CAPE TOWN MAKES IT ONTO LIST OF WORLD’S BEST CITIES

The 2018 World’s Best campaign by Travel and Leisure has ranked Cape Town 12th on its list of the best cities worldwide, as voted by its readers.

Popular tourist destinations have been ranked according to the scores submitted by global travellers as part of the publication’s annual World’s Best Awards survey.

According to their website, “Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.” The result was a list of 15 incredible global destinations.

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At the top of the list is the city of San Miguel de Allende in the…
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CAPE TOWN MAKES IT ONTO LIST OF WORLD’S BEST CITIES

GALLERY: THE TOP NATGEO TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF 2018

Japanese photographer Reiko Takahashi is this year’s National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Shot from Japan’s Kumejima Island, his winning photo – Mermaid – captures the tail of a humpback whale calf.

Talking to National Geographic, Takahashi said: “It was a special scene for me, to be able to take a photo of the calf, completely relaxed in gentle waters.”

She continued: “I really cannot believe it. It was my dream to win. I am honoured and it will be the driving force for my future shooting.”

The diver and photographer’s photo was among over 13 000 entries submitted for this year’s competition – which offers…
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GALLERY: THE TOP NATGEO TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF 2018

TRIPADVISOR’S LIST OF THE BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES OF 2018

Millions of travellers around the world voted for their best travel experiences, which resulted in Tripadvisor’s first Travellers’ Choice awards for Experiences.

The travel, accommodation and restaurant review website compiled its list from 345 listings, which saw Walkabout Florence Tours’s local market tour and cooking class in the Tuscany region’s capital topping the list of must-try international experiences. Second on the list is a bike tour in Berlin, followed by guided sight-seeing tour in New York in third place.

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According to TimesLive, “TripAdvisor used an algorithm that took into account a business’s reviews, opinions and popularity with travellers over the last year”.

The experiences…
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TRIPADVISOR’S LIST OF THE BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES OF 2018

GET READY FOR WILDRUN AFRICA

Three days. Three countries. 92 kilometres. If you’re a trail runner who has a passion for exploring the great outdoors, the Mapungubwe Wildrun should be on your bucket list. From the banks of the Limpopo River in Zimbabwe to the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana and across to the ancient kingdom of Mapungubwe in South Africa, this is a safari on the run like no other!

Go to www.wildrun.com to enter now.

GET READY FOR WILDRUN AFRICA

Comrades Marathon Association confirms 2018 route changes and distance

The official distance of the 2018 Comrades Marathon, as well as changes to the route, have been confirmed by the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA).

CMA Race Director Rowyn James says: “The officially measured and certified distance for this year’s Down Run is 90,184km.

“The 2018 Comrades Down Run will be slightly longer than the previous Down Run route. The 2016 route was 89,208km.”

James has advised that some changes will be effected from the start at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall.

He says: “On race day, our runners will start their epic Down Run journey at the City Hall, running down Chief Albert Luthuli…
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Comrades Marathon Association confirms 2018 route changes and distance

2018 TRAVEL TRENDS BY AIRBNB

Airbnb has mined its booking data from the first half of the coming year to unearth 2018’s travel trends. The forecast covers the top 10 popular cities to explore, the kinds of homes guests enjoy and popular experiences growing in demand.

When it comes to the world’s top 10 popular cities, Paris, Osaka and Tokyo occupy the top three spots, followed by New York, London, Rome, Orlando, Miami, Sydney and Lisbon.

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The report reveals that “laid-back beach towns, mountain retreats and mid-sized cities” are increasing in popularity, and largely encompass the trending destinations for the new…
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2018 TRAVEL TRENDS BY AIRBNB