30 April, 2016

Friday's Lightbulb: Botswana

Botswana has become one of Africa's most stable countries, and I'm featuring it as a destination suggestion today, because in 2016 the country celebrates 50 years of independence. You can see incredible sunsets and stargazing opportunities, as seen in the photo below - but that's certainly not the only reason to visit.

This landlocked country is sparsely populated, so tourism is an important source of income. It's usually safari-based, and is tightly controlled and often upmarket. 

The Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, and you can take a sundowner cruise on the riverfront to view them up close and personal.

The landscape in Botswana is stunning, and there is fantastic game viewing and birding all year round, with no crowds - what's not to love?

15 April, 2016

Flashback Friday: A picture perfect country house

This week's flashback takes us to to a country house that could be straight out of a period drama - but you wouldn't think it by taking a glance at the photo below. The eagled eyed travellers among you will recognise the shot was taken in Dublin, and today's flashback location is only an hour from the bustling Irish capital city.

This week I'm featuring the country house hotel Bellinter House - to read my original post, click here.

08 April, 2016

Travel Photo Friday: No prizes for guessing

As the title of today's post suggests, I won't be handing out any prizes for guessing where this week's travel photo was taken.....the Greek flag kind of gives it away! 

I was sightseeing on a windy day in Athens, and managed to take this photo just as the sun came out from behind a cloud - lovely memories of a beautiful sunny trip!

01 April, 2016

Travel April Fools

Instead of doing my own April Fool on you all today, I have been trawling through the archives to find the best travel pranks that have been done on this day over the years - I have to say, there are some classics! 

How about the story published by the Scouts that claimed that a massive climbing wall was going to be created on the side of The Shard in London? At 1,014ft high, the article said management "strongly advise anyone with a fear of heights to take the decision very seriously as once climbers begin their ascent there is no going back down".

Flight Centre Australia went one better - they tried to get people to believe that they could fly from Australia to London in a modified cargo crate....bringing a whole new meaning to cattle class!

The Tower of Pisa may be leaning, but how about it being turned into a hotel? That's what The Telegraph reported was happening....it was to be called 3.99 Degrees - ha ha!

Finally though, if you're like me and can be a bit gullible at times then rest assured, that's not always a bad thing. It certainly wasn't for one lucky lady who was taken in by what seemed to be an April Fool's joke in New Zealand last year. A car dealership said they were offering a free BMW to the first person to show up with a coupon from the local newspaper. It turned out it was a double bluff, and was a real promotion - the dealership had even hired security guards in case big queues caused trouble. Instead only one person believed the advert; turned up and was given a new BMW 1 Series! Click here to see the video - a happy tale to end a day of pranks!