Friday, 3 August 2018

The Travel Safety tips you NEED to know in South Africa


Safety is important, no matter where you are in the world. If you are visiting South Africa, you need to know what to do and what not to do – here are some of the most important travel safety tips you need to know in South Africa…

At your hotel…

> Always keep an eye on your luggage and never leave it unattended
> Do not carry your valuables around with you, rather keep them in a safety deposit box at your hotel
> Whether you are in your room or not, always make sure the door is locked
> Check who is at the door before you open it
> Ask the reception desk to keep your room keys for you when you leave the hotel

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In the street…

> Do not wear expensive jewellery, carry fancy cameras of other valuables in plain sight
> NEVER carry around large sums of money
> Stay away from dark, isolated areas that may seem dangerous, especially at night time
> It is best that your travel with a friend or a group of people
> If you are going to be travelling somewhere, be sure to plan out your route beforehand
> Be aware that a police officer or security personnel will be happy to help should you ever be lost or need help

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In the car…

> Always make sure to plan your route before you start your trip
> Keep all your doors locked and roll up all your windows if you are in a dangerous area
> If you have anything of value in your car, be sure to lock everything in the boot
> Be sure to park in a safe, well-lit area, especially at night
> Never pick up hitchhikers, no matter how friendly they may seem

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South Africa is not the only country where the above list applies; it applies to majority of destinations around the world. Tourists are often caught up in unpleasant situations because they are not vigilant and wise because they are “on holiday” and in a carefree mood.

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Friday, 20 July 2018

4 Signs that you have a Packing Problem


Whether you are travelling on a quick business trip away for the weekend or taking a long family vacation with the family, packing for your trip can cause quite a lot of problems as well as stress.

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To make sure your trip goes smoothly and to avoid any potential crises, look out for these packing problem signs and use these easy, effective solutions…

       1.       Wrinkled Clothing

Do you really want to spend your time ironing your clothes in your hotel room? If your clothing comes out of your bags looking like they’ve been lying on the floor for 3 months then it’s time to learn how to pack properly!

Solution – Stick to wrinkle-free clothing and roll your items up instead of folding them.

      2.       Damaged Goods

There is nothing worse than opening your suitcase and finding your precious souvenirs are damaged. If you’ve ever had an item destroyed, you may need to take some extra care when you’re packing.

Solution – NEVER put breakable items in your checked luggage, rather wrap them up in newspaper or bubble wrap and carry them with you.

      3.       Too much Baggage

Does it take three people plus a heavy lifting champion to pick up your carry-on bag? If you answered yes then it’s time to lighten the load – no one wants to deal with access baggage fees for packing too much.

Solution – It is a good idea to check the weather beforehand so you don’t over pack or pack anything you do not need.

      4.       Pre-Trip Panic

Do you find it hard to sleep before you go on your trip because you stress that you have forgotten to pack something important? The trick to avoiding unnecessary stress is to give yourself time to pack and stay organised.

Solution – NEVER pack an hour before your trip, rather make a list and make sure to go through it while you are packing.

If you think your suitcase-stuffing strategy needs a bit of work, then remember to use these easy solutions before you go on your trip, nothing can ruin a holiday faster than a silly packing problem.

Monday, 25 June 2018

The best Packing Tips and Tricks

Whether you are going on a quick business trip or a week getaway to the beach with the kids – packing is something you have to do and it’s never easy!

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Here are a few tricks and tips that will ensure that your packing is easy and stress-free…

Roll your clothing – Rolling your clothes instead of folding them is a great way to compress your clothing and make sure they stay wrinkle-free.

Gift bags – If you’re bringing presents with you, rather wrap them up in a nice gift bag than use wrapping paper that will get damaged and torn.

Use a straw – Pack your necklaces, bracelets, etc. using a straw, this is a tried and tested way to stop chains from tangling.

Charge your phone the sneaky way – Did you know that most TVs have USB ports at the back that will charge your phone?

Heavy items at the bottom – To make sure that your suitcase has a balanced distribution of weight, put all your heavy belongings at the bottom of your suitcase.

Hair dryer – To avoid packing the extra bulk, call the hotel, guesthouse or B&B ahead of time and ask if they have one available.

Pack shoes smartly – Protect your clothing from any dirt that may be on your shoes by packing them inside your shower cap and then place them inside your suitcase.

Use an incognito browser – Did you know that airlines jack up their prices based on your web history? Avoid high prices by using an incognito browser.

Wear a jacket with pockets – There’s no need to get all fancy at the airport, but wearing a jacket that is both stylish and practical can help when you need a place to put your ID, passport, wallet, cell phone, etc.

Don't ruin your trip before you even go anywhere - use these packing hacks to avoid any unnecessary stress!

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Friday, 15 June 2018

Travelling around Cape Town? Choose Airport Shuttle!


Travelling around Cape Town can be fairly easy for people who have lived in Cape Town for a long period of time, but getting around Cape Town for a business person, tourist or someone who has recently relocated can be a bit confusing.

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As someone who has recently arrived in the Mother City, you’ll want to choose a mode of transport that is affordable, fast and doesn’t compromise on comfort and safety. That is why it is best to choose Airport Shuttle in Cape Town!

But why should you choose an airport shuttle as transportation in Cape Town?

Those who use public transportation such as the bus, train, taxi, etc. may have experiences that might not cut it. These public modes of transportation often have problems such as not arriving on time, over-the-top prices and uncomfortable vehicles. When it comes to driving a car in Cape Town, for those who aren’t used to the traffic and erratic drivers, it can be quite a scary, stressful experience. So, it is usually a better idea to opt for a shuttle service to drive you where you need to be.

By using a shuttle service, such as one that takes you to and from the airport in Cape Town, you will get to your destination in a way that is more than ideal and not terrifying at all!

Fortunately for those who are on a business trip, vacation with the family or simply need to get somewhere quickly and on time, Cape Town is home to a range of reliable shuttle service companies, and this includes Airport Shuttle!

Yes, we agree that taking an airport shuttle is probably going to cost you more than taking the MyCiTi bus, however it is a small price to pay when it comes to convenience, comfortability, safety and your overall wellbeing. Plus when does a bus or taxi ever drop you off right at the exact point of your disembarkation?

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There are a wide range of transport options in Cape Town, and also a range of different types of taxi services you can use. The minibus taxi is a shared taxi that has multiple different stops, the private taxi’s with meters, Uber taxi’s (we all know how those work) and the trusted airport taxi’s (Airport Shuttle).

 If you are someone who does not reside in Cape Town and you do not know all the safety precautions, it is best to avoid the private taxi’s that do not any branding on their vehicles – there is a high chance that these aren’t real “taxi’s” and they probably won’t have a meter installed inside.

When you arrive at Cape Town International Airport, you’ll probably be bombarded by taxi drivers trying to find people who don’t have a lift to their destinations. Stay away from them! Do not accept a ride from a taxi driver like this; you have no idea who the driver is, what vehicle he is driving and how safe it is. It would be better for your safety if you give Airport Shuttle in Cape Town a call on +27 (0)21 551 8785 | +27 (0)82 951 3646 or use the easy online booking system to organise a ride that is relaxed, comfortable and reliable.

Before you organise your ride home, whether you choose to use Airport Shuttle or a metered tax service, make sure you know exactly where your location is and how far away it is. This way you can know how long the journey should take, give or take a few minutes. Always keep in mind that it is your right as a passenger to ensure that the taxi driver uses a meter to calculate how much your trip should cost.

Instead of relying on a minibus taxi, bus service or train, rather give a local airport shuttle company a call and they will assist you.


Visiting the Mother City is a pleasant experience for everyone, whether you are in Cape Town for business or a holiday with the family. Book your shuttle service with Airport Shuttle in Cape Town today – call +27 (0)21 551 8785 | +27 (0)82 951 3646 email info@asct.co.za or visit the Airport Shuttle Cape Town website here www.airportshuttlecapetown.co.za

Friday, 1 June 2018

Air Travel Secrets you probably didn’t know


You may be someone who frequently travels by plane, whether it is for business or pleasure, however you probably haven’t heard of these air travel secrets before…

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#1 Airlines actually lie about their flight times. Have you been on a flight when it says it’ll be 2 hours long but as soon as you take off the pilot announces you’ll arrive in 1 hour 30 minutes? This is a tactic airlines use to improve their arrival statistics.

#2 There are almost 10 000 planes in the air right now. On average, there are about 9 728 planes in the sky at one time – check out the website FlightAware.

#3 That is not duct tape on the plane. It can be terrifying to look out the window and see what looks like duct tape holding the plane together. Don’t worry it’s actually high-tech Speed Tape, which can stay in place even at speeds over 500 mph.

#4 The shortest flight is only 1 minute long. Don’t expect any snacks to be served when you travel from Westray to Papa Westray, as it is the shortest commercial flight at just 1 minute long, however it can be flown in as little as 53 seconds.

#5 Air traffic controllers are paid well. They may be the people on the ground, but they are the ones making sure the planes don’t crash into each other!  The job requires intense concentration and is very stressful.

Did you know about these?

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Friday, 11 May 2018

7 Safety Tips for Women who have to spend the Night at the Airport


Travelling is all about freedom and exploring the beautiful world around you, however it also sometimes entails spending unplanned time at the airport. So, one day you may find yourself in the situation where you have to spend the night at the airport.

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If you are a female traveller you should consider taking some extra precautions when you are travelling, especially when you are travelling alone.

Keep these 7 safety tips in mind, even when you are not spending the night…

> Always know where the security is located. Walk around the airport so you can get an idea of the layout and know exactly where the nearest security station or guard is located.

> Find out what the local emergency number is. The numbers will change depending on the country you are in, so Google it or ask someone in the airport and save it to your phone.

> Never sleep alone. It might be nice to find a quiet area with no one around, but it also invites possible thieves to take advantage of the situation.

> Head to the areas that are brightly lit. This follows the same pattern as the previous tip, rather stay away from the dark corners and head towards the light – don’t forget to bring an eye mask.

> Always ensure that someone knows where you are. Whenever you travel alone send a quick message to a family member or a friend just to let them know where you are and that you are safe.

> Research the airport you’ll be spending the night at. Read reviews from other travellers who have stayed at the airport so you can know exactly what to expect.

> Trust your instincts! If something feels wrong to you then it most likely is. Even if it means spending a little extra money, rather stay at a hotel if you’re worried you’re not safe.

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Taking a nap in the comfort of your own home is one thing, but sleeping at the airport overnight is another! Use these 7 safety tips to stay safe.

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Friday, 13 April 2018

How to stay healthy while you travel

When we travel for work or for a vacation we have to put up with a lot of health-related things: Recycled airplane air, fatty foods, fancy cocktails and copious amounts of hidden germs! All these things can put strain on our immune systems, so here’s how to stay fit as a fiddle no matter where you are travelling.

Stay hydrated – In order to keep all your systems going you need to drink your daily water requirement. Travelling can be dehydrating for your body, so if you can try to stock your car, backpack or hotel room with nice cold bottles of water. Always bring water wherever you go!

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Avoid the minibar – Alcohol, sweets, chocolates and fizzy drinks, this is basically all you will find majority of minibars. Not only are these things extremely unhealthy for you but they are also ridiculously overpriced. Instead of getting sucked in by the minibar’s stock of unhealthy treats, pack your own drinks and snacks.

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Pack snacks –
Always carry back-up snacks in case you’re travelling and can’t find anything healthy to eat. Stick to fresh or dried fruits, protein bars, cereal etc. You will save money and you won’t be tempted to buy MacDonald’s or any other fast food ever again.

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Check out the hotel gym – Hotels, apartments and guest houses have definitely gotten into the fitness craze recently! When you are booking yourself accommodation check first to see if there is a gym available, that way you can spend some time on the treadmill – your body will thank you later!

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Steer clear of airplane germs – Before you settle into your seat get out your disinfectant wipes and do a quick wipe down of the cushions, armrests and the table tray. If it is possible avoid the in flight restroom at all costs!

Five things not to do on an airplane to reduce germ exposure

Stretch – Are you planning a long 12 hour flight with no layover? Well here’s how to avoid DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or painful leg cramping by exercising your foot and calf muscles regularly:
· Bend and straighten your legs, feet and toes when you are seated.
· Increase the blood flow to your legs by pressing the balls of your feet down hard against the floor.
· Take a walk up and down the aisle

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Avoid the Top Ten tainted foods – There is a new report that lists the tainted foods that are most likely to make you sick when you are travelling around the world, sadly these include some of the best foods! If you buy them organically or from an upscale restaurant you will probably avoid getting sick:
· Berries
· Sprouts
· Tomatoes
· Ice cream
· Potatoes
· Cheese
· Oysters
· Tuna
· Eggs
· Leafy greens

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Choose a quality hand sanitizer – Hand sanitizers and soaps kill as many as 40 000 germs per hand! So when it comes to fighting bacteria when travelling and you can’t get to a sink, hand sanitizers are your best bet. When you choose a hand sanitizer try to buy one with at least 60% alcohol in it.

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As fun as travelling is, it can also be an unhealthy experience for you, so always try to choose the healthier options and cut your immune system some slack!

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Friday, 16 March 2018

6 ways to keep your Kids busy during a Flight


Just imagine sitting on a flight with your children and you have no electronic devices to keep them busy. It can make a calm, relaxed flight into the ultimate trip from hell.

Don’t panic, all you need to do is reach for that bag of things that you’ve packed to keep them entertained – here are some of the best screen-free ways to keep your kids busy…

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Colour In – These days, colouring in is for children as well as teenagers and even adults!

Build LEGO – There are some pretty cool ways to build your own DIY LEGO travel boxes to avoid losing any pieces.

Do an activity book – Bring a book that is full of interactive activities so it takes a bit of time for your children to get bored.

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Play travel games – Lots of games are easy enough to pack and bring along with you, including UNO, cards and Guess Who?

Design a postcard – A blank pack of postcards and a few pens is all they need to design something fun and then send it off when you arrive at your destination.

Read a book – It may seem old school, but there are still paper books out there! Pack a few for your younger children as well as your teens.

What do you do when it’s a screen-free flight and you need to keep your kids busy? Pack these 6 things and be prepared!


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Friday, 16 February 2018

5 Top Tips to Survive the Middle Seat

You have two choices, either sit in the middle seat of a long flight, or drill a hole in your head. Which do you pick?

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A recent survey was done to determine the top five middle seat annoyances:

1. Having a nosy seatmate looking over your shoulder
2. Falling over someone to get to the bathroom
3. Not being able to stretch out
4. Having an overweight seatmate on either side of you
5. Not having a place to rest your head

Here are 5 top tips to avoid as well as survive the middle seat:

Make a narrow escape – Your first chance to escape the middle seat is to select an aisle or window when your first book your flight, however some airlines charge an additional fee, but it’s definitely worth it!

Use the armrests – Travelers often get confused about proper armrest etiquette, there is a rule of thumb that has worked for many people over the years: the person in the middle seat has priority when it comes to the armrests on both sides. It’s only fair!

Go before you go – If there was ever a time to behave like a four year old and visit the bathroom multiple times in the airport before your flight, this is it! And if you do ever have to get up from your seat during the flight do it before the person starts watching a movie, reading a book or sleeping.

Use sleep and comfort aids – No, I don’t mean drugs, but rather neck pillows, eye covers, noise cancelling headphones or anything else that can make it possible for you to sleep or rest while sitting straight with nothing to lean on.

Just give in – If you do end up in the dreaded middle seat, it will help if you just accept early that it’s not going be fun, easy or comfortable, so you might as well make the best of it! It’s going to be horrible, but sooner or later you will be on the ground. In other words: this too shall pass.


People dislike the middle seat so much that they will go to great lengths to avoid it! It’s true that majority of us would rather go to the dentist than have to tell a seatmate that you have to go to the bathroom.

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Friday, 26 January 2018

5 Helpful Tips to make Flying more enjoyable

Imagine you’re taking an amazing holiday trip abroad, the only thing in your way is the long plane ride ahead; do you want to enjoy your flight? Of course you do, flying can really suck at times! Use these tips to make your flight less painful, after all you don’t want to arrive at your destination in a bad mood.

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Tip No.1) Do your research and book a good airline, cheaper isn't always better! In my opinion if you’re going to be on a long flight, it’s better to pay more and be comfortable.

Tip No.2) If you hate listening to other peoples conversations, babies screaming and the planes loud engine bring headphones with you, you can listen to music or watch a movie to cancel out the noise and keep you entertained.

Tip No.3) Sleeping on a plane can be very uncomfortable, so make sure to fasten your seat belt over your blankets so the flight attendants don’t wake you up to check if you’re strapped in. If you can, buy a neck pillow it can help you get more comfortable and reduces head and neck ache.  

Tip No.4) Food can be very expensive to buy on a plane, and most of it isn't very tasty, rather make sure to pack yourself a few healthy snacks for your flight.

Tip No.5) Occasionally get up and walk around the plane, it’s good for blood flow and can help kill a lot of time.


The golden rule to enjoy your flight is to be positive and polite, don’t get upset with the flight attendants and always be polite to your fellow travelers, thinking positive thoughts can really make you feel better and improve your trip.

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Friday, 19 January 2018

What Hangover Cures look like around the World

 So you’re travelling to a different country for a bit of a well-deserved holiday. Whether you intend to party hard or not, it’s bound to happen. BUT what happens when you wake up the next morning with a terrible hangover and realise your usual remedy isn’t available?

We searched and found out what different people around the world consider to be the best hangover cure…

(Be warned these are pretty strange)

1.       Prairie Oyster – USA

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Ingredients: Tomato juice, one raw egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and a dash of Tabasco.

Does it work? The tomato juice is rich in vitamin C and fructose, the egg has a lot of protein and the ability to step up your liver function and help your poor body break down those toxins faster.

     2.       Balut – Philippines


Ingredients: A poached fertilised duck embryo.

Does it work? It sounds grim, but eggs contain lots of cysteine which breaks down the hangover-causing toxin in the liver. I’d rather stick to bacon and eggs though!

     3.       Sparrow Droppings in Brandy - Hungary

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Ingredients: You heard us!

Does it work? Well, this cure could actually do more wrong than right as you could be ingesting parasites, bacteria or diseases into your body. The brandy may postpone the alcohol withdrawal, but it’s best to steer clear of this one if you’re in Hungary.

     4.       Pickled Sheep Eyeballs in Tomato Juice – Mongolia


Ingredients: A pair of sheep’s eyeballs in tomato juice.

Does it work? The tomato juice will help the liver get rid of the alcohol from your system, but I don’t know how the eyeballs help!

     5.       Buffalo Milk – Namibia


Ingredients: Clotted cream, cream, two different rums and crème liqueurs.

Does it work? The cream will line your stomach and the excessive amount of alcohol will just postpone your hangover until later.

     6.       Sheep Lungs and Owl eggs – Ancient Greece

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Ingredients: Sheep lungs and two owl eggs – hopefully cooked!

Does it work? Sounds pretty disgusting but back in the day this cheap protein probably worked wonders because of all the vital amino acids.

     7.       English Fry Up – UK

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Ingredients: Fried bacon, eggs, sausage, toast, tomatoes, mushrooms sometimes with black pudding, hash browns and baked beans.

Does it work? The giant heap of protein, fat and salt will help your suffering liver to recover and replenish your lost electrolytes. Apparently a recent study showed that this is one of the best hangover cures!

What do you consider to be the best hangover cure? And does it actually work?

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