If you are looking to get away for a long weekend or take the kids on a trip cross-country or abroad, you might be in need of the services of a travel agent.
Best of Mbombela has selected a few of the city’s best travel agents for you:
1. Flight Centre offers a great range of cheap international flights to a range of world-wide destinations. Enquiries: 013-757-9500.
3. Harvey World Travel cares about your experience and strive to deliver on every aspect of your trip, albeit for business or pleasure. Enquiries: 013-757-0883.
For once you have planned your dream “vacay”, here are nine great travel tips to get you prepared for the big trip:
• Take Travel Insurance
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.
• Pack less Stuff
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!
• Back everything up
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.
• Pack a scarf
As all the world’s most seasoned travellers say, go nowhere without a generous scarf to protect you from the cold/ protect you from the sun. It can also be a sarong, towel, bedspread, picnic blanket or tablecloth – you get the picture!
• Take lots of photos
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.
• Smile and say hello
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.
• Slow Down
Do not try to cram six countries into six weeks of travel or pack 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.
• Eat local food
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.
• Say yes often
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.
The city of Mbombela is limitless when it comes to possibilities. There’s something to do, eat, drink or buy every day of the week. The Best of Nelspruit Readers’
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