How to Survive an Airport Layover

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Guest Post by Jess Signet (@JesssTravels)

Ah, the excruciating layover. By the time I landed in Chicago on the way home from Bangkok – sick and having already traveled for a solid twenty-five hours – you can imagine how I felt about a nine-hour layover. Sometimes it’s impossible to fly directly between your departure and arrival cities. I created my own nightmare by choosing the cheapest option available – it sounded better on paper. Continue reading

Why You Should Hire a Tour Guide When You Travel: Part 2

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My second day in Cape Town happened to be my birthday so I was keen on having a fantastic day touring the peninsula. But I was still bothered by the nagging dilemma about whether it’s better to guide or not to guide?

When I returned I asked my travel agent, Yvette De Vries of African Portfolio, if she arranges tour guides for all of her clients or if I was projecting some type of weird “help me” vibe during our planning stage. She assured me that she encourages guides for guests visiting Cape Town. “It’s the best way to optimize the limited time available in a 150 square mile city that’s spread out around a 3,600 ft mountain.” Continue reading

Why You Should Hire a Tour Guide When You Travel: Part One

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“Is it okay if I take a few minutes and give you a little background about South African history? It’s not something most American schools teach.” That’s how Garth introduced himself and I bristled a bit. South Africa. I know about South Africa. There’s apartheid, Oscar Pistorius, the Sugar Man, and the Lion King. Heck. I participated in a sit-in during the 80’s to protest my college’s investments in South Africa, an effort that was abandoned after a few hours because I needed to get back to my apartment to host a party.

Okay.

I know nothing about South Africa.

But I hoped my guided tour of Cape Town would change that sad fact. Continue reading

Travel Packing Tips for Africa: When Every Pound Counts

If your upcoming trip has luggage restrictions, or you are looking for advice on how to downsize your massive suitcase, the following list of travel packing tips for Africa can help you decide what to bring, what to leave behind and what’s the best small bag for traveling.

Employ these travel packing tips for Africa to enjoy special scenes like two giraffes at sunset.

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Vitamins and Supplements: Manage Your Pills On the Road

It’s time to talk menopause. Men – you’re welcome to stay, but if this kind of conversation makes you uncomfortable, feel free to check out one of my posts about football instead. Last January I missed my period. It happened again in February and I sensed it was the beginning of the end. Rather than proceed with a year of living dangerously, I hightailed it over to a holistic medical center and met with the physicians and counselors to express my fear of a. hot flashes, b. getting fat, and c. cataclysmic mood swings. They reviewed my diet and exercise habits, did some blood and hormone workups, and recommended bioidentical hormones and vitamins and supplements.

One year later, I’m happy to report that I haven’t killed anyone. Continue reading