana and take in a full view of the city from the top of Pet?ín Hill.
When travelling solo you want to visit a destination that offers up easy solutions to get around with a plethora of things to do close by as well as many areas where it’s safe ( especially for female travellers) to move around in public. While no big city is completely safe, caution should be exercised at all times to avoid pick pocketers in big crowds, steer clear of walking alone at night and always stay close within the well-known areas. if in doubt of areas to avoid, always check with a local or host of your accommodation. Here are a few of our favourite cities throughout the globe that are also great to visit when travelling solo.1. Cape Town
Being Capetonians, there’s no surprise that the ‘Mother City’ is our first choice. While our transport options are not nearly as well established as we like, the My Citibus and Uber will get you to most places you need to be. When travelling solo, areas like Seapoint and inner city Cape Town will be your best bet as you won’t run out of things to do and Uber can cost you around R30 to get from one side of town to the other. Staying active while sightseeing is so easy on the Seapoint promenade. You can rent bikes, run, walk along the promenade and use the outdoor gyms.
Cape Town is not only one of the world’s most beautiful cities but also also you to enjoy the great outdoors alongside the restaurants, museums, galleries and theatres of the city. Our top list of things to do as a solo traveller would include taking the cable car up Table Mountain or hiking in a group or with a guide, joining a peninsula tour on board the City sightseeing bus, experience a group tour with Bikes and Wines to enjoy the winelands from your bike and visit the Food Market at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Don’t miss the antique markets and one-off boutique clothing stores of Kalk Bay and the fish and chips from Kalkies.
There is something totally alluring about the city of Istanbul, Turkey which brings Asia and Europe together in the best of ways. The only thing separating the two sides is the Bosphorous river which you will ferry across. Make sure you have enough time to dedicate to both sides and spend time on a boat sailing past the luxurious palaces riverside. Don’t miss out on sharing Turkish apple tea on a rooftop or with a rug salesmen ( you’ll get many of these invitations), reserving a good chunk of time for the delights and spices of the Grand Bazaar, Galatta tower, The Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia.
Istanbul is one of those cities where you can still find some of the world’s oldest and finest architecture built, destroyed and restored by the strongest empires that ruled during various times. If you have extra time take a day trip to one of the King’s islands especially if you visit in summer. Discover some of the old buildings where Kings and royalty would once escape to and enjoying seaside dining.
One of the world’s most popular cities and a metropolis dying to be explored by solo and couple travellers like there are a few ways to get around London which can help you save some money. Whilst the tube and bus system are great for getting around everywhere, there are bike docking stations all around the city for you to use. Rent a bike and explore at your own pace. Don’t visit London without an Oyster card and tube map for when the bike travel gets tiring. It will save you lots plus it can be used on the underground and bus. Find affordable accommodation options on Airbnb in areas slightly outside the inner city and save, or simply head over to The Piccadilly London West End Hotel.
Visit as many parks and museums as your schedule will allow as these are either free or ask for a small donation. Choose from Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, the Museum of London and the National Gallery to mention a few. Take advantage of half-price theatre and musical tickets from the TKTS booth on Leichester square and definitely soak up the happening music scene of London at places like The Regal Room and The Monarch in Camden.
Having lived in Seoul, South Korea for two years, I know that it’s vibe, shopping culture and musical element will have you hooked in no time. Seoul is one of those rare cities that I found safe to walk around and use public transport at night whilst alone. Plan to shop while where as the underground markets and every neighbourhood will bombard you with great deals and offers to shop. Go partying in the hip area of Hongdae, browse the high-end area of Gangnam, shop for absolutely everything in Dongdae-mun and soak in the old-world Seoul in Insadong. The bus and the subway will get you anywhere you need to go in the city.
You won’t have to move far to see a live K-Pop concert performed outside a mall or on the street. Aside from the Korean music scene, the film industry is also huge; so definitely try watch a local film or watch a concert.
Out of all the big Asian cities, Bangkok was never one of my favourites but that was only until the sky train came along and I discovered the right areas. The Sky train is safe, fast and efficient and gets you to most of the popular places. Lumpini Park is a green lung within the city and allows you to escape the madness, read on a bench, paddle on a swan boat around the lake or join the masses for aerobic exercise or jog along the trail.
While Khao San road calls to most solo travellers; if you want to avoid being ripped off, jaded by Thailand and not disappear into thousands of tourists in search of sex tourism, the ultimate Thai experiences and seedy party spots. Take a boat cruise along the Khao Prah River stopping at Wat Arun temple, visit the floating market about an hour away from the city and enjoy the dining, nightlife and shopping experiences in the refined Sukhumvit area.
Life is all about making beautiful and lasting memories with loved ones. If you need a bit of adventure to spice up your life, pack your bags, and get ready to explore El Paso. You may already know this, but just to mention it again, Texas is a very large state. There are ten climatic regions, eleven ecological regions, and fourteen soil regions here. Not to mention the cultural diversity you find across the state. So we decided put together a list of the top three must-see attractions.
This is a very serene and attractive wide waterfall. It is in Colorado Bend State Park, which is located in the Hill Country area of central Texas. Geographically, it lies 100 miles towards northwest Austin. It is green and beautiful, the ideal place for some quiet time, photography, and hiking. Getting there requires a short 1.5 miles hiking trip so you can plan a day of adventure to visit Gorman Falls.
Gorman Falls is a mineral rich spring, mostly comprising of calcium. The water flowing from Gorman Creeks drops into the Gorman Fall creating the travertine. The fall is 60-foot-high, and the cascading waters drop into a grotto with lush green ferns surrounding it, which make it a remarkable sight. At the park, you can get a guided hiking tour, so make reservations in good time before you arrive there.
Wyler Aerial Tramway
Based in El Paso, Texas, the Aerial Tramway extends to 196 acres east of the Franklin Mountains. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which is in Franklin Mountains State Park, operate the aerial trams. You get to explore the area by traveling 2600 ft. in gondolas attached to two cables. The cables are 1 3/8 inch in diameter at a height of about 5,632 ft. above sea level. Historically, the Wyler Aerial Tramway started in 1959, when KTSM radio used them to construct a transmitter tower.
You can drive on the paved roads snaking up the Franklin Mountains too. Explore the three adjoining states and two nations and make memories of a lifetime. For those who want to live at nearby facilities, places like El Paso Marriott and other local facilities are a good and affordable stop. You can book in advance to be sure that you have accommodation. Moreover, there are amazing gift shops nearby to explore.
Hueco Tanks State Park
In the past, people came here to get rainwater that would pool up in the rock basins also known as “Whey-coes” or Huecos. Today, these hills are a marvel and astonishing imagery that ancient people left for generations to visit and witness.
While visiting the Hueco Tanks, you can go for rock climbing, hiking, picnics, stargazing, bird watching, and studying history and nature. There are guided trip arrangements here, and picturesque sceneries you would not want to miss. There are 20 campsites here waiting for you to book. You can also opt for self-guided trips to access the North Mountain. Book at least ninety days before time.
There you have it – a list of assorted great attractions in El Paso, so what are you waiting for? Start packing and be on your way to an adventure filled with memorable moments that would last you a lifetime.
Australia has been a home to the most scenic view the world has to offer, and the city of Tasmania has been an underrated gem rich in culture and tradition. From its picturesque natural beauty to fresh organic produce, discovering Tassie will never be complete without visiting the historic Hobart. We run down five reasons why you must explore Hobart and create beautiful memories ASAP.
Unleash your artistic side in MONA
MONA or The Museum of the Old and the New Art is a world-renowned structure that deserves a visit whether you are an art lover or not. A product of David Walsh “subversive adult Disneyland” dream, MONA has a grand architectural structure that will leave you in awe. And when you go inside, you would admire the bizarre collection of the old and new artworks that could be dated back to 100BC. You can also wander around the Skyspace, tennis court, library and the church overlooking a scenic view. Sounds artsy and fun, indeed!
Get lost in Bruny Island
From stunning cliff views to an abundant nature trip, you wouldn’t mind getting lost in the most beautifully preserved Bruny Island. This 50km island is accessible through a ferry or private boat ride. This premier island destination has a lot of activities to offer including birdwatching, getting intimate with the fur seals, fairy penguins and white wallaby. But if you love the wild, you can opt to explore South Bruny National Park and tantalise on the towering cliffs overlooking the long sandy beaches, climb the Cape Bruny Lighthouse and have a glimpse of many rare and endangered plants and animals.
Wander in between historic sites
Hobart may be small in size, but it has a rich history and culture. Travellers can wander around Port Arthur World Heritage Site and reminisce on the history and stories of people who once lived in the sandstone building and vibrant gardens. If you are a feminist and want to be inspired, head down to Australia’s significant Cascades Female Factory, which was built for female convicts. This is an emotional yet rewarding trip as you hear both tragic and resilient stories of women and children. The State Cinema, which was built 100 years ago, is another iconic structure that you would want to see. It has gone through renovations that so expect a stunning combination of an old and new structure.
Sip and dine
Fresh and organic. These pretty sums up the food and drinks in Hobart. Known for their fresh produce, many cafes offer gastronomic food but make sure to drop by Salamanca Market. This historic place has stalls that offers an array of local delicacies and perfectly crafted wines while you linger around.
Go up high the Mt. Wellington
If you want a glimpse of Hobart, Port Arthur and Bruny Island in one, going up high the Mt. Wellington is a must. This 1271m mountain boasts stunning view from up above that is instagrammable. And if you are lucky enough, you can have a snap of the magnificent golden lights overcasting the sky. However, don’t forget to bring hiking gears and stuffs to keep you warm because it is steep and windy above. To add extra thrill to the hike, you can also opt to try the other trails or even mountain bike downhill.
It is also best to rent a car going to the summit of Mount Wellington for a stress-free trek. DriveNow car hire in Hobart offers car hire with the best available rate. They have no booking services and extra charges freeing you up to maximize your money for other tickets on Hobart’s finest locations and attractions mentioned above.
The reasons why you have to visit Hobart is endless. So better grab your passport, pack your clothes, and see for yourself. See you in Hobart, ASAP!
Travel, fashion accessories and online shopping – it’s a love triangle. Superbalist.com recently invited me to create a wishlist of my favourite picks from their Fragrance and Accessories departments (it is truly just a wishlist, we won’t be sent these gorgeous items) and to share it our readers!
So I took the opportunity to spend a little time day dreaming of what i’d like to purchase before our next trip…possibly to Istanbul.. but more on that later. I got a little carried away but managed to reign myself in and just share 6 of my favourite items. Six of the six hundred products I ended up clicking on ;)
Also, something super exciting before I start sharing my wishlist: Superbalist has an exciting offer for first time buyers – if you download the Superbalist App and spend a minimum of R600, you will receive a massive R250 discount! Definitely worth it. So have fun with an extra R250 to spend or simply enjoy free items to the value of R250, either way, it’s epic.
1. Givenchy Dahlia Noir Leau 125ml Edt
Travel days can often be long days. And then there are those evenings that demand you smell as lovely as possible. So it’s always best to be prepared and what better way than with a Givenchy fragrance?
2. Summer wide brim hat
Literally a travel and blogger essential. Need I say more? I adore this hat.
3. Lira Sunglasses
Having a pair of sunnies that both look elegant and are useable anywhere from the jungle to the city streets, is one of the best travel hacks you’ll ever learn. These sunnies are super stylish and totally fit the bill.
4. Ditte Watch
Ever seen those oh-so-instagrammable watch pics? That’s why I want this beauty. We’ve never really done “watch pics” and with people using phones more and more and more, what are watches actually? Well, when they look this good they are everything.
5. Glitter curve flat clutch.
So this one is a total splurge. And besides, if we’re going to Istanbul, there is always the chance of ending up in some Turkish palace, right? My husband actually ended up in them several times during his Istanbul trips so i’m kind of counting on it. This clutch is utter perfection and while it might not be the most practical travel item – I want it anyway.
6. Thin Ndebele necklace
And now for an accessory that is both beautiful and practical. It always feels amazing when you’re able to display your African roots through a beautiful item like this Ndebele necklace. Want.
It’s no secret that I vape. I prefer vaping or twisping over smoking in every single way. Seriously, smoking is just yuhhhkk. It’s stinky, lingering, and, in my opinion, just completely unattractive.
Smoking cigarettes today is like using a dial up modem from the 90’s to stream Netflix; you can do it, but it’s a horrible experience.
Vaping and electronic cigarettes however are the perfect solution for humans that enjoy smoking in this day and age. The pro’s vs con’s list goes something like this:
your wife or girlfriend still wants to kiss you,
it’s much less harmful to your body,
and because there’s no second hand smoke, doesn’t harm anyone else either.
You have to charge your device as you would a cellphone.
Nevertheless, the reason I wanted to write this article in the first place wasn’t to convince you to start vaping, or even to change from smoking to vaping. The reason I’m writing this is for travellers that already vape.
I think it’s fairly common knowledge at this point that I travel very frequently. Our whole family does. When you have a son that has been on 31 flights before he turned two years old, you can state this with confidence.
It was just before our recent trip to Doha, Qatar (where we swore to finally start packing light, like real travellers) that I started wondering about which of my electronic cigarette devices I would be taking along. The bigger ones such as the Twisp Vega are more bulky and at the end of the day, they do add weight.
Even if that weight is just in your pocket all day long, it can start to feel cumbersome when you’re out and about travelling all day (as opposed to when you’re at home, and at work where you can set your device down to charge on the desk for example.)
So I started wondering which of my devices would be the ultimate travel companion. I needed something with enough power (because I like bigger clouds) but also something that was light enough to remain comfortable throughout the day.
Twisp had actually just launched the Vega Mini and Cue devices just before the trip and I was wondering how they would fare in comparison to my Vega and Ion devices I already had.
I felt the Vega was a bit bulky and a bit heavy, so I was looking at taking the lighter and more elegant Ion device along – but it had become a little underpowered for my “Van Hunks-esque” cloud billowing tastes. And also, the battery is a fair bit smaller and therefore i’d have to charge it more frequently. However, the “pen” shape was the Ion’s most compelling reason for me to consider taking it along.
The beautiful and tiny Twisp, Vega Mini
So I decided to get the Vega Mini and the Cue to test our during the trip. Just reading the specs and trying them out at my local Twisp outlet they already felt like the perfect combo for my travel needs. The Vega Mini seemed like the perfect combination of size and power for travelling and the Cue seemed like the perfect device for having that sneaky, but most importantly ‘undetectable’ puff on the 9 hour flight. If you follow our Facebook page, you’ll remember this video I posted about “how to get away with Vaping on a plane.”
The sleek and featherweight Twisp Cue
So what was the verdict?
During our 5 day junket to Doha I fell in love with the Vega Mini. The Cue is absolutely wonderful device for people that still enjoy the smoking experience – it worked well in the plane and is feather light. But it was the Vega Mini that stole the show for me.
It’s tiny, yet packed with enough power (up to 60w) to keep any “Vaper” very happy. I used it with a combination of Twisps Smart Tank and my own Aspire Cleito Tank. And they worked like a dream.
A big thank you to Twisp for bringing out a solid range of devices and truly incredible e-liquid flavours, which have both since been updated during the time it took to get this post out, and I look forward to testing out your new range of devices on future travels. But for now – the Vega Mini is my favourite travel companion.