There are a number of factors to consider when choosing your dream holiday destination. Among these, is what kind of budget you’re working with. With that said, if you’re looking for something affordable, here are some of the cheapest destinations in the world according to the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report.
The countries listed in the report were ranked according to various factors such as infrastructure, health and safety among others. Iran, which ranked as the cheapest country to visit, boasts 19 UNESCO world heritage sites, intricately designed mosques and ancient city ruins to explore.
Each country has its traditions, cultures and customary practices – experiencing these customs is generally why people travel. In some countries, however, there are practices that may be unusual to foreigners, but are mandatory or at least need to be acknowledged to avoid offending the locals.
Here are some of the more unfamiliar customs to observe in five popular travel destinations across the globe.
Indian people consider the right hand unclean, so make sure to share anything or eat with your left hand only. Using your right hand is largely considered offensive by conservative Indians.
In Singapore, it’s customary to remove your… Read More
No view can compare with the one from the rooftop of the world. I’m completely certain that for as long as I live, I’ll see few sights to rival a sunrise over Sandakphu. It’s difficult to describe the extent of
its impact – its unfolding was so spectacular and its searing magnificence so pronounced that the spirituality of the experience will remain with me forever.
If you’re lucky, a trip anywhere will be defined by a single staggering moment which more than justifies the time, expense and effort you’ve invested in the journey. Standing on… Read More
With the decrease in inbound tourist traffic since 2014 attributed to increasingly restrictive visa regulations, the Department of Home Affairs announced in February 2016 that it would ease some of the requirements. This has been widely welcomed by local stakeholders as a step towards boosting tourism.
In February, Stats SA found that in 2015, international arrivals dropped by 6,8%. Currently, the visa system requires travellers from non-exempt countries to submit their biometric information in person at dedicated centres. Because there are relatively few of these centres, it has become more difficult for some visitors to apply for visas…. Read More
Durban-raised chef Sheldon Raju is on a journey through India to find the origins of the country’s cuisine and trace the influence it’s had on the South African palate. We’re following him as he makes his way through the streets of Bangalore, takes romantic train rides to Madurai, dines at temples of old, explores Mumbai’s flavours, and so much more, all in the name of rediscovering the essence of Indian food.
Raju’s love for the art of cooking was developing during his childhood, thanks to the time he spent with his grandfather – whom he credits as his inspiration and dedicates his passion to – at the community temple. This… Read More
Established and respected the as industry leader of guided holidays, Trafalgar is expanding its coverage of Asia by introducing holiday packages to India, Sri Lanka and Laos.
The group offers travellers the unique opportunity to get to know new destinations on a personal level, while maintaining the ease provided by a guided trip. And with intimate groups of up to 26 guests, Trafalgar offers the ideal vacation for families and friends looking to explore Asia. And with the continent proving to be ever-popular with South Africans, the expansion comes at… Read More