Top 12 Blogs For Travel Bloggers

This is a list of creative travel blogs that I read and follow. They are written by independent travel writers, the list include those that I consider as heavy-weights in travel blogging. These bloggers are associated with large travel sites/blogs but their focus is on living a unique life (getting to see the world around them) and be an insightful writers. All of them are fun and inspirational to read.

Blog: Everything-Everywhere

Writer: Gary Arndt

Gary has been on the road since 2007 as a professional traveller. On the blog you’ll find interviews with leading figures in the industry like Laura Bly from BlyOnTheFly.com. The posts are factual yet personal as they include Gary’s insights and reasons for visiting each of the destinations. Everything-Everywhere is the top travel blogger on Twitter according to its Klout score.

Most recent post: This Week In Travel – Episode 152

Blog: Nomadic Matt

Writer: Matt Kepness

Matt offers practical and tactical advice about how to travel better, cheaper and longer. The blog gives down-to-earth details about the best ways to explore the world. The blog is more of a collection of useful tips rather than a chronicle of Matt’s adventures although there is a travel guide section with info gathered from Matt’s travels since 2004. The site includes videos and a list of resources.

Most recent post: How To Travel Anywhere For Free

Blog: Go-See-Write

Writer: Michael Hodson

Travelling since 2008 he circumvented the globe without getting on a plane. The blog includes Michael’s adventures and experiences as he goes through each of the travel destinations. Dubai travel is included in the long list of destinations you can read about and there is a section of travel destination tips. The blog is a personal journey of a solo adventurer exploring the world.

Most recent post: Visiting One of the World’s Highest Lakes

Blog: Fox Nomad

Writer: Anil Polat

Chosen by the Huffington Post as one of the top travel writers to watch Anil is a full time traveller but a gadget geek as well, so the focus of the blog is often on the technical aspect of travel. He often visits countries which are off-the-beaten-track and gives practical advice about how to cope in places like Yemen and Iraq. On the blog you’ll find destination tips, tech posts, resources and insights into green travel and culture.

Most recent post: The Landmarks To Look Out For When Flying Into Istanbul

Blog: Legal Nomads

Writer: Jodi – A former Lawyer from Montreal

She has been travelling and eating her way around the world since 2008 and the blog focuses on food, culture and her adventures. One of the plus points about this travel writer’s blog is that it is ad-free (except for Amazon links) which makes it a very clean-cut blog to look at. This is a good blog to watch if you’re into food related travel, the blog is on the MSN list of top travel blogs.

Most recent post: Thrillable Hours: Doug Barber, Co-Founder of Minaa

Blog: Almost Fearless

Writer: Christine Gilbert

One of the top ranking travel & leisure blogs written by a mother traveling with her family since 2008, this blog has beautiful photography and the blend of family, self and travel. The family travel focus can be seen by the blog sections – life, kitchen, photos and kids. You’ll find some useful destination tips but more general life insights.

Most recent post: How I Spent 10 Years To Get Where I Started

Blog: Camels and Chocolates

Writer: Kristin Luna

One of the top travel writer blogs according to Elliott.org and other “top” lists due to the well written text. The writer is a professional journalist, has interviewed the stars and in addition is a travel addict. She covers a long list of travel destinations recording her adventures with the occasional travel destination tip thrown in. The blog boasts many photos of the travel writer in the various travel destinations.

Most recent post: Photo Friday: Columbus, Ohio

Blog: Johnny Vagabond

Writer: Wes

Another of the Huffington Post picks for best travel writer blogs, the charm of this blog is in the well written descriptions of the writer’s adventures. Wes is traveling around the world on a tight budget and taking brilliant pictures as he goes. The writing is engaging, intelligent and entertaining as well as giving you plenty of info about the travel destinations.

Most recent post: A Love Letter from the Philippines

Blog: 48 Hour Adventure

Writer: Justin Morris

A very useful and highly practical blog where each post is dedicated to a 48 hour plan of what to see and do in various travel destinations. What makes this travel & leisure blog standout is its no-nonsense usable quality. You’ll find a “48 hours in Dubai” post if you’re interested in Dubai travel, listing sites, how to get around, orientation and plenty of large photos.

Most recent post: 48 Hours in Reykjavik

Blog: Global Grasshopper

Writer: A team of travel writers Gary and Becky

Unlike many of the blogs on this list it is not a chronicle of any one person’s travels but rather a collection of inspirational travel stories and travel destination tips written by travel writers. For example you’ll find “top 10” lists, cool hotels and beautiful places as well as the section for travel snobs!

Most recent post: 10 of the Best Travel Destinations

Blog: Travel Business Success

Writer: Tourism Tim Warren

Since 1994 Tourism Tim Warren works to inspire, guide & connect tourism pros’ to realize their dreams. From Michigan to Mongolia, Baja to Bolivia, “Tourism Tim” Warren has helped 1000’s of small start-up tour operators to international business development agencies increase sales, arrivals and profits via his book, online courses and webinars. An entrepreneur at heart, he enjoys helping current & future travel entrepreneurs succeed financially following their passion of a profession in tourism.

Most recent post: 5 Travel Website Sales Tips

Blog: Y Travel Blog

Writer: Caz & Craig Makepeace

Caz & Craig originally from Central Coast of Australia alongside their daughters have been travelling round the world. Y Travel Blog was started in April 2010 as a way to share personal travel tips and stories to help others live their travel dreams. There consistency, dedication and global travel knowledge makes their travel site one of the best.

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Business Traveller Flying to London? A London City Guide for Getting to the Centre

London. The vibrant, beating heart of the United Kingdom. It’s one of the world’s most popular destinations for tourists, and for business travellers too. The amount of commerce that goes through London is staggering, with a financial centre second only to New York, and service industries that cater for both the UK, European and international markets. As the world’s most multicultural city – there are over 300 languages spoken by a population of over eight million people (twelve million if you include the metropolitan area) – the opportunities for business are clear.

With the UK strategically positioned for the business traveller on the western edge of Europe, London is a global hub for air travel, providing easy access to mainland Europe, and a stepping stone to the United States. Primarily served by five airports – Heathrow, Gatwick, City, Stansted and Luton – London is easily reached from anywhere in the world. But with the exception of London City Airport – smallest of the five and located in East London, close to the business district of Canary Wharf – the other four airports are satellites evenly dispersed around the city. The most popular, Heathrow, is located to the west of London; Gatwick is situated to the south; Stansted to the north east; and Luton to the North West. Knowing this before you make your travel plans can be useful. Since the greater metropolitan area of London covers over 1,000 square miles, your final business destination may not be right in the centre. Researching which airport is closest to your destination can save you time, effort and money.

However, whether you’re a business traveller flying from within the UK or from overseas, your starting destination may often determine the airport you arrive at. Other factors, such as your chosen time of travel, budget and availability will also make a difference. For example, if you’re travelling with a major international carrier from a major city, such as New York, the chances are you’ll arrive at Heathrow or Gatwick (Stansted also receives flights from New York but is the smallest of the three). If you’re travelling locally from within the UK with a budget carrier you’re more likely to arrive at Stansted or Luton (though not exclusively). And if you’re travelling from a major European city, particularly a financial capital, such as Frankfurt, London City Airport is a likely arrival point (the airport was created specifically to cater for short haul business travellers, particularly between financial centres).

Each airport is served by comprehensive rail and road infrastructure, providing business travellers with a variety of options to enter London. All five airports offer direct rail travel into the heart of Central London, coach travel to the main Victoria terminus, and hire car, mini-bus, licensed black cab and taxi services by road. If you’re a VIP business traveller, chauffeur services are also available, and with the exception of London City Airport, each also offer direct helicopter transfer into the heart of the city.

London Heathrow Airport

The busiest of the five airports is London Heathrow. Located less than twenty miles from central London, Heathrow is situated to the west of the city within the M25 motorway metropolitan boundary. The fastest route into London is via the Heathrow Express train service, taking just 15 minutes from terminals 1, 2 and 3 to Paddington station (located on the western side of Central London). If your flight arrives at either terminal 4 or 5 it’s a further four and six minutes travel time respectively, and you’ll need to transfer on to the main London-bound service at terminals 1, 2 and 3.

The service is excellent, offering comfort and convenience, but does not always suite everyone’s travel budget. The standard ‘Express’ single journey ticket costs £21.00 (€25.00 / $35.00), but business travellers can get better value when purchasing a return ticket, priced at £34.00 (€40.00 / $56.00). The ‘Business First’ ticket is more expensive, with singles costing £29.00 (€35.00 / $48.00) and returns £52.00 (€62.00 / $86.00), but it does afford business travellers considerably more leg room, the privacy of a ‘single seating’ layout, and a fold out table. The experience is akin to that of air travel. All passengers across both pricing structures enjoy access to electrical sockets, USB ports and free Wi-Fi. The overall quality of service and passenger experience generates a ‘wow’ factor, and if your budget can afford it, is certainly the smoothest, quickest and most convenient way to travel into London from Heathrow. Trains run regularly every fifteen minutes in both directions, particularly useful for last minute dashes to the airport.

There are two further rail options available to business travellers, both considerably less expensive, though this is reflected in the quality of service. That’s not to say either is not a good solution for business travellers, just that there is a noticeable difference in convenience and comfort.

With a service typically running every thirty minutes, and a journey duration – depending on the time of day – of between 23 and 27 minutes from terminals 1, 2 and 3, Heathrow Connect is more than adequate for business travellers who are not in a hurry. Like the rival Express service, Connect also arrives at Paddington station, but unlike its faster rival stops at up to five other stations before reaching its terminus. The ‘inconvenience’ of this less direct journey is compensated for by a considerably less expensive ticket price. Single journey’s cost £9.90 (€12.00 / $16.00) while a return is £19.80 (€24.00 / $32.00). There is no saving to be made from purchasing a return ticket. While the convenience and comfort of the traveller experience cannot match the Express, the Connect business travel solution is an acceptable compromise that suits a greater number of travel budgets.

The third – and least expensive – rail option is the London Underground ‘tube’ network. Despite the network’s name the majority of the journey from Heathrow is overground, until the business traveller nears Central London. Starting on the Piccadilly Line, the service connects all five Heathrow terminals and provides frequent trains into London, stopping at a considerable amount of outlying stations before arriving in the capital’s centre. This continually ‘interrupted’ journey – there are seventeen stops between Heathrow terminals 1, 2 and 3 and Paddington Tube station (the nearest equivalent tube terminus for a fair comparison) – and takes approximately fifty minutes journey time on average, considerably slower than its more direct rivals. This journey comparison also requires the inconvenience of a transfer between lines.

So why would the business traveller consider using the tube from Heathrow to Central London? Simple. The frequency of service, the array of destinations, and the cost. At a cash price of just £5.70 (€6.80 / $9.50) for a single journey in either direction during peak hours (06:30am to 09:30am), financially the Underground is an attractive option. At nearly half the price of the Heathrow Connect, and at just over a quarter of the price of the Heathrow Express, this service is comparably good value for money. Further value can be found if the business traveller purchases an ‘Oyster Card’, the ‘cashless’ electronic ticketing system beloved by so many Londoners. Available to purchase at Heathrow London Underground stations, this useful option allows you to get tickets cheaper than for cash – in this case a reduction to just £5.00 (€6.00 / $8.30). Off-peak travel with an Oyster Card offers even greater value, with Heathrow to Paddington in either direction costing just £3.00 (€3.60 / $5.00) per journey. The Oyster Card can also be used for unlimited travel on buses and trains throughout London, with a maximum daily spend capped at £17.00 (€20.00 / $28.00) peak time and just £8.90 (€10.60 / $15.00) off-peak for a six zone ticket (destinations across London are divided into six main zonal rings. Travelling from Heathrow to Central London crosses all six zones).

The Underground is primarily a city-wide mass transit system, rather than a ‘train’ service. As such the level of comfort and convenience is substantially less than that of both the Heathrow Express and Connect services, and at peak hours can be considerably uncomfortable. Having endured a recent flight, business travellers who choose this option run the risk of having to stand up the entire journey if travelling during peak hours. If the carriage is full to squeezing point (as is often the case at peak time) managing your luggage can be a challenge. It should also be noted that the tube network – which, as the world’s first urban mass-transit system is over 150 years old – is often prone to signal failures and delays. If the time between your arrival at Heathrow (don’t forget to factor in clearing immigration control, luggage collection and customs) and your business appointment is tight, particularly during peak hours, it is not unfair to say that you are taking a risk if you choose to use the Underground.

Compared to using rail, travelling by road into Central London is far less convenient. Like every major city around the world, traffic congestion plagues the streets of London. The M4 and A4 route from Heathrow into London is always busy and in parts can be slow moving at times. No matter what your method of road transport, the business traveller is vulnerable to the risk of delays and accidents.

Buses and coaches are plentiful. The dominant carrier is called National Express. They operate services between Heathrow Airport and London Victoria, the main coach terminus in London. From here travellers can travel to many other destinations around the UK. The coaches run from Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station, which is located between terminals 1, 2 and 3. Its well sign posted so easily found. If you’re arriving at terminals 4 or 5 you’ll need to first take the Heathrow Connect train to the central bus station. From Victoria Station you can get to any other part of London with ease, via the Underground, plentiful buses, local trains and licensed black cabs / minicab taxi services.

A single journey tickets start from £6.00 (€7.20 / $10.00), while returns cost £11.00 (€13.20 / $18.00). Although you can purchase your ticket at Heathrow, it is advisable to do so in advance, and online. This will ensure you have a guaranteed, reserved seat on your coach of choice, and also provide you with the opportunity to select a time of departure and/or return that best suits your needs. Typically this service runs three coaches per hour to and from London Victoria coach station. The journey time can vary, dependent on the route taken, the time of day and traffic conditions, but you can typically expect your journey to take between 40 and 90 minutes.

National Express also offers business travellers a Heathrow hotel transfer service to and from the airport, known as the Heathrow Hoppa. With hundreds of services each day running around the clock, it’s a clean, comfortable and affordable way to get about, costing £4.00 (€4.80 / $6.60) for single journey and £7.00 (€8.40/ $11.50) for a return journey. This service is particularly useful if your business appointment is located close to Heathrow and you have no need to travel into Central London.

An alternative to coach travel is taking a bus. This can be particularly useful if you arrive at Heathrow late at night. Depending on the day of the week, the N9 night bus runs approximately every 20 minutes to Trafalgar Square in Central London, from 11.30pm to 5am. The journey time is approximately 75 minutes, subject to traffic delays. It’s a very affordable service, and as part of the Transport for London infrastructure a single journey can be paid for with an Oyster Card (£1.40 (€1.70/ $2.30) or by cash (£2.40 (€2.90/ $4.00).

If your journey into London requires the freedom to choose to travel whenever you want, to wherever you want, or you simply require privacy, then private hire transport is readily available at Heathrow. If you’re just interested in getting from A to B and back again, without any other journeys in between, taking a licensed black cab or minicab taxi may suit your needs. Travelling in an iconic licensed black cab into Central London will take approximately 45-60 minutes, subject to traffic delays, and can typically cost between £50.00 (€60.00/ $83.00) and £80.00 (€96.00/ $132.00). If you do find yourself delayed in traffic the journey will cost more, since black cab meters also charge for waiting time when not moving. Black cabs are readily available at all hours, and good sign posting at Heathrow means they’re easy to find. At a squeeze up to five business travellers can be accommodated, though if you all have large luggage it will be a problem.

An alternative private hire to black cabs are licensed taxi services. This could be a better option for the business traveller, particularly if a number of people with luggage are travelling together. An array of vehicle types are available, ranging from standard 4/5 seater saloon and 6/7 passenger people carrier cars, up to 15 or 17 seater minibuses and even coach taxis. An added advantage is you can book your vehicle of choice in advance and at a fixed price. With so many different companies offering these services, prices – and quality of service – can vary, but typically for a single journey the business traveller can expect to pay a fixed, advance price of £40.00 (€48.00/ $66.00) for a saloon car; £50.00 (€60.00/ $83.00) for an estate car; £55.00 (€66.00/ $90.00) for an executive car; £55.00 (€66.00/ $90.00) for a people carrier; £65.00 (€78.00/ $108.00) for an 8 seater minibus; £80.00 (€96.00/ $132.00) for an executive people carrier; and £165.00 (€198.00/ $272.00) for a 16 seater minibus. Savings can be made on all tariffs if a return journey is booked in advance.

Travelling by black cab or licensed taxi affords the business traveller the freedom to travel at his or her own pace, and can take the hassle out of a journey. It can be a very relaxing way to commute from the airport into London, particularly after a long flight, and offers the business traveller an opportunity to unwind prior to their business appointment.

If you need to arrange senior executive or VIP transportation, chauffeur driven services are readily available (booked in advance) between Heathrow and London. The vehicle type and the length of time you require it for will dictate the price you’ll pay. Chauffeur driven services are readily available to find online. The same is true of helicopter charter services which can transfer the executive business traveller from Heathrow into Central London (Battersea Heliport) in approximately 15 minutes. Flightline Travel Management is experienced at providing our customers with both modes of transport, and we’re happy to take your enquiry.

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Planning Travel To The Magnificent Usa

The United States of America is one of most desired traveling locations in the world, thanks to a number of magnificent, famous sights that attract tourists from all over the world. No matter if your desired location is East Coast or West Coast of America, you will need to carefully plan your US Travel, because you will need at least 15 days a month to see some of hundreds of popular locations. Check out some of the US Top Events to get more ideas about which locations are most desireable for your visit! There are numerous US Travel Guides that will give you many useful information on how to get the most out of your visit to the USA.
Once you have made your choice about your desired destination and length of your trip, it is important to get prepared for the techincal details of your United States of America Travel.
Most foreigners must posses valid visa to enter United States of America. Only residents of 36 countries don’t need visa. Check on USA Government website to see if your country is one of those 36.
Make sure to contact USA embassy in your country to acquire visa in time before the travel. It is important to have in mind that after you apply for visa, you will have to undergo an interview in your local embassy, after which will be determined if you are eligible to travel to USA. Only younger than 13 years and older than 80 years don’t have to undergo intervew, so it is important to make timely actions before the travel to have enough of time to get visa on time.
Get relevant USA Travel information on time, like what you can bring into country.
USA customs will routinely screen through your luggage even if you don’t have anything for customs processing. USA Embassy in your country can provide you with information about what you can bring with you into USA, and what you can not. For example, you can not bring illegal goods, most plants and herbal products, as well drugs. Drug possession will actually lead to criminal prosecution, as it is in most of the countries in the world. So, it is best to avoid such mistakes.
After landing at a USA airport, you will go through customs procedures and fill out some entry forms that are required for foreign citizens and overviewed by Customs and Border Protection. The Officer in charge will take your biometric data to verify your identity and to see if there is relation to list of known criminals. Officer will probably ask you some questions to establish how long will you stay in the United States of America, do you have sufficient funds for your visit, where will you spend your time. If you are traveling with a child, it is necessary to have legal proof of custody or valid authorization for individual travel with the child.
After finishing customs and border control, you can enter USA and enjoy your visit!
Make sure to make the most out of your United States Travel!

The United States of America is one of most desired traveling locations in the world, thanks to a number of magnificent, famous sights that attract tourists from all over the world. No matter if your desired location is East Coast or West Coast of America, you will need to carefully plan your US Travel, because you will need at least 15 days a month to see some of hundreds of popular locations. Check out some of the US Top Events to get more ideas about which locations are most desireable for your visit! There are numerous US Travel Guides that will give you many useful information on how to get the most out of your visit to the USA.
Once you have made your choice about your desired destination and length of your trip, it is important to get prepared for the techincal details of your United States of America Travel.
Most foreigners must posses valid visa to enter United States of America. Only residents of 36 countries don’t need visa. Check on USA Government website to see if your country is one of those 36.
Make sure to contact USA embassy in your country to acquire visa in time before the travel. It is important to have in mind that after you apply for visa, you will have to undergo an interview in your local embassy, after which will be determined if you are eligible to travel to USA. Only younger than 13 years and older than 80 years don’t have to undergo intervew, so it is important to make timely actions before the travel to have enough of time to get visa on time.
Get relevant USA Travel information on time, like what you can bring into country.
USA customs will routinely screen through your luggage even if you don’t have anything for customs processing. USA Embassy in your country can provide you with information about what you can bring with you into USA, and what you can not. For example, you can not bring illegal goods, most plants and herbal products, as well drugs. Drug possession will actually lead to criminal prosecution, as it is in most of the countries in the world. So, it is best to avoid such mistakes.
After landing at a USA airport, you will go through customs procedures and fill out some entry forms that are required for foreign citizens and overviewed by Customs and Border Protection. The Officer in charge will take your biometric data to verify your identity and to see if there is relation to list of known criminals. Officer will probably ask you some questions to establish how long will you stay in the United States of America, do you have sufficient funds for your visit, where will you spend your time. If you are traveling with a child, it is necessary to have legal proof of custody or valid authorization for individual travel with the child.
After finishing customs and border control, you can enter USA and enjoy your visit!
Make sure to make the most out of your United States Travel!

Places To Visit In Usa

USA is the country made up of many faces from around the world. The diversity of the USA makes it a country that attracts people for many different reasons. There is so much to offer to so many different people from any country. The images of the United States stays embedded in the mind of the people who visit this country, you can enjoy magnificent US city skyscrapers, vast barren deserts, towering mountain ranges and urban jungles. You can also visit other places such as the US capitol, Empire State Building and Grand Canyon.
For many years, people want to use the US Travel Guide, they want to know how they can visit the country which has filled so many dreams and hopes. The Europeans reached the country first and other people continued to come in the country.
For many people who want to want to use United States Travel, they start their travels in New York. The reason for this is that the city is well known because of its finances and culture with many skyscrapers and colourful history. If you want to spend some time enjoying what the city has to offer, you can spend many hours exploring other places of the areas such as New England and the Mid Atlantic region.
Now it is even easier to get access to the USA Vacation Booking Service online. When you book online, you will get extras and discounts that will ensure that your vacation in the USA is a memorable one. You can enjoy direct access to admission whenever you want to and any time of the day. You are also the one to decide about the dining, entertainment, stores and attractions locations that you want to visit. Since you decide on what is included in the package you get, you will be ready to start to enjoy the United States as soon as you arrive.
The United States is a country that is very large and here, you will be able to enjoy the diversity and charm of many different cultures. When you are in the city, you can ask the USA Travel Guides to help you in visiting other places such as Hollywood actors, celebrities, mountain men and cowboys in real life.
According to the America Travel Guide, many people like to spend most of their time in the cities of America. They may choose to enjoy the energy of New York or Chicago as well as Washington DC political fervour or San Francisco tranquillity. It is easy to find the people from your country in America but if you want to enjoy what the city has to offer better, it is recommended to enjoy the native experience. Even if it is fun to enjoy what the city has to offer, you can also enjoy the splendid scenes in the small towns and villages of America.
If you want to enjoy everything the country has to offer, it is recommended to have a car with you which you can use America Car Rental. Even if you do not need to travel from one shore to another to be able to enjoy all the country has to offer, if you travel in many countries, you will be able to enjoy the back road oddities as well as the savour the small towns you are visiting. If you want to feel confident while travelling, use See America Travel Guide take advantage of what it has to offer.

USA is the country made up of many faces from around the world. The diversity of the USA makes it a country that attracts people for many different reasons. There is so much to offer to so many different people from any country. The images of the United States stays embedded in the mind of the people who visit this country, you can enjoy magnificent US city skyscrapers, vast barren deserts, towering mountain ranges and urban jungles. You can also visit other places such as the US capitol, Empire State Building and Grand Canyon.
For many years, people want to use the US Travel Guide, they want to know how they can visit the country which has filled so many dreams and hopes. The Europeans reached the country first and other people continued to come in the country.
For many people who want to want to use United States Travel, they start their travels in New York. The reason for this is that the city is well known because of its finances and culture with many skyscrapers and colourful history. If you want to spend some time enjoying what the city has to offer, you can spend many hours exploring other places of the areas such as New England and the Mid Atlantic region.
Now it is even easier to get access to the USA Vacation Booking Service online. When you book online, you will get extras and discounts that will ensure that your vacation in the USA is a memorable one. You can enjoy direct access to admission whenever you want to and any time of the day. You are also the one to decide about the dining, entertainment, stores and attractions locations that you want to visit. Since you decide on what is included in the package you get, you will be ready to start to enjoy the United States as soon as you arrive.
The United States is a country that is very large and here, you will be able to enjoy the diversity and charm of many different cultures. When you are in the city, you can ask the USA Travel Guides to help you in visiting other places such as Hollywood actors, celebrities, mountain men and cowboys in real life.
According to the America Travel Guide, many people like to spend most of their time in the cities of America. They may choose to enjoy the energy of New York or Chicago as well as Washington DC political fervour or San Francisco tranquillity. It is easy to find the people from your country in America but if you want to enjoy what the city has to offer better, it is recommended to enjoy the native experience. Even if it is fun to enjoy what the city has to offer, you can also enjoy the splendid scenes in the small towns and villages of America.
If you want to enjoy everything the country has to offer, it is recommended to have a car with you which you can use America Car Rental. Even if you do not need to travel from one shore to another to be able to enjoy all the country has to offer, if you travel in many countries, you will be able to enjoy the back road oddities as well as the savour the small towns you are visiting. If you want to feel confident while travelling, use See America Travel Guide take advantage of what it has to offer

SA sub-cities to address traffic congestion

According to the 2016 TomTom Traffic Index Report, Cape Town has been ranked the 47th most congested city in the world and the most congested city in South Africa followed by Johannesburg.
SA sub-cities to address traffic congestion
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This national increase in traffic congestion brought on by growing urbanisation can be addressed by creating additional business hubs or so called ‘sub-cities’ outside of the country’s central business districts (CDBs).

This is according to Sheldon Jennings, architect at MaC Architects – a sustainable architecture consultancy in the country – who says that responsive urban planning is the key to ease the traffic congestion: “Urbanisation has led to towns with core CBDs and main transport arteries flowing outward to suburban areas. A growing population and an influx to the metros means that this is not a sustainable long-term model for city planning.”

Rezoning of land

He adds that the development of sub-cities is a sensible means to ease pressure on the main transport arteries, but that the process must be aided by the rezoning of land for mixed-use developments and supplemented by the upgrading of municipal services. “This will ensure that municipal services are not put under too much strain and allow for the development of ergonomic sub-cities.”

South African cities are typically not as dense as those seen abroad as residential zones stretch for kilometres outside of the CBDs, catalysing the need for more of the population to travel using private transport, he adds. “In addition to this, property prices in the main cities make it inaccessible to the majority of the workforce, meaning the daily commute from surrounding areas adds to the traffic congestion.”

Jennings comments that the creation of sub-cities with their own business districts will happen naturally as the congestion of metros worsen, but that municipalities must monitor and manage the process carefully. “Incorporating more mixed-use zonings into the far-reaching residential zones will bring work closer to home and localise travel. To stay abreast of natural urban trends, municipalities appoint urban planners to guide them in the rezoning and redesigning of areas, but not often enough are their proposals and suggestions backed with tangible action.”

Take heed of urban trends

Potential areas for denser sub-city developments would require the relaxation of building height restrictions, the upgrading of transport interchanges for efficient public use, and the cohesion of open spaces to form a meaningful civic space, he explains. “It is critical for municipalities to take heed of urban trends and to react by zoning areas for mixed-use. This will allow, for example, the creation of outdoor social spaces such as public squares, and the localisation of travel between work and home.”

Jennings says that additional nodes of commerce and industry are already emerging across the country. “Prime examples of sub-cities that have developed in addition to CDBs over the past decade include Sandton City and Melrose Arch in Johannesburg as well as Century City in Cape Town.”

There is however scope and a need for the formalisation of additional nodes of commerce and industry across the country, based on existing patterns of use, he says.

“To reduce the strain put on the city’s transportation and other municipal services, every ward in the greater urban scheme should ideally have a primary civic node identified and further developed, while maintaining yet not adding to the density of the primary CBD” concludes Jennings.

Working abroad still popular among South Africans

A gap year is likely to be one of the most exciting, nerve wrecking and inspiring times of your life, no matter your age. Working abroad is a trend that is fiercely on the rise among South Africans, and with the vast variety of working options available in countries across the globe, it’s not hard to see why.
The most popular gap year options among South Africans

Teaching English in Thailand is a firm favourite among South Africans when it comes to working abroad options. Heading over to Thailand to teach English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESOL/TEFL) is a great option if you’re looking to jump start your professional career in The Land of Smiles. You can work in corporate coaching, teach pre-school, high school or even be a guest lecturer at a university. Positions are available throughout the year and contracts range from 3-12 months.

Au pairing in America is another opportunity that is extremely popular among South Africans who are looking to gain working experience and exposure overseas. Seize the opportunity to live in the US for a minimum of 12 months as an equal member of your host family, work 45 hours of childcare per week and earn over US$10,000 a year. There is plenty of time to explore the US either during your two weeks paid vacation, your weekends off, or during the additional travel month on completion of your au pairing experience.

Another wildly popular option is participating in the Work & Travel USA program which allows South African full time students a challenging work and cultural experience in the USA during their university holiday’s, for a period of up to three and a half months. There is an abundance of seasonal employers who hire high volumes of staff during certain seasons of the year, and you could find yourself working in hotels, casinos or even ski resorts.

Age limits and restrictions

Most of the work abroad programmes on offer are age limit specific. The minimum age for Work Abroad/Gap Year programmes is 18, but companies like STA Travel South Africa also offer some programmes that allow for participants up to the age of 44 years old. Some programmes require for participants to have a degree and work experience, and others just require a Matric certificate. Depending on these, the age limits differ.

The benefits of taking a gap year

Gaining knowledge and skills that will undoubtedly promote your future career development upon your return to South Africa is a big one.
Experiencing another land, culture and possibly even a language, while working and living in another country; a unique and diverse opportunity that will stand you in good stead in any chosen career path.
The opportunity to travel the world, make new friends, gain international practical work experience and earn and save foreign currency.
If you’re unsure about which career path you intend to follow, a year away from home may alter your perspective on your interests and may give you more insight into what you’d eventually like to do.

As for disadvantages, these are very few and far between. If any, these may include some applicants being homesick and missing out on special events back home, but the Gap Year experience is richer and more rewarding once this is overcome. Many of the programmes have programme fees which require for you to pay for your air ticket, as well as have a set amount of finances available. Even though the earnings abroad are lucrative, you will need to have sufficient funds to cover initial costs.

Facilitation of gap year opportunities

Lee Cairncross, part of the STA Travel South Africa team and co-host of the #StartTheAdventure show on CliffCentral, notes that STA Travellers are passionate about travel, wanting to learn more about the world and about themselves, and because of this, the brand does things differently when it comes to working abroad option and opportunities.

“They are the reason we do things differently. We have built our exclusive product range from the ground up in direct response to the needs and wants of our travellers. We assist with linking applicants with our relevant Work Abroad programme partners. We have found that more people, not just students, want authentic, real-value travel options. STA Travel is for anyone passionate about fun, adventurous, educational travel; wanting flexibility, reliable service and support. Our work abroad programs offer, amongst other things, a unique forum for professional and personal growth within an international context, with benefits such as on the job training, international networking, cultural exchange, travel and a whole lot of fun too,” says Cairncross.

Visa’s #MyEverywhere campaign set to share SA’s beauty

On 8 May, Visa launched a digital campaign with the long-term goal of changing the way the world sees South Africa and how South Africans see themselves…
Visa’s #MyEverywhere marketing campaign will be run on social media and is designed to promote domestic travel, targeted primarily at millennials who have grown up sharing their experiences on the internet.

Mohammed Ismaeel, VP Marketing for Visa in the CEMEA Region, said at the launch: “There is beauty everywhere in South Africa, it just needs to be seen.”

That’s where you come in. As it’s a visually crowdsourced campaign, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to share their stories with ‘on the ground’ images of the best of South Africa, which are also intended to inspire people to travel to new parts of the country to experience what they’ve seen on social media.

Visa’s #MyEverywhere campaign set to share SA’s beauty

We caught up with Ismaeel for a quick chat on his role at Visa, his personal favourite spots in SA and how the #MyEverywhere campaign came about…

Bizcommunity 1. Firstly, what’s your average day like, as Visa’s VP Marketing for the CEMEA region?

Ismaeel: I’m not sure I can describe anything about my day as average at the moment, if I’m honest. Having only been with Visa for nine months, I find myself learning something new every day. A large part of my time is spent with my colleagues in the Product, Sales and Finance function understanding our businesses across the region more deeply and that of our clients. Coming from a traditional marketing background I see my department as a Business Function, so it is imperative that against every dollar we spend we have very clear KPIs and if we aren’t able to articulate the value to Visa and our clients, we should be questioning the value of the spend itself. The other area I’ve been focusing on has been ensuring we have a deeper understanding of the customer base and the target audience. We sit on data that most marketers can only dream of, so now it’s about leveraging it without getting drowned by it!

Bizcommunity 2. Many would agree! What’s your personal favourite spot in South Africa?

Ismaeel: That’s easy, Cape Town and the surrounding areas, in particular Camps Bay. Renting a car and driving around with my wife to the Point, to Stellenbosch and the quaint towns in that area are amongst some of my favourite holiday moments. I’m guaranteed stunning views and some of the freshest, tastier food in the world all at incredible value. What’s not to love?

Bizcommunity 3. OK then: Tell us more about how the #MyEverywhere campaign came about…

Ismaeel: We wanted to change the way the world sees South Africa and the way South Africans view themselves, and encourage people to pay attention to the little details around them, which offer amazing experiences. South Africa has hidden gems for the millennial traveller or young at heart; for people seeking genuine experiences, which Visa can help them experience.

Bizcommunity 4. Tell us about the travel/tourism aspect to the campaign.

Ismaeel: We’re working with our local influencers, creative trio I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU (ISADY), and specialised merchants. The goal is to help them promote travel to their local cities, showcase the beauty of our country by visual content and enable consumers to get the most out of their travel experiences. Visa wants to drive outbound and inbound travel usage by assuring millennial travellers that Visa provides the access to the best way to pay around the world, enabling them to enjoy the most fulfilling travel experience free from the concerns and hassles of carrying cash.

Bizcommunity 5. What will happen at the culmination of the campaign’s eight-week period?

Ismaeel: We’ll continue sharing people’s photos and video of amazing places in South Africa. During the campaign, there will weekly prize for the winning video of a Visa prepaid Gift card to the value of R1,000.