July 31, 2017

Play the #TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz

Win a R350 Sorbet voucher!

Simply guess…
Where in the WORLD Trafalgar Tours can take you:



* I am one of only three countries that has two official national anthems of equal standing.
* Unlike my fellow antipodean state, I do not have any dangerous or poisonous animals, with the one tiny exception of the katipo spider.
* I boast the longest place name in the world: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu

To enter

1. Put your answer in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.
2. Add the hashtags: #TravelTuesday #Trafalgar after your answer.
3. Share the competition post on your own Facebook page.

It’s really that easy! The winner will be announced on social media tomorrow.


Terms and conditions:
1. One winner will be selected at random from the correct entries.
2. The judge’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
3. The winner will receive a R350 Sorbet voucher, courtesy of Trafalgar Tours.
4. The voucher will be posted to the winner by Trafalgar Tours.
5. Prizes not claimed after two weeks will be forfeited.
6. Competition is open to South African residents only.

July 25, 2017

10 tips for planning the perfect honeymoon

Planning a wedding can be stressful — emotionally and financially — but planning the perfect honeymoon needn’t be. Rebekah Funk asked local travel experts to share their top tips on how to get the most out of your love-cation...without the hassle.

1. Learn to compromise

Knowing how and when to compromise is one of the cornerstones of a good marriage — let deciding where to go on honeymoon be the first brick, suggests Theresa Szejwallo, Trafalgar Tours managing director. “One of the biggest challenges comes in finding the perfect honeymoon to suit the couple, as each couple is different. Applying a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work,” she says.



According to Szejwallo, the best way to decide on a destination together is to each choose your top three “must haves” and then find a destination that offers all or the most of these.

2. Be adventurous

White beaches, rose petals and sunsets are lovely...but then what? Be sure not to fall into the “old trap of a stereotyped honeymoon”, cautions John Ridler, spokesperson for Thompsons Holidays. Be romantic, sure, but be bold and adventurous too.



“A honeymoon is a well-earned break after all the hype of the wedding and the perfect time to have some fun,” he says. “There is just so much more than lying on a beach lounger that you can do, like spending a day out on a catamaran...or trying a jet-powered water rider.”

3. Consider a tour

If you’re an active, curious couple who gets antsy sitting in one place for too long, Szejwallo recommends booking a tour or some or all of your honeymoon, so there’s a good mix of down time and active time.



You won’t spend your honeymoon getting on and off a bus, she assures. Good touring companies offer smaller, more tailored tours that can suit a honeymoon perfectly, such as gastronomic tours and hidden journeys with just you, your spouse...and a small group of new friends.

4. Dot your i’s and cross those t’s

No one wants to be the couple who has gone wild and booked an exotic honeymoon to India...only to not be allowed to board the flight because you don’t have a valid visa. And you certainly don’t want to be enthusiastic bride bumped from the flight because you booked under your married surname instead of the maiden surname in your passport. True stories.



This is why it’s so important to do research and speak to your travel agent to make sure you have all your travel details covered, says Alexis Bekker of LUX* Resorts and Hotels. “They will ensure the couple looks at passport validity, and if applications need to be made, that these are done well in advance.”

5. The early bird gets the worm

Booking at least four or five months in advance will ensure you get the best deals on airfares and guarantee your dates at the resort you want, says Flora Fubbs, a senior manager at The Holiday Factory, which specialises in travel to the Indian Ocean Islands.



It’s best to avoid going over the Christmas, Easter and school holiday periods, she adds. But if your honeymoon has to be during these times, book well in advance because peak holiday seasons can be fully booked-up many months in advance.

6. Flaunt your newlywed status

Want to fly first class, have your room upgraded or benefit from honeymoon discounts? Be sure to let your Sure Travel agent know you’re booking a honeymoon so they can make sure you get all the honeymoon perks on offer, and put in a good word that may see you upgraded.



“Some destinations offer a lot more added value for honeymooners than others — use your travel agent to make sure you get the maximum information on benefits,” advises Fubbs.

And remember to bring a copy of your marriage certificate, just in case.

7. Stay within your means

There’s nothing worse than counting pennies while on honeymoon, which is why it’s important to work out a realistic budget and stick to it, according to Trish Lombard, general manager of Sure Giltedge Travel.



“Whether you’ve spent R15 000 per person for a resort in Mauritius or Thailand, or R35 000 per person for a resort in the Seychelles or Maldives, if you have a budget stick to it and you’ll still enjoy yourself,” she says.

8. Go all-inclusive

A good way to ensure you stay within budget is to book an all-inclusive package so there are no “surprises” to ruin your time away, says Beachcomber South Africa’s Joanne Visagie. “Because after the excitement and the build-up of your wedding, all you’ll want to do is relax and enjoy each other — lazing on the beach, enjoying moonlit walks, savouring delicious meals and making plans for your future together.”



Here’s another hot tip: if you want a good deal on all-inclusive luxury honeymoons at Beachcomber’s Mauritius or Seychelles resorts, book for mid or low season. As an added bonus, you’ll qualify for honeymoon discounts up to one year from the date of your marriage.

9. Delay if you must

If you’re the kind of couple that will be only be happy with five-star for your honeymoon, but your champagne tastes don’t quite match your post-wedding beer pocket, Lombard says it’s best to delay until you can afford the standard you want.



“Don’t rush a three-star holiday just to go on honeymoon right after your wedding and risk ending up miserable and dissatisfied,” she warns.

10. Or go local

South Africa has plenty of jaw-dropping beaches, national parks and hideaways off the beaten path, says Christine Meintjes, founder of wedding and honeymoon blog The Pretty Blog.



She recommends staying closer to home if you have limited leave and/or a tight budget: “Rather book into a local luxury spot than spend all your money on international flights, visas and accommodation abroad.”

Need help planning your perfect honeymoon trip? Ask your nearest Sure Travel agent for help, or call 0861 47 48 49 to speak to an online sales consultant. And don't forget to check out our romantic packages. 

#TravelTuesday quiz with Trafalgar: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 

Photo © AdobeStock/Efired

VIETNAM! 

Scenic and enchanting, with just a touch of the bizarre – this is Vietnam, where the dead travel and snakes add some extra flavour to your wine.

Those who have been lucky enough to visit this amazing destination talk of its scenic beauty. And yes, from the lush rice paddies to its fascinating natural beauty and breathtaking landscape, you will certainly be spellbound.



But there is much more to this destination than initially meets the eye, and you'll get a taste of what lies beneath on Trafalgar Tours' highlights of Vietnam tour.  With this tour you get to know Vietnam like a local with an overnight stay onboard Bhaya Cruises' traditionally built "junk boats". These boats were developed during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) and were used as seagoing vessels as early as the 2nd century AD. Living like a local, you'll float among the limestone islands of Halong Bay, a place so incredibly beautiful it was named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, and it's a Unesco World Heritage Site. Afterwards, roll up your sleeves and join local farmers in the vegetable fields surrounding a local village, and meet the family at Ngoc Son Garden House as they share its royal history over local delicacies.

Culture vultures and would-be historians can look forward to a visit to Ho Chi Minh's house, along with a water puppet performance, the chance to watch local pottery artisans at work and a visit to the colourful market stands of Hoi.

Speaking of famous people; the dead also travel in Vietnam. Or at least the country’s now deceased first president Ho Chi Minh does. The embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh travels 12,874 kilometres every year. Catch a glimpse of him at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, but only from January and August. From September to December the museum is closed while Uncle Ho makes his annual journey to Moscow for a bit of...let’s call it "maintenance".



If one of your main considerations in choosing a travel destination is how it will tantalise your tastebuds, you will be happy to know Vietnam's food – and its street food in particular – is world renown for flavour. Vietnamese cuisine balances of the five Asian elements: spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet. More interestingly, the principle of yin and yang is also applied in crafting a meal, to provide contrasts in spiciness and temperature of the food.

If you are a more adventurous eater, be sure to be on the hunt for Tiet Canh, a traditional Vietnamese dish made from fresh animal blood and snake wine, which is made by steeping whole snakes in rice wine for their venom – or "essence". This delicacy is commonly drunk for health, vitality and restorative purposes. And if you are in the mood for pork, keep in mind that when the Vietnamese cook a pig, the entire animal is used, including its innards.



Should you happen to find yourself in the kitchen trying out any traditional cooking, be mindful that Tao Quan – or the Three Kitchen Gods – may be watching your every move. The Vietnamese believe the Kitchen Gods who live with and observe each family’s actions depart at the end of the Lunar Year to report their findings to Ngoc Hoan, The Jade Emperor.

Keen for something different? Why not try your hand at lizard fishing, a popular hobby in Vietnam. You could also visit the tunnels of Cu Chi which comprises a network of underground pathways that were used as a military base for the Viet Cong soldiers in their resistance of American forces. Or perhaps visit the Dong Tam snake farm and living museum, responsible for conserving snake species and finding antidotes to their venom. This is just a taste of what awaits you in Vietnam...



Want to experience this amazing destination? See it from the inside with Trafalgar’s 12-day Highlights of Vietnam tour.

July 24, 2017

Play the #TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz

Win a R350 Sorbet voucher!

Simply guess…
Where in the WORLD Trafalgar Tours can take you:



* I am a country and my street food culture is considered to be amongst the best in the world.
* Legend has it that my people came from a union between an immortal Chinese princess and “The Dragon Lord of the Seas”.
* Lizard fishing is quite a popular hobby in my land.

To enter

1. Put your answer in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.
2. Add the hashtags: #TravelTuesday #Trafalgar after your answer.
3. Share the competition post on your own Facebook page.

It’s really that easy! The winner will be announced on social media tomorrow.


Terms and conditions:
1. One winner will be selected at random from the correct entries.
2. The judge’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
3. The winner will receive a R350 Sorbet voucher, courtesy of Trafalgar Tours.
4. The voucher will be posted to the winner by Trafalgar Tours.
5. Prizes not claimed after two weeks will be forfeited.
6. Competition is open to South African residents only.

July 17, 2017

#TravelTuesday with Trafalgar Quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 


HONG KONG! 

There are few places in the world as intriguing as Hong Kong, also known by its full name of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, or Hong Kong SAR.

An ancient city split between capitalism and communism, Hong Kong offers a diverse cultural experience that attracts millions from around the world each year.



The city has long been a major seafaring hub and what is today known as Victoria Harbour is a Chinese to English (mis)translation from its original name "Fragrant Harbour", thought to come from Hong Kong's ancient incense trade.

With a population of over seven million, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated and modern cities in the world – it has around 8 000 skyscrapers dotting the skyline; double that of New York, its nearest rival. Be sure to catch the nightly Symphony of Lights show, the biggest laser and light show in the world with buildings on both sides of the harbour flashing their lights in synchronisation to music, while laser beams are shone from their roofs.



Besides boasting the most skyscrapers, Hong Kong is also home to Tsing Ma Bridge, the longest road and rail suspension bridge in the world. It spans 1 377 meters, longer than San Franciso’s Golden Gate Bridge (1 280 metres).

But it’s not all glass and steel: around three-fourths of Hong Kong is rural, with 24 country parks, reservoirs hills, and the coastline easily accessible from the city. In fact, Hong Kong’s Peak Circle Walk is regarded as one of the world’s most scenic walks.



Hong Kong loves luxury and has more Rolls Royce’s per capita than anywhere else in the world. That said, it is actually one of the least car-dependent cities globally. Over 90% of all trips are taken on public transport – that’s around five million passengers daily.

If you happen to be in Hong Kong on your birthday, tradition would have it that if you eat noodles; it is a sure way to boost long life and blessings. Just remember to thank your server with a silent “thank you” when you have had enough by lightly rapping the table with your fore- and middle fingers. And you won’t have any trouble finding a noodle bar for the birthday feast – Hong Kong has the highest number of restaurants and cafés per capita. Good luck choosing.



Want to experience this amazing destination? See it from the inside with Trafalgar’s 4-day Hong Kong and Macau Experience.


Play the #TravelTuesday with #Trafalgar Quiz

Win a R350 Sorbet voucher!

Simply guess…

Where in the WORLD Trafalgar Tours can take you:



* My name means “Fragrant Harbour”
* I am host to the most skyscrapers in the world
* I am home to more Rolls Royce’s per capita than anywhere else on Earth

To enter

1. Put your answer in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.
2. Add the hashtags: #TravelTuesday #Trafalgar after your answer.
3. Share the competition post on your own Facebook page.

It’s really that easy! The winner will be announced on social media tomorrow.


Terms and conditions:
1. One winner will be selected at random from the correct entries.
2. The judge’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
3. The winner will receive a R350 Sorbet voucher, courtesy of Trafalgar Tours.
4. The voucher will be posted to the winner by Trafalgar Tours.
5. Prizes not claimed after two weeks will be forfeited.
6. Competition is open to South African residents only.

July 14, 2017

4 ways to keep your luggage safe from sticky fingers



Few things can ruin a trip more rapidly than the discovery that sticky fingers have pilfered your belongings. Here's what you can do to make your luggage and valuables less attractive to would-be thieves:


1. Lock, tie, and wrap it up 

It almost goes without saying that you should put locks on your bags, but we're going to say it anyway. If you plan on travelling to the USA, make sure the locks are TSA-approved so that officials can open them with a master key instead of cutting them off. Carry a stash of colourful cable ties (you can get a pack for as little as R25) with you in case your locks are lost or cut in transit. Using cable ties – perhaps as an extra layer of security – also enables you to tell, at a glance, if your luggage has been tampered with.

Many airports also offer a bag-wrapping service. Sure, you may feel a little silly and it is a hassle when you finally get to your destination, but it will deter opportunistic thieves out for a quick-and-easy score. Added bonus: it helps protect your luggage from the rough and tumble of conveyer belts!



Nifty gadget: You can get staunch TSA-approved combination locks for between R175 and R250 at Cape Union Mart.

2. Dare to be different

You prefer discreet, sophisticated luggage. You're not alone… and that's the problem. If your bags look like everyone else's, it is a lot easier for someone else to – mistakenly or intentionally – walk off with them. The more outrageous your luggage, the less likely it is to disappear. Plus, it'll be easy to spot on the baggage carousel. So go wild with stickers, ribbons and colourful straps. Also make sure that your bags are properly labelled, but stick to your name and mobile number – you don't want to dish out too much personal information.

Pro tip: go to the toilet after you have collected your luggage so that you are waiting for it as soon as it comes out.



Nifty gadget: Brightly coloured Travelon Luggage Straps (R160) make it easy to spot your luggage on the carousel, and they add an extra layer of security.


3. Go under cover

Keeping all your valuables in one place makes it easier to keep track of them. If you are going to store your valuables in your carry-on luggage, make sure that they can't be easily accessed. Shove them deep into the recesses of the main pouch rather than a convenient side pocket.  Keep items that you simply cannot lose – passport, cash, credit card, prescription medications – on your person. It may seem a little dorky, but a neck wallet or money belt worn beneath clothes is a practical, inconspicuous option.



Nifty gadget: The K-Way Neck Security Pouch (R125), which is worn under your clothes, offers some degree of protection from pickpockets, and the Travelon Security Money Belt (R499) lets you stash currency in hidden zipper compartments in an otherwise unremarkable belt.


4. Keep your carry-on close

Unfortunately, fellow passengers can't always be trusted. Stow your carry-on luggage where you can see it – either in the luggage rack directly across the aisle from where you are sitting, or at your feet. Don't be shy to put locks on your carry-on luggage and place your bag upside down so that pockets and zippers are not easily accessible.

Some long-haul trips include hours sitting at the airport or on trains and busses. If you need to get some shut-eye, use your bag as a footrest or pillow and be sure to attach it to your person with a parachute cord or strap.



Bonus tip: For more travel safety tips, speak to your Sure Travel consultant. And don’t forget to ask about travel insurance, just in case…

July 12, 2017

#TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 


JORDAN! 

‘Ahlan wa sahlan! Welcome!’. This is the greeting that you will hear over and over again when you visit the lovely Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Known as one of the most welcoming countries in the world, visitors can look forward to delicious cuisine and a destination filled with adventure and intrigue, as well as quite a few quirky customs and beliefs.

For example, it is considered polite to refuse a meal at least three times before finally accepting. And when you have reached your quota of coffee for the day, remember to shake your cup from side to side in order to let your host know that you do not wish to drink more. Otherwise your cup will be filled again and again and…

Combine a trip to Jordan with a dip in the Dead Sea

Also, when visiting a local’s home, try and avoid excessive admiration of items, as this may lead to your host feeling obligated to offer you said item to demonstrate his or her generosity. Depending on what the original object of your affection was, you may just end up with some excess baggage charges on your way home.

Another word of advice: Jordan should not be your destination of choice if you are in the middle of the latest diet craze. Apart from its fine offering of restaurants, Jordan’s café culture rivals that of Europe. And look forward to street food delights ranging from Egyptian shawarmas drenched in tahini sauce to spicy Iraqi meat dishes and delicate piles of Turkish baklava…

Petra – 'The Rose City'
Movie buffs will delight in the fact that Jordan is something of a “Little Hollywood”, having played host to many famous film sets, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lawrence of Arabia, Red Planet and, more recently, The Martian.

Visitors looking for their arts, culture and history fix also have plenty to be excited about. Leave your cellphone at the hotel and enjoy the “Petra by Night” walk in silence – an incredible way to experience “The Rose City”, a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. This walk will have you follow the pitch-black canyon trail guided only by the light of candles placed every few metres. Once you reach the iconic Treasury you’ll hear a local musician playing the pipe and be served sweet tea while being regaled with traditional stories by a Bedouin guide.

Jordan offers unspoilt landscapes as far as the eye can see
Step back in time at Jordan’s Desert Castles, where you’ll find 7th-century Umayyad-era ruins that were once used as rural retreats for Damascus’s ruling classes. The Desert Castles showcase some of the most impressive examples of early Islamic art and architecture anywhere.

Feeling a bit adventurous? Why not head out to Wadi Rum for desert rock climbing or even base jumping. Alternatively take a hot air balloon ride over the desert during sunset.

Want to experience this amazing country for yourself? See it from the inside with Trafalgar with the Six Day Jordan and Dead Sea Experience 

July 10, 2017

Play the #TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz

Win a R350 Sorbet voucher!

Simply guess…

Where in the WORLD Trafalgar Tours can take you:



* I am a country and my capital city was once named Philadelphia.
* I am home to “The Rose City”, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site as well as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
* I am a Hollywood star in my own right. The final scenes from ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ were filmed at one of my famous archaeological sites.
* My people consider it polite to refuse the offer of a meal three times before finally accepting.
Think you know where in the world this is?

To enter

1. Put your answer in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.
2. Add the hashtags: #TravelTuesday #Trafalgar after your answer.
3. Share the competition post on your own Facebook page.

It’s really that easy! The winner will be announced on social media tomorrow.


Terms and conditions:
1. One winner will be selected at random from the correct entries.
2. The judge’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
3. The winner will receive a R350 Sorbet voucher, courtesy of Trafalgar Tours.
4. The voucher will be posted to the winner by Trafalgar Tours.
5. Prizes not claimed after two weeks will be forfeited.
6. Competition is open to South African residents only.

July 7, 2017

5 Great Reasons to Book a River Cruise TODAY (Seriously, you can’t afford to wait…)




Why consider water travel in Europe, Asia, India and beyond as merely getting from point A to point B? Especially when Uniworld River Cruises is running a whopping 30% discount until 31 July 2017. Here’s why you should book right now!

1. Idyllic history


Before airlines, before roads, before railroads, before even the advent of long-distance sailing, the rivers of the world were the great highways of the world. Our ancestors not only travelled along these life-giving arteries of our planet, but they settled along them too. Almost every major city in the world is situated near a major water source and some of the oldest towns can be viewed from boats sailing along their adjacent waters. Getting on board one of Uniworld’s 18 luxurious river cruisers is more than a holiday; it’s a unique portal into history.

2. Family time


Every parent knows – kids need that little bit extra to make their experience a thrill. And parents need the kids to get that little bit extra so that they can have the precious time and headspace to recharge their batteries. Uniworld’s Generations packages offer a raft of kids’ options, where dedicated child minders will make sure your children are enjoying the special activities and facilities on board. Is your child an artistic soul? Then try the Theresienthal glass manufactory. Is he an adventurous busybody? He’ll love the gladiator school in Italy. And those are just the tip of the iceberg. Rest assured, children will be in good hands – Uniworld has won awards for their attention to their needs. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the cruise.

Bonus tip: kids get 50% off the fare on select itineraries and departures.

3. True Romance


As a romantic getaway for a couple, it doesn’t get much better than this. A river cruise is a perfect balance between solitude and engagement. You can enjoy a bubble of intimacy, but socialise with your fellow passengers. You are removed from the shoreline, but are engaging in its scenery through the viewing deck. You can hop off, or you can choose to lie in. Is there anything more romantic than being in your own world while the shoreline offers up glimpses of ancient ports and harbours that reveal their secrets?

4. An offer you can’t refuse


Book your 2017 cruise before 31 July 2017 and you will get a 30% discount on your package. Have a look at the incredible range of luxury cruises on offer for the rest of the year here and then contact your nearest Sure Travel agency to book and get 30% off the price. Alternatively, call Sure Travel online now for quotes: 0861 47 48 49.

5. Suit your interests


Not only does Uniworld offer river cruise packages all over the world – with its extensive routes through Europe, as well as packages in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Russia, Egypt and India – but it also offers themed cruises to suit your personal interests. Want to get a glimpse of how Europe’s royal families live? Sign up for the “European Jewels” or “Enchanting Danube” packages. Are you a foodie that literally wants a taste of France? Look no further than the “Connoisseur Collection” that offers such delights as a visit to a truffle farm, Champagne tastings and cooking demonstrations. Uniworld’s latest themed cruise offers an inspiring and fascinating trip through Germany’s Jewish history and culture with their “Jewish Heritage River Cruises” – sure to enrich your cultural understanding of this vibrant and resilient culture in Europe.


Need more reasons? Contact your nearest Sure Travel agency for a consultation on Uniworld River Cruises; they’re all experts. Or call Sure Travel online on 0861 47 48 49.


WIN! Carrol Boyes coffee mugs



Tell us how much you’ll save if you book a 2017 Uniworld River Cruise before 31 July 2017 and stand the chance of winning a set of 4 Carrol Boyes coffee mugs valued at R700.

To enter: 

1. Put your answer in the comment section of the Facebook competition post
2. Share the competition post on your own Facebook page. 

That’s it. Winner will be announced on social media on 1 August 2017.




Competition Terms and Conditions
1. Entrants into the Prize Draw shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions. 
2. The closing date for entries into the Prize Draw is 12h00pm on 31 July 2017. Entries received outside this time period will not be considered. 
3. One winner will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. 
4. The winner will receive 1 x set Carol Boyes coffee mugs, valued at R700.  
5. The prize will be delivered via courier to the winner.
6. If the winner does not respond to the promoters by 5 August 2017, then the winner's prize will be forfeited. If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, the winner's prize will be forfeited and the promoters shall be entitled to select another winner. 
7. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. 
8. The Promoters retain the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available. 
9. The winner consents to the use by the Promoters, both before and after the closing date of the Prize Draw for an unlimited time, of the winner's name for publicity purposes, in any medium, on the internet, including any websites hosted by the Promoters and its related companies and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice and, in entering the Prize Draw, all entrants consent to the same. 
10. The Promoters accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Prize Draw or accepting the prize. 
11. The Promoters shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control.

July 6, 2017

Bangkok will remain open to tourists during king's cremation

Photo © Versus Travel
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has reassured travellers that Bangkok is not "to be avoided" during the royal cremation ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October.

This comes after press reports circulated late last week advising travellers to avoid Bangkok during October. However, TAT stressed that the royal cremation, which will take place from October  25 to 29, will only be held in the Sanam Luang area.

“There is no reason for anyone to cancel their plans due to the cremation. Bangkok is a very large city and only a small part of it will be affected,” said Lesley Simpson, marketing representative for TAT South Africa.

She added that "this is a cultural event of historical importance, and a number of travellers are specifically planning on visiting Thailand to be a part of this event".  Tourists who do so are requested to wear appropriate clothing (black clothes) at the event, but elsewhere in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand tourists can continue as normal.

Laptop ban lifted on Emirates and Turkish Airlines' US-bound flights



A Turkish Airlines passenger boards a flight bound for New York on 6 July shortly after the laptop ban was lifted
BREAKING NEWS: The United States has lifted its controversial laptop ban on incoming Turkish Airlines and Emirates flights from Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport and Dubai International Airport respectively.

This follows Etihad Airways’ Monday announcement that the ban had been lifted on all flights from Abu Dhabi to the US after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials travelled to Abu Dhabi to approve upgraded security protocol.

Yesterday TSA officials gave Turkish Airlines and Emirates the all clear, enabling passengers of both airlines flying to the US to immediately carry electronic devices – including laptops and tablets – onto aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures.

Ataturk International, Dubai International and Abu Dhabi International are three of the 10 airports from eight countries that the US imposed the laptop ban in March. The countries are: Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey.

Unconfirmed reports in Saudi newspapers indicated that Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudia expects to be the next airline to have the laptop ban lifted on its US flights from both Riyadh and Jeddah.

TRAVEL ALERT: Not sure what you can/can't take with you in packed or hand luggage? If you booked your flight with a Sure Travel consultant, they are there to offer this expert advice. Find your nearest Sure Travel agent here.

July 4, 2017

Travel Tuesday with Trafalgar quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 


THAILAND! 

Big, small, long, and to be honest, often bizarre. Welcome to Thailand, where a smile can go a long way, where you do not touch people’s heads (at all) and where there is an annual festival to say thanks to and honour monkeys.

Made up of approximately 1 430 islands, many of which have become famous for being featured in Hollywood films, Thailand is probably best known for its stunning beach resorts dotted around the 3 219km long coastline, and of course its capital Bangkok famous for shopping. However, there is more here than meets the eye.



Thailand is home to many, many animals. It is said that roughly a tenth of all the animal species on the planet call Thailand home. The same goes for bird species. To put it into perspective, it was once said that Thailand has more birds than Europe and America combined.

As a matter of fact, animals are big news in Thailand. Not only is the country home to the smallest mammal on earth, the bumblebee bat, you can also find the largest fish, the whale shark, in Thai waters as well as the world’s largest snake, the reticulated python. Thailand is also synonymous with elephants. There are believed to be more than 5 000 elephants found in the Kingdom, although half of them are said to be domesticated. Thailand used to be known as Siam, and it is the country from where Siamese cats originated.



Have you ever witnessed anything as bizarre as a festival for monkeys? The kingdom hosts an annual Monkey Buffet in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province as a way to thank the monkeys for bringing thousands of tourists. And what’s served on the buffet?  Well, no less than two tons of meat, fruit, ice cream, and other treats.

While you may know Bangkok as your destination of arrival and departure, and of course for its shopping opportunities, the capital city’s original name may leave you out of breath and will leave Twitter confused. Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit means: “City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest.



Thailand is a land of temples, boasting around 35 000 in total. Just keep in mind that when you visit these holy places, you are required to wear modest clothing – no shorts or sleeveless shirts. While on the topic of clothes, just keep in mind that it is illegal to leave your house in Thailand without any underwear and it is also against the law to drive shirtless or to step on or walk over money. Just so you know.

Some other points that make Thailand unique is that it is home to the world’s ninth tallest statue, The Great Buddha of Thailand. It also has the world's highest stupa – Phra Pathom Chedi (127 metres), while the country's tallest building, the Baiyoke Tower II in Bangkok, is the world's 80th tallest at 304 metres.


Keen to discover this amazing country? See it from the inside with Trafalgar… Click here to see the Trafalgar Thailand Holiday. 



Play the Travel Tuesday with Trafalgar quiz!

Win a R350 Sorbet voucher!

Simply guess…

Where in the WORLD Trafalgar Tours can take you:




* I am the only Southeast Asian country that was never colonised by a European country.

* I am home to both the smallest and the largest creatures in the world.

* My capital city is known by a short and punchy name, but its real name is: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.

* My inhabitants love monkeys and even host an annual festival for them.

Think you know where in the world this is?

To enter

1. Put your answer in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.
2. Add the hashtags: #TravelTuesday #Trafalgar after your answer.
3. Share the competition post on your own Facebook page.

It’s really that easy! The winner will be announced on social media tomorrow.


Terms and conditions:
1. One winner will be selected at random from the correct entries.
2. The judge’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
3. The winner will receive a R350 Sorbet voucher, courtesy of Trafalgar Tours.
4. The voucher will be posted to the winner by Trafalgar Tours.
5. Prizes not claimed after two weeks will be forfeited.
6. Competition is open to South African residents only.

July 3, 2017

US lifts laptop ban on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi



The United States has lifted a ban on laptops in cabins on flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States, saying Etihad Airways had put in place required tighter security measures.

Etihad welcomed the decision and noted that it enabled passengers flying to the US to immediately carry electronic devices – including laptops and tablets – onto its aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures.

The decision came a day after officials from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checked upgraded security protocol at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The enhanced security measures will cause little to no extra inconvenience to passengers, according to the airline.

Abu Dhabi is the only airport that has had the laptop ban lifted after the US implemented it against 10 airports in eight countries in March: Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey.

TRAVEL ALERT: Not sure what you can/can't take with you in packed or hand luggage? If you booked your flight with a Sure Travel consultant, they are there to offer this expert advice. Find your nearest Sure Travel agent here.