If you have any plans to visit Cape Town, make sure you pack your workout gear.
Table Mountain is the icon of Cape Town. It looms above the South African city as if to protect it, and from everywhere in and around the city you’ll find it peeking out from behind a building here or majestically rising above the skyline there; ever present, ever spectacular. From the top of the mountain the views across the city and over the ocean to Robben Island and beyond are breathtaking. Hundreds of thousands of visitors take the cable car to the top each year, and although it’s definitely an experience to add to your bucket list, the most rewarding way to get to the top of Table Mountain is to climb.
When I was in Cape Town recently I finally mustered the courage, after taking the cable car on countless occasions, to embark on the daunting climb up Platteklip Gorge…and then went on to hike up neighbouring Lion’s Head a couple of days later. I filmed both climbs, which you can see here – and below I’ve written in more detail how you can climb Table Mountain and Lion’s Head on your visit to Cape Town.
Hello November! The cold weather hasn’t quite hit us here in London yet (which, trust me, I am not complaining about) but the wintery festivities are almost upon us – the Oxford Street lights get switched on this week, which signals the unofficial start of the Christmas season and this week also marks Guy Fawkes Night, sometimes called Bonfire Night. It’s a chance to drink mulled wine, watch fireworks and hang out with friends.
What to wear on Bonfire Night
Even though it’s warm for this time of year, the nights are still chilly so it’s best to be a little snug. Gloves, a hat and a woolly jumper are just what you’ll need…for Bonfire Night and pretty much the rest of the season!
Venice. It’s a city for lovers. The perfect place to stroll around with far too much time on your hands. So what do you do when you only have a day and you’re exploring the city solo? The answer is: discover the hidden gems of Venice!
I filmed a video while I was there which you can watch below, and then read on to learn more about each of these discoveries (as well as a couple of extras)!
It’s started. Winter, that is. The clocks have now gone back and darkness is descending earlier than I consider to be fair. Today, as I watched the sun set at about 4:30pm, I witnessed thousands and thousands of birds flying south for the winter. I envied them.
Although sunshine is not in my immediate future, the dropping temperatures and lengthened nights do mean one thing: socially acceptable hibernation. If, like me, you love settling under a blanket in front of a good movie, these films are just what you need to get through winter (and get a taste of some of the best destinations around the world at the same time)…
My favourite wanderlust-inducing films:
I’ve now been to Istanbul three times, but never for more than 48 hours at a time. It’s not enough. The first time I visited I had just 6 hours and, although I saw a whole load of amazing things then, I was left wanting more of this enchanting, exotic and frenetic city. The following two visits allowed me to experience some of the things I’d missed the first time, which also happen to be the main attractions of Istanbul. Follow my Istanbul day trip itinerary for a guide to seeing the main attractions of the city in one day – and check out my video at the end! I’m delving into the world of vlogging and I’d love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel.
I knew I liked Cape Town before my recent visit – I’ve been a number of times before and it’s the kind of city that’s impossible not to like. But I didn’t expect to fall deeply, madly in love with the place. In just 6 days (4 really, as two were knocked off my time due to a nasty stomach bug) I was smitten, and am trying to plot how I can get back there ASAP. I’ll be posting more about my time in South Africa soon, but here’s a taste of what Cape Town has to offer:
What to wear for a day in Cape Town:
Cape Town can be beautifully sunny one moment, and incredibly windy the next, so it’s important to layer up (especially if you’re heading up Table Mountain). Its also a trendy city with pockets of hipster cool – so it’s not a destination for khaki shorts and t-shirts. This cute little outfit is comfortable, trendy and works for hot or cooler weather. Don’t forget your lipstick!
As I’ve mentioned before, destinations are one of my favourite parts of a cruise. Having just a day (or a few hours) in a new place means you need to make the most of your time to see and do what you can without exhausting yourself. Instead of trying to tick off loads of sights, I try to stick to one or two attractions and I spend the rest of my time walking, absorbing the atmosphere and, of course, sampling local food. If you’re not sure how to maximise your time on shore, here are a few resources to help you explore a new destination with confidence!
What to pack for a cruise shore day:
Aside from the obvious items you’d take (camera, money and your SeaPass), here are a few things to pack in your day bag: water is a must, as sometimes it’s hard to find while you’re walking around and you’ll dehydrate quickly in a hot destination. It’s always a good idea to pack swimming gear too, because you never know when the opportunity to jump into a beautiful pool or ocean will present itself. Pack a pair of comfy, flat shoes (these FlopZ come in their own bag so you won’t get your other stuff dirty) for beach walks or in case you end up with blisters. And finally, stay sun smart, stylish travellers! Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen should always be in your bag.
1. Sunglasses / 2. Monsoon Tote Bag / 3. FlopZ flip flops / 4. Water / 5. Braided Fedora / 6. Supernova Galaxy Bikini / 7. Sunscreen
If you’ve never been on a cruise before this whole way of travelling may seem like a bit of a mystery to you. Cruises certainly seemed mysterious to me before I tried one for myself. Beforehand, I wasn’t quite convinced that a cruise was for me but now, having been lucky enough travel on three, I’m hooked. If you have cruised before I’m sure you’ll agree with all of the below but in case you’re still unsure, here are 10 reasons to love travelling on a cruise: Continue reading
by Brendan Croft
When people ask me to name my favourite place I’ve travelled to, I cannot help but mention Lake Tahoe. For me, this place is the epitome of all things I love about a travel destination. The tranquil and relaxing setting of the lake and surrounding mountain ranges are paired with endless amounts of activities and nightlife, which is a heavenly combination.
The big question I am always asked is whether I prefer the summer or winter in Lake Tahoe. This may sound like an odd thing to ask, but this is one of the very few destinations in the world that will give you a completely opposite experience in both seasons. In the name of research, I have been there to experience both seasons, and here’s what each one has to offer: Continue reading
I was born in South Africa to a father who is one of 14 children. Consequently, I have an enormous family, and it’s little wonder that we barely get to see one another. Every 3 or 4 years we try to get together in one part of the world or another, and this year it’s time for a reunion in South Africa. I’m leaving on Thursday for two weeks, starting with a few days in the Drakensberg for the family fun, then a three day safari (I’m not sure I could be any more excited about this part) and finally a week in Cape Town with more family. I’ll be writing all about it when I get back but for now, here’s some safari inspiration…
Stylish Travel: What to wear on an African safari
Those old khakis you see in films aren’t just some weird retro fashion statement; neutral tones mean you won’t draw attention to yourself in the wild. That doesn’t mean you have to look like David Attenborough though; here’s my perfect safari look for a comfortably chic day of game spotting!