What Makes a Good Traveler?

woman from behind looking at flight schedule at airport

As an expat, I often reflect on which qualities make a good expat. But what is true for expats is also true for travel companions. The hilarious travel memoir "What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding" elaborates on a certain less-than ideal travel companion and gives excellent advice in form of a list "you use when interviewing your next potential trip partner."

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The Lesser Travelled Paths All Around Zimbabwe

The ruins at Great Zimbabwe at sunset

Zimbabwe is often maligned for its political situation, but it is a wonderful travel destination that stands out with beautiful and diverse scenery as well as incredibly friendly people. There is much more than Victoria Falls to see in Zimbabwe, so make sure you plan your trip accordingly. Here are some insider tips by guest blogger Simon Massey.

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Ticket to Timbuktu

When I recently came across a copy of Ticket to Timbuktu by Joe Lindsay, I jumped. The next best thing besides traveling to a place is visiting it by proxy when reading a compelling travel memoir. I was not disappointed. Ticket to Timbuktu is nothing fancy, nothing overly dramatic, but a very honest account of one man’s trip from his home in Scotland to Timbuktu and back.

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Travel in Namibia

You may remember that our family made an almost epic road trip through Namibia in August of 2012. It was meant to be the last hurrah of our African adventure. Just weeks earlier we had found out we’d be moving back to the U.S. by the end of that year (with Noisette actually having to start his ... 

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Road Trip to Namaqualand

Looking back on our three years in South Africa, we didn’t take nearly enough road trips. The one gigantic road trip we did take was our Tour de Namibia (otherwise known in our family as “Double Buckled in the Middle of Nowhere” – watch this space for a book of that name coming out some day), taking us through big portions of South Africa and Botswana to get there.    Road trips are such a great way to get to know the country you live in. Which is why I’m pleased to bring you this blog post, via my dear friend Ina de Klerk, a veteran South African road-tripper and photographer. And you know what, in her account there won’t be any squabbling kids or spilled Cokes on the backseat, or a fight over electronic devices, as there are bound to be when I’m the one reporting about road trips with our family.    So sit back and enjoy the peaceful ride!

Dr. Livingstone, I presume…

by Ina de Klerk

If you should ask me about my favourite part of South Africa, my answer would likely be the last place I have been to. But there are some very special places that I always dream of going back to. One such place is the Northwest corner of South Africa, the outermost edge of the Northern Cape ... 

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Dewees Island: Safari on the Beach

Dewees Island

we may just have hit on the perfect American equivalent to our beloved safaris, featuring all the elements of our forays into the bush: A remote location, endless drives on bumpy paths, an abundance of wildlife, cheeky tree-dwellers stealing your food, and gorgeous sunsets. Introducing a little Africa in America: Dewees Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Eiffel Tower, Pigeon Poop, and Picasso

Have you ever had the crazy thought of touring Europe by rail for three weeks with four kids in tow? Are you thinking of doing this without your spouse to help heave suitcases onto luggage racks and drag overtired kids out of bed in the mornings? If yes, and especially if Paris is one of your travel destinations, you might benefit from these valuable lessons learned.

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