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Travellers enjoy a sundowner at Coffee Shack - Coffee Bay, South Africa

Coffee Shack, South Africa – hostel review 2011

[ 0 ] November 10, 2011

Looking for the best hostel in Coffee Bay, South Africa? Coffee Shack has a feel-good vibe that’s contagious.

Not only will you be given a guided tour and a welcome drink (which you MUST drink with your left hand), you’re introduced to staff members and invited out to dinner with other guests.

PICTURE Coffee Shack hostel, Coffee Bay - South Africa hostels

PICTURE Coffee Shack hostel, Coffee Bay - South Africa hostels

Whether it’s munching curry at the hostel or heading into town for more traditional African food, we promise it will be an experience to remember.

By day, enjoy the free activities on offer including treks to the Hole in the Wall, cheap surf lessons and sundowners (see picture). And if you like open fires, drum circles and plenty of drinking games then you’ll never want to leave.

Travellers enjoy a sundowner at Coffee Shack - Coffee Bay, South Africa

Travellers enjoy a sundowner at Coffee Shack - Coffee Bay, South Africa

Accommodation

Choose from simple dorms (120ZAR); private rooms (from 240ZAR) or camping. Bathrooms are spotless, and there are even hairdryers for the girls!

Get more travel advice about South Africa and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates!

Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

Hurricane Rina to hit Cancun in next 24 hours

[ 0 ] October 26, 2011

Hurricane Rina is hurtling towards Cancun, a popular tourist resort in Mexico.

The storm, which has sustained winds of up to 110 miles per hour, is expected to hit the Caribbean coast in the next 24 hours, prompting the Mexican government to issue travel warnings.

Hurricane Rina hits Cancun, Mexico - Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

Hurricane Rina tracking map - Wunderground.com

It has already brushed Nicaragua and Honduras, where dozens of people have been reported killed by flooding and mudslides.

Forecasters predict it will strengthen as it nears the Mexican coast today before hurtling towards Cozumel, another popular resort in Mexico.

Keep up-to-date with travel news and let us know your thoughts on Facebook. Read more travel advice about Central America.

How to avoid catching Malaria | Malaria travel advice | Fabulous travel guide

How to avoid catching malaria

[ 2 ] November 2, 2010

Malaria is a serious and sometime fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes in many tropical and subtropical countries. Every year there are 250 million cases across the world and nearly 1 million deaths according to the World Health Organization

Fortunately, there are loads of precautions you can take to prevent getting bitten – just remember to be sensible and follow these simple rules:

How to avoid catching Malaria | Malaria travel advice | Fabulous travel guide

How to avoid catching Malaria | Malaria travel advice | Fabulous travel guide

1) Research where you’re travelling to

Check out Fit for Travel – a brilliant website that tells you all the health information you need to know. You can see which areas are prone to malaria and even find out what vaccinations you need.

2) Ask your doctor about antimalarial tablets

This is important if you are visiting high-risk areas, remote from medical facilities. Talk to your doctor to discuss what you need.

3)    Avoid getting bitten by covering up

Wear long sleeves and trousers when in tropical areas, such as the jungle. Investing a mosquito net is worthwhile, too.

4)   Lather yourself in insect repellent

When your skin is exposed wear insect repellent and reapply every few hours.

5)    Seek immediate medical care if you develop a fever

Malaria can develop even up to 12 months after exposure, so be aware of the symptoms.

Need more travel advice? Check out the Staying Safe Abroad section and don’t forget to register with LOCATE before you go. And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

Travelling solo? 5 things to do before you leave | Fabulous travel guide

Travelling solo? 5 things to do before you leave

[ 3 ] October 27, 2010

Travelling on your own can be daunting – so make it easy on yourself by getting super organised before you leave.

1) Print off important documents

These should include flight details, confirmation emails, hostel reservations, insurance documents and important contacts. It’s also worth keeping back-up copies online – so family and friends can access them in an emergency.

2) Buy a passport wallet

These are great for storing extra documents – such as flight tickets and ID forms. It’s important not to lose anything when crossing borders – or you could be refused entry.

Travelling solo? 5 things to do before you leave | Fabulous travel guide

Travelling solo? 5 things to do before you leave | Fabulous travel guide

3) Make a note of important numbers

Keep a notebook of important phone numbers – who to call if you lose your bank card, emergency services, insurance details etc. Keep reference numbers and passwords handy too, as you may need these over the phone.

4) Check the visa requirements

Don’t be caught out – always do your research before travelling to a foreign country. Some countries require that you have proof of onward travel; others will only allow 90 days entry.

5) Book your first night’s accommodation

No matter how old you are, it’s always daunting arriving in a new city at night. So make sure you book your first night’s accommodation well in advance.

Thinking about working while you’re away? Register with LOCATE so the British Embassy has all your details. For more travel advice and tips, follow me on Twitter.

Travel money | Currency exchange rates | Fabulous travel guide

How to get the best exchange rates

[ 10 ] September 1, 2010

Want to find the cheapest exchange rates? Forget the Post Office, money saving expert Martin Lewis has come up with a better solution.

Travelmoneymax.com is a website that finds the best deals online. Simply type in the amount you want to spend, pick your currency, and voila! It compares all the latest offers on travel money and foreign currency in seconds.

If you’re able to collect in London you’ll get a better deal. If not, simply order online and get them delivered to your door.

Travel money | Currency exchange rates | Fabulous travel guide

Travel money | Currency exchange rates | Fabulous travel guide

You could save up to £30 if you shop around. For instance, £400 will get you €480 from ICE in Waterloo (if you collect it in person) compared with €471 from the Post Office and €450 from HSBC.

Pretty good, eh? And don’t forget to check out the latest insurance deals, too. This website is a godsend. Happy saving!

Next: How to book a round-the-world trip and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/fabtravel.

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How to book a round-the-world trip

[ 8 ] July 20, 2010

Just finished your A-levels? Why not book a round-the-world trip and get some life experience before you head to uni?

Whether you want to swim with sharks in South Africa, laze away the days on white sand beaches in Thailand or hike the Inca Trail in Peru, there’s never been a better time to book a life-changing trip.

Round the world flights | Round the world trip | Fabulous travel guide

Round the world flights - Fabulous travel guide

1)  Find a good travel agent

You may feel like booking the first flight you see but trust us, DON’T. There are loads of good deals to be had, and you won’t gain anything by rushing into it.

Phone up travel agencies that specialise in round-the-world flights and have them talk you through the different options. I compared STA TravelRound the World Experts and Travel Nation.

2) Weigh up the pros and cons

Once you have quotes from all the agencies you’ve visited, weigh up the pros and cons and ask yourself these questions:

* Is this a reputable agency?

* How much do they charge to change flights

* Will I be able to speak to an English-speaking person if I have problems when I’m away?

Once you have decided on a company to go with, tell them about the different quotes you’ve been offered. You never know they might be able to cut you a deal! This is also the time to ask all those niggling questions – however silly you may think they are!

3) Do your research

TOP TIP: When you are finalising the details of your trip, allow yourself a day or two to do some research. Go to the library and get out the most recent edition of the Lonely Planet and read up on the places you’re visiting. You might find there’s more to do than you’d originally thought – or, perhaps not enough.

4. Buy  a calendar

Make a list of what you want to do in each place, jotting down how long you think you’ll need to stay. Buy a diary and pencil in the dates – this will give you a clearer view of how much time you have.

5. Talk to other travellers

Whether it’s Twitter or Facebookk or the Lonely Planet forum, it’s important to speak to people who have done similar routes. You’ll be able to work out budgets, time schedules and ask as many questions as you like.

6. Book your trip!

When you’re happy, go back to the travel agent and start booking those flights. If you are covering vast areas of land – such as South America, it might be worth considering internal flights as this will save you time and money in the long run.

Need more advice? Get in touch via Twitter or Facebook! And don’t forget to see how to get the best exchange rates before you leave. Good luck.

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