Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Stay in an African Safari Lodge At Least Once in Your Life

 People are always searching for a unique travel experience to top all others. With its glowing, red sunsets and diverse wildlife, Africa is quickly becoming the hotspot travelers desire. Over 30 millon yearly visitors will agree it offers a vacation unlike any other, but how do they make the most of it when they visit? The best-kept secret is African safari lodges. There is no better way to experience this beautiful country than by staying in one of these, and here’s why.  

 

It’s authentic

 

Everyone wants a touch of luxury on vacation, but it’s easy to sacrifice authenticity in the way of it. This is certainly not the case when you stay in an African safari lodge. With rustic décor, home-cooked meals and friendly local staff, you’ll get a true taste of Africa when you visit. Most of these lodgings look directly out onto nature reserves, so you’re never far from the action. Luckily, there are also some more luxurious options available to travelers that offer the best of both worlds.

 

Safaris can be cheap

 

Unfortunately, there has been a huge misconception in recent years about the cost of African safari lodges. While many can cost a lot of money to visit, recent developments mean that everyone can enjoy the wonders of the African wilderness. Much like with tropical all-inclusive resorts, you can get more bang for your buck by searching for all-inclusive packages before you depart.

 

Peace and quiet

 

If there is one feature safaris have perfected, it’s their reputation as a peaceful retreat. Far from large cities and work, you can truly escape the worries of daily life when on safari. It’s a vibe that people come from all over the world to see. With only the sounds of nature singing you to sleep, don’t resist the temptation to come back again next year.

 

An immersive experience

 

It is one thing to watch safari on your television, and another entirely to experience it in person. There is no other getaway as immersive as an African safari. Daily tours take you into the heart of the wilderness, and the lodges enjoy prime location within nature reserves. Though you might not be able to touch some of the animals, you can get an intimate snapshot of how they live in the wild. This is not something the everyday traveler can say.

 

The Big Five

 

Wildlife enthusiast or not, there is nothing more magical than seeing the famous Big Five on an African Safari. This prestigious group is made up of the lion; the African leopard; the rhinoceros; the African bush elephant, and the African buffalo. Sightings of these animals aren’t rare when you pick the right safari tour to go on, and you’ll no doubt be in awe of their presence. You might also catch sight of the iconic wildebeest migration, which occurs on the Serengeti plains from July to August each year.

 

The night sky

 

Being immersed in the wilderness means one exceptional thing: a stunning night sky view. Without the light pollution of big cities, safari-goers often speak of the unrivaled constellations they see. In some cases, you’ll see whole galaxies light up the sky, in colors of yellow, blue and violet. These can be spotted when you’re out on night safari, or from the comfort of your own African safari lodge.

 

Excellent photographs

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional photographer or a keen tourist, you’ll want to capture every moment you see here on camera. There is every chance to catch some safari picture to commemorate your experience with, and professional photographers will also jump on the chance to set up a night-time shoot. This is a place where golden hour come to life, so keep your camera on hand from then until sunset.

Conservation support

 

Africa is full of endangered species, which have nearly been wiped out by poachers and climate change. Animal lovers do all they can to prevent this from happening, and you can, too. Depending on which African safari lodge you visit, you could be doing worlds of good for conservation efforts. The money you spend goes directly into a sustainable system formed by local wildlife conservationists. Who knew safari trips could be so wholesome?

 

It’s educational

 

Everyone knows that travel is educational, but African safari lodges take this to a whole new level. Aside from learning about conservation efforts, you can learn all about the diverse ecosystems that exist across Africa. When you go out on safari, your guide will strive to tell you about these incredible creatures. Make the most of this experience by asking all the questions you can. You never know which fascinating facts you’ll come home with.

 

Lifelong friends

 

Avid safari-goers will say that African safaris are as much about the people you meet than the animals. This couldn’t be truer. In your lodge, you’ll meet people from all over the world, who are united in their love of wildlife and adventurous spirit. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself swapping tales with your fellow travelers, and keeping in touch with them for life. Who knows, you might even plan a trip to return together in the future.

England breakfasts: A bucket list for every traveler


A traditional English breakfast is a delicious subject to write about. It is also a delicious subject to sample and enjoys while traveling around England. When it comes to an English breakfast, almost everything gets to be included. English breakfast is a potentially large meal in which several types of foods are included such as bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, tomatoes, black and white pudding, kidney kippers, mushrooms, toast, potatoes, coffee, and tea.

When you are taking a holiday the traditional English breakfast is one that should not be missed. Fortunately, this is a tradition enjoyed all across the country. There are cafes serving up English breakfasts all over the country. Many are within walking distance of your own hotel. If you are taking a free walking tour in London, then walk your way into almost any café you can find and enjoy this amazing meal.

The traditional breakfast history

This traditional breakfast dates back to the middle ages. There were only two meals a day then and nobility were frequent recipients of such a lavish breakfast. A lot of them were also connected to weddings and after-ceremony, everyone would sit down to have breakfast together. There are a lot of ways this tradition spread around the country and was enjoyed by many. These breakfasts were casual meals with plenty of friends and relatives and food provided.



Scotland & Ireland

There are regional variants for Scotland and Ireland, England’s close neighbors. The differences include things that would be considered regional differences like Irish soda being served at breakfast in Ireland.

The Working Class

What is also amazing about this meal is that it was enjoyed by the working classes as well. These people would be working in factories all day long so they would start their days with a large breakfast. A lot of the work in those days was very hard physical labor and with long hours so those people were doing what was necessary to keep themselves going. This tradition was enjoyed by the working classes up through the 1950s because the labor situation didn’t start to change until then.

The English Breakfast Now

Now English breakfast is a tradition enjoyed all over the world not just in England. It even appears in countries such as India and China, though there are some culturally influenced variations to the meal plans. Such as tikka masala that gets served traditionally in India. This, unsurprisingly, appears often around the United States as well; though the United State’s version enjoys more cheese and hotcakes.



There are several walking tours available all over England and the Traditional English Breakfast is included in several. This is one thing you should not miss when you take your next trip to England. It is a taste experience. The tours will have other things you will be doing such as visiting one of many historical castles or the bridges of London. If you cannot make the traditional English breakfast an event on one of these tours, do your own research and take time to include on your own. In fact, there are several handy web pages you can view that has information about the types of food you will enjoy and where you can find them by region.

The Queen’s Breakfast

Does the queen of England enjoy this tradition of her own country? Usually, no she does not. She enjoys a Spartan breakfast of tea with a few biscuits (cookies). She tries to avoid starch though fruit and cold cereal are part of her normal breakfast. Traditional English Breakfast is only for special occasions and even then she eats sparingly. She does have a country to run so taking a long post-breakfast-lunch nap is probably not something she does often. When she does enjoy them, they are often attached to state functions and does not overindulge.

On your next trip abroad to England, try to find a morning to enjoy this piece of the English tradition that has been enjoyed by the rich and the poor alike for decades. There are restaurants everywhere and I know if you follow the links I referenced above you will find not only pictures of these amazing dishes, but links to where you can find the best of all of them. If you can’t, a quick search will bring up restaurants in the region.


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De 7 Wereldwonderen: Social Engagement Index 2019

Bijna iedereen heeft ooit wel eens gehoord van de Zeven Wereldwonderen. De oorspronkelijke lijst van Wereldwonderen dateert uit de oudheid en wordt daarom ook wel de ‘Zeven Wereldwonderen van de Antieke Wereld’ genoemd. Anno 2019 is de piramide van Cheops de enige van deze klassieke wonderen die nog overeind staat.

Door de jaren heen zijn er daarom verschillende nieuwere lijsten ontstaan met uiteenlopende gebouwen en constructies. De meest bekende hiervan werd in 2007 opgezet door de Zwitserse New7Wonders Foundation op basis van online verkiezingen. Meer dan honderd miljoen mensen brachten destijds hun stem uit.

Sociale ranking van de Nieuwe Zeven Wereldwonderen

In de lijst van New7Wonders staan zeer uiteenlopende bouwwerken. Maar het ene Wereldwonder is de andere niet: van de Cristo Redentor in het zonnige Brazilië naar de Taj Mahal in het verre India. 

Taxi2Airport startte daarom een onderzoek om te bepalen welk Wereldwonder -volgens sociale media- het meest de moeite waard is om te bezoeken. Een van de grootste taxi aanbieders in de wereld bracht aan de hand van verschillende sociale factoren in kaart welk bouwwerk het populairste is. Zij inventariseerden per Wereldwonder het aantal:

– Facebook vind-ik-leuk’s
– Twitter volgers
– Instagram Hashtags
– Pins op Pinterest

De social media statistieken van de Wereldwonderen werden na de inventarisatie gerangschikt aan de hand van de ‘Social Engagement Index’. Hierbij heeft elk van de Zeven Nieuwe Wereldwonderen een eigen score gekregen tussen de 0 en 100.

Methodologie

– De resultaten zijn gebaseerd op een puntensysteem. Voor ieder social media platform begint ieder wereldwonder op 70 punten, waarbij ze in totaal 98 punten per social media platform kunnen ontvangen.

– Per social media platform ontvingen de wereldwonderen punten, variërend van 1 punt (minste betrokkenheid) tot 7 punten (meeste betrokkenheid).

– 0 punten = score 70 (startpunt), 1 punt = score 74, 2 punten = score 78, 3 punten = score 82, 4 punten = score 86, 5 punten = score 90, 6 punten = score 94 en 7 punten = score 98.

– De totale score is gebaseerd op een gemiddelde van alle punten per social media platform.

Bronnen

– Geraadpleegde bronnen: Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Reviews en Tripadvisor Reviews.

– De officiële pagina’s van de genoemde sociale mediaplatforms zijn geraadpleegd voor de gegevens.

– Als de officiële pagina niet beschikbaar was, werden de pagina’s met de meeste likes en/of volgers geraadpleegd.

Social Engagement Index: Ranking the New7Wonders of the World

Throughout the years, there have been several lists of World Wonders, that were compiled from ancient monuments to wonders of the present day. Where the list ‘Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’ was the most common classical one, many people, institutions, and organizations now have their own lists.

One of the most notable lists is the New7Wonders of the World. This list was initiated by the Swiss corporation New7Wonders Foundation, which asked over one hundred million to vote and choose the New 7 Wonders of the world, from a selection of two hundred monuments. The winners were announced in 2007.

Social Ranking of the New7Wonders

Taxi2Airport.com, one of the largest taxi providers in the world, analyzed the social engagement with the New7Wonders of the World in order to determine which wonder of the world is most popular on social media. They did so by looking at the number of:

– Facebook likes
– Twitter followers
– Instagram hashtags
– Pins on Pinterest

The results of this analysis were then ranked in the Social Engagement Index 2019 where special buildings and constructions were ranked on a 100-point scale.

Methodology

– Results are based on a point system. For each social media platform, every Wonder starts at 70 points, where they could receive 98 points in total, per social media platform.

– Per social media platform, the Wonders received points, ranging from 1 point (least engagement) to 7 (most engagement).

– 0 points= score 70 (starting point), 1 point= score 74, 2 points= score 78, 3 points= score 82, 4 points= score 86, 5 points= score 90, 6 points= score 94 and 7 points= score 98.

– The total score is based on an average of all points per social media platform.

Sources

– Sources consulted: Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Reviews and Tripadvisor Reviews.

– The official pages of the social media platforms mentioned were consulted for the data.

– If the official page was not available, Taxi2Airport used the pages with the most likes or followers.