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.

Do you have a travel story worth sharing? I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment in the section below or email me directly to robyn@bewhole.co.za to feature your story.

 

 

 

 

 

Why travelling to Mauritius should be on your bucket list

“It’s the epitome of a tropical island paradise.”

Dubbed heaven on earth by famed author and traveller, Ernest Hemingway, Mauritius offers every traveller a haven for peace and relaxation.

With a few effortless answers covering her latest girls’ getaway, Staci Jacobs validates why Mauritius should be the destination for your next holiday.

From left, Staci Jacobs, Yusrah Ehrenreich and Isabella Kentridge. Photo/ Staci Jacobs
From left, Staci Jacobs, Yusrah Ehrenreich and Isabella Kentridge in Mauritius. Photo/ Staci Jacobs

Vibrant, tropical and utopian are the words that first came to mind when asking how she would describe the island. “The white sand, palm trees and the warm Indian Ocean make it the perfect beach destination. There are museums, waterfalls, botanical gardens, and a number of shopping markets further inland. It’s the epitome of a tropical island paradise.”

She recalls that the highlight of her trip was swimming with dolphins. “The tour guides took us into the ocean on a speed boat to look for wild dolphins. As we drew close enough to the dolphins, we were able to jump into the ocean and swim among them. We were close enough to touch them but none of us were brave enough to do so. The ocean was very deep but spectacularly clear. Closer to the coast, as we snorkelled, we encountered plenty of other beautiful sea creatures.”

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A typical day in Mauritius. Photo/ Staci Jacobs

Explaining that the Island is richly diverse, she recalls how the food on the island resembled much of what we eat in South Africa, with the exception that venison is  quite popular due to a density of deer on the island and no real predators.

Top tips before arriving in Mauritius
  • Learn basic French phrases as French is widely spoken among the locals, even though English is also spoken.
  • Pack lots of sunblock as the Mauritian sun can be very unforgiving.
  • Try to book an all-inclusive package (including flights, accommodation, activities and all meals and drinks) as the cost of living is very high in Mauritius.
Frequently asked questions:
  1. When’s the best time to visit Mauritius: All year round! The climate varies from approximately 20 degrees in winter, to around 35 degrees in summer.
  2. Do I need a visa? Not if you’re South African. Hallelujah!
  3. Do you require any vaccinations? Only if you’re travelling from a country where yellow fever cases have been reported. (Not applicable to South Africa, hoorah!)
  4. What’s the time in Mauritius? GMT+4 – two hours ahead of South African time
  5. What’s the currency in Mauritius? The Mauritian Rupee (1 ZAR = 0,44 MUR – 14/03/2016)

Must-see attractions: The Grand Bassin  and the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden.

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A casual cruise under the Mauritian sun. Photo: Instagram/ @stacikim14

To view more photos of Staci’s trip to Mauritius, Follow her on Instagram.