Africa. It’s the place life on earth began, no other continents’ have a claim to fame quite as impressive as that, and today it remains one of the most fascinating and naturally diverse areas in the world.
It’s a place full of juxtapositions; expansive, dry deserts vs dense, vivacious jungles, and tiny, ancient villages vs modern metropolis’. It offers a wealth of diversity, and a trip here won’t fail to make an serious impression.
We’re so captivated by this remarkable continent that we’ve already given a massive high five to North Africa and to the continent’s wildlife, so this week it’s the Eastern shore’s turn to step into the spotlight, as we explore the 5 most incredible experiences to be had in East Africa.
This week on the blog we’re introducing you to the lovely staff in another one of our UK stores, and this week is ladies week, as we meet the girls doing a sterling job of making travel dreams come true in Reading.
We’ve grilled them to find out their best travel tips, what they think of each other and what’s on their own their own travel ‘to do’ list. Oh, and we also found out a few, rather funny, secrets about them along the way.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a sucker for a cute animal. I’m one of those people that will share a picture of a puppy or kitten on Facebook purely because it looks sweet.
Seeing a picture of a baby Labrador when I log on in the morning makes me smile, and provides a nice feeling to start the day – and that’s what’s inspired me to write this post.
Step away from the PC, here are some furry feel good factors you can actually experience for yourself around the world.
Walk between the trees and get up close and personal with the Orangutans in Borneo.
“Exactly what is a sabbatical and how can I get myself one of those?” I hear you ask – and if you weren’t asking before – you probably are now…
Put simply, a sabbatical is an agreed, and unless you’re very lucky, usually unpaid, amount of time away from work.
If you manage to secure a sabbatical, it means that you are still technically employed by the company you work for, but are just enjoying a ‘career break’, giving you the opportunity to enjoy those experiences you’ve been dreaming about at your desk for the past few months or years.
I’m not going to lie, they aren’t necessarily easy to secure. Not all companies offer them, but some do, and if you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to take advantage of unpaid (or paid) leave, you should grab it with both hands.
Here is a 5 step plan to making that happen.
Tours are great. Personally I love them. You get to see all the best bits of a country or region while someone else take care of all the bits, such as transport and accommodation, which usually end up distracting you from the real reason you came – to explore and experience.
But sometimes, time can move a little too fast on a tour, it can feel like you’ve only just arrived when it’s already time to go, meaning it’s not really the perfect way of getting ‘under the skin’ of the place you’re visiting.
This is the very reason we’re introducing our new form of adventure tour; local living experiences. A perfect combination of the local knowledge and support provided by a tour, along with the ultimate freedom of really getting to know an area of the world in your own way, in your own time.
It’s the fast track way of living like a local; for those who don’t have time to live like a local.