HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VACATION

You don’t want to go on a trip to relax and enjoy yourself only for you to get so bored that you can’t wait to get back home. Your vacation may end with you not having achieved what you intended or things may completely not go your way. Here are a few tips that will help you be able to make the most out of your vacation.

Know what kind of vacation works for you

Why go to the wild if you have a phobia of wild animals or to the mountains if you get health complications when exposed to cold weathers? The first step to enjoy your vacation is to learn what works for you.

Plan in advance

Planning for your trip is very important. You should know how much money you will be comfortable spending, what kind of climate you want to spend your holiday in, the specific luxury hotel that meets your needs, the type of activities you’re planning on doing, where to purchase a travel insurance etc. Failure to plan may really mess you up. You may end up staying in a hotel that completely displeased you or in a location that you are completely uncomfortable in. So be wise and take time to plan.

Make your bookings in Advance

You don’t want to postpone your recess just because you couldn’t get a plane or a bus at the time you wanted or get the hotel of your choice. If possible make all your payments from your mode of transport, food, accommodation etc, in advance to avoid delays or disappointment.

Keep away from things that stress you

Holidays are meant to detox you from stress and this will only be possible if you keep away from things and people that pressure you. No matter how costly your tour destination is, you will not enjoy it neither get the relaxation you need if you choose to hold on to things that pressure you.

 Do your research

Do not go to places you know completely nothing about. Before visiting a place make sure you know the type of climate to expect, the activities you can do while there, how safe is the place etc. For example you don’t want to find yourself in a sunny remote place in the wild yet you didn’t carry sunscreen with you. You may end up being forced to stay indoors and have a hot boring holiday.

These are just but a few major factors that you should put into consideration when planning to take some time off to your preferred destination. Your ignorance and attitude are the only things that may turn your long awaited fun vacation to a boring one. Play your role well when preparing to go on a trip and if things don’t turn out as expected, try make the best out of it.

Tips on planning a Safari to East Africa

Travelers spend months, probably some years planning a safari to Africa and to be more specific to East Africa all in the hopes of an amazing experience. And you know what? It is. There is simply nothing like sitting in a 4×4 jeep in the middle of a park, a few feet from dozens of graceful giraffes searching for leaves and the sounds of other unknown animals in the distance. This cannot be replicated in any way, it is just something you have to experience for yourself.

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Well, it doesn’t have to cost you thousands of dollars for you to afford a trip to East Africa, have fun and at the same time a transformative trip. So, I decided to share my own East African safari tips to ensure that travelers don’t end up spending more dollars and ending up chewed by mosquitoes.

  1. Be prepared

Going on a safari involves a lot of panning and saving and because of that you expect to get a lot out of your experience. You don’t have to spend so much money for a safari, all you need to do is research on the various packages different companies offer. Where to get a travel insurance for a good rate and all other things that may sound like necessities while on a safari in East Africa. When travelers are going for a safari, their expectations are high and they end up buying things they don’t need. Of course, you may need to bring some extra items just in case but don’t go overboard.

  1. Enquire about the hotel’s operation

Enquire about any rationing when you arrive so that you can plan accordingly. I learnt this the hard way when I planned to spend a relaxing day in a camp, taking a late shower and doing some journal writing in the tent. However, after a morning filled with activity, I returned to our tent to find there was no hot water and no electricity. Once I enquired from the front desk, it was only then that they explained the hours to me.

  1. The big five

Taking  a trip to Africa is a once in a lifetime thing and what we end up doing is putting a lot of pressure on ourselves to have a perfect experience. Well, in as much such we may have all that pressure, it is important to relax as well. We all expect to see the big five and once we land in Africa, we want to see them at once. What you need to know is that seeing the big five depends on nature, the fact is that you are out amongst nature, not Disney world and nature is unpredictable. Once you fail to spot a big five, don’t get angry. Just accept it as part of the experience. I know that sucks right? But hey! Trust me the experience is one to die for.

  1. Enjoy the experience

Make every hour of your trip memorable, you can’t afford not to have an amazing time. Make memories using your camera and your head, don’t ask how but I am pretty sure you will be able to do that. If you ever had any doubts which I can’t imagine you have, an African safari should be at the very top of your bucket list.

African Safari

Today I am a bit excited as I write this blog. First it’s because I bumped into a longtime friend who we share a great history of our childhood moments. She later moved to the States with her parents and recently she came to tour her motherland and she was trying to explain her experience to me. Therefore, I am going to share her experience here because for a second it made me appreciate the fact that I am an African. Well, for lack of better words, it gave me a sense of belonging.

I believe that almost everyone from overseas who has done a tour to East Africa will tell you how great it was and all great experiences that come with East Africa. This is because Africa is renowned for being wild, authentic, spectacular and rugged and here is my friend’s story who kept wondering if it would live up to her expectations. She left Africa when she was 6, therefore Africa sounded so new to her.Her name is Maxwell and she went on a safari to Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.

She decided to start describing the game viewing as according to her it was the most exciting moment of her tour. “Never would I imagine seeing so many animals in such a short period of time. In Rwanda we hiked deep into the forest to spend time with a Gorilla family – a Silverback, mature males and females, juveniles and babies! Watching these primates interact with each other and recognize us as friendly visitors truly made me believe in evolution.

We also trekked to see the Monkeys, an experience that filled me with the joy of a child. Watching these small monkeys swing, play, flight, feed and run through the jungle in their natural habitat was thrilling.

Then there was Serengeti– within less than an hour of arriving at the reserve we had seen, heard of zebras, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, elephant, hippos and more! On an early morning game drive we saw a cheetah devouring its prey. We watched three, yes three leopards, a mother and her cubs feeding on a Thompson Gazelle in a tree. We watched as a lioness hunted down a warthog just as a snack.

That afternoon we spent watching a pride of lions walking for their evening hunt. We saw hyenas, which later that night, uninvited, visited our camp site. Then the very next morning we quietly observed a pride of lioness stalk a herd of buffalo and later spotted two male lions watching on the other side of the herd in wait.

In Ngorongoro crater we counted seeing nearly all the same animals again in one day. In Lake Nakuru we spotted Rhinos! We watched as a giraffe casually walked the length of the local air strip and our group followed a lioness and her three cubs as they started their evening hunt. In Lake Naivasha we walked, yes walked, with zebras, gazelles and more. We motored a boat past hippos and flamingos.

And the Maasai Mara had been just amazing, we saw beautiful herds of hoofed animals. We watched a pregnant cheetah finding a place to rest. What you would enjoy most is meeting the East African people”. Most are the times when you would get to learn of travel advisories against travelling to most parts of Africa. Unfortunately, these days terrorism is something that can happen anywhere and to anyone, if I can put it better it is a worldwide concern as we sadly see time and again.

The East African people are friendly, welcoming and respectful. They work together towards a brighter future and what will shock you is the Rwandese knowledge of ecotourism. East Africa is a place that anyone would most definitely feel safe throughout their travel.

Is it important to get a travel insurance?

My answer is yes but let’s take a minute of our time and find out what other people think. Travel insurance is worth every single cent that comes with it. Why do I say that? I once gathered the courage to talk to one of my favorite cousins on the relationship between travelling and a travel cover. Trust me I got some shocking details from her, I almost grabbed a cup of tea to try and relieve the chills that had popped up.

She said she doesn’t need one because what she does is travel light with stuff she can easily afford to replace. I was so shocked to get such details from her as I would put it, it is beyond any learned man’s thinking. I keep asking her about how many emergencies and evacuations she has heard since she started travelling not even born because I was pretty sure the debate had got hotter.

A travel insurance is a must have for anyone taking a trip or a vacay to any part of this world. There are many reasons as to why a travel insurance is important. I will do a brief discussion of a good reason with an example.

Imagine yourself on a trip of your lifetime to the sandy beaches in Zanzibar. Then, as you were swimming in the beaches uncertainty strikes. Unfortunately, you hit a coral reef and you need to be rushed to the hospital. Let’s assume you had planned for enough money for the trip with no extra cash and there some extra expenses came up. This is where the importance of a travel cover comes in, well, not all insurance covers cater for such. You need to get to the core of your cover details to be on the safe side.

Anyway, as I put it if you can’t afford a travel insurance then, you can’t afford to travel.