South Africa is a stunningly beautiful country that is on most travellers bucket lists. Its sprawling picturesque coastlines, dramatic mountain scenery, and
Despite affordable airfare and long distance bus services like Baz Bus, renting a car is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to see the most of the country. Renting a car is almost required for popular trips like the Garden Route/Whale Route, Panorama Route, or visiting Kruger National Park without a guided tour. Unfortunately, some South African rental companies are notoriously shady so it’s best to go in eyes open. We had both great and miserable experiences while renting vehicles in South Africa and have some advice for renting a car in South Africa to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible! Continue reading “Renting a Car in South Africa – Advice!”
We have an exciting announcement to make, the Zen Travellers are 2019 Granite Gear Grounds Keepers!
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Travel is more than a beloved hobby for some people; rather, it’s a veritable lifestyle. Travel is something that enlightens souls, expands horizons, and as the old cliché goes, is one of the few things in the world that makes you richer as you spend money on it.
Responsible tourism is important as it unfortunately takes a tremendous amount of resources to make travel possible. From all-inclusive resorts razing natural vegetation to make way for manufactured white sand beaches while paying local staff a pittance, to national parks being destroyed by careless visitors, to locals being priced out of their neighbourhoods by entrepreneurs looking to rent whole apartment buildings out on AirBnB, travel is not without its downsides. And none of those examples even touch the problem of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are required to transport a person from point A to point B.
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You probably don’t want to hear this but Christmas is around the corner and with that it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your friends and family. We love spending time in the great outdoors and the mountains so we figured we’d put together a list of the best gifts for hikers. If your loved one is like us we’ve got you covered with some great gift ideas!
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When travelling in Peru you will undoubtedly come across a Peru Hop bus. They are one of the biggest names in the tourist transportation game and one of the most popular ways for travellers to get around the country. Lesser known is Bolivia Hop which is operated by the same group and offers a link between Peru and Bolivia by providing transportation between Arequipa, Puno, Copacabana, and La Paz.
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Many people blast past Arequipa while travelling from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and miss out on the White City’s immeasurable charms. Indeed there are lots of things to do in Arequipa as it is a place where old meets new, where classics are reinvented and traditions are upheld at the same time. It is as much a modern city as a walk back in time. It is as cosmopolitan as it remains steeped with tradition. Outdoor pursuits and urban adventures are equally possible. It short, it’s a city of exciting contradictions and should not be missed.
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We are currently 4 months and 5 countries into our 14 month trip around the world. By far one of the questions we often get is a resounding “HOW???!!”
In other words, “how on earth did you save for your trip around the world?” Or my favourite, “you guys must be millionaires!” (HA!) Seemingly not many people can imagine quitting their jobs and living solely on savings for 14 months . Some ask how much we’re spending, other seem curious but are too polite and the social norms of not talking about money prevent them from doing so. So we’re going to put it out there – this post will detail how we saved for a year long trip around the world! In doing so, we hope to inspire others to let go of what may be holding them back from acting on the same dream.
While a trip around the world does not have to be as expensive as you would think, we don’t have our heads in the sand and know that it is going to have a significant cost. It goes without saying that taking a year off work without income and paying for flights, accommodations and food all costs money . In addition, we plan to do a lot of active adventures like hiking, cycling, and scuba diving, few of which are free. We know we can’t do it all but we’re not going to go to a country only to hang out in a hostel or city all day, we want to get out there and see nature and explore the great outdoors!
So, how did we save the money required to fund this exciting trip around the world?
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