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Where to Learn About Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg

May 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

When we think of the country South Africa, the name Nelson Mandela is without doubt one of the first things to come to mind. We all know the Cliffs Notes: He spent 27 years as a political prisoner, and four years after his 1990 release he became the country's president, subsequently ending nearly 50 years of apartheid in South Africa.

While Cape Town remains the shining star of South Africa's tourism industry, Johannesburg is ground-zero for all things historical when it comes to Mandela and his battle against the apartheid government. It's where you'll find the Apartheid Museum, a must-visit for international tourists looking for perspective on the racism that plagued South Africa from the 1950s until Mandela's rise to power.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Go On Safari in Africa

April 1, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

A female lion lounges on an overcast afternoon in Kenya's Masai Mara

The calendar is ready to turn over to April, which means that safari season will officially kick off in many parts of Africa as the wet, rainy summer season ends and we enter the dry, winter months (Africa seasons are the opposite of North America).

Things have been up and running for a couple months now in Eastern Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, where two rainy seasons break up the safari season. But since rain falls from November to December and between April and June, the best times to go are January through March and then again June through October.

But as Eastern Africa prepares for a quick break in the action, Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi) is just getting started. In most parts of this region, the rainy season runs from November to March, with the dry season lasting the entire summer, beginning at the start of April.

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Out of Africa' Makes You Want to Get in Africa

November 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | ()

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Early in the 20th century, two young Danes decide to get married and head to Africa to open up a dairy farm in British East Africa. Sounds like a perfect dream escape for the adventurous pair as they start a new ex-patriot life in the colonial continent of 1913, but of course it doesn't come easy. Enter "Out of Africa."

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The Sphinx Reopens to Visitors After Four Years of Viewing from Afar

Where: Egypt
November 11, 2014 at 9:06 AM | by | ()

After four years of renovations, one of Egyptís iconic attractions, The Sphinx, is ready to be reopened to the public.

The courtyard of the Sphinx, which allows visitors to walk around the statue, was closed so that cracks could be repaired, mainly on the left side of the statue and on the chest and neck. Visitors could obviously still see the Sphinx from a distance, but they werenít able to get close during the repairs.

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Another Day, Another Wave of Airport Ebola Panic

October 30, 2014 at 1:28 PM | by | ()

Boy this whole Ebola outbreak thing has been a real boon for travel journalism, eh? Nary a day goes by without an airport getting locked down because some nurse has a fever, or a plane getting emptied because some idiot makes a joke about feeling sick, or a state getting quarantined because some politician was psychologically scarred by watching Outbreak on a date in the '90s. We can't remember the last time there were so many stories about airports and airplanes and travel politics. It's really just a delight.

Seriously though, the only thing less fun than having Ebola is watching global commercial aviation try to scramble to deal with Ebola. People are not always very bright.

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How to Send a Package to Madagascar (or Other Far Away Lands)

Where: Madagascar
October 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | ()

Jaunted contributor TipsyTraveler recently faced a conundrum more complex than carry-on or checked baggage; he just wanted to ship a box overseas. Here is his story.

My best friend recently uprooted her glamorous life as a hip and happening 20-something, wide-eyed publicist in a major city built on entertainment and celebrities and bright lights and excess.

Why? Madagascar.

Despite popular belief, Madagascar is more than an animated film. Itís actually a real live place you can spot on a map with inhabitants and vegetation and whatnot. Nobly, she joined the Peace Corps, something I could never imagine doing because 1) air conditioning, 2) easy access to clean water and 3) I think my heart might be black?

When I dabble in charity—which, as much as I jest, I do often—itís usually in the form of a gift. Donating money, donating time, donating clothing, etc. For my friend who is now a zebra in Africa for all I know, I tried to send a care package.

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Why Brussels Airlines is a Central Figure in the Ebola Panic

October 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | ()

A Brussels Airlines A330, like the one Spencer took on his BRU-JFK flight

"Freak out like it's Hurricane Sandy 2.0" - the Facebook status of a friend, after last night's news that a doctor in New York City had been diagnosed with Ebola.

Of course his status is tongue-in-cheek, but we won't be surprised to see a few face masks on subway straphangers this weekend, not to mention increased use of those teensy-weensy Purell bottle keychains.

Doctors Without Borders volunteer Craig Spencer flew Brussels Airlines for his travels to and from West Africa. Spencer returned from his trip to Guinea via Brussels, and arrived back in JFK on October 17 on Brussels Airlines flight 501.

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US Limits Potential Ebola Travel to Just Five Airports

October 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM | by | ()

We've made a sustained effort to calm you down over Ebola. As the Internet will be more than happy to explain, more Americans have been married to Kim Kardashian than have died of Ebola. So as we move forward in this post, let's keep eventhing in perspective.

Have you heard, though, that all of the TSA stations in Cleveland International had to be disinfected inch by inch because an Ebola patient passed through just one of them on the way to Texas? It was simply a precaution of course - the literal actual quote from the agency's spokesman was that "it's nothing official" but rather just "something that our folks wanted to do" - but it happened and it brings up a good point. Ebola is spreading beyond West Africa partly because of air travel, and even the suggestion of Ebola is enough to bring anything its associated with to a grinding halt. So isn't Ebola eventually going to grind air travel to a halt?

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The Quirimbas Archipelago: How Do You Even Reach This Private Island Paradise?

October 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM | by | ()

Have you ever seen a photo of a destination and thought, "I HAVE TO GO TO THERE?" Sure you have, because who hasn't? It's as base a desire as having a taste for a different cuisine for dinner.

This morning we were afflicted with a serious case of wanderlust, after reading on HotelChatter of the newest private island resort, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa:

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How One Airplane Got Wrapped Up in the US Ebola Panic

October 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM | by | ()

Turn on the TV this week and there's one word you can't go very long without hearing: Ebola.

While the crisis in Africa is still very much that, a crisis, the US has heard more about a single flight than anything else this week. So here are the facts.

On Monday, October 13, Frontier flight 1143 traveled from Cleveland-CLE to Dallas-DFW Airport. The plane was N220FR, a Frontier Airbus A320 ("Finn the Tiger Shark") and one passenger was a nurse who had previously treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died. The plane went on to fly four more flights until the connection between the nurse and the plane was made, at which time the plane was removed from service for cleaning.

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US Airports Begin Extra Health Checks for Ebola

October 8, 2014 at 5:56 PM | by | ()

Whether you realize it or not, international airports are screening for health issues of incoming passengers. Typically it's just trained officials eyeballing the stream of arriving passengers, sometimes with the help of temperature sensors, looking for any telling signs of deteriorating health before an unwell person passes through customs and out into the public.

Owing to the recent threat of Ebola, however, those checks are about to become more obvious, and more specialized, at least temporarily.

According to the NYT, five US airports will begin screening passengers arriving from West Africa with new procedures, including a contactless thermometer to test for fever, and a questionnaire to determine a person's risk.

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Join Photographers Without Borders in Aiding Non-Profits One Picture at a Time

Where: Thika Town, Kenya
October 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

Photographers Without Borders is helping grassroots causes around the world through Support, Inspiration, and Experiences.

PWB supports these organizations by providing free visual media that will help them educate others and raise awareness. They aim to inspire by using websites, magazines, blogs, and exhibits to share the amazing stories of these small charities and NGOs. Finally, Photographers Without Borders chooses members to represent the organization on unique and cultural volunteer assignments around the globe.

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