Thursday 30 April 2015

What to do in Cape Town this weekend (1st – 3rd May)

You know what Friday is right? Yes, it’s another public holiday and that only means one thing, more time for more fun activities in the Mother City. Here are some great things to see this weekend.

Constantia Teddy Bear Fair – 1 May
This cuddly festival for collectors and kiddies takes place on the stunning sloping hills of Constantia. This gathering promises a beautiful display of teddies and toys, along with plenty of fun for the entire family. If you enjoy a good old teddy bears picnic than you’ll be more than happy to spend your day here, enjoying the bears on offer, meeting their collectors and stocking up on a variety of yummy snacks.

Date: 1 May
10:00 – 16:00
Buitenverwachting Wine Estate
R10 – R30

Burgers and Blends at Spier Wine Farm – 2 May
Have you ever wanted to try the fine art of wine making? Well, at the Spier Wine Farm you can, plus you can indulge in a delicious gourmet burger while you’re at it. At this casual affair, you’ll get to blend your very own version of one of Spier’s signature offerings, the Spier Creative Block 3. And once you have worked up an appetite after all the hard work, you can bite into a burger made with a beef patty, Gorgonzola cheese and pink peppercorn chutney plus some crispy chips!

Date: 2 May
18:00 – 22:00
Spier Wine Farm

Jonkershoek Mountain Trail Running Challenge – 3 May
Test your endurance at this scenic off-road race, where you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the amazing scenery. This Stellenbosch race covers one of SA’s most beautiful running routes, participants will have to twist through dense forests and run through streams! If you want to take part, you can compete for the best overall time across all these contests (Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge, Helderberg Mountain Challenge and the Marloth Mountain Challenge) or you can simple choose one of the races to compete in.

Date: 3 May
07:00 – 14:00
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
R155 – R495

Make sure that you take full advantage of your long weekend in Cape Town. There’s plenty to see and plenty to do, so enjoy it!

Friday 24 April 2015

Five tips for packing light

There are many advantages of traveling light, especially if you are moving around a lot from place to place. But, unfortunately in this area of baggage fees, it is essential, because of how expensive it can get to carry multiple bags.

Here are five tips on how to trim what you pack…

1/5 – Roll Everything
I’m sure this one isn't exactly new to you, but it can really work wonders. Before you put any piece of clothing in your bag, roll it up! This will not only create space to fit more, but it also prevents your clothes from wrinkling. This tip is great not just for weekend getaways, but for an kind of travel.

2/5 – Pack One-Piece Outfits
This tip is best for when you are traveling during the summer, because you really don’t need to bring much clothing with you. Rather than packing outfits that include jeans, a top and a layering piece, you can go super simple with a one-piece outfit. If you are female, dresses, rompers and jumpsuits are just perfect.

3/5 – Travel-Ready Beauty Products
Limiting your beauty products can be really difficult for girls. The key is to only back the essentials and to choose products that travel well and have multiple uses.

4/5 – Limit Shoes to 2 Pairs
Shoes are a tough part when packing. It’s so tempting to bring along multiple pairs, but you really don’t need that many – especially if it’s just for a quick weekend away. Just one pair of shoes in your bag leaves lots of room for the more important things!

5/5 – Wear a Versatile Travel Outfit
There are plenty of ways to wear something nice and comfortable that will work for whatever your plans are when you arrive. Wear your one jacket on the plane or car ride not only to keep you warm, but to avoid having to pack it!

Traveling light can change your whole holiday, it’s not fun to pay extra baggage fees and don’t forget you’ll still have to lug around all those bags! What are your best tips for traveling light?

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Written By: Christine Romans

Thursday 23 April 2015

Tips for travelling with pets

If you have a pet, going away on holiday means that you’ll have to choose the best way to care for your pets while you are gone. Most pet lovers can’t bear to leave behind their much-loved family members. To give the animal lovers peace of mind, here is a great list of tips to help your travel with your pets.

Air Travel – If you’re going to be flying, make sure to check the requirements and conditions for pets on the specific airline you are travelling with. It would be best to call or email them if you need any clarification on their conditions.

Land Travel– If you are driving to your destination, make sure to plan and schedule regular bathroom breaks. To avoid your pet getting to restless, use the bathroom breaks to let them run around for a bit.

Before you commit to a long trip with your pet, you should get a good understanding of what you’re getting yourself into. Take them for a 2 hour drive to see if they get car sickness or anxiety. You can even give them a reward each time they get in the car to create a positive association with it.

Even though the idea of locking your pet up may seem terrible, when you’re traveling, it is an important safety matter. Pets that are allowed to roam freely inside the car can be distracting and dangerous.

Puppy Pads – Even if you have a full grown pet that is completely house trained, traveling can often lead to disorientation which can result in accidents. So make sure you have some puppy pads handy wherever you are.

Tag Them – Handling your pet in unfamiliar surroundings can be very scary, in case of an emergency it is important to have a strong collar and tag with your contact details. If you are travelling, remember that your contact details may change, so remember to keep the tag updated.

Stock up on Necessities – When you’re traveling the last thing you want to think about is refiling your pets medication prescription, finding their preferred food or worse, introducing new food that they negatively react to. To avoid all this, always pack enough food for your entire stay, remember to also pack some toys and blankets from home to sooth them during your journey.

Get a Vet Check-Up – Before you go on your journey make sure to get a full vet check-up. If you pet usually gets motion sickness or anxiety, the vet will be able to prescribe something suitable for your pet.

Find Pet Friendly Accommodation – Hotels and motels will not always accommodate your pets, it’s important that you double check before you make any payments. Always be clear on the size and requirements of your pet so that they can also have a positive experience. If you have a very large pet, you may want to opt for a holiday home.

Through lots of careful planning, preparation and these useful tips, you can have an amazing travel experience with your pets.

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Written By: Christine Romans

Wednesday 22 April 2015

What to in Cape Town this weekend (24th – 27th April)

Yet another long weekend will be upon us soon and you need to start planning right away. The best way to enjoy the long weekend in the Mother City is to take full advantage of all the amazing activities the city has to offer, here are a few you should check out.

Cabaret Musical at The Fugard Theatre – 24 April
The same team who created The Rocky Horror Show performance are indulging audiences with another brilliant musical called Cabaret, at the Fugard Theatre. The show has a unique South African touch as most of the cast and crew are locals, who have brought the amazing tale to life especially for you. So, be prepared to be blown away with this inspiring performance and dazzling choreography.

Date: 24 April
Time: 20:00 until late
Venue: The Fugard Theatre
Price: R100 – R280

Vintage Ideas Market – 25 April
Spend your Saturday browsing through stalls and stalls of beautiful things from yesteryear. The Vintage Ideas Market will spring to live again and all the antique, old-fashioned homeware and clothing lovers will gather and enjoy the galore of vintage goods. The market will have close to 40 vendors, large amounts of food, wine and beer and even a country wedding expo.

Date: 25 April
Time: 9:30 – 16:00
Venue: Simondium Country Lodge
Price: Free – R30

Sunday Lunch Buffet at Thali Thali Game Lodge – 26 April
Sundays were specifically made for spending time feasting with your family and friends. So, this Sunday make sure you’re at the Thali Thali Game Lodge for the wildlife reserve’s delicious buffet lunch, which is both yummy and affordable at the same time. The buffet will feature a range of foods from potjies and curries to pumpkin fritters, sweet potatoes and venison pie. Don’t forget to help yourself to cheesecake or malva pudding afterwards.

Date: 26 April
Time: 12:00 – 15:00
Venue: Thali Thali Game Lodge
Price: R70 – R140

South African Cheese Festival – 27 April
Are you in the mood to treat yourself to some Gouda, brie or blues? Well, the cheesy food festival returns to Stellenbosch this year. Once again this festival will allow you to celebrate amazing world-class local and international cheeses and delicious wines; special attention is made especially to the artisan and boutique cheese makers. This yummy festival is all about craft, creativity and eating cheesy treats!

Date: 27 April
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Sandringham Farm
Price: Free – R130

Do you know what you’re doing this weekend? Choose from festivals to delicious foods, be sure to catch some of these events in Cape Town this long weekend.

Visiting Cape Town this weekend? Book in at 808 Cartwright for an affordable, self-catering apartment. Need a shuttle service to and from Cape Town International Airport? Contact Airport Shuttle today.

Written By: Christine Romans

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Hangover cures from around the world

If you are a keen traveler and you’re planning your next trip, keep in mind that it’s a good idea to know what the best local hangover cure may be. You never know if you’re going to end up at one of the neighbourhood hangouts or parties. So be prepared for the next day!

United Kingdom: Bacon Sandwich
This sandwich has got it all – carbs, grease and animal fat! It is basically the holy trinity of hangover cures and many British folk swear by it. They recommend that the bacon sandwich is best served with sauce and in the comfort of your own bed. Even scientists at the University of Newcastle support the effectiveness of the age-old treatment, and I may not be a scientist, but bacon never fails to make anyone smile!

Alternative – Another long time British hangover cure is a full English breakfast which includes bacon, sausage, eggs, black pudding, fried bread or toast and plenty of baked beans.

Japan: Pickled Plums
Pickled Plums or otherwise known as Umeboshi is believed to help digestion, liver function and prevent nausea. These seriously sour plums deliver a punch in the mouth, but they are one of Japans favourite snacks. If you can manage to scoff one in the morning when you wake up, you will soon be on the road to recovery.

Alternative – Get your kidneys back online with the Japanese Gatorade called Pocari Sweat. It rehydrates you and replenishes your supply of potassium and magnesium.

China: Green Tea
You may think that green tea is only for the super health conscious, but in China this herbal hangover cure is an absolute favourite for those suffering from a hangover. Some people in China even claim that it can prevent cancer, treat multiple sclerosis and stop Alzheimer’s disease.

Alternative – Congee is a well-known dish in China, it’s basically just a rice porridge that is believed to help by rehydrating those with a hangover.

Germany: Pickled Herring
People in Germany prefer to get over their alcoholic binges by eating some pickled fish, the main ingredient in the snack called “rollmops”. The preserved herring fillets are wrapped around gherkins or onions and served as part of Katerfrühstück (hangover breakfast) which is thought to restore all your lost electrolytes.

Alternative – Stollen is a German fruitcake that contains dried fruit and marzipan, it is often covered in powdered sugar or icing sugar. The sweetness is meant to help restore your blood glucose levels.

Mexico: Shrimp Salad
When you wake up in Mexico feeling like death, this plate of zingy Mexican salad called “Vuelva a la Vida” (return to life) will sort you right out! It is made with prawns, lime, onions and tomatoes and plenty of Mexicans swear by it.

Alternative – If you can’t find a salad go for the Mexican tripe soup, it consists of beef stomach (gag) in a broth with a red chili pepper base. It is believed to stimulate the senses and clear your head.

Poland: Pickle Juice
The best thing to glug down in Poland is some chunky pickle juice and get rid of that hangover right away. This juice consists of nothing more than vinegar, water and sodium, however it is a great way to rehydrate the body after a heavy night out.

Alternative – Milk kefir is a fermented milk drink that is made from kefir grains, it apparently gets rid of your hangover, but there could possibly be a better solution.

South Africa: Ostrich Egg Omelette
The traditional dish in South Africa for an unpleasant morning after is an omelette made of an ostrich egg. The egg is so huge that it is equal to 24 dozen chicken eggs – so it’s good to have a mass of hungover friends to share it with.

Alternative – If you can’t manage to get hold of an ostrich egg, a popular local hangover cure is to drink Sparletta cream soda. It will definitely rehydrate you plus the colorants and preservatives will scare off the hangover.

If you're suffering the morning after the night before, then check out these tried and tested hangover cures from around the world. From carb-fests to pickle juice there's bound to be something here to bring you back to life.

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Written By: Christine Romans

Monday 20 April 2015

How to save money on travel

Do you want to keep more cash in your pocket when you decide to plan an exciting weekend getaway with your family or friends? Well, here are five tips for keeping more cash in your pocket…

1. Travel during the off-peak. Always try and be flexible about your travel date. Peak and off-peak days are different depending on where you are going and when. Days that are considered off-peak are as early as a week or two before holidays and several days afterward. Try and catch an early morning or late evening flight to get the lowest rates.

2. Grab up discounts. Check multiple sites, routes, airports and days, and simply ask for the best rates. Some airlines will offer you discounts if you are a student, senior citizen, or military and government employee.

3. Go online for airfare deals. If you take the time to register with airline websites, you will receive email notifications about specials and discount rates.

4. Take advantage of travel packages. Look into package deals. You can save a huge amount of money by booking airline tickets along with a hotel room or rental car. Expedia, Club Travel and Travelocity are some good places to start looking.

 5. Consider skipping the hotel. Staying at a bed and breakfast or self-catering apartment can be a much cheaper alternative to a hotel. If you are planning to travel to Cape Town, 808 Cartwright is a great place to check out, it is a luxurious, affordable self-catering apartment with amazing views of the Mother City.

It would be great to travel more often without breaking the bank, so try these simple tips and you could save money next time you decide to go on holiday.

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Written by: Christine Romans

Friday 17 April 2015

Flyers beware of altitude sickness

Imagine you are on your flight, traveling to your holiday destination, then all of a sudden you begin to sway, feel light-headed and dizzy and your legs begin to tremble… No, it’s probably not that burger you ate before boarding. Chances are you are experiencing altitude sickness.

Warning Signs
When you get to about 6,500 feet, the oxygen becomes thinner, and if you are not used to it, you could find yourself in the beginning stages of altitude sickness. Your body takes time to get used to the reduced oxygen and changes in air pressure. The lack of oxygen in your blood can cause…

- Nausea or vomiting
- Trembling
- Dizziness
- Headache
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of coordination
- Lethargy

How to Avoid Getting Altitude Sickness
Before you get on your flight, make sure you've had a good night’s sleep, and it never hurts to wash your hands to avoid nasty germs. Drink water and avoid alcohol; water helps you stay hydrated while alcohol adds to dehydration and jet lag.

When you know the trip is going to be long, make sure to move around a lot. Take a quick walk up the aisle and stretch your legs. Not only will this help with altitude sickness, but it can help you avoid developing deep vein thrombosis.

Altitude sickness isn't just for climbers it seems, some people can also get it during a flight! Make sure to follow these easy steps to avoid getting it.

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Written By: Christine Romans 

Thursday 16 April 2015

4 things not to let your kids try on vacation

Travel is all about exposure and trying new things, right? Well, yes most of the time. Testing out the local cuisine, taking on new adventures and exploring unseen territory are all part of the joy of traveling. However, there are a few times the “go for it” mentality should be controlled and that is when you travel with children…

Here are four things NOT to let your kids try for the first time when you are traveling:

Peanuts (or other highly allergic foods like shellfish)
You might think it’s a good idea to give your child peanuts for the first time when you are on a flight to your holiday destination, but when they break out in hives from head to toe, you should know it’s a definite no-no! It’s a better idea to test it out when you’re on land and close to a nearby hospital!

Potty training
If you have potty training plans and you know that you’re going to be traveling in the coming weeks, hold it off until after the trip when you have a dedicated schedule and routine. As for the night time, if your child has a history of wetting the bed, opt for  night time protection to avoid having to call hotel housekeeping in the middle of the night to deal with a damp mattress.

Swimming on their own
Unfortunately there have been cases of cruise ship drowning’s, some with parents close by. So, even if your children are really strong swimmers in your backyard, never let them swim alone while you are on holiday! Big, deep, crowded and unfamiliar pools or the unpredictable ocean can contribute to such tragedies, so make sure you always watching. Just because you’re on vacation doesn't mean you get a vacation from parenting and never assume someone else is watching your children.

Skiing, snowboarding, surfing, etc. without lessons
If you’re going on an active getaway with the family, don’t forget to pay those extra bucks so your kids can learn how to enjoy the sport with proper training. Professional lessons will not only enhance their fun, but they will learn safety measures of the sport and your kids will in turn become better. This then means future trips will be more enjoyable for the entire family.

Of course, at some point the kids will out-grow these limitations, but as long as they are still young, you need to keep them safe and comfortable while traveling.

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Written By: Christine Romans

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Useful tips for traveling while pregnant

Are you pregnant and worried about your upcoming travel plans? Whether you’re considering a baby moon or planning your next important business trip, you don’t have to stay homebound. As long as you’re having an uncomplicated pregnancy, travel by plane, train or automobile – your trip will be doable with proper planning.

Here are our tips for staying safe and comfortable during your next adventure…

1. Get the OK from your doctor
Just to be completely safe, it’s a good idea to notify your doctor of any travel plans. Keep in mind that most medical professionals will tell you not to travel for more than 36 hours. If you’re flying, always check your airlines rules and guidelines for expectant moms.

2. Second Trimester Wins
Generally, the best time to travel during pregnancy is the seconds trimester. This is when all the morning sickness has subsided and extreme fatigue hasn't appeared yet.

3. A Well Packed Carry-On is Key
Always bring necessities, such as water and healthy snacks with you in your carry-on. Plan ahead, because things change and delays happen – you can’t be too prepared!

4. Stretch Your Legs
Sitting for long periods of time can increase the risk of blood clots, leg cramps and swelling. If you’re in a car, pull over and walk around for a bit. If you’re on an airplane, get out of your seat and walk as often as possible.

5. Comfortable Clothing is Key
When you choose what clothes and shoes to pack, the most important thing to consider is comfort. Layer separate clothing that is light, breathable and expandable.

6. Pack Medications & Prenatal Vitamins
Make sure you pack enough vitamins and medications to get you through the whole trip. Its also a good idea to be aware of any pharmacies or drugstores near your destination.

7. Stay Hydrated
You’re much more likely to get dehydrated when travelling. Always pack more water than you usually would.

8. Emergency Contacts
Keep a list of important contact information (healthcare providers, family members, etc.) with you at all times. If you’re in your third trimester and dealing with complications, it might be a good idea to bring along your prenatal chart.

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Written By: Christine Romans

Tuesday 14 April 2015

What to do in Cape Town this weekend (17th – 19th April)

The time to plan your weekend in the Mother City is back, there’s a lot to choose from this time, whether it be a lifestyle expo in the Cape Flats or digging into some amazing grub with your loved ones on Saturday and Sunday.

Cape Flats Lifestyle Expo – 17 April
The Cape Flats is an area that everyone overlooks, but it is actually a very vibrant and expansive place in the Mother City. Come and see the spirit of empowerment and entrepreneurship come alive when the annual Cape Flats Lifestyle Expo comes to the Wittebome Civic Centre in Wynberg this weekend. The expo will be packed with many exhibitors where you can learn all about building skills and businesses, there will also be a variety of hearty foods to eat and activities for the kids.

Date: 17 April 2015
Time: 10:00 – 22:00
Venue: Wittebome Civic Centre
Price: R10

Pinotage and Biltong Festival in Stellenbosch – 18 April
This fair is as proudly South African as they come. The Pinotage and Biltong Festival will bring together SA’s signature wine and our most-loved meat at the L’Avenir Estate in Stellenbosch this Saturday. The festival is bound to be filled with enough rainbow nation goodness for everyone, so bring along your family and friends and tuck into the wide selection of biltong flavours (spicy chilli, lemon & herb, smoky BBQ etc.) and don’t forget to sample the red, white and pink Pinotages from 14 different wine farms.

Date: 18 April 2015
11:00 – 18:00
L’Avenir Estate
FREE – R150

Sunday Lunch & Free Live Jazz at Kloof Street House in Cape Town – 19 April
Enjoy the last few hours of the weekend with the sweet sounds of jazz and amazing food at Kloof Street House. Every Sunday afternoon, from 12pm – 4pm you can listen to a FREE jazz performance at this amazing eatery. That means that you and your family or friends can relax in the magical little garden and enjoy some groovy tunes, but it would be dull without a hearty meal! Pick a delicious lunch of anything from beetroot and goats cheese risotto, toasted pumpkin seed and truffle oil to chicken chimichurri flatbread, avo and horseradish crème fraiche.

Date: 19 April 2015
Time: 12:00 – 16:00
Venue: Kloof Street House
Price: Variable

So, there’s plenty happening in Cape Town this weekend, make sure to take a look at some of these cool activities before you miss out!

Contact 808 Cartwright Corner if you are looking for a luxurious, self-catering apartment with amazing views of the Mother City. Do you need a shuttle service to and from Cape Town International Airport? Contact Airport Shuttle today!

Written By: Christine Romans

Monday 13 April 2015

5 important health tips for travelers

These simple, yet effective health tips will help you stay healthy while you are travelling. It may seem hard, but it is actually a lot easier than you may think. Taking a few precautions can make all the difference in the world.

~ Prepare a First Aid Kit ~
Before you leave for your departure, you should put together a number of items that you might need. Make sure to include things like sunscreen, pain relievers, mosquito repellent, bandages, tweezers etc.

~ Carry Medications in Original Packaging ~
If customs or other authorities search your bags, you’ll want everything to be properly marked, so there is no question about the authenticity of your prescriptions or supplements.

~ Immunizations and Prophylaxes ~
Make a note to check the Center for Disease Control’s website before your departure date to determine which (if any) immunizations or other medications you’ll need to take in advance. Certain countries have requirements before you enter the country, while other countries only have recommendations.

~ Eat Well ~
Even though you will definitely be tempted to do otherwise, one of the easiest things you can do to keep your energy and spirits up is to eat the right food. Try your best to skip all the sugar, cut down on the carbs and eat whole foods such as nuts, fruits and water instead of fizzy drinks.

~ Exercise ~
If you exercise regularly at home, keep up the routine and exercise when you are travelling too. Stay at a hotel with a gym or a pool, walk everywhere instead of taking a taxi, take the stairs and skip the elevator. Don’t let the extra pounds sneak up on you, because you’re enjoying the local cuisine more than you should.

It’s true; it can be hard to stay healthy when you are travelling. With all the different foods and amazing places to see, you may fall off the wagon, so make sure to keep these five important health tips in mind.

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Written By: Christine Romans

Friday 10 April 2015

Why travelling alone is worth it

Travelling alone can seem like a scary and daunting idea. When you have a buddy to travel with you to remember the good times and get through the bad times together it’s great, but there are a few advantages to travelling alone that make it worth a try at least once in your life!

*You get to make all the decisions*
When you are travelling alone, you don’t have to worry about ruining someone else’s trip or having to visit places you don’t want to go. You can act on your every whim, which is a great feeling. Traveling alone means that you can be unashamedly selfish and get the best possible experience for you!

*It challenges you*
Yes, traveling alone can be scary. It makes you step outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to do and try new things. Travelling is supposed t be about stretching yourself and discovering new things around the world and yourself! When you travel alone you will have to deal with all problems that come up on your own and it can be a true test of your abilities.

*New friends at every stop*
When you travel with friends or family you always have someone to chat to and laugh with, but this also means you don’t get to know the locals as much as you could. Traveling alone forces you to speak up in the pub or at the hostel and create new friendships with locals and other travelers.

*No need to look flawless*
Travelling alone means that there is never anyone for you to compete with, so, you don’t have to put on make-up or your best outfit just because your best friend is. If you want to dress up you can, and you can do it for yourself rather than anyone else. On the other hand, if you want to wear the same comfortable shirt for a few days in a row, no one is going to know!

*Become confident and Independent*
The best reason to travel alone is simple: traveling solo allows you to become confident and independent in ways you never knew you could be. For some people just sitting in a restaurant having breakfast alone is extremely awkward, but once you have traveled alone your confidence will go off the charts. It will leave you feeling empowered and capable of handling anything that gets thrown your way.

Whether it’s getting to do whatever you want to do and nothing you don’t, or making new friends across the globe, there are many, many reasons why everyone should travel alone at least once!

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Written By: Christine Romans

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Spooky destinations you may not want to visit alone

It’s true, we all like to scare ourselves every once in a while, even if we don’t like to admit it! Here are some of the creepiest places known to man that you should definitely put on your travel list…

Old Jewish Cemetery – Prague

This cemetery dates back to 1478. It has gotten so overly crowded, that they just keep adding layers and layers. Now there are actually 12 layers of graves stacked on top of each other, with 12 000 visible tombstones, but about 100 000 underneath!

Hanging Coffins – Sagada, Phillipines

The Igorot tribe bury their dead in hanging coffins attached to the sides of cliffs! They believe that this brings them closer to their ancestor’s spirits and keeps them safe.

Abandoned city of Pripyat – Ukraine

This city is completely abandoned now, and it once had a population of 50 000 before the Chernobyl nuclear accident, which led to an evacuation.

Island of Dolls – Mexico

Don Julian Santana was the caretaker of this island and legend tells that he found the body of a little girl that drowned in the surrounding waters. After he found her he discovered a doll floating in the water and hung it in respect of her spirit. He did this for 50 years until he drowned in the waters himself. The island is now a tourist attraction for people to come and hang dolls themselves.

Hashima Island – Japan

This Island used to be a mining city and was home to thousands until the coal ran out in 1974 and then it was quickly abandoned. If you want to view the eerie island you can even take a virtual tour on the Hashima Island website.

Chapel of Bones – Portugal

This creepy chapel contains the bones of about 5 000 monks. All the walls and pillars are covered with human skulls and other parts of skeletons, held together by cement. There are even two bodies hanging from the ropes on the wall and one is the body of a child.

Cambridge Military Hospital – England

This hospital was once a state-of-the-art military facility where plastic surgery was pioneered for injured WW1 troops who survived Somme. It was in operation from 1887 to 1996 until it was closed due to high costs and asbestos in the walls.

Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital – Parma, Italy

This hospital is creepy enough as it is, so the shadow paintings that were added by the artist, Herbert Baglione just adds so much more to the scare-o-factor of the place.

If you're looking for some genuinely creepy destinations to visit, then these are perfect for you. From abandoned cities to overcrowded graveyards, all of them will scare you silly!

Are you travelling anytime soon and need a comfy, self-catering apartment in Cape Town with amazing views? Contact 808 Cartwright today! For a reliable, speedy and friendly shuttle service to and from Cape Town International Airport, give Airport Shuttle a call.

Written By: Christine Romans

Tuesday 7 April 2015

4 self-defense skills every female traveler should know

Traveling can be life-changing, but it can also be a dangerous experience if you’re not careful. Whether you are traveling in your own city or abroad you must always take key precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.

Between keeping track of your personal items (wallet, phone ID card), trying to figure out your way around the city and visiting multiple destinations each day, things can get quite chaotic!

To help all women stay safe while travelling, here is a list of personal safety tips to keep in mind when in an airport, train station or unfamiliar city…

1. Stay aware of your surroundings by scanning your environment. No matter how busy you are, never allow your mind to wander. It might seem important in the moment to be making a to-do list in your head, but if you are worrying about other things you might not notice the obvious, like someone following you, reading your email over your shoulder or sliding a hand into your purse.

2. Park in well-lit areas. Avoid spots next to vans, trucks or cars with tinted windows. You want to keep your car and yourself as visible as possible, so you should also avoid parking next to tall bushes, shrubs or plants that could block views of you or your vehicle.

3. Don’t wear your purse so that the strap crosses your body. Wearing your strap around your body makes you more connected to your bag. If someone tries to steal your purse, you will be pulled with the strap. This could cause you to become unbalanced or end up in a physical alteration with the thief. If your purse is simply draped on one shoulder you can easily let go.

4. Dress casually and comfortably. Now it’s not the time to try and make a fashion statement. Leave the high heels and flashy jewelry at home or in your luggage until you arrive at your destination. Jeans and sneakers will help you to blend in and if needed enable you to make a quick getaway.

Always keep one arm and hand free of luggage and other gear. Many people think it’s wise to travel with lots of bags, purses and laptop bags, but if your arms and hands are tied up with bags you will have no means of defending yourself from an attacker.

Contact 808 Cartwright Corner for a comfy, self-catering apartment with amazing views of the Mother City. Need a shuttle service to and from Cape Town International Airport? Call Airport Shuttle today!

Written By: Christine Romans

Thursday 2 April 2015

6 beautiful gardens to visit in Cape Town

You probably only know the obvious gardens everyone talks about in Cape Town (Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the Company’s Garden) and if you aren't a resident in Cape Town these are the obvious gardens at which to start, but lots of us want to know and explore the Mother City’s other hidden gardens.

All of these gardens are beautiful and filled with amazing plants, flowers and trees. So, if you’re planning on spending the Easter weekend in Cape Town this year, make sure to visit these unknown gardens…

pArderne Gardens – Claremont
This is a wonderful, cool space for you and your family to have a picnic or take a stroll. Although, on weekends it is used for wedding photographs, but during the week it remains uncrowded. Filled with shady glades, Japanese style ponds, lawns and huge trees, it is truly a magical place to be.

pGroot Schuur Estate – Rondebosch
Groot Schuur Estate was originally the house of Cecil John Rhodes, it was restored by Herbert Baker and today it is an incredible museum open to the public by appointment. This beautiful place is definitely worth a visit, especially for the veranda that looks out onto the gardens that slope upwards towards devils peak. There is also a huge rose garden bordered by plumbago and other flowers.

pTokai Arboretum – Constantiaberg
This is basically a national monument filled with an amazing collection of mature alien trees, cypresses, pines, giant redwoods and many other exotics. There is also a clearing for a tea garden where you can have a lovely afternoon tea, muffin and coffee in hand.

pRust en Vrede – Durbanville
The beautiful old manor house here is now the site of a combination coffee shop/art studio and what many don’t know is that there is a 1.5 hectare garden there! The coffee shop overlooks the beautiful garden and you are welcome to stroll around and enjoy the natural beauty.

pDurbanville Rose Garden – Durbanville
Head here during the spring and summer and it will be the perfect picture of sweet-smelling roses and buds! This is a gorgeous rose garden with over 500 blooming varietals and 4500 rose bushes. You can top the days outing with a great cup of tea at the clubhouse, but only if you make it there on Sunday afternoons between October and May.

pBabylonstoren – Paarl
Okay, so it’s not really in Cape Town, but it’s worth a mention! This gorgeous fruit and vegetable garden, set against the Drakenstein mountainside is something you should see at least once. Its garden takes its inspiration from the original Company’s Garden in Cape Town, but the accent here is definitely French and the over 300 varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs with ducks and hens is just absolute heaven.

You've probably explored other gardens in Cape Town, but if you have never visited these yet – make sure you do!

Contact 808 Cartwright for a luxurious, self-catering apartment with amazing views of the Mother City. Need a shuttle service to and from Cape Town International Airport? Call Airport Shuttle today!

Written By: Christine Romans 

Wednesday 1 April 2015

What to do in Cape Town this Easter Weekend (3rd – 6th April)

Ring in the Easter Weekend with plenty of fun-filled events… you can do anything this weekend, from joling on Friday and Saturday night to family Easter adventures on Sunday.

There’s only one place you should make a beeline for this Friday and that’s the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay! Although a lot of people call it the sleepy seaside village, the Bay Harbour Market has more energy than the Road Runner after a sugar overload. The Market will be filled with the usual manic Friday vibe, amazing craft beers, a jam-packed live music line-up, mouth-watering homemade food and the stores do business as usual.

Date: 3 April
Time: 17:00 – 21:00
Venue: Bay Harbour Market
Price: FREE

House DJ Billy Kenny Concert in Cape Town – 4 April
The British house and techno king, Billy Kenny, is bringing the beats to the Mother City this Saturday. If you are a house addict, listen carefully. The Imperial has got you covered this Easter weekend… Although Billy Kenny has only recently joined the scene with his hit single “Work” last year, this guy has got quite a devoted following. So, Kenny will definitely make sure you have an unbelievable evening. You can also get amped up for performances by other amazing beatmakers like The Funk Connection who create a truly original live electronic performance unlike anything else!

Date: 4 April
21:00 until late
R80 – R100

ABSA KKNK Festival – 5 April
Grab your friends and family and enjoy this amazing Afrikaans arts and culture festival in Outshoorn this Sunday. The Klein Karoo National Arts Festival is an eight day multi-platform performance affair that features theatrical productions, concerts, kiddies entertainment, dance performances and visual art installations.

Date: 5 April
Time: 08:00 until late
Venue: Various locations in Outshoorn
Price: Various

The Golden Easter Egg Hunt at Kenilworth Racecourse – 6 April
Immerse yourself in the horse races while the little ones take part in the awesome Easter egg hunt! This year’s event is truly a winning one, the kiddies can even collect R10,00 in loot when they scavenge for Easter eggs! Here’s what to expect on this amazing family day with the whole clan… world class racing, massive prizes, a visit from the Easter bunny and a deliciously tasty buffet.  

Date: 6 April
Time: 11:00 – 17:00
Venue: Kenilworth Racecourse
Price: FREE

There is plenty happening in the Mother City this Easter weekend to keep you and your family busy, make sure to plan ahead and check out some of these great events!

Book in at 808 Cartwright Corner this Easter weekend and enjoy the luxurious comfort and amazing views of Cape Town. Need a shuttle service to and from Cape Town International Airport? Contact Airport Shuttle today!

Written By: Christine Romans