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6 Plants and Animals You’ll Only Find in the Seychelles Islands

In a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, nearly 1,000 miles off the coast of Africa, the tiny archipelagic country of Seychelles is home to many of the world’s most unusual plants and animals, many of which you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else on the planet. From skyscraping palms to miniscule frogs, here are six of Seychelles’ most remarkable plants and animals.

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February 6, 2015 by | Comments Off

Top Travel Fears and How to Conquer Them

Travel fears may start small, but they can take over and quash the very spirit that inspires us to explore the world. Here are ways to manage some of the most common fears associated with travel, from flight phobias to the specter of food poisoning.

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January 28, 2015 by | Comments Off

Top 25 Things to Do in Africa & the Middle East: 2015 Viator Travel Awards

See the Great Pyramids

Welcome to the 2014 Viator Travel Awards: Africa and Middle East Edition! Below, we’ve compiled a list of 25 of the most fun and interesting things to do and best places to visit in Africa and the Middle East. The tours and activities listed have been chosen based on traveler reviews, data from the millions of people who check out Viator.com during the year, and information on which tours travelers book most often. Reading through this list, you’ll get a sense of the top things to do in each place – it’s a great virtual vacation from work, or the perfect way to start planning a trip anywhere.

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December 22, 2014 by | 1 Comment

7 Amazing Places to Ring in New Year’s on the Beach

Little Exuma, Bahamas

Eating, drinking and dancing. Those are the three activities that define New Year’s Eve across the globe. The only thing is that some people do them while wearing winter jackets, while others can feel the sand between their toes as the fireworks go off. Do you want to be one of the latter? Then you should definitely spend December 31 at one of these destinations!

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December 19, 2014 by | Comments Off

Nairobi, in the Footsteps of Hemingway

“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy,” Earnest Hemingway wrote about the continent that became an important hub for his writing and life. His non-fiction book, Green Hills of Africa is an account of his month-long safari in East Africa. The Snows of Kilimanjaro, one of his most famous short stories, was also inspired by his time spent in East Africa. On many of his visits to East Africa, Hemingway used Nairobi, Kenya as a hub for big game hunting.

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November 3, 2014 by | Comments Off

8 Traditional Games to Play Around the World

The boomerang

Experiencing a country and its unique culture spans further than just visiting major tourist attractions. Interacting with the locals and engaging in their way of life and traditions brings an authentic flavor to each trip, and helps to break down the barriers that we put up between unfamiliar ideas and cultures. This can be achieved through food, clothing, holidays, and even recreational games.

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October 15, 2014 by | Comments Off

Reasons to Go to Ghana

Masks for sale at a market

For those looking to visit Africa, Ghana is a great place to start. Known as “Africa for beginners,” it’s the perfect destination for getting acquainted with this diverse continent. And that’s not the only reason to visit. Rich history, an upbeat culture, wildlife-filled parks and beautiful beaches are just a few other facets worth exploring. To help you plan your trip, here are 10 reasons to make Ghana, Africa, your next vacation destination.

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September 12, 2014 by | Comments Off

Namibia: Six Reasons to Visit an Unknown Country in Southern Africa

With only about two million people scattered across the expanses of its breathtaking savannahs, haunting deserts and fertile deltas, Namibia is one of the least-densely populated countries in the world. Yet somehow this southern African nation that’s approximately the size of California still offers some of the greatest ecological and cultural diversity in the world.

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September 10, 2014 by | Comments Off

The Big Five and Beyond: Going on Safari in the Serengeti

Popping up out of the safari jeep

Big Five hunting has waned in popularity, but there’s still a good deal of status associated with bagging a lion or an elephant for sport. How much better to go on a safari with only the intent of seeing, not diminishing these populations?

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July 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Nairobi in One Day

At the Karen Blixen Museum

Most people find themselves in Nairobi on either end of a safari trip. The city is Kenya’s capital and main area of business in the region. Aside from the few favorite restaurants in the downtown area, the city itself doesn’t offer a lot of action for tourists. The best way we found to spend a day in Nairobi is to explore the many attractions outside of the city limits. We toured the Nairobi National park, Langata Giraffe Center, and the home of one of Kenya’s most famous past resident Karen Blixen.

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July 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments

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