7 worldwide destinations every traveller should see

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor

It’s becoming increasingly difficult for South Africans to travel abroad. Even super wealthy South Africans are cutting down on luxe costs overseas while tourism to our country sees an even greater increase.

Thanks to the value of the Rand.

Hands up if you’re a travel enthusiast who has never been to Cape Town? You could live luxuriously for next-to-nothing and still have enough for gifts to take back home. There’s a global community of adventure-hungry explorers planning their next trip as you read this.

The truth is, as Eugene Fodor so plainly put it, you don’t have to be rich to travel well. There are ways and means to get to your desired destinations, you just need to know how.

Take a look at these 7 worldwide destinations worth exploring:

New York

New York

Leana Van Rooyen embarks on a Solo mission to the World’s most famous City. From free walking tours, tips on how to use the Subway, a mini review on American (New Yorker) food, and insight on must-see attractions; learn more about how to make the most of your visit to New York, here.

London
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London Bridge selfie. Photo/ Robyn Thomas

#Takemeback. I have never been so cold and happy at the same time. London was better than I’d imagined it. If you’d asked me to hop on a plane to just walk the streets and listen to buskers all day, I would gladly take the trip. London is quite diverse. There’s so much to do and see, from admiring creative works in Camden Town (where Amy Winehouse lived), to luxe dining on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower – at Duck and Waffle. Take a look at these tips before traveling to the UK:  I toured London in 10 days and this is the short of it.

Cape Town
The view from the top of Table Mountain. Photo/ Megan Isaacs
The view from the top of Table Mountain. Photo/ Megan Isaacs

There is no match for the Mother City – the Cape of Good Hope – the home of Table Mountain. Cape Town is vibrant, it’s cosmopolitan; there are beaches and tall buildings, mountains, artisan coffee shops, boutiques, and so much more. People come to Cape Town for many reasons, and one of them is to hike Table Mountain. Discover the best route to Table Mountain’s summit below:

The route to hike up Table Mountain

Mauritius
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Casually cruising in Mauritius. Photo/ Staci Jacobs

Not much needs to be said about Mauritius. Even those who’ve never seen the island have heard stories echoing its magic. Ideal for a ‘girls getaway’ or even a soul-searching solo mission, Mauritius – honeymoon central, is nothing short of an earthly paradise. Take a look at Staci Jacobs’ experience with friends on the island. Staci shares memories like swimming with dolphins, and tips for an enjoyable yet cost-effective trip.

Why travelling to Mauritius should be on your bucket list

Mozambique
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Watching the sunset in Mozambique. Photo/ Callan Blount

Exotic culture. Sunshine. Turquoise beaches. Palm trees. Surfing. Spices. Fresh seafood. And that’s just the short of it. On his trip to the south of Mozambique, Callan Blount recalls Mozambique as an aquarium; tranquil, natural, and humbling. Read the poetic details of his experience, from sipping rum with the locals, to exploring shipwrecks in the ocean:

Finding solace in Mozambique

The South of France
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A bird’s eye view of Grenoble, France. Photo/ Lynn Cupido

Is it just me or does everyone secretly dreams of settling down in the South of France. I truly hope that that will be the way my life turns out (at least now). For Lynn Cupido, moving to Grenoble for a job venture gave her an insider experience into French Culture. Teaching English and blogging in between, Lynn explains how her decision to drop everything and pursue her ambition changed her life forever. Read more via the link below:

From Bellville to Grenoble

India
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The original Holi Festival. Photo/ Simone Franks

“India is awe-inspiring and life-changing… It offers an equal dosage of old and new, traditional and modern, adventurous and serene. There is something for everyone… Keep an open mind… Do your research… Pack light…”… Just some of the tips shared by Simone in 3 reasons to love India.

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3 reasons to love India

 

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India is awe-inspiring and life-changing. We planned our entire trip specifically to include Holi – The Festival of Colour. That was definitely a highlight. The country is nothing like the stereotypes that are portrayed by the media. We expected to arrive to so much poverty and disparity, only to be welcomed by its unrivalled beauty and diverse attractions that largely outweighed any negative depictions.

India offers an equal dosage of old and new, traditional and modern, adventurous and serene. There is something for everyone.

The original Holi Fest can’t be beaten

The entire country takes a break from their daily lives to partake in the tradition of throwing coloured flour. Days before the event, every city is beautifully decorated with ribbons and colourful mosaics which are painted onto buildings. We were lucky to celebrate Holi with some local children who lived near to our hotel. The joy and look of enthusiasm on the children’s’ faces, during the event, made the experience all the more spectacular.

Related: Finding Solace in Mozambique

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Nothing like the makeshift Holi festivals that have been popping up all over the world; experience the original Indian colour festival. (Photo/ Simone Franks)

Must-see attractions

The Taj Mahal’s architectural beauty is breath-taking. It’s without a doubt, a must-see attraction. I will never forget sitting in the gardens just staring at it, not even realising that hours had passed by.
Also great to see is the Amber Fort in Jaipur. The fort was built on top of a large hill and overlooks structured floating gardens (which were designed to look like a carpet). We trekked to the fort on elephant back!

Related: From Bellville to Grenoble

The food will steal your heart

Indian food is incredible. It took a while, adjusting to having curry for breakfast but the variety and range of dishes will entice even the fussiest of eaters.

There is always something new to try and experiment. Many of the restaurants we ate at had an open-plan kitchen so we were able to watch the chef prepare our food, and get a whiff of spices and other ingredients –  always fresh and usually made with seasonal vegetables.

Indian cuisine is not just about simply eating a curry; emphasis is placed on the preparation of the food, the presentation, and the etiquette involved with eating certain dishes. One restaurant used underground fire pits to cook dishes wrapped in banana leaves. The dish would arrive at your table as a steaming hot, banana leaf parcel, and the chef would stand next to you while you’re eating to discern if you enjoyed it or not. The food is also quite affordable – we were able to have a three-course meal for two  at a hotel for about R120.

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Oh nothing, just travelling via elephant. Something spectacular to experience in India. (Photo/ Simone Franks)

3 Tips for travellers visiting India:

Keep an open mind

Travelling in India can be quite a culture shock, especially if you’re travelling to rural parts of the country. Hawkers may pester tourists and sometimes this can be quite invasive but it helps to understand that these people are desperately trying to make a living.

 Do your research

It helps to research cultural practices and customs but don’t let the research govern your opinion of what to expect in India. A lot of the travel blogs I read before my trip warned about various sordid elements prevalent in India and yet I experienced none of these on my trip.

Pack light

Shopping in India is extremely addictive so you’ll need to pack light to make space for all your new purchases. We had fun shopping at street bazaars.

You may also want to read: I toured London in 10 days and this is the short of it

Did you enjoy this story compilation of India? Find more photos of Simone’s trip on her Instagram feed via this link.

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Photos by Simone Franks