The Real Bush Experience

The Real Bush Experience (Part II)

The Daily Adventure – Days in the bush start early, with sunset, around 6 o”clock.

In Part I, we described how to get to the remotest places in southern Africa. We discovered the incredible atmosphere of the bush and indulged in authentic safari accommodation amidst wilderness. Now let’s explore the daily excitements awaiting you whilst on Safari…

The Daily Adventure
Days in the bush start early, with sunset, around 6 o’clock – depending on the area and if you are travelling in Africa’s winter or summer time. Getting up early on holidays might be rather unusual for most people, but essential on safari. Trust me, with all the excitement in mind, it is quite easy to get up – even if you are not a morning person at all, like me. The adventure lies ahead!

It is in the early mornings, early evenings and also during night that predators such as the big cats and nocturnal animals like hyena are active. However, people are only allowed within the national parks from sunrise to sunset as visitors are not allowed to drive in the dark. Therefore most camps

Bodrum Peninsula’s Fantastic Local Pazaars

Bodrum Peninsula's Fantastic Local Pazaars 

In Bodrum, Turkey the local name is “pazaar” and it is a type of “expanded” farmers’ market. An overflowing delight to th senses, it’s basically where the local entrepreneurs sell their goods. All the food supplies you will need for the week can be obtained there for very reasonable prices, and you will be certain to discover what succulent treat is currently in season–maybe heavenly peaches or the famous Malatya apricots, as is in late July. I was thrilled in May to find bushel baskets of Morel mushrooms–yes, that’s what I said, Morels!

To wander through the produce section teaches you much about the way of life here and interacting with the sellers is all good fun. Many stalls have samples out for you to taste, but if they do not, you can always ask by simply pointing to your tongue.

The local fare is not only an amazing selection of fruits and begetables, but also mountain staples, such as unique herbs, spices, cheeses or honey. If you carefully examine the various stalls, you will see those that look like a local villager’s versus those that are trucking in products; we always buy from

Lovina Water Sports

Lovina Water Sports

One can be forgiven for thinking that water sports in North Bali-Lovina means going out at 6 am to see the dolphins. After all, most tourists associate Lovina with dolphin viewing. However, there is much more going on beneath the surface.

Lovina does not have the best reefs in Bali but fish life is diverse and abundant. Lovina’s sea is often said to resemble a lake because it is so calm. This means safe snorkelling just off the beach and it is a great place to learn the basics of scuba diving. Lovina is equidistant from Bali’s two finest diving areas –Menjangan Island in the west and Amed in the east. Some professional dive operators in Lovina and environs offer regular dive trips to these areas as well as Lovina’s own reefs. Adirama Resort offers diving off its local reef at the site of an old pier. There is reputed to be an old stone anchor with the letters VOC; not Very Old Coral, but Vereenigde Oostindische Companie (Dutch East Indies Company) whose ships used to moor here at one stage.

Here are some of almost a dozen dive companies in the area.

Bali Spice

Dog Air Travel Tips Take your Dog Anywhere

Certify Your Dogs Health before Air Travel

Not only is dog air travel better for your dog if the dog is healthy, but it’s actually the law. Federal law requires that a dog has been certified within 10 days of the trip to be healthy, vaccinated, and free from contagious diseases. This is a very important for any pet travel, large or small.

Avoid Excessive Temperatures

Ensure the safety of your dog during air travel by never flying with your dog while temperatures are over 85 degrees or under 35 degrees, on either end of the flight. Many airliners put “heat embargos” and/or “cold embargos” on dog air travel during the summer and winter months respectively. This means that the airliners prohibit dog air travel during these times. This shouldn’t be seen as a problem, because the airlines do it to prevent disease or death, and guarantee a safe flight for your dog.

Overseas Dog Air Travel May Involve Quarantine

For international dog air travel, keep in mind that some isolated countries, such as New Zealand and England, quarantine animals arriving by air. Before traveling and booking reservations, familiarize yourself with the laws, requirements, and procedures of your particular destination. Unless your flight is non-stop,

Las Vegas Girls Only Hot Spot

I can’t sing. But here I am at a karaoke bar in Las Vegas with my normally reserved sister-in-law and her sister, belting out “Sweet Caroline” as fellow patrons wince and my bride-to-be niece, Carrie, squirms in embarrassment.


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Those of us at the microphone don’t care. We’re in Vegas, baby! Even my sister-in-law’s 80-something mom is letting loose. Earlier that day, she’d bought all of us tacky necklaces with flashing lights. And when we hit the casinos to play blackjack and roulette, we had a hard time pulling her away from the slot machines. In fact, she was the one who inspired this multigenerational, all-women family trip to celebrate Carrie’s upcoming wedding.

The spa at our resort, the upscale Bellagio, which is famed for its dancing fountains, curtains off an area in its salon for women celebrating special occasions. (You can sip champagne

Peer to peer accommodation services change travel patterns in many ways

Have you ever used Airbnb or other peer-to-peer accommodation services when travelling? If yes, you are likely to travel more than you used to, you choose your destination from among a wider set of alternatives, and you are more active in your destination.

Peer-to-peer accommodation services such as Airbnb have changed travel patterns in many ways, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland and Washington State University. The study provides new insight into how the availability and use of peer-to-peer accommodation services affect travel patterns. The findings were published in Journal of Travel Research.

The study found that tourists are interested in peer-to-peer accommodation services due to social and financial reasons. Users of peer-to-peer accommodation services are often in social interaction with their hosts, and peer-to-peer accommodation services are a cost-effective alternative to, for example, hotels.

Financial savings achieved by using peer-to-peer accommodation services make it possible to broaden the selection of destinations and the number of trips, while the social aspects inspire people to travel more in general and to stay in their destination for a longer period of time. Financial savings — together with tips from hosts — also increase tourists’ activeness in their

Planes, trains, or automobiles Travel choices for a smaller carbon footprint

Planes, trains, or automobiles: what’s the most climate-friendly way to travel? A new study by researchers from IIASA and CICERO brings better estimates of how much personal travel impacts the climate.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology by researchers at IIASA and Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) calculates the climate impact for passenger trips of 500-1000 km — typical distances for business or holiday trips. It shows that while air travel continues to have the biggest climate impact per distance travelled, the choices that people make about how they drive or take public transport make a big difference in how much they contribute to climate change.

“Traveling alone in a large car can be as bad for the climate as flying, but driving with three in a small car could have an equally low impact as a train ride,” says IIASA’s Jens Borken-Kleefeld. A 1000 km trip alone in a big car could emit as much as 250 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2), the researchers calculate, while a train trip or carpooling in a small car could emit as little as 50 kg of CO2 for each traveler.

Air travel has by far

Strange skiing Off piste in Georgia

In the first of our new strange skiing series, William Everett drinks brandy, eats khachapuri and gets fondled on the slopes of Gudauri, Georgia.

An old man washed my balls in Tbilisi.

The Georgian capital is famous for its sulphur baths, so here I was, lying naked on a stone slab, submitting to this ancient tradition. My poker-faced assailant had a scratchy mitt on one hand and a bar of soap in the other, and set about scrubbing my every nook and cranny. Then he chucked a bucket of hot water on me and walked out. Welcome to Georgia.

An evening of local wine helped me forget the ordeal, and I woke the next day in high spirits. Today, we, a friend and I, are bound for the ski slopes of Gudauri, a small resort high in the mighty Caucasus.

“Drink chacha,” says the bearded man at the ski rental shop, producing a bottle of his home-brewed brandy.

Gaumarjos!” we cheer and knock back our shots. My throat burns and my head glows. Our new friend pours again and down they go. Snowboards in hand, we step outside and squint in the morning sun.

“Don’t drink chacha,” says the woman