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9 places to go forest bathing in Malawi

Forest Bathing is a hot travel trend for 2020, having been featured by Lonely Planet and Wanderlust, and even appeared on a two BBC TV programmes recently. It’s also one that ticks plenty of boxes. It’s sustainable, it taps into the demand for slow travel, and, as part of wellness travel, it’s genuinely good for you! Based on the Japanese nature therapy, shinrin-yoku, forest bathing is all about immersing yourself in nature and its healing powers. Malawi still has an abundance of unspoilt natural areas and forests and so makes an ideal destination for forest bathing. Despite this being a relatively new activity, we’ve already identified no less than 9 places in Malawi that are perfect for forest bathing.

The aim is to use as many senses as possible to immerse yourself in your surro...

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The Best Time to Go on Safari in Africa by Month

Best Time to Go on Safari in Africa

Since moving to South Africa, going on safari has become one of my favorite things to do. From South Africa to Kenya and beyond, the continent has such raw, natural beauty. And Africa has way more diversity than you might think!

Far from a one size fits all experience, you can choose the best safari experience in Africa for you and your travel style.

I’ve been lucky enough to explore the African bush a few times and experience some of the best safari destinations in Africa. I absolutely adore interacting nature this way and seeing animals in their natural habitats.

Of course, if you’re a shutterbug like yours truly, an African safari is a must. You’ll be traveling through some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. African safari photography will take your snaps to the next lev...

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The Best Time to Travel to Mauritius

Best Time to Travel to Mauritius

With palm-lined coastlines and water as clear as glass, Mauritius is the ideal destination for a beach getaway. Whether you’re looking to snorkel and see dolphins and sea turtles, hike a jungle trail to a waterfall, or just work on your tan, the island has it all.

With a mixture of Indian, French, Chinese, and African influences, this diverse island has something for every traveler.

Not sure what the right time to visit? This guide will help you decide when to book those tickets!

Here are the best times to travel to Mauritius!

November to February

Because Mauritius is a tropical destination, it really only has two main seasons: a hot and humid summer and a warm, dry winter.

November to February is considered the hot and humid summer.

Temperatures average in the mid-80s and you’l...

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5 worldwide mini cruises to savor

If giant cruise liners dropping thousands of passengers at every port-of-call isn’t your idea of fun, perhaps something a little more compact, and a little more luxurious would be closer to your tastes. All around the world mini cruises – some lasting only several hours – can offer unique and unusual perspectives to many seemingly familiar places. Add a sumptuous dinner into the equation and you lift the experience to an even higher level of luxury...

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20 Places You Should Visit in 2020

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2019 is now officially over, thank goodness, and since this is the start of the New Year I thought I would share some of my top travel picks for 2020. Some are obvious choices, others a little more unexpected but all are amazing places to discover for one reason or another. Also, these are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER. I don’t want to see anyone complaining that one destination is ranked higher or lower than another one; they all have my love and admiration.

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South Africa

It’s been a few years since South Africa has been the star of travel media coverage, which is unfortunate. After making some incredible headway in travel and tourism, the nation took some steps backward making planning a trip there more challenging...

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21 things to do in South Africa

South Africa is often listed as the perfect destination for those looking for a world-class safari, but there’s so much more to this vast country than the wildlife-rich game reserves. A heady mix of ravishing coastlines, jaw-dropping scenery, outstanding cuisine and 5-star lodgings means it’s perfect not just for the safari enthusiast, but the adventurer, sun seeker, foodie fanatic and budding photographer too. From the fabulous food city of Cape Town and South Africa’s superb wine-making region, the oldest wine industry outside of Europe, to whale-watching on the south coast and surfing on the Eastern Cape. Here, we have listed our favourite things to do in South Africa…

Cocktails at The Silo

The Silo is Cape Town’s coolest hotel...

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Where to find Africa’s best safari guides

Even among African safari guides, Zimbabwean guides are considered the best on the continent. Of course, all safari guides are well-trained and knowledgeable, but Zimbabwe’s training to be a “Pro Guide,” is the most demanding and extensive on the continent. Typically, the licensing process and education takes about four years to complete! So, anyone interested in safari guiding needs to be determined and passionate. The requirements and examinations are created and administered by the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in collaboration with Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association.

In order to become a Zimbabwe guide, students must pass a lengthy written exam covering a variety of topics related to flora and fauna...

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Solo Travel-14 Alternatives to Home Alone for the Holidays

Solo Travel-14 Alternatives to Home Alone for the Holidays.Still looking at your empty calendar for the holidays and wondering what to do? We have 14 really different options led by those I have done on past holidays.

Here some of our tips on how to go alone for the holidays without “going it alone”. (For more on this topic, please go to this week’s Blog at https://SoloTrekker4U.com.

Solo Travel-14 Alternatives to Home Alone for the Holidays: Create your own group:

1. Join a volunteer group at home or abroad.

Following the hurricanes in the US and Caribbean, there are both national and international charities organizing volunteer efforts. Think Habitat for Humanity or the Red Cross.

On a local level, I have found soup kitchens generally need people over the holidays...

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6 great places in Malawi for wellness travel

Recent years have seen the rise of wellbeing travel with the Global Wellness Summit’s Wellness Trends report stating that 2018 was a “new era of transformative travel”. In 2017, 691 million travellers took wellness specific trips that focused on the pursuit of maintaining or enhancing one’s personal wellbeing. The awareness and emphasis on wellbeing is on the increase, where travellers want to spend their time off investing in themselves...

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5 forgotten safari activities in Tanzania

Safaris are one of the most popular holidays to go on. With the world becoming ever more connected, visiting these wild and untamed places is certainly still gaining popularity, especially with the rise of social media. Selfies from tourist hot-spots are the latest trend and there is a common misconception about safaris that I aim to tackle in this article. When people think of safari, I would assume 90% would instantly think about driving around in a Land Rover and viewing animals from the back of said vehicle, however this is just the tip of the ice-berg. When you enter a safari destination, you are surrounded by wildlife, you are immersed in a world of different possibilities and the more you experience, the better your understanding and enjoyment will be.

Boating safaris

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