Situated on a private quay between Cape Town's kid-friendly Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina with a breathtaking view of Table Mountain, Cape Grace Hotel could not be better located for a stay in town. The hotel feels like a walk-in storybook depicting South Africa and Cape Town’s heritage and cultural diversity: rare Cape Dutch antiques mixed with bespoke hand-painted fabrics, tapestries and ceramics by local artists, fashioning a delightfully unique hotel with contemporary style. The amazing staff and truly wonderful atmosphere, with carefully and thoroughly planned child-friendly details, made us immediately feel at home away from home.
Jock Safari Lodge is the very first privately owned and operated concession in South Africa’s Krueger National Park (KNP). Located at the junction of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers at the southern tip of KNP, Jock Safari Lodge is situated on 6,000 hectares (nearly 15,000 acres) in the pristine region of Bushveld, regarded as the best Big Five game viewing area in the park. Even better, it was built to the most stringent eco-management criteria in South Africa and is actively involved with numerous conservation and research projects regarding rare and endangered species.
From the moment we arrived, greeted with a welcome drink and cold towels, to the last game drive, we did not want our stay to end or to say goodbye to the amazing wildlife that we experienced.
The primary definition of freedom is this: the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement. There's simply no better word in the English language — and there's no better news than what I'm about to share with you!
If you haven't already heard, cdc.gov recently stated that those who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the U.S. and do not need to get tested before leaving the country unless the destination requires it. Further, vaccinated travelers no longer need to self-quarantine after international travel.
To celebrate this exciting announcement, I've compiled three incredible international destinations open to U.S. travelers. From Iceland to the Mediterranean consider this just a sample of destinations you can explore freely with safety and ease.
Where do you want to go? Get in touch and let's make plans! I can't wait to treat you to extraordinary travels with VIP privileges when you're ready to roam free.
Hello FUTURE TRAVELER!
Nothing is more satisfying than the excitement that accompanies exploring a foreign land. If this sentiment resonates with you, I have good news to share: the world is preparing to travel again!
More exciting announcements are emerging from countries beginning to reopen to fully vaccinated travelers, and/or those who provide a negative PCR test (Greece, Iceland, and The Seychelles to name a few) — and this is only the beginning! Regulations vary from country to country, but a valid passport is always essential for international travel. I encourage you to check your passport's expiration date and contact me to discuss renewal options if it will expire before 2022.
My top priority as a travel advisor is to help equip you with the knowledge you need to travel safely, comfortably, and confidently.
You may have heard that, beginning January 26th, a new CDC order requires that all travelers (over two years old) returning to the U.S. from any international destination provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Just as you would wear a mask and practice social distancing in public areas, this new requirement is another opportunity to bring peace of mind that you and those around you are healthy and safe.
The first family trip planned for 2021 will take us to Belize. We were looking for a one week trip for spring break that doesn’t required a long flight and that meets all the members of my family's requirements for an awesome vacation. I want to be close to beautiful beaches, my husband wants culture, and my daughter has to see animals. Belize offers the perfect mix that will make us all happy. Mission accomplished!
Thala Beach Nature Reserve: The ultimate spot to explore two UNESCO World heritage sites side by side
The Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located on 58 hectares along a pristine beachfront and wild jungle. With two UNEASCO world heritage sites next to this reserve this is a great place for the family to stay while exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. It’s also just a short 15 minute drive from the lively Port Douglas in Northern Australia. You will be immersed in nature as soon as you set foot onto the Thala Beach Nature Reserve which provides sweeping views of the coastline and access to two private beaches while still being able to enjoy the gorgeous hotel amenities.
If you dream of seeing the Big Five at least once in your lifetime without all the crowds, then the only place you’ll need to visit is the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa where game sightings are so common they’re relatively guaranteed in an intimate setting. It is one of the few places in Africa where you have the chance to see the Big Five within 2 to 3 safari days. The Sabi Sabi private game reserve is situated in Sabi Sands and includes the Earth Lodge, Selati Camp, Little Bush Lodge, and the Bush Lodge which is a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.
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Nicky Schick is a certified family travel consultant and writer. On the go and in the know with first-hand experience!