Traveling has different value and meaning to different people. Some live for it and others dread it. Regardless of whether it is for business or leisure, cross country or halfway across the globe, traveling can be both an exciting adventure or a daunting challenge (even both at times).
There are many resources out there, from travel books and guides to smartphone apps and online services, all trying to make traveling more enjoyable and less of a mission. I will be doing some extensive traveling this year and want to share the four apps I use to lighten the burden of the whole process and recommend that every traveler needs.
Over the last few years I have been blessed with being able to travel to various countries for both work and pleasure. This has meant packing and unpacking luggage, spending countless hours waiting in airports, even more hours in-flight, seeing wonderful places, meeting amazing people trying new things and tasting new dishes. I have experiencing a whole host of pros and cons of traveling and yet, every time before I begin preparing for a another trip, I tend to feel like I need to learn more or pick up some extra tips.
There are many travel blogs to find all sorts of travel information, travel hacks and tips for travelers and then you can Google for just about anything and everything. Here are a few travel blogs which I highly recommend and these are five I am following at the moment and think you should too.
I can still remember, as a child growing up in South Africa, how the bakery down the road from our house, would have this unmistakable, sweet and cinnamon spiced whiff at a very particular time of the year. It was the smell of freshly baked hot cross buns and it was only present once a year and lasted no longer than 2-3 weeks (if my memory serves me correctly). Our family would usually only have hot cross buns over the Easter long weekend and it was something I always looked forward to (and still do).
So, imagine my surprise when I walked into a supermarket this week and found the same distinct aroma coming from its bakery. Hot cross buns where available and it was the week before Valentine's Day. Its only February and Easter is almost two whole months away! This got me thinking about some hard truths about traditions, beliefs and the commercialization of both.
Travel photos. We have all seen them. We have all been just a little envious. From Facebook to Instagram, travel photos are can be seen on just about every social network and found on many large content publishing websites. From sun drenched beach images of your best friend on their honeymoon to the latest celebrity's 'weekend get away' snapshot, just about everyone who travels nowadays snaps away and posts them online for the whole world to see.
While most travel photos are just simple 'point 'n shot' snap shots, there are some that are incredible images. Here are top travel photos collections sourced from three different travel websites from 2015.