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Why Ireland should be on your destination list: A panda’s reasons

Why Ireland should be on your destination list: A panda’s reasons

Everyone has that one destination they’ve been fantasising about for years. For a traveling panda, I have quite a few but Ireland has always been at the top of my list. Why you may ask? It’s just a tiny island known for potatoes and rain […]

Taking in Paris on a quick layover: 3 myths debunked

Taking in Paris on a quick layover: 3 myths debunked

I recently booked a flight to Ireland from Abu Dhabi which included a 7 hour layover in Paris. 7 hours? That’s an awfully long time to spend in an airport. You’re right, it is.   Which is why, since I still had my valid schengen […]

Why is Georgia is the perfect weekend getaway from the Middle East!

Why is Georgia is the perfect weekend getaway from the Middle East!

“You’re going to Georgia? You mean you are flying all the way to the United States just for a long weekend?” That was the response I received when I answered people’s question of, “Where are you traveling to for the long weekend?” To be honest […]

So why did I go to Croatia?

So why did I go to Croatia?

If you’re a traveler, travel blogger or geography enthusiast then you’ve not only heard about Croatia, but you’ve most certainly jotted it down on your bucket list. If you don’t fall into one of the above categories (or you do, but you’re into more mainstream […]

Crossing Slovenia to Croatia… with no money and no ID card!

Crossing Slovenia to Croatia… with no money and no ID card!

Driving in Europe is easy, they said! Great roads, scenic views and smooth border crossings! Well yes and no. Look for most South Africans, road trips are as much a part of our culture as braais, biltong and bunny chows .  Ask any South African […]

Slovenia: the good, the bad and the ugly

Slovenia: the good, the bad and the ugly

The truth is that I didn’t even know where Slovenia was until a few months ago. I mean, I would see these beautiful pictures on my Instagram feed of castles and lakes but I used to just think… “Somewhere in Europe”. At that time, Europe […]

Serbia: a secretive seductress

Serbia: a secretive seductress

I’d been in Abu Dhabi for a month and a bit when I started to get that itchy feeling that only a traveling panda can get. You know the one- when your documentation is done, school hasn’t started, your home is set up and so […]

Why Czech Republic is the perfect gateway to Europe…

Why Czech Republic is the perfect gateway to Europe…

I personally had no plans to visit Czech Republic until I met my Czech bestie, Expat Bee. I vividly remember the day I first met her. She had kind eyes, a mischievous laugh and a sense of humour as dry and filthy as my own. In […]

Austria- a land of fairytales and dreams!

Austria- a land of fairytales and dreams!

When Bee and I were talking about going to Austria, she was far less keen than I was. I know what she was thinking- a place filled with overpriced goods and hordes of tourists doing a “Sound of Music” tour. I, however, had no interest […]


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