Things to do around Johannesburg: Ride a steam train

While transportation technology has come a long way since the inception of steam trains in the 1800s, there’s something romantic about stepping on board that transports you to another era. Reefsteamers and Friends of the Rail, host frequent train trips to various destinations, such as Magaliesburg, Cullinan, Heidelburg, and Irene. Check their websites for more information regarding routes, timetables, and prices. 

We opted to join Friends of the Rail on a daytrip to Cullinan,

Carnival Cruise Review

We embarked on a week-long cruise from New Orleans on the Carnival Dream, bound for the Caribbean during the December holidays. The itinerary included two days at sea, along with a day each at Costa Maya, Mahogany Bay, Belize City, and Cozumel. We were three couples travelling together on a family trip, and overall, we all loved the experience. 

Weekend Getaways From Johannesburg: Clarens

Just three and a half hours away from Johannesburg, lies the charming little town of Clarens, in the Free State Province of South Africa. With little boutiques and adventure sports on offer, it has something for everyone and makes the perfect weekend getaway. With rolling green fields, and snaking roads bordered by majestic yellow poplars, experiencing Clarens in the fall is like stepping into another country. 

Things to do in Cozumel

Cozumel was the port we were most excited about visiting, after reading tons of articles, blogs, and reviews, about how amazing the underwater scenery is. It was the whole reason we did our Open Water Diver Qualifications in the first place! But unfortunately, rough seas resulted in all the water based activities being cancelled on our port day, so it’s still a mystery to us. We do hope to return someday to explore what lies beneath. Read on to find out what we did instead!

Weekend Getaways from Johannesburg: Pilanesberg National Park

About two and a half hours out of Johannesberg lies the delightful Pilanesberg National Park, named so after a Tswana chief. It is a lovely place for a weekend getaway, with the option of guided game drives and hot air balloon trips, alongside a variety of on-site accommodation, it’s the perfect place to get close to nature. 

Things To Do Around Johannesburg: Melville Koppies

Alongside the trendy stores and innovative eateries of Melville, lies the vast Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, a lovely green space with magnificent views of the Johannesburg skyline in the distance. Bordered by Beyers Naude Drive, and with secure parking available at Mark’s Park on Judith Road, it is easily accessible to all.

Things to do in Roatan, Honduras: Part 2

Gumbalimba Park is one of the best places to get in touch with the natural wonders of Roatan. Home to capuchin monkeys and a myriad of iguanas, colourful macaws and cheery hummingbirds, it gives you the opportunity to get close to all these creatures, before venturing out to explore the wonders that lie below. They offer an exciting zipline, in addition to the water-based activities which include snuba, kayaking, snorkelling, and sea-treks.

Things to do in Roatan, Honduras: Part 1

As with Mexico, Honduras also hosts a significant portion of the Meso-American Reef and you can’t go wrong with a scuba diving or snorkelling excursion. For people who aren’t certified, there’s also a snuba, which gives you the freedom to explore deeper than snorkelling without the hassle of dragging around an oxygen tank.

Finding Peace in Makkah

World Nomads recently ran a travel writing competition that we decided to enter. With three themes to choose from and only 700 words to tell your story, it took us longer to decide on a travel moment to share, than to actually write the piece. Of all the times we made connections with locals, or…

Cave Tubing in Belize

There are tons of adventurous activities on offer from the Belize port, and we chose the cave tubing since we had never done anything like it before. It wasn’t as adventurous as we had hoped it would be, and the only strenuous part of the day was walking with our tubes from the start to the actual caves. It was still a nice day out, and if you’re travelling with a fun group of people, you’ll have a blast.