Posts in africa
Our ‘SOS’ guide to visiting Marrakech - By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

Most airlines issue you a landing card before landing into Marrakech Menara Airport. If you get a chance fill it out on the plane so that it is ready to present at passport control on arrival. It will ask your name, date & place of birth, nationality, occupation, passport number & issue date, where you are travelling from/to which airport, for example Manchester to Marrakech. Address whilst in Morocco, so it is maybe worth looking up your accommodation address before you get on your flight, screen shot it so that it is in your photos for you to look up on flight if your phone is in airplane mode.

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Four Days in Fes- ‘Just Like That’ - By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

Fes has always been a place of fascination for us, due to our joint love of ‘magical’ Morocco. Having secured some cheap return flights and our accommodation through the lovely Riad Tizwa, who owns a sister riad near the old medina, we were set…

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R & R @ The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort - by Samantha Owen-Stoddart

I have wanted to visit Zanzibar for some time now, more out of Intrigue through seeing photos or videos of the Island. After booking the trip nearly a year ago, I spent some time looking and researching where I wanted to stay and see. After speaking to many people, some who had previously visited, I was set on staying on the North Coast. Nungwi was the area I picked, mainly due to it’s beautiful coastline and white sandy beaches, a perfect base…

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Safari and Saltlick - By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

During my time in Kenya I went on a two day safari to the Tsavo East National Park, enjoying the sights and sounds of the park’ animals. They included the elephant, leopard, lion, Impala and giraffe to name but a few. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, opened in April 1948 and is 13,747 square kilometres in size. The location of the park is an area formally called the Taru Desert, next to the town of Voi, in Taita-Taveta County. The Tsavo National Park is split into two sections Tsavo East and West, separated by the A109 road and a railway. Its name came from the river Tsavo, which flows west to east through the national park.

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‘Red City Restaurants’- Marrakech - by Samantha Owen-Stoddart

Each time I visit the Red City I like to try new restaurants. With hundreds of restaurants to choose from in Marrakech you are always spoilt for choice! Sometimes I plan where I would like to eat, to avoid the disappointment of not getting a table and others times it is by other people’s recommendations or sheer spontaneity of seeing somewhere.

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Gratitude Tipping (& Travel) Update is Here!

After weeks of collating feedback from our users and testing the app on multiple devices we’ve managed to complete our first upgrade! And we’re pretty happy with it if we do say so ourselves… 

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Facts about countries across the globe and app update info

In preparation for the launch of our updated app, we’ve collated a load of cool facts about countries which will feature in our new travel guide. Each country will have its own personalised travel guide including information such as the capital city, population, language tips, tourist hotspots, hidden gems, unique facts and must try foods and drinks. 

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How to ask for the bill in nearly ever country in the world

Asking for the bill in the language of the country you’re in is a nice touch to show your respect for the culture. Whilst it’s not essential (and you can normally act out the signing of a bill on you hand which works just as well), it gives you a chance to show your language skills. Below is a list of ways to ask for the bill in all dialects. 

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Eating out in the MENA region 

Do you find varying countries tipping etiquette hard to keep up with? Do you often find yourself wondering how much should to tip when abroad? These are common feelings when it comes to gratuity. In general, the amount you tip should be what you think the service is deserved of. Set tipping rules and percentages have often taken over to make it seem like these are the only way to leave a gratuity and must be adhered to, but really they are just helpful guidelines. 

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Tipping in Kenya

Kenya is one of the most visited countries in the continent of Africa. With its beautiful Indian-Ocean coastline, lakes, savannah grasslands, valleys and highlands it has a lot to offer tourists. Not to mention its bustling capital city, Nairobi. Its climate and exotic wildlife means there is a big market for tourism across the country with locals offering a great insight into their country. 

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