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10 Activities You Need to Try on the Garden Route

I have previously blogged about how I planned my South African road trip on the Garden Route, which without a doubt, is one of the best drives I ever did. My friend and I drove through lush mountains, coastlines and we had nature surprising us at every turn.

The moment we got off the flight and started the road trip, we were greeted by this sight. (Wow, wow, WOW)

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Every moment I was in the country, I felt ever so thankful to be present.

However, beyond the scenic tour, there is a whole chunk of activities for you to indulge in to make your trip a lot more wholesome than it already is.

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Why You Should Travel

I came across an article today, Wanderlove written by Ella Frances Sanders, Intern at Maptia, and it inspired me to write this post to tell the world, why I do what I do, why I travel and why you should too. Looking at the pictures put together by Maptia brings me back to moments where I stood in awe in front of a breathtaking scenery. When you work really hard to get to the view, the feeling of soaking in the glorified landscape is one that is special, rewarding and cannot be traded for anything else. And that’s not the only reason why you should travel.

1. You wake up somewhere different, soak in a different air, with a different view

This world is beautiful and has so much to offer.

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(Santorini, Greece, June 2012)

My love for traveling began when I lived abroad, met people from different walks of life, different culture and it made me realise that I have been living in a bubble. Friends proudly told me about what their countries have to offer, and the mountains and lakes that their houses are situated by.

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How I Planned My Roadtrip

Many of you have been asking me for tips and advice on how to plan a road trip. Honestly, my answer is that there are no specific guidelines on how a road trip should be planned because it is subjected to your interests and traveling style. If you have plenty of free time, you could easily rent a car, have no plans and go wherever the road takes you. So, I’ve centred this piece on how I planned my road trip and hopefully you’ll find it helpful if you’re looking for somewhere to start planning your own adventure!

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A grumpy monologue

*Buzz Buzz
Buzz Buzz*

Why does my phone keep buzzing and why is my bag so heavy?! Somehow, I always manage to pack too much

glances at phone – ‘please remember to get that bag from Heathrow, and don’t forget my serum.’ 

“Hi, Ms Fong, this is your boarding pass. This gate will close 10 mins before departure”

“Thank you”

Can’t wait to get on the flight and sleep.
Where should I go now? May be I’ll just go through security first.

Oh crap, the queue is so long.

Why do people wear so much stuff on them knowing they are going through security screening?

*Beeeeeep*

“Sir, your phone and belt please”

*Beeeeep*

“Step aside”

a million years later…

Ahhh, there, my favourite seat. Please let the seat beside me be empty

lugs my bag and duty free orders

I never fail to pack too much or over purchase. Hopefully the bottles don’t roll out and fall on someone’s head

sits back down

Let’s see, what’s on the in-flight entertainment. Walter Mitty, Grand Hotel Budapest.

“Sorry excuse me” – points at the seat beside me

Dang it, I’m not alone. Never mind, just hope this one doesn’t chat as much as the last. I could use some sleep.

“Traveling alone?”

Do I look like I’m with anyone else?

“Yeah” – i smiled

Okay back to my in-flight magazine

*Baby wailing*

Nooooooooooo… my nightmare. Why is there always a child or baby seated near me when I fly

*Baby continues to cry*

(Sigh) There goes my sleep

“Cabin crew, prepare for take-off”

Yes. Time to head home! May be I can catch some rest before the food

fidget fidget

I can never get comfortable on these chairs

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Okay, I might as well watch something – looks over to the passenger beside. Woah, he’s already asleep. That’s good.

Think the air stewardess is giving out the in-flight menu. Hope it’s not the same as the last time – looks at menu. Yeah, it’s the same. What was I expecting?

Fish, chicken? Fish, chicken?  Okay fish.

looks at my watch

What, it’s only been 15 minutes? Geez, 12 hours more. Maybe I’ll watch Walter Mitty (again)

Bunc@Radius – the hostel that wants you to have fun in style (Part 2)

I was invited to stay at Bunc@Radius Hostel for the second time last weekend (thank you so much for the generosity)! During my first visit to Bunc@Radius, I was given the opportunity to experience their private room. You can read more about it here.

For the second stay, I had the privilege of trying out the bunk rooms and dragged a few of my girlfriends along to spend the night.

Personal Experience

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There were 8 beds (4 bunk bed) in our room but it didn’t feel crammed at all. Each of us settled in rather quickly and found our own comfortable spot.

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Bunc@Radius – the hostel that wants you to have fun in style (Part 1)

Bunc@Radius is operated under the Radiance Hospitality Group and they have other hotels in Malaysia and Singapore. The group operates a wide selection hotels for the various type of travellers, from chic to luxurious. Bunc@Radius was started by a group of enthusiast keen on reassembling an affordable hostel in Singapore yet allowing hostel guests to enjoy the luxury they deserve at a lower cost.

Personal Experience

I was invited to stay at the Little India brunch where they first set up. The space and layout was something that first appealed to me. Having been to various hostels in Singapore, space is something that is quite limiting so I was surprised to see the high(er than average) ceilings and open communal area. For a minute, I was transported back to one of the European Hostels I stayed at previously.

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10 Unique Accommodations You Can Rent on Airbnb

I’m counting down less than a month till I fly off for my month long break – ‘Hurray!. (One of) the best things about travel planning is the search for interesting accommodations around the world. While researching on what Croatia has to offer me, I got distracted and went on browsing other accommodations on Airbnb. What I really like about Airbnb is the huge selection of accommodations for rent by people like you and I. And when I say accommodations, I don’t just mean apartments, or resorts, but also TREE HOUSES, CAVE HOUSES and even IGLOOS?! I think it’s time I give the awesomess a shout-out (Prices are quoted in USD)

1. The Boot
You can totally be part of a fairytale.

Where: Aporo Rd, Tasman, Tasman 7173, New Zealand
Price: From $269 per night (2 pax, no surcharge for extra people)

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