New York City is iconic for so many things, from its food to it’s buildings to it’s cultural
institutions and nightlife. But if you’d like to avoid the hordes of foreign families that seem to
descend on the city in the summer, here are some ideas for alternatives from the typical spots.
Pizza - Perhaps no food is as tied to New York as pizza. Every few blocks there is a place to
grab a slice and there’s no shame walking down the street as you eat it and try to avoid getting
covered in grease. But rather than settle for an ordinary and tasteless slice, head uptown to Sal
and Carmine’s on Broadway and 102nd St. A wood fire oven, hand tossed crispy crust, and the
right ratio of sauce to cheese makes for a practically perfect slice.
Cupcakes - Due in large part to Sex and the City, cupcakes have seemed to replace
cheesecake as the iconic dessert of New York. And while their moment may have passed for
locals, you will still find lines around the block to get into Magnolia Bakery on Bleeker St. Skip
that and instead head to Chinatown for a more unique sweet. Grab a red bean or taro bun from
Fay Da on Centre St, or a pineapple bun from Lung Moon Bakery on Mulberry St.
Park - After stuffing yourself with pizza and baked goods, it would be a good idea
to stroll though a park to digest. There are tons of iconic spots in Central Park, from the
Bethesda Fountain to the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, but skip it in favor of Prospect Park.
More wild, less crowded and easily accessible, this park is 2/3rd’s the size of Central Park but
will still make you feel like you’ve left the city behind. Or if its summer, hop the ferry and check
out Governor’s Island Park and explore the crazy art installations.
Historic Site - While visiting the Statue of Liberty may seem like a fun idea, know that it will take
most of the day to get tickets, ride the ferry, tour the island and get back, all while fighting
massive crowds and without the assurance of being able to climb up the interior. Instead, head
up to Harlem and scratch your Hamilton itch (especially if you can’t get tickets) and visit the
Hamilton Grange National Memorial. The preserved home of the founding father was relocated
to St Nicholas Park and tours and admission are free.
Theater - Seeing a Broadway show is a timeless New York tradition. And while you maybe be
able to score a deal at TKTS for a cheaper seat last minute, why not explore a smaller venue for
something more daring and unusual. The Public Theater has a lot of variety in their programing,
from cabaret shows to more full scale musicals. For dance check out NY Live Arts on 19th St.
Or hop out to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for the latest imported avant guard
production from Europe.
Concert Venue - Seeing a show at Madison Square Garden can be an amazing experience,
from watching a top international star to singing along with 20,000 other people. But why not
check out some up and coming talent at a smaller venue. Bowery Ballroom and Mercury
Lounge have shows almost every night. Shea Stadium and Glasslands in Williamsburg cater to
a young hip crowd. The Bell House in Gowanus hosts everything from bands to comedy shows.
And there are tons of warehouse spaces that host roving EDM parties almost any night of the
1. Cha yen (Thai Iced tea)
2. Gai Bing (chicken skewers)
3. Khao Pad (fried rice)
4. Pad Thai
5. Som Tum (green papaya salad)
6. Khao Niew Ma Muang (mango sticky rice)
7. Khanom Buang (thai crepe)
8. Thai sukiyaki
9. Khao gang (curry rice)
10. Khao mun gai (Haianese style rice with chicken)
For anyone with a passion for ancient history, archeology, myth or just an adventurous spirit,
Egypt is a premier destination. Although recent events may make some travelers reluctant to
visit Cairo or Sinai, the region of Upper Egypt (south of Cairo along the Nile River) has been
stable and without major security concerns for the last several years. Upper Egypt is also the
area where most of the great archeological discoveries related to the Pharaohs are. Luxor is
home to the Karnak and the Luxor temple, as well as the Valley of the Kings, a series of utterly
impressive tombs carved into mountain sides on the West bank of the Nile. Aswan, 220kms to
the South, is also a tourist hub, offering a mix of Egyptian and Nubian culture on a calm
expanse of the Nile.
While Aswan and Luxor get most of the acclaim, there are some truly special sites to visit in the
stretch between the two cities. The temples of Esna, Edfuand Kom Ombo are smaller and somewhat less historically significant, but offer a unique look into the Ptolemaic period. They also have some of the most well preserved complexes in Egypt.
The temple at Esna is the closest to Luxor. Dedicated to the creator deity Khnum, it was built between 180 and 145 BC then taken over, and eventually abandoned, by the Romans several centuries later. The roof is still intact, which is unusual for structures in the region. This is because the temple was buried under more than 9 meters of sand, silt and debris. The currently accessible
area was excavated beginning in the 1840s and allows visitor to see the ornately carved columns that support the roof of the main hypostyle hall.
The temple at Edfu was dedicated to Horus and built around 237 BC. Also buried under centuries of sand, the temple is one of the best preserved in the region despite efforts by opposing religious believers to destroy pagan imagery inside the temple. Replicas and the original remains of statues of Horus, depicted as a regal falcon, line the entrance. The interior is full of intricate wall carvings and elaborate columns.
The temple at Kom Ombo is a hidden gem. Not as well preserved as Edfu and a bit harder to get to than Esna, it’s not visited as often. Situated on the edge of the Nile about 50 kilometers north of Aswan, the temple is unusual because it was dedicated to two deities. The southern half is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, while the northern half is dedicated to Horus the elder. Both halves of the temple are perfectly symmetrical. The temples have been damaged over time by Nile flooding, earth quakes and scavengers, but there are still interesting reliefs and carvings to be seen. The contemporary addition of the Crocodile museum, included in the entry price, showcases some of the more than 300 mummified crocodile remains found in the area.
So, worth it? Yes, if you’re already in Egypt and don’t mind being in and out of the car all day. Depending on how long you take at each temple and if or where you stop for lunch, seeing all three can take between 6 and 8 hours. But if you’re a history junkie, this area is not to be missed. And if you didn’t get a fill of Ptolemaic temples, once you reach Aswan you can also take a trip to the temple of Philae on a quite island in the reservoir of the Aswan Low Damn.
Bogota is a city with an outsized reputation. The first image that comes to mind for most people
is the unfortunate history of violence associated with the narcotraficantes. In the late 80s and
early 90s, at the height of Pablo Escobar’s reign, Bogota was a dangerous place for Colombians
as well as tourists. But much has changed in the last two decades and Bogota has emerged as a
wonderful travel destination in South America, with a burgeoning culinary scene, artistic
enclaves and a generation of young people determined to shape the country into their image.
Bogota is said to be founded by conquistadors searching for the fabled city of Gold, El Dorado,
in 1538. But this alitplano in the Andes has been inhabited by civilizations since the Plasticine
era. The modern city grew out of the Muisca Confederation, a loose grouping of indigenous
Muisca tribes from the Andes, that established a settlement on the altiplano. The Spanish came
in the early 16th century and established the site as the capitol of the New Kingdom of Granada.
A mix of Spanish colonists, indigenous peoples and slaves were part of the rapid population
increase in the 18th and 19th centuries and Bogota remains one of the most populated cites in
South America to this day. It is also the third highest capitol in South America, at approximately
2600 meters above sea level.
The traditional and historic center of the city is the neighborhood of La Candelaria. The Plaza de
Bolivar is the heart of the old city, said to be the site of the first church. It has been used as a
site for public events such as markets and performances since it’s founding and now serves as
the location of the prominent state institutions, with the plaza bordered by the Palace of Justice,
National Capitol, the mayor’s residence at Lievano Palace and the Cathedral of Bogota. Plaza
de Bolivar is now mainly a tourist area, occupied by people selling the same toys and gifts you’d
find in any other major city. The one unique touristy offering is the indigenous people who have
hiked down from the Andes with their llamas, who’ll allow you to take a photo with them for a
Just off Plaza de Bolivar you can have a taste of traditional Colombian cuisine at La Puerta
Falsa. One of the oldest restaurants in Bogota, the menu is limited to just a few dishes, such as
tamales and Colombian chicken soup called ajiaco. Despite their humble nature, they are some
of the most beloved dishes in Colombia. Also try the chocolate con queso if the weather is chilly,
which can be any time of the year because of the extreme elevation.
Once you’ve eaten something, you can wander around the streets of La Candelaria and admire
the Spanish Colonial architecture, the neoclassical gem Colon Theater, or pop into one of the
many museums. And be sure to keep your eyes out for all the impressive street art, murals and
graffiti that decorate almost every wall. Though it might be well known, the Museo de Oro is
spectacular and worth a visit. It showcases craftwork, jewelry and gold objects collected from
the native population of the region that predates the Spanish colonists. You can view pieces
used as part of shamanistic ceremonies as well at the Muisca golden raft which was said to
inspire the myth of El Dorado.
Near the city center is Monserrate, the highest point in Bogota and the site of a 17th century
church that is popular destination for religious pilgrims. The mountain can be climbed on foot,
but at more than 3100 meters, it may be more advisable to take the cable car or funicular to the top. While the shrine is certainly worth a visit, the main attraction is the view, which puts all of
downtown and some of the northern and southern parts of the city on display. It’s very popular
as a sunset destination.
After checking out La Candelaria, the other up and coming neighborhood to explore is
Chapinero. A middle class neighborhood with lots of students, it is starting to gentrify and
evolve. Chapi, as its known by Bogotanas, is one of the best areas to dine out. There are
options for every palate and budget. For comfort food and live music, try La Hamburgueseria.
For something more sophisticated, check out El Cievero y El Oso, which offers both a meat
filled and a meat free menu in quirky presentations. Have a coffee at Cafe de la Estation, a
repurposed train car with espresso and snacks. Or have a beer at Chelarte, a local brewery. If
you can’t decide, go to Zona G, a concentrated area of restaurants, and stop in wherever looks
good. And while you’re nearby, wander to La Macarena, the smaller area that is fast becoming
the destination for the artistic community being displaced from Chapinero.
Head north of the city center to the Usaquen neighborhood for a different perspective on
Bogota. An enclave for artists and creative types, the neighborhood has lots of cute shops and
restaurants to check out. La Bodega De Abasto is the best place to grab something local and
delicious, as they have a market of fresh produce they use in all their dishes and their constantly
changing menu. And you can purchase the organic fruits and veggies as well, in order to try
some of the special Amazonian treats. For more traditional fare, it’s hard to beat Casa Vieja,
which has been serving traditional dishes for the last 45 years. The flea market is the best for
unique gifts. Or check out the Hacienda Santa Barbara, a shopping mall that used to be the
home of a wealthy tycoon.
El Norte, the norther part of the city, showcases yet another side of Bogota, a moneyed,
cosmopolitan side. Development in this area has been brisk, with many high rise apartment
complexes and shopping malls lining the streets. And though it can seem like one generic block
of buildings after the next, there are some fun things to do in this area. A perennial favorite of
Bogotanas is Crepes and Waffles. Yes, its a bit cheesy and will remind you of a certain factory
that makes cheesecake, but the food is good, the atmosphere is fun and there are so many
desert options you can really indulge your sweet tooth.
It’s also a good bet to check out Juan Valdez, the Colombian coffee chain, for locally sourced
coffee. And the mini-chain of Wok, an Asian fashion restaurant with a mix of Japanese, Thai
and other South East Asian foods, it also pretty great. Check out their juices made from
Amazonian fruits that come in shocking colors. It’s particularly popular among the hipster set
who wouldn’t be out of place in London, Bangkok or Brooklyn. And Wok is also a company that
wants to make the world better, sourcing food from local producers in sustainable ways.
Bogota is a sprawling, adventurous city with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. There are so
many things to eat, drink and learn that it is impossible to enjoy everything this vibrant and
creative place has to offer in just one trip.
The weather is getting warmer with spring right around the corner and before we know it summer will be here. When that happens Dîner en Blanc events will start popping up in a city near you. If you haven’t heard of Dîner en Blanc it is part pop-up picnic and part collective art installation. Guests are required to dress all in white and are responsible for bringing their own food and table settings. The tradition began over 20 years ago in Paris when a group of friends decided to meet in the Bois de Boulogne. As this first meeting was before cellphones they all wore white so they can easily identify each other. Today, Dîner en Blanc events are hosted in over 100 cities around the globe.
I’ve attended this event four times in New York City and as a Dîner en Blanc veteran I’ve picked up a few things over the years that you may find helpful if you’re considering attending your first event.
Want to sound like a local during your next trip to South Africa? Here's a list of 14 slang phrases to help you sound like a local. Your accent may be a dead giveaway but the locals will appreciate your effort.
Howzit - “How is it going” The most common and often used phrase in South Africa
Hectic - Means the same as anywhere else but South African’s use it to describe EVERYTHING. Your commute can be hectic, an ideal weekend into too hectic. South African’s use it the way American’s use “crazy”
Just now/Now now - “In a little bit” Have patience in Joburg, there’s no need to be hectic
Ja nee (pronounced yah knee) Afrikaans for “yeah, maybe”
Befok (pronounced bee fok) Afrikaans for “amazing”
Eina (pronounced eye nah) Afrikaans for “ouch”
Eish (pronounced eye sh) Afrikaans for “wow”
Lekker (pronounced le kur): Afrikaans for “cool”
Izit - Afrikaans for “really?”
Braai (pronounced br eye) Afrikaans for “barbeque” either in the sense of a party with various grilled meat or an actual grill
Robot - “Traffic light”
Biltong - “meat jerkey” usually made from game meat
Nunnu - “bug” used as a term of endearment when talking to children
Shebeen (pronounced sha bean) “a speakeasy” usually meaning an illegal bar in a township
When traveling internationally, one thing to include in your pre-departure checklist is to confirm what power outlets that country uses and what is the voltage of the current. The World Standards website is a great online resource which details on a country by country basis everything you need to know. As I travel quite a bit internationally, I purchased the Poweradd International Travel Charger Power and AC Adapter.
This is a great item to travel with because it comes with 5 international adaptors (UK, USA, Australia, Europe and Japan) which means I’m pretty much covered almost anywhere that I travel in the world. There is no need to run out at the last minute to find the appropriate adaptor for the country that I’m visiting.
This adaptor has two AC outlets, two USB ports and one embedded micro USB charging cable. As I usually travel with my iPad, iPhone, DLSR Camera and a portable battery pack for my phone I can charge all of these items in one which is especially convenient in some older hotels with few power outlets. I no longer have to worry about forgetting my camera battery in the hotel bathroom when I check out or feel guilty for using all of the outlets in my hotel room and leaving none available for my travel companion. Additionally, I’m able to save space in my luggage my limiting the number of additional chargers that I need to pack.
Weighing only 7oz. and measuring 8.5 x 5.1 x 2.6 in. this item is compact for all that it offers and can easily be packed in your carry-on bag. You can be the hero at the airport when you plug this into one of the scare power outlets and let other passengers share your outlet and who doesn’t love a hero?
South Africa seems to be on everyone’s travel radar and for good reason. The landscape is beautiful, the wine is plentiful, the people are kind and generous, and the exchange rate is very favorable. Most of the focus is on Cape Town, which is understandable when you consider that it is an attractive mix of mountains and beaches, wine farms and city culture. Often overlooked is Johannesburg, the largest and wealthiest city in South Africa. While it may not offer surfing or shark diving, the rich history, complex neighborhood dynamics and sprawling landscape offer something infinitely more interesting than Cape Town. Joburg is a constantly evolving mirror of contemporary Africa, which makes for an exciting trip.
The challenge of seeing Johannesburg is it’s vastness. Situated on the Eastern Plateau at an elevation of over 5700 meters, the city encompasses about 1600 square kilometers with almost four and a half million people. It is an anomaly among large cities in that there is no major body of water in or around it. Due to shifting business interests and safety concerns, there are several current and former “city centers,” including the original Central Business District (CBD) and the newer Sandton CBD. Scattered throughout the city are pockets of more contemporary development and spaces that are being reclaimed though gentrification.
Just on the other side of the Nelson Mandela bridge from the CBD is Braamfontien, one of the more established pockets of cultural development. The city government began a multimillion rand development push to clean up the area in 2002, and the efforts have paid off with many new businesses opening. The neighborhood now features a number of boutique hotels, as well as loft apartments and housing for students of Wits University. The best time to go to see the full spectrum of what Braamfontien has to offer is for brunch on Saturday. The hub is the Neighborhoods Market, a pop up collection of boutique food producers, local restaurants, artisans and craftsmen, with a bar and live band most weeks. All the bright young things will be there Saturday afternoon. When you’re done have coffee at Father, the best local roasters, or Bean There, who source their beans from small producers all over Africa.
Another emerging area near the CBD is Newtown. The Johannesburg Development Agency has been working to transform the neighborhood into a better space for living, working and shopping. The highlight is WorkShop Newtown, a retail space offering small shops of up and coming designers, jewelry makers, small gifts and crafts, beauty service and restaurants. For something more educational than shopping, you can also explore the Sci-Bono Discovery Center, an interactive museum great for kids, or the Museum Africa, housed in the former produce market and featuring a collection spanning the entire continent. Or for something more adult check out Carfax, an institution in the Joburg nightlife scene.
Maboneng is probably the hottest new area in Joburg. A relatively small area in the center of downtown, Maboneng is dense with arts, shopping and awesome places to eat and drink. The big draw is the Sunday market at Arts on Main. Similar to the Neighbourgoods market, it offers a huge selection of food stalls with an impressive variety of cuisines from all over the world. Upstairs is a pop up retail space where you can buy peacock printed shoes, vintage jumpers and “iwasshot in joburg” t shirts and small art pieces. Also check out the Living Room, a roof top cocktail lounge with great drinks and lots of beautiful, trendy people. If you need a break for an indie movie, see something at the Bioscope Cinema, which shows both new works by African directors as well as well curated classic films. Or just grab a local microbrew, park on one of the picnic tables and watch the mix of people wander by.
Sandton is the new business hub in Joburg. Chain restaurants and high street stores abound, filling giant malls that gleam with marble floors. But there are still some interesting find and places to get local flavor. Tasha’s, in the Sandton City Mall, is a favorite of almost everyone, offering an excellent mix of breakfast and lunch options that are healthy and tasty. Most of the stores are outposts of international brands like H&M and Zara, as well as luxury brands Burberry and Versace, but check out YDE for young African designers and (African gift store) for crafts and gifts.
The folks of Johannesburg love their markets. It makes sense as it allows a variety of small business a chance to reach a large audience without a lot of costly investment and can be used as an incubator for new ideas. Not as large as the Neighbourgoods and Maboneng markets, the night market in Melville takes place every Wednesday evening. It happens at 27 boxes, a mall-like space built out of shipping containers. Check out the shops in 27 boxes during the market for beautiful objects for the home, interesting handmade jewelry, and clothing from new designers. The neighborhood around 27 Boxes also has some great places to check out. Eat at La Santa Muerta or Pablo’s Eggs-Go-Bar, opt for something fancier at La Luna of Melville and definitely have a drink or several at Hell’s Kitchen, which has a very Instagramable neon sign inside. While you’re nearby, also investigate 44 Stanley, another indie mall with a few gift shops, another outpost of Bean There, and the Salvation Cafe for brunch.
Something else to consider while visiting Johannesburg is a trip through the township of Soweto, where Nelson Mandela lived for a time. The history of the apartheid system that created the townships and their place in contemporary South African culture is complicated. There are many organizations that run tours and educational programs through Soweto. Expect to spend the day getting to and from Soweto if you’re staying in central Johannesburg. Another possible day trip is to the Cradle of Humankind. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Cradle of Humankind is the site of the discovery of many fossilized remains of human’s ancestors, as well as an extensive systems of caves that can be visited during a guided tour.
The second most iconic peak in Cape Town (sorry, but Table Mountain wins based on sheer size), Lion’s Head is hard to miss. Located adjacent to the Camp’s Bay neighborhood, Lion’s Head reaches 699 meters and offers views of the Atlantic Ocean all the way out to Robben Island.
Dubbed Lion’s Head but 17th century Dutch traders that thought it resembled a crouching animal, it is a perennial attraction for both tourists and locals with a variety of trail and climbing options to get to the top.
So, is it worth it? Well, it depends on what kind of person you are, but generally yes. It’s a short Uber ride from the city center to the entrance of the trail at the base. From there, the trail takes about 60-90 minutes depending on the particular path you take and your level of physical ability. Plenty of kids can and do climb up, but it’s advisable to be in pretty good physical health if you’re going to attempt to go all the way up. Even though it’s a well trodden trail, there are sections that will make you feel more like a mountain goat than you may like.
The full moon hike is incredibly popular, offering a breathtaking view of the city and coast. Just be sure to bring a head flashlight (South African’s will call them torches to the eternal delight of Americans) so you can watch your step.
If you’re not in the best shape or prefer a more leisurely ascent to the tops of mountains, try the sky tram (funicular?) to the top of Table Mountain. The carriage rotates as you rise, giving you 360 degrees views of the city, the cape and the mountain side. Once you’re up, you can wander around a vast expanse of national park to take in many different views of the coast line. While you may not have the same sense of accomplishment you’d get from scaling Lion’s Head (make sure you tell your friend’s you “scaled” it, they’ll never know it was a glorified hike), you’ll have arguably better views.
Last year, somewhat on a whim, I went on my first safari in Tanzania. As part of that trip we visited Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and of course the Serengeti. Being a city girl I was a bit apprehensive about spending any amount of time in the bush, however that soon changed as we approached our lodge and had our first animal sighting which was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had while traveling. That trip was so life changing that I'm planning my second safari and depart to South Africa next week. This time we will explore the Madikwe game reserve. If you plan on going on a safari in the future here's my take on the ultimate safari packing list.
1. Binoculars - You'll want to invest in a decent pair of binoculars for your trip if you don’t have a pair already. You don’t want to spend all that money traveling to your safari only to be unable to get a good view of the animals. My glass of choice is the Zeiss Terra ED 8X32.
2. Camera - While your phone camera could do the trick, you may want to bring a slightly more powerful camera with a zoom lens to really capture the animals in their natural element. I'm currently enjoying my Nikon J5 mirrorless digital camera due to the sleek, lightweight body.
3. Flashlight - What I learned on my last safari is that it wasn't safe to leave our room at night without a "security" escort. These escorts kindly walked us from our room to dinner and back to ensure we we're eaten by lions. The only weapons our Maasai escorts had were a spear and a bright flashlight which supposedly kept the big predators away. Once I learned about this I started carrying my flashlight with me each night. It also came in handy at one lodge that was dimly lit due to solar power and another that shut off the power in the evening at a certain time which would have made using the bathroom a bit of a challenge without it. If you don't have one already you can find a pretty good option here.
4. Comfortable Shoes - On safari you'll spend quite a bit of time in a jeep during your game drives. You'll want to be as comfortable as possible so you can enjoy all of the wonders that mother nature has to offer. Besides game drives there are also walking safaris in which case comfortable shoes are even more important. You can bring sneakers or hiking shoes but my safari shoe of choice is the Merrell Ashland Chukka. These shoes are so stylish and comfortable that started wearing them regularly after my safari. Another thing I like about these shoes is that they cover my ankles, a small deterrent for any potential critters.
5. Lightweight Light Colored Clothing - During your game drives or walking safari you'll want to blend in with your surroundings so as to not scare the animals away, Leave your bright colored frocks at home or at least wear them to dinner at the lodge. Also, if charter flights are involved on your safari they'll be regulations on size and weight of your bags. Most lodges offer laundry services at a decent price to help with this challenge. I really like the Columbia Sportswear Women's Saturday Trail Pant as the come in various inseams and they don't have those hideous giant side pockets that come down to your thigh.
6. First Aid Kit - You should take a first aid kit with you on all of your trips and it should be a part of your every day carry when out and about. While your safari ranger may keep a first aid kit in the jeep it doesn't hurt you’ll want to be sure that you carry any specific medications that you require with you at all times. If you want ideas on what to include in your first aid kit check out this blog post.
7. Sunglasses - You should protect your eyes from the sun at all times. However, on a safari eye protection is even more important as game reserves can be pretty dusty as you drive around searching for your next sighting. As such you'll want to avoid getting this dust in your eyes.
Ray-Ban Aviators are a classic option if you're in the market for a new pair.[Sidebar: if you wear contact lenses, you will want wear your glasses during game drives to avoid eye irritation.]
8. Hat - As the mid day sun can be quite intense in the bush a good hat with a strap is a must. If you're a Curious George fan and want to look like a relic from the British Colonial period you can opt for a Pith Helmet otherwise a slightly more practical option is this classic safari hat by Tilley.
9. Bug Spray - Mosquito bites are never fun and they are even less fun when you're in a malaria zone. One way to protect yourself from bites (besides sleeping under a mosquito net and covering up especially during dusk and dawn) is to buy a good mosquito repellent. For years the recommended repellent was 30% DEET however, new guidance from the CDC says that lemon eucalyptus oil can be just as effective at repelling mosquitos and it's all natural. I first discovered Repel’s Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent Spray prior to my trip to Thailand and have been using it ever since.
10. Sunscreen - Who wants to ruin their vacation by getting sunburned on the first day? I'm pretty sure the answer to that question is no one. I usually travel with Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Stick in SPF 70 as it offers a high SPF and thanks to its stick format application is a breeze.
11. Field Guide Book - To better understand all of the wildlife that you encounter on safari it's nice to have a small field guide book to cross reference during your game drives. I have the Wild Lives Field Guide to Africa and it not only covers the big five but it also many of the lesser know creatures and beautiful birds you might encounter.
If you also need some guidance on what to pack for a long haul flight be sure to check out my blog post covering that topic.