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

The Travel Pillow And 5 Various Travel Tips Which May Improve The Manner You Take A Trip

Visiting different places is certainly exciting especially if you’re going on a trip on your own or with your loved ones. The countless brand-new and interesting attractions and sounds that you may be encountering the first time certainly will be life altering. Then again, usually there are some factors that will bring about in making the ideal get-away into a nightmare.

To help with making your own travel experience even more of a fantasy and less of a bad dream, we will talk about some of the most fantastic travel cheats that you’ll truly wish you realized sooner. Just before that though, allow us to just simply talk about a brief yet handy strategy that can significantly influence your own comfort and relaxation.

A neck pillow might not exactly look much but this common tool can greatly make it easier to loosen up and maybe even go to sleep on your journey. A superb memory foam pillow can avoid or lessen neck, shoulder and also upper back problems to get a much more comfortable trip.

Should you decide to travel, we seriously recommend that you get yourself a high-quality memory pillow. A memory pillow is definitely better choice in comparison with inflatable or

Travel Safety with Access America and Travelsafe Travel Insurance

There are several different types of travel insurance that you can choose when you are looking to protect your travel investment. Two of the most well known travel insurance companies are Access America and Travelsafe Travel Insurance. If you are planning on traveling in the United States or abroad, it is a good idea to get travel insurance to cover the cost of your trip in case something goes wrong.

Both Access America and Travelsafe Travel Insurance offer travel insurance for someone who is traveling in a variety of different methods – by air, sea or train. Access America is more geared towards domestic travel, although it is also used by those who are traveling out of the country. Many of the people who get Access America travel are getting it because they are going on a cruise.

Cruising along with Access America and Travelsafe Travel

Cruises are the number one reason why people get travel insurance. Cruises are subject to many mishaps, especially when due to the weather. One of the best aspects about choosing Access America as your travel insurance is that they will insure a cruise. There are exclusions when it comes to insuring the cruise during hurricane season, but

A comprehensive list of travel agents

However, there has been a sea change in the preparation scenario. Yes, gone are the days where you were required to make all your travel arrangements without adequate guidance.


Travel agents and efficient ones at that, are functioning across the globe. With many of them vying with each other to sign up a customer, there is a confusion that prevails among the travelers. Do I get the best deal? Am I dealing with a licensed travel agent? Will my tour be hassle free? These are some of the questions that are foremost in the minds of a traveler trying to book a travel agent.


All these questions will be satisfactorily resolved if you can get hold of a comprehensive travel agent guide. When you have comprehensive list of agents, you can check out each and everyone on the list by either calling them up or visiting their website to find out about the services rendered by them.


The World Wide Web is playing a very vital role in the life of every individual who has access to the internet. You can select a travel agent on the internet, check out their services, and book them online in a jiffy. And, interestingly you can

A comprehensive list of travel agents

However, there has been a sea change in the preparation scenario. Yes, gone are the days where you were required to make all your travel arrangements without adequate guidance.


Travel agents and efficient ones at that, are functioning across the globe. With many of them vying with each other to sign up a customer, there is a confusion that prevails among the travelers. Do I get the best deal? Am I dealing with a licensed travel agent? Will my tour be hassle free? These are some of the questions that are foremost in the minds of a traveler trying to book a travel agent.


All these questions will be satisfactorily resolved if you can get hold of a comprehensive travel agent guide. When you have comprehensive list of agents, you can check out each and everyone on the list by either calling them up or visiting their website to find out about the services rendered by them.


The World Wide Web is playing a very vital role in the life of every individual who has access to the internet. You can select a travel agent on the internet, check out their services, and book them online in a jiffy. And, interestingly you can

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

Sheshan National Holiday Resort

Located in southwest Shanghai—Songjiang, which is the birthplace of the city’s history and culture, Sheshan National Holiday Resort has unique natural views and cultural interest.

Sheshan National Forest Park includes:

East Sheshan Park

The main attractions in East Sheshan are the Bird Center, the Butterfly Garden, the Plant Fossil Forest and the Wonder Stone Cave. There is also a funicular for entertainment, which is called ‘Sledge on Mock Skiing Land’. There is also a 22.4-meter-high (about 73 feet) tower on the south peak which is a wonderful place for tea drinking and sightseeing.

West Sheshan Park

The Church of Our Lady of Sheshan is the biggest church in Southeast Asia as well as the landmark architecture of Sheshan Mountain. The Sheshan Observatory is one of the earliest and largest observatories in China. The Astronomy Museum is a National Science Education Base.

Tianmashan (Heaven Horse Mountain) Park

Huzhu Pagoda on Tianmashan has a history of more than 900 years and is tilted at an angle of 6°51′52″, which surpasses the Leaning Tower of Pisa and makes it a wonderful site in Shanghai.

Entertainment Places

Shanghai Sheshan International Golf Club has international golf courses, eastern and western restaurants, a coffee house, a VIP dressing room, etc. The HSBC Golf Championship was

Come Compete In Rote Surfing

The government of Rote Ndao district in East Nusa Tenggara has confirmed the participation of surfers from 18 countries in an international surfing event at Nembrala Beach in Rote Island in November this year. At least 100 surfers are expected take part in the event, many with families or partners in tow.

Bo’a-Nembrala Development Committee decided that the surfing event will take place in the second or third week of November.

“Surfers and tourists from 18 countries in Asia, Europe, and America will come to Rote Island for the international surfing event in November, and this is an opportunity for us to introduce Indonesian tourism.

Arrangements have been coordinated with the East Nusa Tenggara Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency to ensure favorable weather and perfect waves for the international surfing event in Rote Island will be occurring.

“We are going to hold another meeting in August to prepare for this international event, and therefore, we have handed over the task to the Bo’a-Nembrala Development Committee to make the best possible preparations.”

In the meantime, East Nusa Tenggara Provincial Tourism Office Chief Marius Ardu Jelamu expressed his complete support for the international surfing event at Nembrala Beach in Rote Island.

“We must be ready from now on

Chongming Island

Located on the estuary of Yangtze River, Chongming Island is the third largest island in China. Being the largest alluvial island at the estuary of a river and the largest sand island in the world, Chongming Island is also acclaimed as “Door to the Yangtze River, Yingzhou Island (a celestial mountain in fairy tales of ancient China) in the East China Sea”. Chongming Island has been in existence for more than 1,300 years. Now, it covers an area of 1,267 square kilometers (489 square miles), with a population of 635,000.

The whole island is flat in terms of terrain, with fertile soil, luxuriant forests and abundant resources. As a result, Chongming Island has become a famous region where the cultivation of rice and the breeding of fish flourish.

Six things that you need to know about Chong Ming Island

Green Farmland

According to a survey by an authoritative institution, the negative oxygen ion amount in the Chongming Island reaches up to 1,000 per cubic centimeter, and more in Dongping National Forest Park between 10,000 and 20,000. In contrast, the negative oxygen ion amount is only between 10 and 20 per cubic centimeter in the public places of the city and between 100 and 200

Bali Showcases Indonesia

Bali and Beyond Travel Fair, at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre from 10th – 13th June, was the second year for buyers and sellers in the Travel Industry in Indonesia to meet and share what’s on offer on the islands.

This presentation of Bali and other island destinations in Indonesia saw plenty of new places of interest in the idyllic destinations set amongst Indonesia’s 17,000 islands. Bali serves as a hub for tourists visiting the beautiful destinations both east and west of Bali.

Nusa Tenggara Barat Province (Lombok and Gilis, Sumbawa), Nusa Tenggara Timur (Eastern Lesser Sunda) covering the islands as far as Ilian Jaya (Papua), Selayar Regency, Bandung, Raja Ampat, Wakatobi and others were presented to buyers from 28 countries.

The exquisite natural beauty and vast cultural diversity of these 17,000 islands are drawing visitors from across the world. Indonesia’s beauty, charm and hospitality, natural beauty on land, and colourful marine life in unspoiled waters need to be more evenly shared .

Let’s look at Bali’s near neighbor to the east, Lombok, with its tiny Gilis off the North-west, South-west and North-east coasts.

Gili T from Senggigi North – photo MyDestinationLombok


Strange as it may seem, the 3 Gilis – Trawangan, Air and

Lekki Leisure Lake

Have you ever found yourself with time on your hands, and wondering what do to with yourself over the weekend in Lagos? Maybe you havent mapped out what kind of activities you would be involved in? Well if you are outdoors type who doesnt mind getting a little wet then look no further.

The Lekki Leisure Lake situated along the Lekki Peninsular in Lagos,  is where you want to be. This is a family oriented resort located beside the Vantage beach Hotel, and packed  with very exciting activities.

Courtesy Lekki Leisure Lake

To give you a little idea..

  • There are the Quad Bikes that navigates you through a designated beach track. These bikes are open for use for anyone above age 12. The dirt tracks are safe enough to race on with family and friends which can be a great laugh.
  • Pedal Boats on the lake are a great way for families, or couples to bask in the sun while having fun also. Pedal Boats allow at maximum of 4 persons or a minimum of 2.
  • Pontoon Boat allows you a closer view of the beautiful yet natural lekki penisular and its environs in the compnay loved ones or goups and is a great  way

Queenstown’s Festival Of Chills And Thrills

Right now, there are scores of workers across the globe staring vacantly out of their office windows, oblivious to the drool dripping down their tie, breathing heavily as they absently give in to their daydreams.  Their body may be there, but their mind is far away, usually somewhere sunny, perhaps with a beach.

Less common are the head-drooping voids filled with visions of shivers and snow, longings for the year’s darkest months. These are the thoughts that belong to the people for whom the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival exists.

Over 30 years ago, in accordance with their hedonistic heritage, an inspired group of Queenstown locals decided the beginning of winter was a good enough reason to throw a party, and the first Winter Festival was born. It was an excuse to get locals out from underneath their duvets during what was traditionally a pretty quiet time of year.

Since then, the event has grown year upon year and news of the festival has spread across the globe, attracting ever more visitors in the process. Now attracting over 45,000 attendees, the 10 day festival is considered Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter celebration.
And what can revellers expect to see from this year’s festival that runs

Chợ Lớn Saigon’s Chinatown

“Chợ Lớn” is the beating heart of Saigon’s thriving Chinatown, but it also helps to bond the entire Chinese community living in Southern Vietnam. Quite different to the city’s other districts, its congested streets and alleys are a great place to spend an afternoon. It’s bi-lingual signs, special foods, ancients pagodas and unique blend of culture give Cho Lon a very distinct feel and charm that local Vietnamese even find quite novel when they visit.

During the Tay Son Rebellion, helpless Chinese communities fled neighboring areas and in 1778, settled in a small village near Gia Dinh (modern day Saigon). They began to build embankments along the river and build small canals near this new trading area that would soon become known as “Chợ Lớn” (‘Big Market’).

In 1879 urban sprawl forced the individual towns to merge and the name “Sai Gon” remained most popular with locals.

These days Cho Lon/Chinatown isn’t a district as such but an individual area which takes up the western side of District 5 and parts of the bordering District 6. Most popular with Chinese and Taiwanese tourists, the area offers many hotels to choose from and most staff must speak multiple languages.

Lion dance heads

Getting there

Easily accessible

Moscow Urban Jungle

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Watching caged animals from a distance is not very exciting for kids raised with gadgets and interactive activities. In harmony with this, Moscow zoo representatives are making efforts to be on the same page as their younger visitors by widening the list of attractions.

The Cat Theatre of Kuklachev troupe, which is well received all over the world, is deeply involved in the world of cats, and has a cat corner, games and of course the main attraction – the show!

Though using animals onstage raises ethical questions, the shows are well directed with highly professional smiling clowns and artists. It is not an amateur show, but always combines artistic storytelling with different characters. On their official webpage   you can preorder tickets and the operator will call you back to make a reservation. It is strongly advised that you not try to pay via the internet page; it is best to pay cash right in the theatre. They also offer lots of different merchandise, even from the stage, and the cafe is cheap with basic drinks and cakes (unfortunately kids’ cuisine is not provided).

Kuklachev theatre

In so-called

Sailing’s a cool way to enjoy the Alicante coast

“There is nothing like lying flat on your back on the deck, alone except for the helmsman aft at the wheel, silence except for the lapping of the sea against the side of the ship,”  keen sailor Errol Flynn said so eloquently,

And what could be finer than enjoying stunning scenery of golden beaches, picturesque coves, magnificent mountains and dramatic castles as you gently sail in the Alicante region of Spain?

There’s nearly 200 kilometres of coastline to discover after you fly in to Alicante airport and head for your beautiful sailing yacht. Sailing trips can be organised by the day, weekend, and a week or longer, depending on where you want to go. And with so many beautiful beaches and resorts to visit, you’ll need to plan wisely.

The fun starts when you board your boat and look back at Alicante to enjoy the views of the marina and the iconic Santa Barbara Castle. Look to the left side of the castle to see if you can spot the Moor’s face carved in the rock.

“You will see very dramatic views of Alicante from the sea,” said Steve Defries of Sailing The Med “You can get a full view of the castle.”


A Tale of Two Saigon Streets

Central Saigon is probably one of the most polarising places in Vietnam. In some parts of town you can find yourself a US$3 dorm bed while a few doors down there’s US$600 a night-hotel suite. Outside on the street, a glistening Rolls Royce Phantom glides past a smoky 1978 Honda Cub, held together by little more than rust. Where the tour buses stop, you’ll find poor street sellers hawking cheap postcards to tourists whose one week holiday cost them more than one seller earns in a year. The distinctions are just as stark when you look at the tourists and the two very different streets where they usually like to hang out.

Plastic chairs on Bui Vien St

Right at the heart of the only backpacker area in Saigon, Bui Vien (Pronounced Boo-i Vee-en) is often referred to by Vietnamese as ‘Western Town’. Attracting droves of young and old travellers alike, Bui Vien is where most of the tourist action is but it still has a local feel to it and remains quite ‘gritty’. The area expands outwards down nearby alleys and streets to create a comfortable sized ‘backpacker quarter’.

For a large part of the day around Bui Vien you’ll find

Latest Travel Trends

Summertime! Time to head off to your favorite destination… will you embark on a ‘staycation’ traveling in your own country or will you fly away to some remote island or perhaps visit a bustling European city?

They say that “travel broadens the mind” and I think many would agree that exploring our wonderful and diverse planet can lead to greater understanding and sharing of knowledge between cultures. In short, travel is fantastic.” Tony Tyler CEO & DG of IATA.

The Evolution of Travel

65 billion passengers have flown in the past 100 years since the first scheduled flight to carry and paying passenger in 1914.

Air passenger numbers are 3+ billion annually now. It will take only 15 years to fly the next 65 billion passengers.

The global travel and tourism industry is now valued at $7.5 +trillion.

Low cost airlines increased industry competition and gave consumers greater choice and flexibility.

Mobile phone apps and Skype signified the end of international calling cards.

Itinerary alterations based on weather changes and local events feature in many apps.

The Smartphone camera has replaced the disposable camera. Holiday snaps are mostly shared on social media.

The Internet provides travellers with information and reviews on their chosen destinations.

Digital maps e.g. Google Maps, have replaced