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#TravelQuoteTuesday  | September 4th, 2018

 

It's #TravelQuoteTuesday! Today's quote,

 

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

 

 

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#DestinationWednesday  |  January 9th, 2019

 

3 Best African Safari Destinations for 2019

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BOTSWANA - OKAVANGO DELTA

Why: Wetland experience, concentrated wildlife, unparalleled exclusivity.

The Okavango Delta is the world's largest inland delta - created by crystal-clear filtered waters from the Okavango River flowing into the arid Kalahari Desert - and offers an unparalleled water-based safari adventure.

Botswana is an attractively-stable country that is determined to preserve this stunning area, and since being added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2014 the delta area has grown in strength. It offers incredible wildlife and game spotting in and around the lagoons and grasslands of the region, with large populations of lions, cheetah, leopards, antelope, African wild dogs, hippos plus the biggest concentration of elephant and buffalo in this part of Africa.

Botswana has a high-end, low-impact tourism policy. As a result there are relatively few lodges within the conservation areas that offer an exclusive wildlife experience that is unparalleled throughout Africa.

The waters of the delta tempt visitors with a range of exciting ways to explore: jump in a traditional mokoro dugout canoe and paddle your way through the hazy light of the area's stunning sunsets, or feel the excitement of a game drive as vast thunderstorms crackle in the distance. The guides have exceptional knowledge of the wildlife and ecosystems, and with their superb tracking skills can get you incredibly close to the action - perfect for wannabe wildlife photographers.

Recommended accommodation - Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge: An exquisitely lodge constructed in wood to resemble the flowing armoured shell of a pangolin, it's eight lodges provide guests with exclusive access to over 8000 hectares of frankly heavenly wilderness featuring delta waters and grassy plains packed with wildlife.

SOUTH AFRICA - SABI SANDS GAME RESERVE

Why: Renowned location, big game.

The 'daddy' of private game reserves in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, the 63,000 hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is, with good reason, the number one safari destination in South Africa. The game and wildlife watching is spectacular and is known to offer sights around every turn, with incredible close encounters possible with an array of animals, particularly the safari 'Big 5'. It's also one of the best locations in the world to catch a sight of the normally-elusive leopard, which are so relaxed you often sight these stunning animals mere metres from your vehicle!

Sabi Sands boasts arguably the best luxury accommodation in southern Africa; it is the destination of choice for those that demand the very best service, guiding and culinary standards alongside the very best of the African bush. Here you'll be able to luxuriate, enjoying every mod-con as the sun sets over the reserve.

Recommended accommodation - Chitwa Chitwa: A wonderful location and aspect overlooking the nearby dam assures guests of unbelievable sunset wildlife views at the water's edge without even needing to the leave your luxurious private deck. Unless you fancy a dip into your personal plunge pool...

TANZANIA - MWIBA CONCESSION

Why: Spectacular views, Great Migration, luxury.

The private Mwiba Wildlife Reserve is a sanctuary tucked away in the giant granite outcrops and thick bush overlooking the glorious Arugusinyai River Gorge.

The familiar African savannah hides thirty-three natural water springs that are the lifeblood of the impressive resident wildlife of the Mwiba Reserve, and the local guides will do everything in their power to get you face-to-face with the wild residents.

As a fully private concession you will be the only people allowed to stay, providing exceptional opportunities and flexibility for walking, off-road and night game drives. The concession incredibly also offers private access to the Great Migration route and wildebeest calving grounds from December to March, which is practically unheard of in the Serengeti ecosystem!

Impressive numbers of elephant and buffalo reside in the area, while lions and leopards prowl the bush surrounding the only lodge within the concession: Mwiba Lodge.

Recommended accommodation - Mwiba Lodge: Hidden between imposing boulders and a canopy of vegetation, the stunningly luxurious, beautifully furnished raised-platform suites are a simply incredible base for exploring the Serengeti. The views of the vast reserve are exceptional, and you can even spot native wildlife from the camp's relaxing infinity pool. Local village cultural experiences are within a short drive, and with the Great MIgration providing the biggest mass of life you'll ever set eyes upon the lodge really provides an experience way above the normal.

 

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#TravelTipThursday  |  January 10th, 2019

 

Fun Travel Trends for 2019

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1. Conscious travel

Think of 2019 as the year for the conscious traveler, with everything from human rights and equality to improved working conditions and environment issues influencing people's decisions about potential travel destinations.

Many travelers feel social issues in possible travel destinations are of real importance when choosing where to go. Meanwhile, over half choose not to go to a destination if they feel it will negatively impact the people who live there.

Safety, regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation are also of great importance to explorers. Platforms such as Destination Pride are harnessing the power of multiple data sources to provide travelers with a ranking of how LGBT+ friendly their chosen travel destination is, while destinations and organisations will increasingly step up their support for women travelling alone.

Booking.com data reveals that almost one in five (19 per cent) travelers plan to travel to attend a Pride festival in 2019, most prominently younger explorers with almost a third (30 per cent) of 18 to 34 year olds.

2. The Appren-trip

Over half (56 per cent) of global travelers agree travelling has taught them invaluable life skills, and 2019 will see a rise in people’s desire to learn something new - this may include volunteering and skills-based holidays - while on holiday.

Generation Z will reportedly become more acutely aware of the need to question expensive university degrees over and against life skills that can be learned while travelling.

Trips with a purpose will become more popular in 2019, with 68 per cent of global travelers considering taking part in cultural exchanges to learn a new skill, followed by a volunteering trip (54 per cent) and international work placements (52 per cent).

 

3. Plastic not-so fantastic

The amount of plastic waste generated annually in the UK is estimated to be nearly 5 million tons so it's no surprise the environment will be a hot topic of conversation in 2019.

Millennials and Gen Z travelers will look for sustainable experiences in their destination choices in the new year, while accommodation providers will look to reduce their plastic usage and increase their sustainable credentials.

A staggering 86 percent of global travelers reportedly told the holiday company they would be willing to spend some time on activities that offset the environmental impact of their stay, with over 37 per cent willing to clear plastic and litter from a beach or other tourist attraction.

Investment in sustainable start-ups so be a big talking point. Expect to see a number of new travel start-ups and individual enterprises committed to pioneering a more eco-friendly future for our planet’s destinations will come to the forefront in the coming year, with intriguing technology at the core of their solutions.

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#FoodieFriday  |  January 11th, 2019

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LIP SMACKIN' FOODIE TOURS IN LAS VEGAS

 

This award winning Las Vegas Food-Centric Tour company hots the most insightful and dynamic culinary walking tours on the Strip & Downtown. Our expert guides lead you on a culinary adventure, past iconic landmarks, to the most acclaimed restaurants to enjoy expedited seating and VIP service as you indulge in signature dishes prepared by award-winning chefs. 

Afternoon Culinary Adventures
Kick start your Vegas outing with a casual afternoon stroll of eating and exploring that provides the best introduction to the city and still leaves the evening free.

Savors of the Strip

Get whisked to VIP tables immediately during evening prime time at 4 of the city's most glamorous, in-demand restaurants to savor signature specialties for a spectacular show in and of itself.

Downtown Lip Smacking Tour
Discover the locals' favorite destination, the newly revitalized booming downtown for a taste of true authenticity in independent establishments with chef-driven, seasonally focused farm-to-table fare and inspired craft cocktails.

Lip Smacking Boozy Brunch

Indulge in 3 premier brunches - in 1 morning - the ultimate Vegas brunch experience. Enjoy everything from dim sum and French pastries to cocktails or mocktails and made-to-order preparations at lively chef stations. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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