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Top 10 Tips When Traveling To South Africa

Cape Town is a beautiful city with rich cultural events. When you visit Cape Town, South Africa, you will need to make sure you are prepared, so your trip will be enjoyable. The more preparation you do before you leave, the less you have to worry about once you get there. Then you will be free to relax and enjoy your visit.

1. Sun Protection

The sun in South Africa can be harsh, so you’ll need to wear sun protective lotion, as well as protective clothing like hats or visors to keep the sun out of your eyes and face.

2. Copies of Passport and Travel Documents

You always want to make sure you have more than one copy of your passport and travel documents in case you are to lose them or have them stolen. These are the only means by which you can return to your country, so protect them well.

3. Proper Clothing

Light cotton clothing is advised in the summer. The evenings get cooler so pack warmer clothing as well. Dress is typically casual in Cape Town even for evenings at the theater or restaurants.

4. Good Accommodations

My favorite place to stay in Cape Town South Africa is the Commodore Hotel. This is a 5-star hotel on the waterfront near the center of Cape Town. While, the room rate is a bit pricey, a hot breakfast buffet and world class service certainly makes up for it.

5. Money for Tipping

South African currency is called the Rand (R). The Rand is split into 100 cents, similar to the US Dollar and cents. You will need to carry money with you to tip people for service such as wait staff, taxi drivers, hotel staff, etc. 10% is a fair tip in Cape Town.

6. Safety Precautions

Never walk unpopulated streets of South Africa alone. Do not wear excessive jewelry or watches and keep the amount of cash you carry to a minimum. The Police emergency number is 10111.

7. Immunizations

While there are no international immunizations needed to enter South Africa, you should be aware that Malaria is a risk throughout the year. So protect yourself from diseases as you feel necessary. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

8. Local Driving Rules

In Cape Town everyone drives on the left side of the road. Many of the National roadways have tolls so always bring money with you if you are planning on traveling by car. Seat belts are required and if you have a young child with you, you should reserve a car set in advance.

9. Local Prices

You should have some understanding of the local prices, so you don’t get surprised or taken advantage of while on holiday in Cape Town. The average McDonalds meal is R23.00, bottled water is R5.00, a ticket to the movies is R30.00 and dinner out is about R100.00 each person.

10. Travel Insurance

Medical services are available at private hospitals and doctors in private practice. You should have some form of travel insurance that covers medical expenses. Again, it’s better to be safe than sorry in case something does happen during the trip away.

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How to Survive Traveling Over Christmas Holidays

Do you hate to travel when it’s vacation time? Full flight and plenty of noisy kids. Well you are not alone. From unruly kids on planes to noisy neighbors at hotels, travelers face all sorts of dilemmas that test their limits. Here we offer some advice for how to be nice, polite and keep your coolon your next travel.

What do you do when there is a shared armrest on your flight?

Airplane etiquette says that the middle-seat passenger has rights to both inner armrests. If you think about it, it makes sense – aisle and window passengers are guaranteed at least one armrest.

How do you handle noisy hotel room neighbors?

Don’t knock on their door and ask them to quiet down. Call the manager on duty. You want the hotel to be involved early on in case the culprit is uncooperative. And, don’t expect your neighbors to be moved – if you want quiet, you can request to be moved to another room.

What do you do if you’re stuck in a seat by noisy children or kids kicking the back of your chair?

Assess the situation. If the parent is clearly working to fix the situation, then hopefully things will improve. If the parents aren’t doing anything, you might politely say to the parent something like, “I know they’re kids and I understand it isn’t easy, but if there’s anything you can do to keep the noise level/kicking down, I would really appreciate it.” If you’re on a plane and you’re not comfortable saying something directly, you can see if a flight attendant can assist.’

We hope this helps you, next time you are traveling.

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Beautiful Vietnam

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The MGM Grand Hotel In Las Vegas Is Amazing

We love staying at the Signiture at MGM because you have all the perks of staying at the MGM Grand but the ability to step away from the smoking, noise etc (when you are ready to wind down). It is a great alternative for families also. Great facilities. All the fun of Vegas with a little calmer place to return to when you want to “call it a night”.

The MGM Grand Las Vegas is a hotel casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The MGM Grand is the third largest hotel in the world and the largest hotel resort complex in the United States.

The rooms at the resort are decorated in contemporary and classic styles. Cable TV along with in-room safes are available in every room.

Dining options at the Grand MGM include award-winning restaurants such as fine French cuisine at Joel Robuchon’s. Also available are classic steakhouse dishes at Craftsteak and casual meals at Emeril’s.

You will have a lot of fun a this hotel! Remember what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

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Fabulous Shangri-La Hotel In Tokyo

Then was Tokyo trip in a box. Flight tickets are booked and Hotel is selected. This time are we staying at the fabulous Shangri-la Hotel in Tokyo. Hotel is very central. Easy access to trains and shopping.

Luxurious Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo is a convenient 2-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station. Aside from a 20-metre heated indoor pool, the hotel also provides free escort services to and from train stations.

Marunouchi Trust Tower Main building, the spacious rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with city or bay views. All come with a flat-screen TV, DVD player and pillow menu. Bathrooms have a bathtub and hairdryer.

The Spa provides Himalayan hot stone treatments and relaxing massage. The Health Club has modern gym equipment, a sauna and hot tubs.

Nadaman restaurant serves fine Japanese cuisine, premium sushi and offers a Teppanyaki area. The elegant Piacere serves gourmet Italian meals, as well as hearty breakfast. Guests can choose from American, Japanese, Oriental or Healthy Meal breakfast options, and they all come with a continental breakfast buffet.

This is one of the world’s best resort and hotel. You’ll get everything you wish here. We are really looking forward to this trip. There is plenty that is going to happened around this trip. Can not tell you much yet, but will tell you all about it soon.

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Visit The Empire State Building in New York

Next time you are travelig to New York is this a must place to visit. Until you see New York City from the top of the Empire State Building, you haven’t really seen it!

Featured prominently in almost a hundred Hollywood films over the years. The stately deco architecture rivals the nearby Chrysler Building for Best in Class honors and it is, once again, New York’s tallest structure.

The view from the 86th-floor observation deck is breathtaking. You won’t be the only one who’s decided to visit, so prepare to wait in line; to avoid the throngs, the best times to come are at 8:30 a.m. or during lunch and dinner hours, Monday through Wednesday.

Tickets are steep, but worth it: $22 for adults; $45 for an “express pass” that whisks you pass the hordes. For an extra $15 you can buy a ticket to the more intimate 102nd-floor observation deck. Buy your ticket online to reduce waiting-in-line time.

You’ll remember your first visit to the Empire State Building.

With Love Therese

The Ladera in St. Lucia, Caribbean

This intimate resort, Ladera is comprised of just 25 suites and villas. The lodge-like buildings are constructed of Caribbean timbers, and the guestrooms are built to resemble luxury treehouses.

The surprise is that unlike conventional hotel rooms they are missing the fourth wall – all the better for making the breathtaking scenery an integral part of the décor. It has telescopes in each room. This is a very romantic resort. That has the wow factor.

The rates start from $280-$890 per night. All-inclusive add $90 per person, per day. This trip will be great for a quick getaway or a romantic honeymoon. Whatever you are planning, will this be a wonderful holiday.

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Charming Norwegian-Owned Hotel in Cambodia

This Norwegian-owned hotel in Cambodia won the prestigious prize for the best accommodation for local communities at World Travel Marked in London. We at Tm Travel Blog love this hotel.  It is a excellent, well run small hotel with a heart, promoting local causes to help the local community. Have a look and see for your self. The Soria Moria Hotel

We here at Tm Travel Blog would like to congratulate this charming hotel and wish them the best for the future. Looking forward to come visit and stay at this great hotel.

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Tm Travel In Liverpool

Tm Travel went to Liverpool to see Liverpool – Newcastle. To see a game at Anfield is something everyone must do. Have a look at this video. And you will see why!

The Kop Sings You’ll Never Walk Alone on Anfield, before the Liverpool – Newcastle game 4th of November 2012.

Sensational Shopping In Kuala Lumpur

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur is amazing. It is like shoppers paradise. But where to go shopping? Many of us travellers is only in KUL for 7 – 10 hr in transit. The best tip I can give you is, take the train in to KL and then Taxi to the twin towers.

Here will you find the famous Twin Towers and great shopping inside the Petronas. You can easy spend a lot of money here, plus you will kill many hr.

Have your credit card ready and go shopping!