Travel tips for senior adventurers

Money is tight for most South Africans, so smart travel planning is essential. But if you’re retired and can travel whenever you want, it’s best to aim for off-peak season, to avoid the crowds and summer heat, and a great travel deal.

“Travelling around the world is always a rewarding experience and visiting family and, particularly, grandkids and great-grandchildren in other countries is such a great opportunity that you want to enjoy every moment,” says Anthony Grant, CEO of FNB Foreign Exchange. “So make sure you do your planning, reserving and confirming sooner rather than later. In today’s tough economic times, pensioners should particularly pay…
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Travel tips for senior adventurers

Seniors take more gap years than younger travellers

A new wave of travellers is on the rise – many seniors are now taking a gap year in their retirement years, according to research by UK bank Charter Savings Bank and as reported by news site Express.

A gap year is generally taken by high school graduates before they begin their tertiary studies, yet according to the site, seniors are said to be “twice as likely to take a gap year than younger people, with two out of five planning to travel after they turn 60, against less than one in five before age 30”.

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About 40% of respondents in…
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Seniors take more gap years than younger travellers

5 Instagram-perfect destinations in Africa

Sharing our travel moments or searching for inspiration on the right holiday destination through social media has become an intricate part of our travel experiences. Topdeck Travel, provider of group travel packages for 18-30-year-olds, surveyed 31 000 people, with 18% of respondents saying social media superseded the influence of travel agents when it came to their travel plans.

A list of 26 of Africa’s most amazing places to visit, compiled by CNN, showcases some of the continent’s most unique and Instagram-perfect destinations. Here are the top five:

5. Mountain gorillas, Rwanda

From glorious…
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5 Instagram-perfect destinations in Africa

Travel the world without quitting your job

The idea of travelling to your dream destinations, crossing each one off your bucket list may sometimes seem far-fetched, especially with the demands of our day-to-day lives, financial restraints, or the anxieties that come with considering taking time off work. The idea of a “indefinite” or “permanent vacation” is not an option for most, even though there are stories of individuals, couples and even families quitting their jobs to do so.

Here’s how you can take that much-needed holiday without having to quit your day job.

Decide on the “when” and the “where”

The first step to going on holiday quite simply put, begins with…
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Travel the world without quitting your job

10 eyecare tips for travellers

Any frequent flyer knows how painful dry eyes can be. As we draw closer to September, which kickstarts National Eye Care Awareness Month, Andre Horn, senior optometrist and MD of Mellins i-Style, shares his top eyecare tips for travellers.

  1. Always keep a copy of your prescription on you while travelling for last-minute emergencies.
  2. Use lens- cleaning wipes to clean your glasses without damaging the lenses.
  3. Don’t forget a back-up. Pack a spare set of specs, contact lenses, contact lens solution and eye drops.
  4. Check the safety regulations of liquids before packing contact lens solution and eye drops in your carry-on luggage…
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10 eyecare tips for travellers

How to keep your little one entertained on long-haul flights

Travelling with young kids may bring about all kinds of anxieties for both children and parents. Parents are often worried about the comfort of their little travellers, and that of fellow passengers.

A study by hotel metasearch engine HotelsCombined, which surveyed 1 000 travellers, found that some parents keep their little ones calm through extended screen time, while 36% said they used fast food as a reward, as reported by Yahoo!.

The study also went on to find that 10% of the parents of young travellers aged four and younger said they have used either cough syrup or sleep supplements to sedate their children when…
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How to keep your little one entertained on long-haul flights