Heavenly Honeymoons

We love organising honeymoons. There’s always so much excitement surrounding locations, itineraries and bucket lists. And, of course, if you can’t splash out on that extra layer of luxury for your honeymoon, when can you?

Here at Lekker Boutique Travel we believe that your honeymoon should be as unique as you are, so whether you’re into relaxing on the beach with a cocktail, exploring vibrant cities or even scaling mountains, we’ve got you covered:

Beach Honeymoons

The Maldives

A tropical island or beach ‘escape’ is many couples’ idea of the perfect honeymoon. A popular destination choice is the Maldives, a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean, consisting of 26 ring-shaped atolls. The Maldives is best known for their flawless white, sandy beaches, blue lagoons and extensive coral reefs.

What to do:

Snorkelling, diving, sunset fishing and dolphin watching, island-hopping and water sports.

When to go:

The high, dry season stretches from November to April, with Christmas and New Year being the most popular times to travel. For a slightly quieter break, visit from January to March: you’ll still get the warm temperatures and calm seas without the hustle and bustle.

Mauritius

With its powdery white sands on ethereal beaches, the unbelievably romantic island of Mauritius is certainly a destination of choice for many newlyweds. Enjoy the seclusion of some of the more private resorts, or get involved with some of the water sports and buzzing bars; the choice is totally yours.

What to do:

Hire a car to explore the widespread coastal roads, sample the Mauritian fine cuisine, visit Chamarel Village (known for its naturally multi-coloured land), take a trip to “Treasure Island” located just off the East coast of Mauritius, or simply relax in one of the island’s botanical spas. Need an adrenaline rush? Try the island’s skydiving for a 360 degree view of this amazing place!

When to go:

Mauritius is the perfect winter escape; avoid the humidity of the summer months (November to May) whilst still revelling in the warm temperatures.

City-Based Honeymoons

New York

Couples looking for a honeymoon-worthy hotel in New York will have no shortage of luxurious options, from romantic Old World hotels to trendy boutiques. Since it’s your honeymoon, we say go big or go home!

Arguably one of the best hotels is the Four Seasons, which offers an award-winning service and a weekend “hangover” brunch in their acclaimed restaurant, The Garden, where they even have a fresh-pressed juice bar.

What to do:

Take a stroll or cycle through Central Park, soak up the colourful vibes at a Broadway musical, visit the amazing Smorgasburg food market, visit some of the iconic NYC landmarks: The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Top of the Rock, browse the trendy shops in the West Village, SoHo and Fifth Avenue.

Hopeless romantic? Enjoy a photo shoot with your very own professional photographer who will capture all your romantic moments in your favourite area of the city.

When to go:

Spring and Autumn times are best for moderate temperatures and calmer crowds. Alternatively, December provides an unforgettable Christmas honeymoon.

Cape Town

With its stunning views, vibrant culture and bustling harbours, Cape Town is the perfect place for a honeymoon to remember. With a perfect blend of extraordinary sightseeing and the relaxing beaches, there’s something for all tastes and moods.

What to do:

Marvel at the views from Table Mountain, visit the popular vineyard of Constantia Valley, sit “on top of the world” at Lion’s Head, relax with a cocktail on Clifton Beach, and finish up with a delicious meal at one of the many luxury restaurants with views.

When to go:

The city experiences warm and dry weather from October to April, making it an ideal Winter honeymoon destination of choice. Don’t be put off by other months of the year, though; January-April experiences slower wind gusts and pretty consistent temperatures, which remain around the 20 degrees Celsius mark.

Adventure Honeymoons

Costa Rica

Looking for something a little more adventurous on your honeymoon, but don’t want to sacrifice luxury and indulgence? Then how about a custom itinerary from Lekker Boutique Travel?

Known for its rich biodiversity, beaches and volcanoes, Costa Rica is a haven for explorer-types who also favour their down-time. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with amazing animals and plants, meaning an adventure awaits around every corner.

What to do:

Discover the hidden waterfalls of Arenal, soar through the tropical forests of the Pacific, stay in luxury hotels with perfect volcano views, white water raft, zip line or even kayak fish! If that all gets too much, The Chocolate Forest experience includes a walk through the cacao forest, sampling of organic chocolate and ends with a sunset chocolate and wine tasting overlooking the Caribbean coast. Enough walking? Why not soak up the sights whilst bathing in the hot springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano.

When to go:

Local microclimates predominate and therefore make weather unpredictable, though to an extent you can depend upon the two-season rule. In the dry season (roughly mid-November to April), most areas are just that: dry all day, with occasional blustery northern winds (especially in January and February). Otherwise, you can depend on sunshine and warm temperatures.

New Zealand

New Zealand’s stunning natural landscape makes it a giant playground for all ages, and boasts scenery that has to be seen to be believed. The country is comprised of the North and South islands, and on your travels between both you’ll come across mountains, lakes, beaches and rainforests – and everything in between!

What to do:

Go bungee jumping in Queenstown (if you dare!), swim with dolphins in Kaikoura, admire the stunning fjords in Milford or go hiking or biking in Routeburn. If you want to come up for breath, Rotorua is all about amazing thermal activity and Maori culture whilst Hawke’s Bay is perfect for wine connoisseurs. The bite-size capital, Wellington, is home to a fascinating museum and a great café culture.

When to go:

New Zealand’s rugged beauty and varied landscapes make it a spectacular destination to visit at any time of year. The summer months of December to March bring long, warm, sunny days whilst June through to September are likely to bring some snow to the South island, drawing in skiers from all over the world.

Contact your Lekker Boutique Travel expert HERE for more information

Our Pick for the Festive Season: A selection of luxury Game Reserves in Africa

1) Mara Plains Camp (Kenya)

Situated next to Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, Mara Plains Camp is located on the bend of the Ntiakitiak River right next to Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. The camp itself is nestled within one of the richest ecosystems in the world, and ancient Swahili heritage is reflected in its large wooden doors from the coastal island of Lamu, with accents of deep red and purple to honour the great Maasai chiefs and warriors.

Guests at Mara Plains have privileged access to more than 100,000 acres home to a vast number of wildlife species from lions and hippopotamus to giraffe and birds of prey, offering an exclusive and luxurious edge to the experience.

Great detail: Upon arriving at the camp, you walk across a bridge over the river, through a thick, riverine forest, up a small slope to some giant steps, greeted by a stunningly endless horizon. Magical!

2) Segera Retreat (Kenya)

The Segera Retreat is one of Kenya’s most exciting safari locations. Luxury is key here, bespoke service and generous all-inclusive offerings combine to give you your own wild Kenyan home.

Today Segera is a treasured haven for Kenya’s wildlife, offering an authentic safari experience from the moment you arrive. Segera’s golden savannah plains, rocky waterfalls and tropical botanical gardens offer visitors the perfect escape from reality.

Great for: Segera retreat is a perfect option for the more environmentally-conscious traveller. Its solar installations allow for soothing outdoor baths, and even the rain water is recycled. The deliciously fresh homegrown vegetables feature daily on the food menus, which over the past decade have brought a new lease of life back to the previously degraded land they grow on.

3) Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (Tanzania)

Want unbeatable dinner views? Look no further than Crater Lodge. Whilst of course the vistas are its main appeal, we have to say that the architecture of the lodge also takes centre stage. Imagine an elegant baroque chateau within one of the most famous African landscapes, anything is possible and the natural luxury of the breathtakingly beautiful setting nestled on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Added benefits include ample fireplaces, views from all windows, in room massages and more!

Great for: Local development. The lodge provides jobs for locals, with fair wages and a staff development program which enables employees to rise through the ranks with 90% of the lodge’s staff from Tanzania itself. The lodge’s Community Leadership Education Fund also offers educational scholarships to local students, and it recently supplied 40 new desks to a nearby secondary school.

4) Sasakwa Lodge (Tanzania)

Singita Sasakwa Lodge forms part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. The view from the lodge’s spacious veranda looks out over the majestic Serengeti plains below. From this superb vantage point, it’s easy to become absorbed in the abundance of wildlife, including the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest. The lodge itself is beautifully decorated throughout in turn-of-the-century manor house style. The overall effect is a blend of authentic European style and East African influences.

Great for: Extra activities. Don’t miss out on the stargazing, tennis, mountain hiking, archery, swimming pool, spa, community visits as well as a safari and wine tour.

5) Kadizora Camp (Botswana)

Kadizora Camp is situated between the Vumbura River and Selinda Spillway. It lies in the remote northern part of the Okavango Delta overlooking a panoramic seasonal floodplain. The bar, lounge, reception and dining area form a horse-shoe shape around the sandy fire pit, so evenings within the camp are relaxed and sociable. From there, a decked walkway leads you to an inviting swimming pool with a stunning view over the floodplain.

Kadizora Camp also offers open vehicle safaris, walking safaris and boating (more specifically “Mokoro” excursions). There is the option to arrange a day trip to a traditional village. Visit the church, the clinic, local primary school and meet family members of the camp staff. The Kadizora Camp offers the ultimate Okavango Delta experience, with a wide range of activities, a beautiful location, diverse wildlife and warm, local hospitality.

Exclusive offer: Kadizora is the only camp in the Okavango Delta to offer hot air ballooning. You have the option of booking an early morning hot air balloon flight to soar over the Delta at sunrise and view game from above. Perfect for a honeymoon or just to make a wonderful memory!

6) Ngoma Safari Lodge (Botswana)

This boutique lodge offers unrivaled panoramic views over the game-rich Chobe River and floodplain, and is on the doorstep of Chobe National Park, also known as Land of the Giants, as it is home to the largest herds of elephants on Earth.

Expect a vast and diverse array of wildlife as knowledgeable guides take you on safaris through the Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant herds on Earth, lazy afternoons by the pool and stunning dinners under African stars. Additional activities include river cruises (on the full day safari), night game drives, game walks and local community visits.

Great for: Decor. Ngoma Safari Lodge is built of natural materials which blend seamlessly with the surroundings. The central area of the lodge houses the lounge, dining room, bar and a plunge pool. A well-positioned viewing deck provides a perfect setting from which to enjoy a beautifully prepared evening meal with views over a floodlit waterhole, where you can watch elephants and zebra bathe. The lodge has eight luxurious private suites, two of which have Indian day beds.

7) Onguma the Fort (Namibia)

Upon arriving at The Fort, you will be received by not only by friendly staff, but also massive raw walls, stunning stone cladded features and a huge tower with views toward Etosha and Fisher’s Pan. Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets, here you have the opportunity to experience Africa in all its beauty and diversity.

Enjoy game drives on Onguma Game Reserve, and drive into Etosha National Park to enjoy mingling with various game in the largest national park in Namibia.

Various waterholes in and around Etosha ensure fantastic photographic opportunities and the thrill of seeing some of the largest mammals in the world, so don’t forget your camera!

Great for: Biodiversity.

The nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely as well as predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, being common residents of the area. The latest addition to on the Onguma Game Reserve is a family of black rhinos!

8) &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (Namibia)

Surrounded by the mountains and sand dunes of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is an escape to the world as it should be. Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia’s ancient Namib Desert in Southern Africa, the lodge is a secluded and serene oasis that overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops. An escape situated in a landscape of vast spaces, endless horizons and rugged mountain heights, the lodge prides itself on its utter tranquillity and picture-perfect setting.

In this spectacularly beautiful location, spacious and serene suites envelope guests in pure indulgence, complete with an outdoor shower and a dramatic skylight over the bed for late night star-gazing. If you’re up for something more active, quad biking adventures, hikes and walks will let you explore the surrounding scenery and satisfy your sense of adventure.

Great for: Stargazing.

Each evening you will be invited to join resident astronomers as they unlock the mysteries of Namibia’s skies in the lodge’s state of the art observatory. The observatory presents the ideal place to gaze in awe at the wonders of the clear desert sky as resident astronomers point out the brightest and most beautiful constellations, the vast Milky Way and distant mysterious planets.

9) Dulini (South Africa)

Beneath the shade of ancient Ebony and Leadwood trees, the tranquil haven of Dulini is enigmatically embraced by its rich riverine setting. There is a restorative quality to the peaceful atmosphere of the camp, on the banks of the Mabrak River. The symphony of bird song and the passage of wildlife add to the allure of Dulini.

The main lodge is furnished with deep couches and contemporary African accents surrounding the cool veranda, with views to the wilderness beyond. The spacious accommodation with private plunge pools and interiors that epitomise romance, with canopies of mosquito nets and beautiful bathrooms.

Each suite offers a, private view of the riverbed, seamlessly integrating the grandeur of nature and elegance of décor. A welcoming atmosphere of laid back luxury creates a place of conversation and laughter, while the extensive library of books accommodates those more inclined to quieter contemplation.

Great for: Expertise.

With the teeming biodiversity of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, no two game drives are ever the same. Trackers and rangers partner in looking for fresh animal tracks and sensitively follow elusive animals into ravines and through thicket to ensure your vivid and exhilarating wildlife encounter. The Dulini field guides are well-versed in creating a memorable safari and will endeavour to position the vehicle for the best photographic opportunities for guests.

10) Jamala Madikwe (South Africa)

Owner-managed and run, Jamala Madikwe, Royal Safari Lodge offers an intimate bush experience. The lodge successfully combines colonial style and African eccentricity. Set in the pristine 75 000 hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Jamala Madikwe is the ideal place for the ultimate safari experience. Including sighting of the Big 5 and Super 7. Madikwe Game Reserve is known as one of the best conservation areas in all of Africa, at Jamala Madikwe you will get to experience this diverse and rich ecosystem with over 130 mammal species and 300 bird species not to mention the vast landscapes of plant life.

Jamala Madikwe is just five freestanding luxurious villas. Each is fully air-conditioned and offers superlative luxury and intimate privacy combined with extravagant outdoor facilities which include individual rim-flow pools and salas, expansive wooden decks and private outdoor showers. The Jamala Madikwe villas exude colonial charm perfectly suited to a luxury safari experience.

Great for: Cuisine.

Award winning chef Nico Verster  has designed a menu to excite the senses with an array of sensory delights. Jamala Madikwe was awarded the Best Safari cuisine in Africa 2014/2015. Food aficionados can indulge in modern gastronomic treats served with the chic colonial charm and grace.

For more information and to book, contact the experts at Lekker Boutique Travel today!

Where to go if you want Christmas Day on the beach

Do you have an urge to escape the cold, dark December days and celebrate the festive season somewhere warm and sunny this year? Look no further than these luxurious locations for an unforgettable Christmas:

Australia

Australia is arguably the perfect place to spend Christmas if you’re looking for a combination of festive traditions mixed with something a little different. Think Christmas trees, carols and presents, but on a warm beach with the sun beating down on you!

Start your Christmas Eve celebrations with ‘Carols by Candlelight’; a local Melbourne tradition dating back to the 19th Century. An evening of carol singing and delicious food and drink amongst a sea of thousands of candles lighting up the sky, will be a surefire way to kickstart your Christmas spirit.

Enjoy Christmas Day soaking up the sun on one of Australia’s many golden beaches. Forget your turkey dinner though (just this once); a BBQ or Picnic with generous helpings of champagne is the way to mark the occasion.

Finally, round off your trip with the spectacular, and World famous, Sydney fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. It’s the only place to be for breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, unforgettable fireworks, and to ring in the New Year in style!

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a very popular destination to visit over the Christmas period.

Also known as ‘The Spice Island’, it boasts amongst the best beaches in the world, with coconut palms and powder soft coral sands washed by shimmering clear seas. The landscape and coastline as largely unspoilt, and scattered with picturesque fishing villages and spice markets, making it the perfect choice if you’re looking to soak up some culture while you’re there.

Despite the allure of the beaches, Zanzibar offers a whole host of other attractions to make your trip unforgettable. You could spend the day wandering through Stone Town, an incredible mash-up of winding alleys and old Arabic-style buildings, or head to Jozani Forest, the last indigenous forest left on Zanzibar.

If you work up an appetite after your excursions, there are food options aplenty. If you want a really authentic experience, visit the Forodhani Market where you’ll be able to sample fresh local meat, fish and vegetables. If you want to splash out, The Rock restaurant offers unbeatable views over the island and also offers some of its best seafood. Be sure to book well in advance, though!

Seychelles

There are few better beach destinations than Seychelles, with endless talc-white crescents and stretches hemmed by granite boulders. Being one of the world’s smallest countries, with a population of just 100,000 across its 115 remote islands, it is the perfect place to spend Christmas in the peace and quiet.

Fall in love with the local Creole culture, marvel at the incredible nature (rare birds and giant tortoises), or even walk in the breathtaking Valee de Mer on Praslin.

If you’re itching for some adventure, though, the diving is a must. With over 850 species of fish and 6 marine parks, you won’t be disappointed!

Cape Town

During the month of December, the vibrant city of Cape Town comes alive with an array of events and not-to-be-missed attractions, making it the ideal place to visit for Christmas.

Christmas Eve activities could include watching a film under the stars at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens, listening to the gospel choir in Green Point, or even enjoying a leisurely picnic in the Winelands. Christmas Day celebrations are usually spent enjoying delicious food and drink at one of the many luxury beach clubs and dancing until the early hours.

Of course, the festivities don’t end there! Be sure to stick around for New Year’s Eve, where you could watch the sun set on 2017 with a magical hike at Delvara Farm, or even celebrate in style with a sailing and dining experience around Table Bay Harbour.

Tahiti

The largest island in French Polynesia, Tahiti is world-renowned for its charm, colourful culture and romantic ambience. Whilst it’s very popular as a honeymoon destination, it’s often on the bucket list for holidaymakers wishing to escape the colder months and soak up the sun in style.

Should you wish to have a break from your sunlounger, choose from a range of activities on the island to discover the local way of life. Visit French Polynesia’s only winery, Dominique Auroy’s Vin de Tahiti, on the atoll of Rangiroa. You can sample the Rangiroa Wine at the end of the tour, and even take some home with you!

If you fancy something a little more upbeat, why not book yourself in for a Tahitian dance lesson. You’ll learn the different ways to wear a Polynesian pareo, then hear about the basics of this traditional art. You’ll have the chance to learn the movements that make up the Oritahiti (rapid, rhythmic dance) and of the Aparima (slow, sensual dance).

Haven’t soaked up enough culture yet? Discover Moorea’s volcanic peaks, crystalline waters and lush hillsides on an adventurous Jeep Safari tour. You’ll also stop at a pineapple plantation and visit the juice factory!

Have any of these locations inspired you? Contact us today at Lekker Boutique Travel and one of our knowledgeable and trusted experts will set about creating a unique, tailor-made trip you’ll never forget.

On and off the beaten track in Iceland

Iceland is the perfect winter destination. It has all the weird and wonderful geography which is pristinely kept without the tourists of the summer months. The benefits of winter travel are endless with south-coast glaciers, waterfalls which are frozen in time, the Aurora Borealis which is even more crisp, and the Blue Lagoon which is only truly blue in Winter!

This unique island offers a range of activities in its most invigorating season, like snowmobile rides, ice cave visits and whale watching!

Every tourist walks the fine line between seeing the famous sites, but also discovering something special for themselves. This blog post attempts to do the same. It features three of the essential attractions, but includes added tips and tricks that you might find useful.

The Blue Lagoon

National Geographic included the Blue Lagoon in the Top 25 natural wonders of the world. The Blue Lagoon is located in a lava field in Grindavik in the Reykjanes Peninsula. The geothermal water is all the more relaxing in the winter months, with temperatures around 37- 40 degrees celsius. Expect to be soaking in lots of natural minerals, as well as silica and algae which is what gives the water its distinctive colour. These ingredients are vital to allow this natural wonder to renew itself every 40 hours.

Insider Knowledge

1) If you get there early, you will have a more private visit, so that you can avoid the crowds that congregate later on in the day

2) The lagoon has more of a spa environment, meaning just relax and wade around rather than swim laps. Also remember that the visibility in the water is low, so pack a waterproof camera, but forget your goggles

3) If your hair dips into the water you may not be able to run your fingers through it for a couple of weeks! Bring Conditioner, or tie hair up. Geothermal salt water does amazing things to your skin, but strange things to your hair

4) The cafe onsite is excellent, an absolutely fabulous location coupled with deliciously refreshing food

The Skaftafell National Park In particular, The Svartifoss Waterfall


The Svartifoss waterfall is breathtaking. Even the best photographers find difficulty in capturing the essence of the waterfall in photos. The crystal clear water originates from the Svinafellsjokull glacier and free-falls 20 metres to your feet. Most notably the waterfall is framed by tall black basalt columns, hence the name ‘Svartifoss’ which translates to ‘Black Falls.’  Clear hexagonal shapes are formed by cooling lava. This distinctive feat of nature has directly inspired some of the country’s finest architecture including the Reykjavik National Theatre, the Harpa and the Hallgrimskirkja church.

Insider Knowledge

  1. A tour to and around the National Park to see the Svartifoss waterfall is highly recommended to help you gain local knowledge, guidance and insight into the sites. They also are extremely important for safety. Tour guides can navigate you effortlessly through the dangerous landscapes. Icelandic people tend to keep their landscape uncluttered therefore their areas of outstanding natural beauty have no safety warnings, fences and ropes. This is great news for all your photographers, but best not to venture out alone.
  2. Don’t be deterred by the short hike to see it! It’s a moderately challenging uphill hike from the carpark (around 1.5 km). There is another waterfall on the way around half a km. After this, it’s about 1km to the top. The steady hike is a great experience in itself, with surrounding vistas of nearby glaciers and mountains.
Reykjavik is full of hidden treasures!

The capital city of Iceland is one of the greenest, cleanest and safest cities in the world. Located on the South West on the southern shore of Faxa Bay and is also a stylish choice for high-end shopping and a centre for cutting edge Nordic design. This Christmas, the city is hosting a wide range of events to celebrate the season, including ice skating in Ingólfstorg Square, a world-class market in the Heiðmörk woods, special concerts at Harpa and a light show at the Botanical Gardens. The luminous snow of the winter months, and the more regular northern light displays are an added bonus and often the main reason for a visit to Iceland.

Insider Knowledge

  1. Bergsson Mathús or Perlan (see above) in Reykjavik is a must for lunch or dinner
  2. The Hafnarhúsis is a wonderful gallery in Reykjavik.  It is based in an old harbour warehouse and shows some fantastic artwork from local as well international artists. Most notably the gallery has acquired around 2,000 artworks from internationally established Icelandic Pop Artist Erró. Included in the ‘The World Goes Pop’ exhibition at Tate Modern in 2015. His exhibition, ‘More is beautiful’ runs at the gallery until the 1st May 2018.
  3. If you fancy seeing the more tranquil side of the city be sure to head west to Grótta. This secluded corner of Reykjavik is a peaceful nature reserve rich in birdlife. There is a small hot pool to dip your feet into if you’re brave enough to find the right one!
  4. Reykjavik can also be used as a springboard for excursions and trips to see the Golden Circle, to Faxaflói Bay for whale-watching, or to the South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
  5. There are loads more to choose from, and can all be arranged through the experts at Lekker Boutique Travel and all catered to your distinct needs.

Contact us to discuss your tailor-made trip to Iceland. Góða ferð!

The Top 10 Travel Tips from a Travel Expert

As well-seasoned travellers, we thought we’d share our Top 10 Tips to ensure you get the most out of your travels:

Eat local food. Think you already know what a Chicken Korma tastes like? You’re probably wrong. Make an effort to try all the different types of foods on offer when you travel, and find out about the ingredients from the locals. Our top tip: stick to vendors with big queues outside. For when it comes to eating out, speak to your Travel Consultant at Lekker Boutique Travel and they’ll be able to make the best recommendations.

Slow Down. Don’t attempt to cram 5 different countries into as many weeks. It’s near impossible to get the true feel of a place after just a few days. Taking more time to explore will likely lead you off the beaten track and open you up to meeting new people and trying activities that aren’t necessarily listed in your guidebook. We recommend leaving the planning and organising to us so that you can focus on making great memories.

Keep an Open Mind. Don’t judge the lifestyle of the locals you meet whilst you’re travelling, even if they are completely different to your own. Embrace a change of pace, routine, suggestions and interests. You don’t have to agree with all of them, but you may be surprised how much you learn from the experience.

Take Lots of Photos. You may only visit these places once in your lifetime. It doesn’t matter if you look like a classic “tourist”. Photos are completely free, easy to share with friends and family, and, more importantly, allow you to permanently store all the memories and experiences you build up. Top tips: Don’t forget to also enjoy the views with your own eyes, and don’t forget to back the photos up in case you lose or damage your camera!

Pack Earplugs. They will be a life saver when you have to try and sleep on noisy transport, block out crying babies, barking dogs, honking horns… the list goes on.Smile and Say Hello. If you’re having trouble interacting with the locals, consider whether it could be your body language that’s giving off the wrong signals. Often all it takes is a smile and a friendly ‘hello’ (in the local language, if you can) and the ice is broken.

Wake Up Early. Lots of interesting things happen just after sunrise. Watch the locals go about their morning routines, watch the town or city slowly rouse, and capture the best photos with the soft, morning light. Not to mention, the main attractions will likely be quiet first thing in the morning. We can help you organise your trip around your favourite activities.

Stash Extra Cash. In socks, under the insoles of your shoes and even sewn within a patch of your backpack always make good places. The last thing you want is to lose your wallet and be stranded with no means of getting to the nearest bank.

Get Lost on Purpose. Explore the authentic part of the country you’re visiting by purposely getting lost. It’s usually best to do this on foot. Ensure you write down the name and address of your hotel or resort before you leave, just in case you need to get a taxi back, and start walking in a certain direction. You’ll be amazed at what you find!

Don’t forget your Travel Insurance. It may be the final point, but is arguably the most important one. Nobody expects to fall ill, get robbed or have an accident whilst on holiday or travelling, but it does happen. We can help advise on the best Travel Insurance for your specific trip.

We arrange tailor-made trips personally designed for each customer. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can assist with your travel arrangements.

Contact details: info@lekkerboutiquetravel.com or +44 (0)20 3290 3321 www.lekkerboutiquetravel.com

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