Making Memories Out of Moments With Travelstart

Making Memories Out of Moments With Travelstart

I attended the Travelstart Making Memories out of Moments event this past Thursday, held at their incredible headquarters in Longkloof Studios. The event was all about creating awesome travel photography and videos.  The evening started with some light snacks and chats to break the ice and mingle. I cosied up to a cappuccino while others opted to warm up with a glass of red wine.  We were then ushered to the seating area where the talks led by industry leaders were about to commence. Yes you can make great videos with your phone First up were Dean Paarman and Darren Barker of Travelvids who showed us just how easy it was to create a cool Instagram worthy video with merely an iPhone and an editing app. Dean’s advice was to start by jotting down the shots you wanted to include in your video in order for it to be considered complete. Tick them off as you go along creating short five second videos and when you’ve gone through your whole list, you’re ready to combine and  edit with the easy Splice app. It can literally take as little as ten minutes to make a cool video and you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of your event rather than spending it stuck behind your phone. Just be sure to use royalty free music or get permission from the artist and record company to avoid having your cool video blocked! Building your Insta Empire Next up was Instagram legend, travel photographer and Socomunity founder Craig Howes. With almost 300k followers and having been featured by major brands on their accounts,... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Neeta from Love Art by Neeta

Local Travel is Lekker – Neeta from Love Art by Neeta

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything proudly South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Neeta from Love Art By Neeta. 1) What do you love most about South Africa? What I love most about South Africa, is the multicultural rainbow nation we live in, the diversity, warm South African welcome we spread amongst one another. 2) What is your first local travel memory? My first Travel memory was exploring the Eastern Cape with family, I recall going on long road trips. 3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? Born in the Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth, it would definitely be Hobbie Beach; the ocean is my favourite destination. 4) What’s on your South African travel bucket list? Paragliding in Cape Town over the most beautiful scenes. A post shared by Neeta Raga-Dullabh (@loveartbyneeta) on Jun 13, 2017 at 2:04am PDT 5) What are your top tips for planning a local getaway? Pack insect repellent Travel light Keep hydrated, carry plenty water and some re-hydrate in case. Pack comfortable shoes Cleanser and a good moisturizer Camera or phone camera of a good quality is essential for any trip. 6) Where can we... read more
Me Time With a Post Pregnancy Massage at Mommy Wellness Day Spa

Me Time With a Post Pregnancy Massage at Mommy Wellness Day Spa

I’m back with the first post in over two months. After haphazardly posting my Local Travel is Lekker series posts I’ve decided to try and get back into blogging. And yet as I’m typing this I’m down with the flu. Damn you Murphy. I did however get some of my rhythm back two weeks ago with a post pregnancy massage at Mommy Wellness Day Spa in Durbanville. A close friend of mine gifted me with the massage after pitying my swollen ankles. But Why a Post Natal and Not Pre-Natal Massage? I had been Google’ing the crap out of pregnancy massages and spas in Cape Town but more particularly, pregnancy massages in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town as I just never have the patience for Southern Surburbs traffic and lack of parking.  So I’d heard of Mommy Wellness before and had mentioned it casually to my friend. Needless to say, I was a bit surprised when I received the gift voucher for a post natal massage as it was after all my swollen pregnancy ankles that prompted the gift. But my friend knowingly stated (having two boys herself) that I would need it way more after the baby was born. Boy was she right. My Post Pregnancy Massage at Mommy Wellness Day Spa  – Bliss! I had been dreaming of my full body aromatherapy massage for weeks but as luck (and a newborn) would have it, I arrived nearly an half an hour late for my massage at Mommy Wellness Day Spa in Durbanville. Having called them to say I’d be late, I arrived flustered as we’d gotten... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Roelia from GP Boozy Foodie

Local Travel is Lekker – Roelia from GP Boozy Foodie

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Roelia who runs two blogs Social Savage (with her husband) and Boozy Foodie.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? The pure diversity – landscape, cultures, people.  There is a travel destination for everyone – from bungalows in the Kruger, to luxury suites in Sandton hotels, to backpacking in the Drakensberg. In one country you will find glorious beaches that goes on for miles, impressive and imposing mountain ranges, vineyards as far as the eye can see and the vast landscapes of the Karoo.  Truly magical, isn’t it? 2) What is your first local travel memory? Travelling to visit my Gran in the small little town of Adelaide, in the Eastern Cape.  In the middle of winter. My Dad preferred to drive at night, so I remember lying on the back seat – watching the brightest stars in the darkest night, barely moving.  And the soft soothing sound of the moving car lulling me to sleep.  Then, waking up with the smell of Gran’s freshly baked bread and moerkoffie.  Ahhh, happy place!... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Asha from Life By Asha Singh

Local Travel is Lekker – Asha from Life By Asha Singh

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Asha from Life By Asha Singh.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? I love how no matter where in SA I go, I feel so at home. You can have a lekker braai whether you’re in Western Cape or Limpopo and those tjops will be just as juicy! 2) What is your first local travel memory? The first time traveling I remember quite clearly was a trip to Joburg when I was 8. It was my first time on a plane so it was the most exciting and scary experience! For someone that had always lived in a small town it gave me a chance to experience the city and boy did I love it. 3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? I’m from the KZN South Coast and I would say my favourite place is just any beach. We have some stunning beaches like Margate and Hibberdine and they’re definitely my favourite thing on the South Coast. 4) What’s on your South African travel bucket list? In terms of places... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Jacqui from The Jax Blog

Local Travel is Lekker – Jacqui from The Jax Blog

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Jacqui from The Jax Blog.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? The people and the food. We have such a richly diverse melting pot of cultures in South Africa. This is clearly evident through our food. From the deliciously moreish biltong to the sweet aniseed koeksisters of the Cape Malay. Braai vleis (barbecue meat), milktart and everything in between, I can’t get enough! We’re a very hospitable crowd, us South Africans, and most social gatherings centre around food. 2) What is your first local travel memory? My first local trip would have to be when I was a wee tot and my parents road tripped off to Zululand. I reckon my incurable wanderlust is all their fault ;-) I couldn’t have been more than 2 at the time. My fondest memories of riding in a rickshaw and meeting a Zulu man in traditional garb. Never shy but always fascinated by other cultures, eager to learn more…some things never change ;-)   3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown?... read more
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Discoverer of hidden gems. Half city dweller. Half road trip explorer. Full supporter of local South African travel!

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