Cheapflights awards finalists announced

A kulula.com Boeing 737-800.     Travel search platform Cheapflights.co.za has released the list of finalists for their inaugural South Africa Travel Awards 2016. The awards will name the top travel brands in the country, based on the votes of South Africans. In fact, voting in the awards could win you a trip for two to Mauritius. The shortlist of category nominees was created hand-in-hand with the Travel Massive community – made up of travel bloggers, writers and other industry members. “The South African travel industry is a vibrant and exciting one,” explains Andrew Shelton, Managing Director of Cheapflights. “Not only is the country a must-visit for inbound international travel, but it also has a busy and constantly evolving domestic travel scene as well. The…

Angel Falls, the World's Highest Waterfall: Vaulting in Venezuela on the Looney ... Not only did American aviator Jimmie Angel not fear to tread here, he actually crashed his plane right on top. Or rather its wheels got stuck into the marshy ground - and ever since his name has stuck to the world's tallest waterfall, 3,212 feet (979 metres) up in the Venezuelan jungle, with the longest uninterrupted drop, 2,648 feet (807 metres). Angel wasn't even the first person to boldly go where no man has gone before. He'd flown over it four years earlier, in 1933, after being told about it by Spaniard Felix Cardona. Cardona got there in 1927, the first Westerner credited to have done so, though others believe early Spanish explorers probably nosed him out by a few hundred years. Ages before that, the indigenous Pemón were well aware of...

Rick Steves: Best sites for sizzling sunsets Sunsets decorate my travel memories. They can be a vivid, romantic capper for a beautiful day on the road. I’ve seen a lot of sunsets in my travels — these spots are some of my most memorable. Aero Island, Denmark: Four hours from Copenhagen, time-stands-still Aero Island is the perfect place to wind down. At a lazy day’s end, stroll out to Urehoved, a spit of land lined with cozy beach houses. As children splash in the mild, shallow bay waters, their parents sit peacefully on the porches of their tiny cabins. While waiting for the sun to set, find a spot in the sand, warm yourself by a beach fire, and appreciate the beauty of this perfectly Danish scene. Paris: Paris has its share ...

How a One Day London Stopover Helped Me Conquer 'FOMO' The stopover. A little bit of stolen time before launching into your next travel adventure. At first, it seems like a beautiful bonus, to tick one more destination off your travel bucket list. But that's before the immensity of the task renders your itchy feet senseless and directionless in a sea of shiny travel brochures. Of course, you can always opt for the generic bus tours that whisk you to all the sights in a matter of hours. The downfall is the feeling of barely scratching the surface, while spending far too much time with your seat and the disembodied voice of a tour guide crackling through the speakers. Choosing what to do is more about mind over matter. About comforting your 'FOMO' enough to actually enjoy...

China's Building A Giant Titanic Replica With An Iceberg Collision Simulator Looks like Jack and Rose are headed east: A giant Titanic replica will anchor a new theme park in China’s Sichuan province.  Photos show workers assembling the 882-foot-long, approximately $145 million replica, called the New Titanic. It will eventually include recreations of the famous ship’s ballroom, theater, swimming pool and guest rooms based on Titanic blueprints obtained from around the world, CNN reports. Plans also include a simulator that will let visitors virtually experience hitting an iceberg, as the original ship did before it famously sank more than 100 years ago. Executives from a Chinese investment firm hosted a ceremony Wednesday to mark the start of construction.  Unsurprisingly, the decision to turn a tragedy into a tourism opportunity has proven a bit controversial. Hollywood production designer Curtis...

NYPD boss: Avenue outside Trump Tower to remain open NEW YORK (AP) - New York City’s police commissioner says busy Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan will stay open for now.Commissioner Jim O’Neill says Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that, should things change, resilient New Yorkers will find an alternative path.He described pedestrian foot traffic on the sidewalks outside President-Elect Donald Trump’s namesake skyscraper as heavy. But he says it’s moving.He also called 57th Street near the building where Trump lives and headquarters his businesses as perhaps the slowest cross-town street in Manhattan.That’s because officials have barricaded that block where tower residents enter and have set up checkpoints manned by officers in guard booths.O’Neill also tells host Joe Scarborough the department has received no specific or credible terror ...

The world is flocking to photograph this Moroccan plunge pool Earlier this month a plunge pool in Marrakesh played a role in a strange case of a travel blogger who claimed she was being stalked.  The blogger, Lauren Bullen, who has a big following and posts travel photos on Instagram and gets free deals from places she visits, claimed another woman was copying her travel photos by appearing in exactly the same places. Some have claimed it was a hoax to boost her number of followers. READ MORE:A land of extraordinary contrastsMoroccan retreat of wellness and yoga But a side-effect has been the huge interest generated in one of the sites where they both appeared - a plunge pool at Riad Yasmine Online snappers are rushing to photograph this pool and capture its dreamy qualities and...

A hostel in Sarajevo offers guests a taste of life in war SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - A hostel in Bosnia is offering visitors a unique experience: the opportunity to live like civilians in a war zone. But at the Sarajevo War Hostel, guests have the luxury of knowing they won’t be killed, starved or lose family or friends. And unlike the Sarajevans who actually endured the 1992-95 war, the visitors can leave any time. Those who check in to the War Hostel are greeted by the owner wearing a helmet and a flak jacket. They get to sleep in rooms with just one bulb on the ceiling, running on a car battery. The plastic sheets on the windows are just like the ones the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees handed out to Sarajevans so they could replace window glass...