Take a Card from your Hotel

Take a card from your Hotel in case you get lost.
If you are unfamiliar with a city or perhaps you are  a first time traveler the travel tip is to take a hotel business card from Reception when checking in, which has the address and telephone number of your hotel so in the event you should get lost or forget the name of hotel you are able to get back without too much trouble.
This tip is particularly useful in countries where English is not that widely spoken and communication is often difficult with a cab driver like in places like  Korea or Japan. Just show the hotel card to the cab driver, the card will inevitably have the hotel address printed in English and the local language.
If there are no hotel business cards record the address as a pin on Google Maps and save the hotels telephone number.

Take a Card from your Hotel

Take a card from your Hotel in case you get lost.
If you are unfamiliar with a city or perhaps you are  a first time traveler the travel tip is to take a hotel business card from Reception when checking in, which has the address and telephone number of your hotel so in the event you should get lost or forget the name of hotel you are able to get back without too much trouble.
This tip is particularly useful in countries where English is not that widely spoken and communication is often difficult with a cab driver like in places like  Korea or Japan. Just show the hotel card to the cab driver, the card will inevitably have the hotel address printed in English and the local language.
If there are no hotel business cards record the address as a pin on Google Maps and save the hotels telephone number.

City Sightseeing on a Tourist Bus

Things to think About before Buying the “hop-on hop-off “bus ticket to do your City Sightseeing.

Many major cities offer a hop-on hop-off buses for sightseeing with several different routes however these buses are often hugely popular and there may be a long line at some of the more popular tour stops.   This is particularly true if the bus services a Cruise ship terminal or major tourist hub in a city.

If your group is small enough instead of waiting in the long line for the “hop-on hop-off “our tip is to take a Taxi or Uber to the next stop on the route and inevitably the line will be considerably shorter. Usually the stops between sites is relatively close, traffic is not an issue and there are no surcharges for “jumping the line”.

Buying a ticket online will usually also save you money and time.   The “hop-on hop-off “bus is usually less popular in the afternoons but this naturally leaves less time for stops.  It remains one of the best ways to see most of the sites in the city quickly and affordably within a day.

A great one for South Africa is City Sightseeing offering various routes daily with a main departure point being The Waterfront in Cape Town as well as Gold Reef City in Johannesburg.

Tips on Traveling through London

  • If you flying into Heathrow the fastest way into London is the Heathrow Express which runs every 30 minutes to Paddington Station in the heart of London then it is a short cab ride to your hotel. It takes just 15 minutes cost around £27 (undiscounted) , a black cab £60, bus or Tube train £12 but will take considerably longer. Buy your ticket online well in advance and save up to 65% off the standard ticket price. Off peak journeys, weekends and Bank holidays are even cheaper. There is no need for a more expensive First Class ticket the train is comfortable enough and the journey is really short. heathrowexpress.com
  • If you flying from Gatwick Airport just South of London there is the convenient Gatwick Express which leaves from Victoria station every 30 minutes. If you buy the ticket online you save 10% for the first ticket and for two people 35%. So a little preparation pays.  The Gatwick Express is the fastest, cheapest way to get to the airport. A Black Cab will cost you around £110, Uber £55 and Gatwick Express £17.  The train is popular and can get crowded so arrive early.    gatwickexpress.com
  • If you going be traveling extensively in London then consider a one day Travel Card at £12.30 but buy it only after 9am to get the off peak rate, anytime price £17.50. You can use the Travel Card on the bus as well. You can also consider a 7 day Travel card starting at £32.10 for Zone 1-2 (pretty much where all the interesting attraction are located). Kids travel at a discount.  For short journeys, it is often cheaper for three or four people traveling together to take a Black Cab rather than a Tube ride.
  • London city has many one way roads so for a short journey you may find it is quicker to walk than take a cab or even a tube, use Google maps and select the on foot option. London is full of surprises so walking is a great option.
  • Remember always take a Business Card from the hotel with their address just in case you should get lost.
  • London is a city designed for public transport probably better than any other city in the world but it does help to plan your journey. Download the London Tube map Free on Google Play or from the Apple App store.

 

 

 

Our Top Ten Must do’s in Cape Town

1.      Go up Table Mountain on the Cableway – Table Mountain sits majestically in the heart of the city and gives a panoramic view of The City, Table bay, Clifton and Camps Bay. Bring something warm to wear, the weather can change fast at the top and it is always cooler at the top of the mountain which is just over a 1000m above see level.
2.      Cape Point – Cape Point is located in the Cape Point Reserve (about 80km from the city)where you will find several species of antelope, Zebra and baboons.  Absolutely worth the walk to the Point with it’s amazing views of False Bay and the Atlantic. There is a funicular up the hill (The Flying Dutchman) if you do not feel like the short hike.
3.      Robben Island – The prison made famous by Mandela’s incarceration, Trips by boats leave from the Waterfront at the Clock Tower.
4.      Seal Island – Boats leave from Hout Bay Harbour and travel around the Sentinel to the Island which is covered in Cape fur seals.
5.      Penguins at Bolders Beach – In summer enjoy the opportunity to swim safely at Bolders just past Simonstown with a colony Jackass penguins.
6.      Kirstenbosch – The Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch is the best in the world and absolutely worth a visit. In summer book for one of the many open air concerts on the lawn, it will be unforgettable.
7.      The Castle of Good Hope – located in the center of the city, one of the oldest buildings in South Africa built by the Dutch settlers.
8.      Visit Groot Constantia wine farm – built in 1685 and the oldest wine producing estate in South Africa.
9.      The Waterfront – South Africa’s top tourist destination with all its restaurants and shops located in a working harbour and also home to Cape Town’s eye a revolving pod letting you see the city and beyond.
10.   Lions Head by night – take a walk up to the top of Lions head with a torch on a full moon but expect crowds of people , the reward is a unique 360 degree breath taking view, so worth it.

Our Top Ten Travel Tips

  • Always buy in local currency on your credit card when given the option of your home currency by the store, you’re going to be paying a premium on the exchange rate in the store.
  • Form a whatsapp group with the group you are travelling with before you leave. This will help you to communicate any last-minute travel changes, delays or anything related to the group.
  • When in a new city try always order in a restaurant what the regulars and locals order…they always know best.
  • If you have a flight connection always take a fresh set of underware and a toothbrush, it will make you feel instantly fresh.
  • Never travel hungry or thirsty, you never know how long you will be sitting on the plane, pack a snack bar use only in an emergency.
  • Check for your passport as you get into the car for the airport, really the only two things you need is your credit card and passport. Your passport should be Valid for at least 3 months and have several blank pages to be valid for travel.
  • Travel with a noise cancelling head set, the soft sponge of an over ear headset is far more comfortable than an in-ear headset for longer journeys.
  • Always pack in a multi country power plug, while some hotels have USB charging ports, the majority do not.
  • Always carry two different credit cards and separate them just in case, put one in your wallet and the other one in you case.
  • Finally always travel with a few passport size pictures of yourself and a copy of your Passport and visas.

Our Top Ten Travel Tips

  • Always buy in local currency on your credit card when given the option of your home currency by the store, you’re going to be paying a premium on the exchange rate in the store.
  • Form a whatsapp group with the group you are travelling with before you leave. This will help you to communicate any last-minute travel changes, delays or anything related to the group.
  • When in a new city try always order in a restaurant what the regulars and locals order…they always know best.
  • If you have a flight connection always take a fresh set of underware and a toothbrush, it will make you feel instantly fresh.
  • Never travel hungry or thirsty, you never know how long you will be sitting on the plane, pack a snack bar use only in an emergency.
  • Check for your passport as you get into the car for the airport, really the only two things you need is your credit card and passport. Your passport should be Valid for at least 3 months and have several blank pages to be valid for travel.
  • Travel with a noise cancelling head set, the soft sponge of an over ear headset is far more comfortable than an in-ear headset for longer journeys.
  • Always pack in a multi country power plug, while some hotels have USB charging ports, the majority do not.
  • Always carry two different credit cards and separate them just in case, put one in your wallet and the other one in you case.
  • Finally always travel with a few passport size pictures of yourself and a copy of your Passport and visas.

Our Top Ten Travel Tips

  • Always buy in local currency on your credit card when given the option of your home currency by the store, you’re going to be paying a premium on the exchange rate in the store.
  • Form a whatsapp group with the group you are travelling with before you leave. This will help you to communicate any last-minute travel changes, delays or anything related to the group.
  • When in a new city try always order in a restaurant what the regulars and locals order…they always know best.
  • If you have a flight connection always take a fresh set of underware and a toothbrush, it will make you feel instantly fresh.
  • Never travel hungry or thirsty, you never know how long you will be sitting on the plane, pack a snack bar use only in an emergency.
  • Check for your passport as you get into the car for the airport, really the only two things you need is your credit card and passport. Your passport should be Valid for at least 3 months and have several blank pages to be valid for travel.
  • Travel with a noise cancelling head set, the soft sponge of an over ear headset is far more comfortable than an in-ear headset for longer journeys.
  • Always pack in a multi country power plug, while some hotels have USB charging ports, the majority do not.
  • Always carry two different credit cards and separate them just in case, put one in your wallet and the other one in you case.
  • Finally always travel with a few passport size pictures of yourself and a copy of your Passport and visas.

10 Top Wi-Fi Hotspots in Cape Town

A selection of Cape Town restaurants and cafés offering free wireless Internet

Everyone searches for a spot offering Wi-fi (also known as Wifi or wireless Internet) at some point or another, whether it’s so that they can quickly check emails, get their daily social media fix or just get some serious work in within a comfy environment. With so many different Wi-fi hotspots in Cape Town’s city centre, all of which differ slightly in their ambience and offering (they range from trendy and bustling to quiet and business-like), it can be quite tricky to find the setting that suits your needs.  Not to mention, the requirements for using a spot’s free Web offering can be difficult to navigate – is it necessary to order a big meal? Is it fine to just grab a coffee? So, to answer such questions and to bring you the lowdown on the Mother City’s wireless Internet scene, we’ve scoured Cape Town to find a variety of top cafés, restaurants and bars offering great food, a relaxed setting and, of course, FREE Wi-fi.

Read the full article here

8 Ways To Secure Your Device When Traveling Abroad

One of the worst things imaginable when traveling abroad is losing your device, whether to theft or loss. All your valuable information, travel images and more could be gone in an instant and knowing how to protect your belongings in advance is the first step to preventing that.

Safeguard your device

At times you might be wearing an item without pockets, not carrying a travel bag or even going to the beach. Before your trip, ensure that you’ve purchased an anti-theft bag or a waterproof bag for the beach so that you can ensure your device is safe even if you’re unable to store it elsewhere.

Protect your personal data

If you haven’t already set up password protection on your device, ensure that you do it before you travel. Make sure you do what you can to make it complex in order to prevent making it easy for anyone to access your device should it get lost. Additional steps could include location finder and enabling remote wiping so that if all is lost, at least none of your personal data is tampered with.

Be safe in public settings

Never assume everything is fine when it comes to accessing any personal information, such as your bank accounts or company servers, etc. Do your utmost to avoid using any passwords or login id’s on public devices and instead try to only access it using your own personal devices.

Lock up and go 

Being well-aware of your surroundings and the areas you are traveling to assists you in preparing. If you are traveling to an area with a high risk of pick-pocketing or theft, instead of carrying your device with you – leave it locked up in the safe at the hotel you’re staying at. If there are no lockers in your room, ask the staff if there is perhaps safes available on the premises.

Check your location and privacy settings

At home, knowing your location could be useful for the apps that you need it for to navigate or better your experience at home but when you’re abroad, make sure that your location is turned off for unnecessary apps or social media. This is information cyber criminals could use against you at any point.

Back it up

Before you leave for your trip, backup your device where it can be stored at home. In the situation where your device was lost or stolen, you would be able to restore the backup and have access to your data again.

Update your software

Although it might come off as unnecessary, updating your software could be crucial in ensuring your device is safe, especially in a cybersecurity sense. Software updates are created with the intention of fixing any bugs and preventing malicious devices that could be attempting to access your data. Think of it like a vaccine for your phone or tablet.

Get a local SIM

Apart from protecting your device from theft you need to ensure that you protect your data, getting a local SIM when travelling to the USA will ensure you keep data costs low and won’t need to worry about not being able to make and receive local calls. View the b4i.travel data packages here: https://b4i.travel/usa/

There are a lot of things you can do to protect your device but remember that if your personal information lands in the wrong hands, it could be worse than just simply a lost phone. Take the time and steps to prevent that before and during your travels.

Be safe, have fun!