I Wish I Knew Before Visiting Disney World the Very First Time

8 Things I Wish I Knew Before Visiting Disney World for the Very First Time

For the Disney rookies like ourselves that have not mastered the art of getting every bang for their buck nor maximising their limited (and expensive) time, here are the few key things I wish I knew before visiting Disney World for the very first time.

I did absolutely zero research prior to our trip to Disney World and Universal Orlando, it was all booked through an agent. I just wanted to step into utopia with innocent eyes. See it with childhood wonderment not having pre-seen all the nooks and crannies, made dinner reservations and plotted our path down to the minute with military precision (which is my usual travel style). My thinking behind doing zero, zip, diddly-squat research was its off-peak season, we are two adults with no children to worry about and Disney World is designed with children in mind thus surely we could follow our hearts, be lead by spontaneity and figure it out along the way.

Don’t make my mistake, a trip to Disney World actually requires a teacup’s worth of forward planning.

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First Time to South Africa – 7 Useful Travel Tips and Tools

When you finally commit to sitting down and actually planning any trip for the first time, it’s rather overwhelming. When that destination is the far away land of South Africa it can seem even more so. Where to start, how to do it all in a few days, what to see, will it be safe, what to do, where to stay?

South Africa is rich in diversity, both in culture and scenery. From the beautiful views of the oceans, mountain and vineyard’s of Cape Town, the sunny beaches in Durban, the fast-paced big city of Johannesburg to the bushveld for the ultimate African experience, a safari. There is much to see and experience across the country. Here are few travel tips and tools that will make planning your first trip to South Africa a little easier.

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First Time on Safari: Everything you Need to Know

Silently perched in a rugged open-air safari vehicle, as a herd of elephants casually trudge across a sandy road just a few steps ahead of you. Surrounded by the African bushveld humming with insects, the cracking branches from the trees as the elephants carve their path and the occasional grunt of an animal far out in the distance. There is nothing quite like the sights, sounds and experience of going on your first safari.

As a locally grown South African I grew up on sunshine and safari getaways – the ultimate bucket list item for most! Over the years, having gone on more game drives than I can count on my fingers and toes I have seen a lot of wildlife, and a fair share questionable tourist behaviour. It is now time to share some tips, “must dos” and “don’t you dare do’s” when embarking on your very first African safari. This will ensure you take away a truly memorable African adventure.

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The Ultimate Chocoholic Bucket List

Nowadays everyone seems to have a bucket list or wander list if you will. But among the many unbelievable places to see, road trips to take and experiences to have, I have a chocoholic bucket list –  chocolist! As a self-anointed chocolate connoisseur, I have made it my life’s mission to taste chocolate from around the world.

So far I have sampled bars from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam (which tastes remarkably like soy sauce), South Africa, England, Austria, Venezuela, Kazakstan (surprisingly good), Canada, USA and the Dominican Republic, among many others. But beyond my ongoing sampling of these sweet treats from around the world, there are a few key experiences any true worshipper of the cacao bean needs to tick off their bucket list.

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2017 travel trends

Where to Travel in 2017 & Our Wishlist

Oh, how I love making lists. Besides writing my list for Santa, this time of year I am also planning and writing our 2017 travel wishlist. Looking ahead to the 2017 travel trends, when can we squeeze in some adventures and narrowing down exactly where to see next.

According to Skyscanner, a leading flight search engine the trending, destinations for 2017 are the usual suspects. London, New York, Bangkok, Dubai, Bali, Vietnam (which I highly recommend everyone experience), South Korea and Morocco, to name a few. Lonely Planet named Canada the country to see in 2017 followed by Colombia and Finland, whilst National Geographic suggestions are rather similar.

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