The Easter hols are just around the corner – make sure you get a bit of down time, by planning your escape now…
Always envied those people who seem to travel light and still have it all? Kate Emmerson, SA’s very own Quick Shift Deva, speaker, life coach and author of Clear your Clutter and Ditch your Glitch, shares a few secrets on just how to do it.
Travelling with children
Kids can be bored, anxious, and restless when it comes to travel. Smooth those holiday travel blues by being prepped before you depart. Here’s how…
Let’s be honest … when it comes to the littlies, it’s essential to have something for them to snack on on long trips (if you’re a parent, you’re probably fervently nodding in agreement right now). That’s why we say avoid the fuss and grab them a scrumptious kids meal from Steers. Their brat pack comes with a juicy burger, chips and a juice … quick and easy! We love it, and we’re sure you will too. Details: steers.co.za
On the sweet side, nothing goes down better than a few delish doughnuts and a coffee, right? We knew you’d agree! Why not stop by Krispy Kreme before your journey begins and pick up a box or two? From the classic cinnamon sugar to the chocolate iced with sprinkles, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Sweet treats, travel and quality time with the tots – what more could you need really? Details: www.krispykreme.com
Nine great travel tips – in no particular order
No one ever thinks it’ll happen to them, but it can do. Bookings through credit cards usually offer generous travel insurance, as do many private insurance and medical aid schemes. Check out, before you go, what insurance you do have, and if necessary top it up.
You don’t need half the stuff you think you do to travel anywhere. Pack it all and then halve it. This leaves you able to move, and more importantly able to shop when you hit your destination!
Keep both digital and physical copies of your passport, visas, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers, and important phone numbers ready to go in case of an emergency. That goes for your pics too – back them up just in case.
As all the worlds most seasoned travellers say, go nowhere without a generous scarf to – protect from cold/protect from sun/sarong/towel/bedspread/picnic blanket/tablecloth – you got it!
You’ll possibly only see these places & meet these people once in your lifetime. The ultimate souvenir, photos don’t cost anything, they’re easy to share, and they don’t take up space in your luggage.
Having trouble interacting with locals? Do people seem unfriendly? Initiate contact. Make eye contact and smile as you walk by. If they smile back, say hello in the local language too – a fast way to make new friends.
Don’t try to cram six countries into six weeks of travel or eight museums into four days. The good stuff happens when you really take the time to explore and you learn about activities that aren’t in your guidebook and meet people who are eager to show you around. The very best travel experiences seldom happen within the first few days of arriving, wind down and spend more time in fewer places.
Think you already know what Chinese food tastes like? You’ll be surprised. Taste a bit of everything when you travel, especially if you don’t know what it is. Ask locals for recommendations. Eat street food from vendors with big lines out front.
Be impulsive and say yes when someone randomly invites you to meet their family, try a new activity, or explore a place you didn’t know existed. It’s these unexpected and unplanned situations that add spice to your travels and always turn into the best stories later. Accept the kindness of strangers when you travel — you’ll have plenty of opportunities.
Flying? Arrive looking gorgeous
Wanna look great after a 12 hour flight – yip, it’s possible. Here’s how:
Don’t worry about fussing with decanting and rebottling your usual make-up remover into a small travel bottle, grab a little flat pack of good all in one makeup removing cleansing wipes. Cleaning as they say helps prevent wrinkles too, so spend some time (you have loads of it) giving your face a thorough wipe-down.
As we all know, flying is very dehydrating inside and out, so grab your favourite mist spritzer, and give your skin a good hydration boost. It’s also a great barrier between your face and all that nasty recycled air.
No, you don’t have to sit like a ghost with peepholes, or queen of the mud wrestling champs. There are a hundreds of “sleeping” face masks that go on translucent and quietly hydrate for hours. (Ask for a sample from one of your five brands, the perfect travel size.)
Now that your face is feeling hydrated, do the same with the rest of you! Though we know first-hand how tempting those mini-tipples can be, get yourself drinking as much water as you can too.
Pack a neck pillow, pop a tab (or half a tab) and when lights-out comes, make sure you join the sleepers. If you’re anti-sleeping pills for a particular reason try something else – even antihistamine tabs are great for dozing!
Hopefully you’ve snoozed for a good few hours and are somewhat closer to your destination. Have another face wipe and mist while you’re waiting for breakfast.
With clean hands (you can use those face wipes for that too), slather a liberal helping of oil onto your face, massaging it into your skin. Regardless of your skin type face oils actually work to add pure moisture back into your skin, rebalancing your skin’s modes of oil production and actually working to make you look less, ,
Once your destination is only an hour or so away, it’s time to get organised. Mist and wipe down your face one last time to prep your skin, and apply a little moisturizer. (Apply eye drops while you’re waiting for your moisturizer to sink in). Follow this with a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer of choice to create a clean, even base. Follow with a little concealer (even if you usually skip this step) just under your eyes and beside your nose.
Throw on some blusher – along your cheekbones. Colour in your lips and get those lashes looking long.
Your hair will need a once over too. Treat yourself to a spritz of your fave on-the-go scent. And don’t skip a glug from a mini mouthwash as soon as you’re near a loo.
Still haven’t figured out where you’d like to escape to? How about the fab, fun-filled family destination known as Sun City? And if you think you’ve seen all that this little piece of paradise has to offer … think again! They’ve gone through a revamp and added new activities for you and the kids. Plus, you can wine and dine at some of the coolest restaurants (like The Brew Monkey or Food Factory … yummy!). We might just escape to Sun City ourselves … see you there! Details: www.suninternational.com/sun-city