July 23, 2015

Travel decor for your home

When we aren’t travelling the world, we’re dreaming about travelling the world! Bringing some travel themed inspiration into your home is a great way to keep you inspired for your next trip, as well as keeping all your precious holiday memories where you can enjoy them daily. Here are some travel themed décor ideas to try…

Travel gallery wall

Map wallpaper – the bright colours of this one work particularly well in a kid’s bedroom.

Travel photo wallpaper - how serene and calming is this wallpaper! Stunning.

Hanging map clock – this one's available from Mr Price Home.

DIY storage bins

Instagram photo décor
With services like Nifty250 that let you print your Instagram photos, the door to a whole new world of travel décor has been opened.

Here are some nifty DIYs that will all work beautifully with your travel themed decor.

City name canvas - this can be a great DIY. Just get a canvas, some paint and practise your handwriting. You could make it your travel bucket list of cities you're still wishing to visit or those you've already visited.

Travel tray - to collect all those bits and bobs or treasured travel souvenirs.

Travel typography for your wall

Travel memory frames

Travel fund decorative frame

Postcard gallery

Frame your currency 

Got a cool travel decor idea? How have you brought some travel inspiration in your home? Comment below and let us know!

July 21, 2015

Sure Travel donates books for Mandela Day

Sure Travel donates books for Mandela Day
Each year on Mandela Day, marked on the 18th July in honour of Nelson Mandela's birthday, we are all encouraged to spend 67 minutes doing something to help someone else. One of this year's themes was education and literacy. Sure Travel Head Office staff decided to support this theme and spent their Saturday sorting out their books and on Monday, we headed to our nearest CNA store to donate them. 

The Nelson Mandela Foundation Library Project had partnered with CNA this Mandela Day - donation boxes were placed in CNA stores and CNA had set a target of 6000 books that they wanted to donate. The Nelson Mandela Foundation Library Project will then collect the books and set up much-needed container libraries in selected schools. 

You can still pop into your nearest CNA store to donate your books. Together let’s give one of the most precious gifts of all – the gift of reading.  

Sure Travel's donated books at CNA

Nelson Mandela Foundation Literacy Porject book donation CNA

July 9, 2015

Five reasons why you need travel insurance

Wondering if you need travel insurance? The short answer… yes, you do. Holidays are all about fun, adventure and relaxation. But trust us, things can go wrong. That’s why it’s so important to use a professional travel consultant you can trust - like our Sure Travel consultants around the country - to give you information on travel insurance.

The last thing you’re going to want on your holiday is being stuck in a foreign country with a broken leg and a medical bill scary enough to give you a heart attack. Wearing the same clothes for 4 days straight while your luggage is enjoying its own around the world holiday is also not the adventure you probably have in mind.

It’s not fun. It’s not sexy. But trust us, you need travel insurance. And the right kind of travel insurance too.

Our Sure Travel recommendation is TIC travel insurance – with TIC, we can rest assured that our clients can truly travel with peace of mind.

Here are just five reasons why you need TIC travel insurance:

1. You’re covered door to door

While some travel insurance products only cover you from when you pass through passport control, TIC covers you from the moment you walk out of your door at home. If you slip on the doormat, or are involved in an accident on the way to the airport, TIC is there to assist.

2. All tropical diseases

If you’re heading to a malaria zone, for example, and don’t want to take malaria medication for whatever reason, you don’t have to. TIC product covers you for whether you’ve taken the medication or not.

3. Cover for all 3 major risks

The majority of travel insurance claims are related to medical costs, cancellation expenses and luggage losses. It’s important that you ensure you have cover for all three risks.

If there’s a cyclone in Mauritius, for example, and the airline has cancelled your flight, chances are they will compensate you for meals only. That means you’re stuck sleeping on a bench at the airport. If you have a TIC policy, you can book yourself into an airport hotel and claim the expense back from TIC if applicable (TIC tip - you have to keep all receipts for expenses you’re planning on claiming back).

4. You can top up your free cover

Most banks provide some complimentary travel cover if you have purchased your ticket using your credit card – this is usually limited to medical cover. Some medical aids also offer complementary medical insurance. Make sure that you check exactly what is covered before travelling. You may find that it’s not sufficient at all or you may just need some top-up cover. Ask your Sure Travel consultant about topping up your cover.

5. Peace of mind

Why would you risk spoiling your holiday and wasting your precious time and money by not ensuring you’re adequately covered. Peace of mind is priceless.

Got a question about travel insurance? Need to book your TIC travel insurance?  Contact your nearest Sure Travel consultant. 

Please note: this information is a guideline and does not replace the advice of a professional TIC or Sure Travel consultant or the conditions covered in specific policies. Terms and Conditions apply. Information as of 03 June 2015.

July 3, 2015

Know Your City: A weekend in Durban

Being in travel, nothing excites us more than getting to know a new place. Sometimes though, we can forget what awesome places are on our very doorstep.  After successful Know Your City days in Cape Town, Sure Travel Head Office staff were divided into groups of four and the first group headed off for a weekend in the warmest place to be – Durban! Here’s their story…

DAY 1, 5 June 2015:
After being dropped off at Cape Town International Airport, fairly early, we decided to grab something to eat before our flight at 13:50.  It seems we enjoyed our punctuality a little too much as we nearly missed the flight!  We made it though and arrived at King Shaka International Airport at about 15:45, grabbed our luggage and went straight to the car rentals.  There we were greeted by the friendly Avis staff.  It wasn’t long before we had our car and were ready to hit the road!

The first night we stayed at the Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge. What a fantastic hotel!  Vanessa Fraser, Marketing Plan Co-Ordinator, started with the site inspection; taking us through most of the room types, conference centre as well as the public areas of the hotel. After the site inspection, we went to our rooms to get ready for dinner, specially prepared for the Sure Travel VIP’S!  We were spoiled with some chocolates spelling out our initials on our beds.  The hotel also prepared a set menu for us which was very good although the service was a bit slow. By the end of the day, we were all super tired and so it was off to bed.

DAY 2, 6 June 2015:
On Saturday, we had an early start. We had breakfast at the Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge before leaving for their sister hotel, Protea Hotel Umhlanga for a site inspection.  When we arrived at PH Umhlanga, the Food & Beverage Manager took us on a tour of the whole property, also explaining what the future renovations hold for them.  Exciting changes happening there!  After this, we had breakfast… again!  We were treated to a buffet breakfast and after we thought we had way too much to eat, we were surprised by a whole plate of flapjacks! Needless to say, we rolled out of there.

After having a great morning, we decided to head to the Umhlanga Pier - a must see! We also saw the lighthouse.  We spent a few minutes there just soaking up the view and the fresh air!

Next, we were off to Durban City!  Of course we had to visit Durban Mini Town.  Mini Town is on Snell Parade. A great place to not only take young ones but also exciting for the young at heart wanting a different  or “smaller view” of Durban’s great landmarks and most interesting buildings. Entry is only R15.00 for adults and R10.00 for children under 12 years and this goes towards a worthy cause as Mini Town is a Non-Profit Organisation.

Nasheta & Charné then decided to go on a real Rickshaw ride.  Not for the faint-hearted! Shanaaz and Shoneeze opted to just take a picture with the rickshaw.

We then went to uShaka Marine World, the meeting point for our bus tour we did that afternoon. The Ricksha Bus Tour was a 3 hour bus tour, which is extremely informative.  This tour only costs R100 per person and is well worth the price.  The tour guide shared a wealth of information throughout the trip.  We passed the beautiful Moses Mabhida stadium, had a brief view of the Durban July racecourse and passed the presidential house where President Zuma resides when visiting Durban. As we went through the town, almost each building had its own little story, which was really awesome to hear about!

After this, we were on our way to The Protea Hotel Edward. Wow, where to begin! We were treated like royalty. Greeted by a very excited management team, we got welcome drinks and hand towels on arrival plus snacks and a handwritten note in our rooms! And let’s not forget the valet service! After that special welcome, we got ready for ladies night at the Sun Coast Casino!  We went for dinner, and went to go watch Pitch Perfect 2.

DAY 3, 7 June 2015:
Our last day and we could not waste any time waking up late so another early start. And we were celebrating Shoneeze’s birthday! We had a special Happy Birthday cake from the hotel for her at breakfast. After singing to the birthday girl, we departed for uShaka Marine World where we spent the rest of the day.

This is definitely one of Durban’s biggest tourist attractions and it is definitely worth a visit (you however need a full day as there is so much to see and do). Due to our time constraints we could only choose between visiting Sea World or Wet and Wild. We chose Sea World and this was so worth it. We took a walk down one of the largest aquariums in the south with a great array of sea life to view. We also got a chance to see how they feed their stingray and were in time for a penguin feed. We even got to watch a dolphin show.

uShaka has many facilities including a variety of restaurants and various gift shops.  Ideal for buying spices or on the go refreshments and souvenirs.  The 5D movie was an awesome experience. The animal encounters definitely add another element to your experience at this top tourism spot.   Lots to do and loads of fun.

Charné’s highlight was meeting a very special creature called Gambit!  Gambit is a 44 year old Bottlenose dolphin and also the largest Bottlenose dolphin in any oceanarium in the world!  Gambit was taken from the ocean sometime in the 70’s and has been at uShaka ever since.  Meeting a dolphin was on her bucket list and one of her dreams ever since she can remember.  It was truly a special experience and a memory to be treasured for the rest of her life!

Time flew by and before we knew it, it was time to head back to the airport for our flight back to Cape Town. We had a fabulous weekend and only wished that we had more time to spend in this lovely city!

We would like to thank Vanya and the Sure Travel Management Team for granting us this fabulous opportunity of getting to know Durban. We would also like to extend our gratitude and thanks to our suppliers who hosted us and added something special wherever we went.

Nasheta, Shanaaz, Charné and Shoneeze ~ Sure Travel Head Office

To book your weekend in Durban, including stays at any of these hotels, contact your nearest friendly Sure Travel consultant here