Johannesburg in a Day

I’ve just come back from a short but sweet trip to South Africa which was an amazing experience. The country is beautiful. The people and so friendly and welcoming. And the history is astonishing.

I must confess, before my visit I hadn’t really taken any time to understand the history of the country I was going to. I had heard of Nelson Mandela and knew he was an amazing man. I had heard of apartheid and knew it had a massive impact on the country, an impact it was still recovering from. But beyond that I didn’t know much.

My trip included one day in Johannesburg which provided the perfect opportunity to improve my knowledge of this amazing country’s spotted history.

Johannesburg Cooling Towers

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My First Travel Vaccination Experience

Up until now I have travelled to countries that do have any additional health related requirements. I simply get my travel insurance, pack my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC / E111) if I’m going to Europe, and off I go.

Next month I am heading off to South Africa, a far away land outside of Europe that contains many unknowns. Added to that, I am going on a safari to the only part of South Africa that has a malaria risk – Kruger National Park. I figured it was time to understand what medication and vaccinations I need, and how to get them as cheaply as possible.

(Note I did this 6 weeks before my trip – actually you should do it at least 8 weeks before. This gives you time to ensure you can receive all the vaccines you need, as well as buy a little extra time just in case what you need isn’t available)

Lioness

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Choosing Between the Ancient, Modern and Natural Wonders of the World

For my Liebster Award win a couple of weeks ago I had to answer some questions, and number 7 was “If you could only see one set of Wonders (Ancient, Modern and Natural), which would you choose and why?”

The question was much more complicated than it first seemed, and required a bit more analysis, so I decided to give a quick answer on my Liebster Award win page and go into a bit more depth here. Enjoy!

The view over the Grand Canyon

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Liebster Award

I won an award!

Liebster Award

I have only been blogging a little over a month, but when starting out I looked at lots of different things and noticed many of them had won the Liebster Award – an award for new bloggers running as yet undiscovered blogs with few followers. The idea is to try and spread the word about these blogs to help people find them.

I’ve been working hard to create good content that makes people want to read and revisit my blog, with the hope that maybe in six months someone would notice and nominate me for a Liebster Award, so imagine my surprise when I received a nomination from Emma over at Where’s That To?! Thank you Emma!

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Review: 2014 Balkans Highlights with Tucan Travel, Part 4

Farewell Croatia. Hello Slovenia!

Before the trip, Ljubljana was somewhere I hadn’t heard of. When researching places to visit in Europe I discovered Lake Bled, but that was all of Slovenia I had seen. After the ‘meh’ of Zagreb, I wasn’t expecting much from Ljubljana, but what I discovered was beautiful and amazing and has meant of all the places on this trip, Slovenia is the one I wouldn’t hesitate to return to and show off to my friends.

Ljubljana, Padlock Bridge, Slovenia

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Review: 2014 Balkans Highlights with Tucan Travel, Part 1

In 2013 I missed out on a holiday due to work, so I vowed 2014 wouldn’t be the same. Summer 2014 was also a time of transition from university student to full time employee. I wanted to ensure the summer off wasn’t wasted, so I decided to finally go on a holiday!

My friends were busy with their own lives, so I decided to go by myself. I had seen pictures of Plitviče Lakes National Park in Croatia and Lake Bled in Slovenia and fallen in love with both, so the trip I went on had to at least encompass the two.

This six part series will take you from the initial decision making process of choosing how to see my chosen destinations, through a city by city review of each destination I visited, finishing with a total spend and a review of the whole adventure.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

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