Category Archives: Destinations

Speeding on the water at Walt Disney World

I’m here at Walt Disney World in Orlando for the park’s annual resort showcase… basically, Disney brings a host of journalists from different publications and shows them what’s on offer here and what’s coming up for the coming year. And I have to say, on the first day yesterday, they pulled out all the stops [...]

My South Africa top ten

So with a few days back in the country, I’ve decided to warm myself up with warm thoughts of our three week trip to South Africa and produce my holiday Top Ten, in no particular order. Hoerikwaggo Trail, Table Mountain National Park Three days and nights hiking from Table Mountain, through the national park and [...]

South Africa is super for sport

Since we’ve been here, we’ve managed to get to two very different but equally compelling sporting events in South Africa. Two days before Christmas, we managed to get a couple of tickets to see one of the country’s best supported football teams, the Kaizer Chiefs take on AmaZulu in the South African league. As a [...]

Food, glorious South African food

One of the joys about being here in South Africa is that in two weeks we have yet to have a bad meal and some of them have been truly superlative. Even Frank Dwyer of Slackpackers South Africa (, who catered for our three-day hike of the Hoerikwaggo Trail, had amazing freshly cooked dishes ready [...]

Race still an issue in South Africa

Yesterday, the winds dropped enough for us to take the tour of Robben Island – the offshore prison that was home to South Africa’s political dissenters, including its most famous resident Nelson Mandella, during the apartheid years. The tour of the prison itself was mainly conducted by Dumisani Mwandal, a former inmate who was held [...]

Who's the mug in Barcelona?

Following the recent news that TripAdvisor users voted Barcelona as the pickpocketing capital of the world, it was inevitable that someone would get mugged at Abta’s Travel Convention this week. What I didn’t expect was for it to be me… The first piece of advice I normally shell out when writing a ‘how to be [...]