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The down under of Africa, South Africa gives a home to many people from all around the world. One of the most lively cities of the southwest coast is Cape Town. The nightlife is amazing, as the friendly and colorful people celebrate their culture loud and proud. However, when travelling to Cape Town remember that it’s a port city, and the amount of trade that goes through is amazing. This is why it’s also important to realize the harbor is busy with boats that are heading to the local islands that once even held Nelson Mandela. The country has a historical vibe still within it as the rapidly changing culture from West to more Africanized is occurring. It’s a once in a lifetime trip to visit to Table Mountain where you can look down upon the city from an awesome viewpoint. The cable cars are often the main transport up, so you’ve got to come early in the day to get ahead. There are so many things you can do and here are just some of them.

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Shark diving

It just wouldn’t be Cape Town without a spot of shark diving. It’s safe as can be because professional crews that organize dives for tourists do so with state of the art metal cages. Strong and sturdy, they allow you to get up close to the great white sharks that roam the southwest coast. By feeding the shark bait, you can see closely how the animal hunts and builds up speed in the water. Far from being the mindless creatures often portrayed as in movies, you’ll get an education on how complex their anatomy is. You’ll understand how they use electrodes in their nose to pick up signs of blood in the water and also, how they socially interact with each other.

Table Mountain

If you’re looking for  Things to do in Cape Town, look no further than the secret Table Mountain adventure. First, you’ll hike up the mountain, going through different passes that have their own character. At first, you’ll be treading on the grassy lands, and as you approach the mountainous terrain, you’ll be in one of the multiple rock formations. As you get higher and higher, now you’ll be on the designated footpaths, and using safety lines to get across the treacherous parts. At the end, you’ll be standing just over one kilometer above sea level, and looking down on the beautiful picturesque nature of Cape Town.

Wine Tour

Going on a full day wine tour is really something that you’ll never forget. South Africa is fast becoming the place to be if you want to drink and buy some of the best wines in Africa. The climate is just right to grow ripe grapes that are both sweet and bitter. You’ll sample some of the most full and punchy red wines in the country, as well as sip on the delicate tones of white wines. You’ll also get a chance to buy some exclusively at the end of the tour.

South Africa is truly a jewel in the southern part of the continent. It’s one of the most vibrant places on earth and is continuously growing. Trekking up the Table Mountain to look down below onto the city of Cape Town will give you a true sense of its scale. Diving with sharks and drinking wine to finish off your day is by no means, out of the realm of possibility.

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In case you missed my stories this past weekend, here I am being the happiest little llama in the land:

And what was it that kept my booty shakin’ with glee? I had one of the nicest Halloweekends I’ve had in a long time. My old roommates, Kendall, and roommates’ friend and a couple of his friends all rented Lockhouse 28 Saturday night. Before you click on that link you might be asking, “what’s a lockhouse?”

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Completed in 1837, Lockhouse 28 stands as a reminder of the fierce competition between the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in the race to reach the Ohio River Valley. At Point of Rocks the land between the Potomac River and the rocky outcropping becomes precariously narrow. Both companies knew ownership of this strip of land was imperative to winning the race to the Ohio. Adversaries in the courts for four years, both canal and railroad were given rights-of-way, with the C&O Canal allowed to build next to the river, and the B&O Railroad forced to carve its way through the hillside just above the canal.

We essentially went camping. No electricity or running water. And it was perfect. There weren’t more pictures because weren’t really on our phones. We I toasted ‘mallows, we sat around a fire and told scary stories that I think really only scared me, and enjoyed the slightly cold but not too cold weather. The house actually came with beds and once I got to sleep, I slept amazingly. Kendall, my old roommate Meghann, and I wore our costume onesies and we just were.

My personal favorite time was our long, relaxing campfire breakfast. I’m legit worried that I’ll never enjoy eggs again unless they’re cooked over an open flame. Between those, crispy sausage patties, doughnuts, and coffee- it was just perfect.

The Lockhouse itself was only about an hour outside of DC and a beautiful hour at that. If you want to get away with some friends, it’s only about $100 a night. This location’s 1/2 mile away from parking makes it still feel like camping. I truly needed this trip and highly suggest it for anyone feeling a need to get out there. It was a great way to spend Halloweekend that was totally different than just drinking in a costume somewhere.

What’s your favorite way to disconnect? Because I think I found mine. 🙂

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Taking a vacation is one thing we all need to do a little more often, wouldn’t you agree? The chance to unwind from the daily routine, engage with friends, family and loved ones and experience new and exciting places. It’s what life’s all about. However, we don’t all get the luxury of doing this as often as we would like and often need to stay a little more closer to home. Thankfully, there are so many options of vacations here in the US, and I wanted to share with you four vacation options in four different states. It might inspire you to consider some place new the next time you get a chance to jet away for a few days or a week.

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Tennessee

Home of country music Tennessee is definately a state that could provide you with the well-earned break you deserve. A quick search online will be enable you to find a resort in Tennessee that will have you itching to get there sooner rather than later. Of course, there are some of the obvious hotspots that could be definitely worth a visit. You have the capital Nashville, which has an amazing museum of the history of country music. You also have Memphis which is the home of Elvis Presley’s Graceland. It is a landlocked state, but don’t let that put you off from heading there as it could provide you with a lot of memories worth making.

Fireworks at Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Florida

Florida is an amazing state that really could provide you with all sorts of vacations depending on exactly what you are after. First up, you could head to Orlando if you were thinking of a more exhilarating vacation. There is the Universal studios and not forgetting the ever famous Disney World. But if you want to have a different kind of vibe filled with sun, relaxation and a chance to rub shoulders with some of the rich and famous then head to Miami. Finally there is Key West and also the Florida Everglades providing other forms of attractions in this state.

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Texas

Texas is a Southern state and has a mixed terrain of forest and pine mixed with desert surroundings. Whether you like the idea of people watching in San Antonio where you can sit and relax in a riverside café in one of the most multicultural cities, or want to take advantage of some of the best live music around in the capital of Austin, there really is a lot for everyone in this state. Finally, who wouldn’t love the chance to visit NASA in Houston.

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California

Finally, California really is a the state that many have on their bucket list. There is the most popular choice of location being Los Angeles where you can shop on Rodeo Drive and have a selfie with the Hollywood sign. But there is also sophisticated San Francisco to consider as well as the option of doing a road trip to see some of the other more quainter places like Santa Barbara.

I hope that this has inspired you to consider some different places the next time you get the chance of a vacation.

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re booking a family getaway or heading off traveling alone, there are some things that you can’t forget when you start the planning process. It’s easy to miss something when you have so much to plan and book, so here are a few of the most important things that you absolutely can’t forget.

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Transportation

If you’re traveling abroad, you will need to look at flights. It’s better to book these well in advance, as the prices will sky rocket when the seats start to get filled up. You also need to consider how you’re getting to and from the airport, both in your country, and in your holiday destination. If you are planning on driving to the airport, you will need to book a parking ticket, although it would probably be much cheaper to take a train or get a lift elsewhere. If you’re planning to use public transportation abroad, you might want to book a travel pass for your chosen country, to save yourself some cash.

Accommodation

Although hotels are the most obvious holiday accommodation, they might not be for you. There are plenty of alternatives (many of which are cheaper) that you could use instead. You are sure to find motels and holiday apartments, homes, and cottages wherever you are planning on visiting, but if you wanted something more exciting you could look into booking something more unusual. Unique holiday accommodations, such as tree houses, lighthouses, and camper vans are very popular of late and are sure to offer you more excitement than your usual hotel room.

Insurance

If you’re planning on traveling abroad, you must make sure that you purchase travel insurance. A lot of people decide against booking travel insurance, as they don’t think that anything could go wrong. Although this may be true in many cases, it certainly isn’t for all of them. The last thing you want is for your holiday to be completely ruined by something that could have been helped, had you purchased holiday insurance.

Activities

Many people opt against putting too much planning into their day-to-day activities of their holiday, and much prefer to wing it instead. If all you want to do is visit the beach for a week, then this is completely fine, but if you want to experience the culture of your holiday destination, and see as many landmarks as you can, you will want to put some thought into what you’re doing. If you don’t know, at the very least, what it is that you want to do on your holiday, it’s likely that you’ll do very little. This is both a waste of money and time and will leave you disappointed by your time away.

Hopefully, this will help you a little when it comes to the planning process of your holiday, and stop you from forgetting anything important, or making any mistakes. All that you need to do right now is decide where it is that you actually want to go and visit.

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What’s the best way to follow up the perfect wedding? The perfect honeymoon, of course! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have the best holiday of your life with your new partner, and it’s probably something that you spend a lot of time thinking about during the planning process of your actual wedding. If you want to make it just as memorable as your wedding day, then how about choosing one of these exotic locations?

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The Maldives

A honeymoon in the Maldives will make any of your friends green with envy. This remote location offers honeymooners some of the most beautiful golden beaches that are bordered by crystal-clear waters. It’s warm, there are plenty of luxurious resorts to indulge in and there are plenty of romantic locations to explore with your partner. There’s even an underwater restaurant in the Maldives that, while expensive, offers you an experience unlike any other on the planet. As you wine and dine with your partner, you’ll be surrounded by tropical aquatic life 5.8 meters beneath the surface of the ocean.

Kyoto, Japan

In comparison to the beaches and nightlife of the Maldives, Kyoto offers the complete opposite but still manages to be exotic in its own right. Rest and relax in this tranquil city with picturesque sights, iconic cherry blossom viewings and traditional teahouses. If you have any kind of interest in Japanese culture, then it doesn’t get much better than a honeymoon to Kyoto. It’s a refreshing sight compared to the hustle and bustle of city life, and there’s plenty of romantic locations to visit if you want some beautiful and memorable honeymoon photographs.

Machu Picchu Pueblo, Peru

Exotic means adventurous, and there are very few places on earth that offer the kind of excitement and adventure that Machu Picchu Pueblo offers. Though the name might sound strange or even silly, it’s one of the world’s great historical sites, making this one of those once-in-a-lifetime places that you have to visit before you retire. Hotels and food in the area are generally quite cheap despite offering plenty of luxuries. There’s a lot of trekking involved, so unless you’re ready to be on your feet for most of the day, you’ll probably want to take it easy in Peru. There’s so much wonder and charm to uncover in Machu Picchu Pueblo that you’ll leave feeling enlightened.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

When you want to go big, you go to Dubai. It offers some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts, yet at the same time gives you access to wonderful beaches, desert tours and a wide range of delicious foods. With so much to see and do in Dubai, it might even feel surreal. It’s definitely one of the more exotic locations in the world to visit for a honeymoon. You’ll feel like royalty in most of the luxury hotel, yet you can get adventurous in the desert with camel rides and jeep tours.

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