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Life+1 a lifestyle and travel blog. My adventures around the world and the moments of bliss in between.

Dream Destinations : Africa

I can almost guarantee that at least one of these African destinations has not even crossed your mind as a dream destination. But can definitely guarantee that they are one-of-a-kind and truly spectacular. 

Africa is such a varied continent. Exotic in the most indescribable ways. To feed your wanderlust, and mine, here's a list of some incredible dream destinations across Africa.

The Sinai Peninsula - Egypt

Often in the throes of political rife or civil unrest Egypt, as a whole, can get quite a bad reputation. But if you do your homework and travel to the right place at the right time, you'll almost certainly have an unforgettable dream vacation.

One such spot is the coastal city of Sharm-el-Sheikh on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Just make sure you check with your Embassy for travel advisories before planning your trip.  

Skeleton Coast - Namibia

Skeleton Coast. Not exactly a name that conjures up dreamy visions of holiday and relaxation. But I've always thought there was something eerily intriguing about this harsh and extremely remote part of the world. With nothing more than the skeletons of many-a-doomed ships rusting on the sandy shores, the Skeleton Coast is most definitely a place I would love to fly over.

Marrakech Souks - Morocco

I'm not in love with crowded places and sensory overload, but you can bet I will be spending at least a few days immersed in the maze-like Medina of Merrakech. There's just something so dreamy about shopping the souks for your own version of a magic carpet or Aladdin's lamp.

Make sure you follow along on Instagram next month when I visit. It will be a challenge to control my urge to completely redesign my home with what I find in the souks!

The Serengeti - Tanzania

The Serengeti is home to the largest land mammal migration in the world and named on of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World; need I say more? 

Giraffe Manor - Kenya

A magical hotel that can bring out the child in any adult, Giraffe Manor in Kenya has long been on my travel wish list. Waking up to have breakfast in the company of the resident giraffes right at your table sounds like a dream come true to me.

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Kind of makes you want to buy a plane ticket huh? Exotic or ordinary, where are you traveling to this summer?

How to Use Your iPhone Abroad (Inexpensively)

While I'm a firm believer in taking a tech-break every so often, I'm also guilty of wanting to capture every exciting moment of my adventures abroad. Travel memories are one of the things I cherish most in life. Annnnd I'm kind of addicted to Instagram...

So whether you are in the middle of a busy Moroccan medina (me soon!), or admiring a mountain-scape from a tiny Swiss village, here are a few easy ways to stay connected using your iPhone or smartphone while abroad.

Free WiFi Finder App


If you know you won't be needing voice calling but you can't bare the thought of a day without your Instagram feed, then using a Free WiFi finder app is a good option. Make sure you download it before you go. There are a lot of options but this one works offline, which is pretty much necessary.

Take your pics, find a local cafe with free WiFi and rest your feet while you have a drink and reconnect to the online world. A happy medium because you're free to enjoy the moments as they happen and take 'WiFi' breaks to upload later. Plus. depending on the strength of the WiFi signal, you can make calls via Skype or chat with WhatsApp.

International SIM Card : Pre-Order


If you have an unlocked phone that accepts SIM cards, you're in luck. This is by far the easiest option I've used. I'm using One SimCard but there are several International SIM providers out there. Order it before you go and choose from options like voice & data, or data only SIMS.

In those painfully long minutes taxiing to your arrival gate, you can pop your new SIM into your phone and you should be connected to a local network by the time you walk off the plane!

If your phone is not unlocked call your service provider and ask them to unlock it for you.

International SIM Card : On Arrival

I've done this multiple times in English and non-English speaking countries. I'll be honest, this is not my favorite option, but it works in a pinch and it's a good option if you are traveling to multiple countries in the same trip.

You'll want to do a bit of research before you go to find reputable SIM retailers at your location. You can often find them right in the airport. Make sure you know what kind of SIM you need. Language barriers, being in a hurry and jet lag can make things complicated unless you go prepared.

Install your new SIM and make sure it works before leaving the store. Most retailers are happy to help you install it.

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All of these options are a darn sight cheaper than those crazy roaming fees your regular provider will charge. Word to the wise, if you're not using an International SIM, put your phone in airplane mode and turn the WiFi on.

You can bet I'll be connected during my trip to Morocco. How could I not Instagram from Richard Branson's Atlas Mountain hideaway or shopping trips to the souks?! You can follow all the fun via my Instagram.

Happy travels!

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4 (more) Secrets to Happiness : Around the World

From the crowded streets of Brazil, to the most isolated islands in the world; people around the world strive to be happy in some surprising and unique ways.


4 (More) Secrets to Happiness from Around the World


1 - Overcome Your Fears by Facing them Head-on
Land diving in Vanuatu

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Would you ever consider bungee jumping from a tower with nothing but natural tree vines to break your fall? Tree vines and the ground

It may sound incredibly bizarre to many of us, but to the natives of Pentecost Island in remote Vanuatu, it is the ultimate rite of passage and a way in which they overcome their fears. Something we could all apply to our own lives, with some modification of course.

Whatever your fear and method for overcoming it, one thing is for sure, facing our fears is the only way to overcome them. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger...right?
 

2 - Allowing Yourself to Relax & Reset
Hammam in Morocco (with roots in Turkey)

Royal Mansour Spa

Royal Mansour Spa

Royal Mansour Hammam : Marrakech

Royal Mansour Hammam : Marrakech

The hammam, a tradition rooted in Turkey, but arguably perfected by Moroccans, is a cleansing and pampering of the most luxurious kind. From sweating out toxins to being scrubbed clean head to toe, and finished with steam and a massage. You'll no doubt walk away feeling renewed and healthy.

Looking after yourself is just as important as giving back to others. Whether it's an occasional moment to relax on your own in a comfy chair or a full-on hammam pampering, we should all make personal relaxation and rejuvenation a part of our routine. 

I plan to experience the hammam first hand on my upcoming adventure to Morocco. What better place to experience it than at the Royal Mansour, a hotel owned and commissioned by the King of Morocco himself?! I can't wait to tell you guys all about it!
 

3 - Working to Live, Not Living to Work
Carnaval in Brazil

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Not quite as obscure as some of the other happiness practices, in fact, there's nothing subtle about Brazil's Carnaval. 

Nearly a solid week of closed businesses and wild parties on a massive scale. Brazil knows how to remind people that life is meant to be enjoyed, not wasted away behind a desk. While finding a healthy work/life balance can be challenging, if we don't make an effort, we'll certainly become burnt out.

Finding time to celebrate and let loose is a necessary element in a happier life.
 

4 - Find the Good in Life
Diwali / Deepavali (Festival of Lights) in India

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Diwali is a 5 day celebration by the Hindu people to welcome good fortune into their lives and start afresh. The towns are made squeaky clean and at night the sky is filled with fireworks. Streets, rooftops and windows are lined with candles. Diwali signifies the celebration of the Hindu gods who oversee good things in life.

It is a practice I am particularly fond of. I am constantly working toward keeping my mind focused on gratitude and positivity. It's a daily challenge. Finding happiness in life is a huge part of what I like to share on this blog.

I'm not Hindu, and odds are, you probably are not either. But that doesn't mean we can't find ways to consciously focus on the good in life rather than consuming our minds with the negatives.

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The world is a huge place. Part of the reason I love to travel is learning about all the fascinating cultures and different ways people live. Secrets to happiness can be found in every corner of the world and in so many different forms.

Do you know someone who could use more happiness in their life? Share this post with them. Maybe they'll find inspiration like so many others have. x

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