You will LOVE Asia – 5 reasons to go

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I’ve traveled to Asia numerous times now and it’s most definitely the place closes to my heart.  The people, the food, the weather, the sites (and the exhange rate!), everything about it is just different than what we’re used to and it leaves a lasting impression.

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I always recommend a trip to Asia for people that are looking for an adventure and a complete attack on the senses.  It’s a great place for first time travelers as well as return customers.

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Here I will share my reasons for traveling to Asia, but take note, Asia is not for the faint-hearted:

Let Go!

Leave the luxuries behind when you travel Asia and learn to let go.  Cram your world into a backpack and get ready to be changed forever.

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Everything you are used to and every social expectation will be changed and you’ll soon realise that you can get a long with a lot less.  Say goodbye to your shoes and your watch and start living! You will have to let go of your personal space, you will share bus and train rides with many others, enjoy street food amongst the hustle and bustle of Asian street life, see poverty but also learn about humility and thankfulness.  You will start seeing the world through different eyes and that is priceless.



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Simplify your life

Traveling through rural Asia, you will meet the richest people in the world – with pockets filled with dust and hearts overflowing with gold.  The people around Asia live simple lives, but there is something to learn about simplicity.  These people have no need for material wealth and yet you will always see them laughing.

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Be present

The East have mastered the art of no anxiety and no time.  One of the greatest gits you will get from your travels through Asia is that it will bring you back to the moment.  Sit back and enjoy life rather than rushing from one tourist attraction to the next.  Soak it in – the sunsets and sunrises, the smells and the sounds.  People always long for island holidays to get away and rejuvenate themselves, but you can do this by slowing down and discovering the peace within yourself.  A valuable lesson learned.



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Slow down

Life in rural Asia moves so slowly, you will believe that it is standing still.  And it probably is!  As Oscar Wilde put it: “To live is actually probably the rarest point in the planet. A lot of people are present, that’s all.” Asia do not comply with deadlines and timelines, you are going to be forced to slow down.  In fact, throw your to do list completely out!  Asia sets its own pace and you will just have to comply!

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Wherever you travel in Asia, the countries are different and each provides its own eclectic mix of people, flavours and experiences.  What I did learn is that the lessons are the same.  It’s as if there is this common thread running through the whole of Asia with ancient wisdom of how life should be lived.  Go and find Asia and experience it for yourself!

You have to see Ethiopia

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Ethiopia should be on your list of must-sees this year.  It is affordable and easy to get to, with an amazing coffee culture!  One could say Ethiopia is the top emerging African travel destination.

Ethiopia has the largest selection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the continent.  Let’s take a closer look at 3 of them:

All photographs courtesy of Iga Motylska.

Lalibela

You simply have to walk through a winding passage and then through a rocky entrance to find yourself standing in front of the St George’s Church.  This particular church is the most popular of the 11 rock churches and 2 chapels that form part of the Lalibela church complex which was literally carved out of volcanic rock.  This painstaking task took 23 years and 6 months to complete and was a result of King Lalibela’s dream to build a new Africa Jerusalem.  After 9 centuries, these awe inspiring creations are still standing for us to behold.

Travellers are actually silenced by the grandeur of it all.

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Aksum

Though Lalibela is regarded as a very important religious and pilgrimage site, the kingdom of Aksum – which was founded more than 3 000 years ago  – was one of the world’s first Christian countries, when the religion was adopted in fourth century. You can wander amongst towering granite obelisks and admire engraved tablets before entering the royal tombs at Aksum Stelae Park.

Just across the street from Aksum, is Ethiopia’s oldest church. The walls of the cathedral are brightly painted with Bible scriptures simply because a lot of individuals were illiterate. Both sites free to enter.

Behind the cathedral you will find the Chapel of the Tablet.  This is guarded night and day as it’s believed to house the Ark of the Covenant – a gold covered receptacle for the 2 stone tablets which are actually inscribed with the ten commandments. Based on the legend, which any Ethiopian will be able to tell you, this was brought to Ethiopia by the son of Queen Sheba and King Solomon.

Gondar

Ethiopia is a land of royalty. Fasil Ghebbi, also known as the Camelot of Africa, is based on the 17th century fortress city of Gondar – the former capital city. Although impressive, it’s normally Debre Birhan Selassie Church that is the most impressive.  The tiny church appears quite humble from the outside, but the insides are adorned with biblical murals, and the ceilings are painted with the faces of angels.



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Coffee in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, not Brazil, and it resonates through every part of every day living.  You don’t just grab a quick coffee, here coffee drinking is down to a long standing ritual, a fine art.  Coffee is sold to you by white cloaked female coffee sellers busy hand roasting coffee beans in clay pans on street corners, in restaurants and cafes, airport lounges and hotel lobbies. You need no convincing when that aroma grabs you!

Local cuisine

Rather than sticking to your hotel’s international meal options, try the wide selection of affordable and traditional dishes.

Christian Ethiopians fast on Wednesdays, Fridays and during religious holidays by not consuming animal products so there are plenty vegetarian options available to travelers. One of the favourites are Bayenetu, a kind of vegan, lactose free platter consisting of a big injera (pancake made from fermented teff flour) topped with Shiro (chickpea paste) and sauces called Wats. Expect large dollops of curried potatoes, spinach, beetroot cubes, cabbage, and also pureed lentils and pea stews.

Locals normally share communal meals so expect your waiter to bring a jug of water, a bucket and a towel to your table so you can wash your hands.  Also join in the local tradition of eating using your left hand only!

Budget

While Ethiopia isn’t the cheapest African nation to visit, it is still pretty very affordable for South African travellers and is frequently be found on lists of the’ ten cheapest African countries’. Local food and public transportation are also very affordable so you have no excuse to not visit this African gem!

 

Fly, Stay & Drive with us!

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In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve recently expanded our offering with the addition of accommodation and car rental to our booking portal and bringing this to you by means of a brand spanking new website!

You can now FLY, STAY & DRIVE with us!  Planning a holiday can be daunting, time consuming as well as frustrating. We wanted to create a one-stop travel shop that is accessible and easy to use, removing the pain of planning so that customers can enjoy more time looking forward to their trip.  Instead of trawling through hundreds of sites to search for flights, hotels and cars, we’ll do the searching for you across airlines, hotels and car rental companies.

Booking a trip includes getting there, finding a place to stay and being able to get around. When you’ve booked those three essentials, your trip is pretty much made. I decided to power my accommodation offering with Booking.com in particular as I find their site to be extremely popular and easy to use, and they also offer a huge variety of guesthouses and hotels to suit your needs. Rentalcars.com as my car rental partner was also a no-brainer as they search across big names like Avis, Europcar, Budget and more to bring you the best deals on car rental. Now there is no need to visit all the individual websites in search of a good deal, it’s all in one place,” says ClickClickGo owner, Tania de Jager.

With more services on offer, we hope to establish ClickClickGo as the top of mind travel booking website for both business and holiday travel. The aim is to make it easy, quick and enjoyable to plan your trip without spending hours weighing up different options. “ClickClickGo wants to put the fun back in travel and also inform and inspire customers with regular travel features and travel inspiration for the next trip,” says Tania.

What sets ClickClickGo apart is the fact that online travel bookings are made easy and simple, giving equal weighting to flights, accommodation and car rental. We cater for all travel needs in one place which saves you time and effort.

ClickClickGo is not just an e-commerce site, we also inspire through blogs, social media and travel inspirations pages.

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“Realm Digital was very excited to embark on this project with ClickClickGo as not only did this expand their service offering as a business, but it has made them more accessible to the market in the travel space. A great initiative that we look forward to unpacking further in the future,” says Realm Digital’s Client Service Director, Shannon Moore.

No need to wait – let’s GO!

Foods of Zanzibar that will make you fall in love

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There are a few things that will make you fall in love with Zanzibar and food is definitely one of them.  Here are 12 reasons that you should get yourself to the African island to indulge!

Exotic spices

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The scent of cinnamon, cardamom, coriander and cloves have lured explorers for many centuries across the seven seas.  Traders have blown spice merchants onto the shores of Zanzibar and with them came flavours and aromas from faraway worlds!  Indulge yourself in the local culture of exotic meals and be enticed from the moment you step of the plane.



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Zanzibar pizza

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This’s possibly one of the most unconventional dishes to come out of Zanzibar – a parcel of fish or meat that is served with chopped egg, mayonnaise, cheese, peppers, or onion and then pan fried in a thin layer of dough and served with a tangy drizzle of tomato or chilli sauce.

This is a local delicacy that has to be enjoyed in all its forms including the sweet version – topped with yumminess like mango, Nutella, chocolate or banana.

Get this at Forodhani Night Food Market in Stone Town

Biryani

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A firm favourite amongst the locals, this dish really allows the spices to take center stage!

The rice is cooked with a mix of spices like cinnamon, ginger, cumin, chilli, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg and then combined together with meat or maybe fish curry.

Biryani is just about the most famous dish in Zanzibar and may be found everywhere.

Sorpotel

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The dish that makes flavours of Portugal and India come together in this exotic curry.

Pieces of boiled tongue and liver are actually stewed in a mix of vinegar and spices such as masala and tamarind to produce this delicious meaty dish.

Urojo

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This’s what can only be referred to as a great hodgepodge of all of the flavours of the island.

The dish has a ramen-like composition and consisits of a curried coconut broth which is actually poured into a bowl and topped with a range of ingredients. Toppings include falafel, boiled egg, slices of onion, spicy bhajias, crispy cassava chips, kachori, bread, meat skewers, coconut and chilli chutney and hot peppers.

You can’t truly experience Zanzibari food without trying this special creation.

Where to go: Sons and Dewa on Royal Road

Sea food extravaganza

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The seafood in Zanzibar is always extremely fresh and was most likely still swimming that morning!

Like the spices, you can be certain of a wide variety of seafood on offer.  Barracuda, snapper, tuna, lobster, kingfish, octopus, calamari, prawns, marlin, and tuna are just several of the seafood delicacies that abound on the islands of Zanzibar.

Pweza wa nazi (octopus curry)

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Speaking of seafood, you have to try the octopus curry.  It is an out of this world scrumptious taste sensation and one of the renowned dishes of Zanzibar.

Succulent octopus is actually simmered in a creamy mixture of coconut cream, turmeric, curry, cinnamon, garlic, cardamom and lime and then served with white chilli and rice.

Swahili curries

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Think plantains and tender mutton simmered in coconut milk or heavenly fish curry with spinach or even potatoes. These mouth-watering curries are served with crunchy cassava chips and coconut chutney.

Swahili curries are actually a culinary art and an obligatory indulgence for just about any food lover.

Chipsi mayai

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This’s the ultimate comfort food in Zanzibar.

Chunks of fried potato chips are tossed onto a skillet with some eggs to generate an omelette that screams decadence.

Douse it with kachumbari and tomato sauce and sprinkle with fresh chillis for added flavour.

Mishkaki

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If you like smoky notes then mishkaki is perfect for you.

Hunks of meat or chicken are skewered and grilled slowly on open coals to develop a kebab of charred goodness.

Find vendors grilling them up in the late afternoon and pair it with chipsi mayai for sheer indulgence.

Pilau

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This iconic dish of Arabic origins is actually a tantalising jumble of fried onions, meat, veggies, broth, and spices including garlic, cloves, cardamom, cumin, ginger, and cinnamon. Sometimes coconut and peanuts are also added.

The key is cooking everything together so the flavours infuse.

Tropical fruits

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A trip to Zanzibar is not complete without a bowl of fresh tropical fruit!  The pineapples are believed to be the sweetest and the avocados are enormous! It’s also home to durians, the debatable king of fruits which are noted for smelling as hell but tasting as heaven.

Other sweet fruits include papaya, custard apples, jackfruit, pawpaw, watermelon, bananas, grapes, passion fruit, mangoes, mandarins and oranges .

In addition to all the deliciousness described above, you will also find a range of sweet treats that will satisfy the most fierce sweet tooth.  Get to Zanzibar and emerge yourself in the spice farms, markets, coffee and much much more!

Convinced?  Book your flights today – www.clickclickgo.co.za

Here’s to something BRAND new!

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Notice anything different?  No, you’re not in the wrong place. Airlines SA has made way for a new online travel booking destination. From now on you will use ClickClickGo for all your travel booking requirements, whether local or international!

Why a re-brand you may ask?

Besides the fact that Airlines SA was in need of a serious makeover, the brand was also expanding rapidly, which called for a more flexible solution to allow for future services that our customers might require. The Airlines SA brand was quite limiting in terms of future expansion and with a few new plans up our sleeves, we needed a one brand umbrella to accommodate these. We want to make travel bookings easy and for that you need one destination.

The time was right to update the brand, change its name and give it a fresh brand new look, including a new logo and brand colours, as well as a completely new brand identity. The screaming pink is happy, vibrant and modern, because planning a trip shouldn’t be all serious!

Why ClickClickGo?

Whether we like it or not, most things these days happen with a click or two.The internet rules our lives – we shop, we read, we play, we communicate, we pretty much run our lives through the clicking of buttons!  Click, click, click click. The click is powerful. Day to day tasks like banking and shopping have become easier and quicker to manage, and travel should be no different. We felt that the name ClickClickGo will resonate with travelers, make it easier to remember and will position itself as the top of mind destination for any upcoming trips.

The name also conveys the simplicity of using our services and illustrates that it’s safe, fast and reliable, as easy as click, click and go!  ClickClickGo is a friendly modern brand, accessible to people from all walks of life, whether you travel for business or pleasure. We want the new brand to tie in with our company values as well as the customers we serve and we trust that it will do just that.

If ClickClickGo was a person

This brand is young at heart, adventurous and dynamic. We are serious about work and play!  We’re positive about the future and encourage others to learn through experience. It’s someone you can talk to, a friend and confidant, someone that always wants to help and assist. ClickClickGo is not complicated and you can always feel safe in its presence!

What makes ClickClickGo great!

When you use ClickClickGo, we want your interaction with our brand to be a positive experience. We therefore endeavour to make the booking processes as quick, safe and simple as possible and to provide the best customer service we can.  Above all, we want to bring you the best travel deals around to ensure you have some money left in your pocket for the fun part of the trip!

Watch this space…

The new ClickClickGo brand opens up so many new possibilities!  Our aim is to, in time, expand our product offering to include other travel booking services that you might require. ClickClickGo should be your one stop travel booking destination shop that is easy to use, safe and fast.  We wish to make travel fun, from the moment you book until your holiday starts!

We are very excited about this new venture and we hope that you will journey with us!  Make ClickClickGo your travel partner for all your travel needs! Find us at our new home – www.clickclickgo.co.za – bookmark this page today!  Also make sure to follow us on social media.  Hope to travel with you soon!

 

Sun City – an African oasis

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As you pull into the reserve, an impressive sight awaits – grand architecture and swaying palm trees create quite the contrast against the dull background!  You have reached Sun City, an African oasis.

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Sun City is situated between the Elands River and Pilanesberg, about a two hour drive from Johannesburg. It is the ideal spot for luxurious weekend away or maybe a fun family break. There is plenty to do both day and night. You can also view the Big 5 in the Pilanesberg National Park, enjoy a hot air balloon ride, play a round of golf or just laze by one of the amazing pools.



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The resort consists of 4 hotels:

The Cabanas – 3 Star:

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The Cabanas are situated next to the Waterworld Lake and has recently undergone renovations. It now incorporates modern finishes and pops of colour which offers a pleasant change from the African theme running throughout the resort.

Visitors have a choice between a twin or family room. The family room is suited for families with kids under 12 while the twin rooms are a bit better for families with teenage kids.  In the mornings, guests can enjoy a delicious English breakfast at the Palm Terrace restaurant.

Soho Hotel – 4 Star:

Pick the Soho Hotel if you want to be close to the action! This was the first hotel on the resort and offers immediate access to the casino and the other resort entertainment.clickclickgo_suncity

The hotel itself offers a choice of 340 rooms, including presidential suites to luxury twin and family rooms.  Wake up to beautiful pool or lake views and enjoy a daily buffet breakfast.

After a fun-filled day, sit down for a lovely dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants or head for the casino and try your luck.  Other activities include dance club’s, cocktail bars and live music.  There is never a dull moment at the Soho Hotel!

Cascades Hotel – 5 Star:

The name Cascades actually originates from the waterfalls around the hotel, offering a lush tropical paradise and tranquility amongst the business of the resort.  You will regularly encounter monkeys and birds which can cause for much excitement on your afternoon walk!clickclickgo_suncity

The 5 star hotel offers 241 luxury rooms overlooking the lovely gardens and beach pool area.  Enjoy around the clock room service, drinks on the terrace and other special touches throughout your stay.

Be sure to make use of the hotel concierge service to assist with daily activities or any day trip bookings that you might require.

The Palace – 5 Star:

The world class Palace is one of Africa’s most sought after five star hotels and is a symbol of African luxury, transporting you to an African Kingdom from years gone by.clickclickgo_suncity

The hotel has 335 suites and rooms with breathtaking views of the jungle and water as well as the luxury pool hidden by swaying palm trees.  Visitors can enjoy the finest cuisine at some of the best restaurants.

When you stay at The Palace, the Valley of the Waves is at your doorstep and can be reached by taking the lovely walkways through the resort’s jungle.

A World Within A City

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You can never go wrong with choosing Sun City for either a family holiday or a romantic getaway.  Amazing accommodation, activities abound, delicious food, sunset safaris, drinks with breathtaking views, African wildlife, sun and laughter – what more do you want.

Compare a few airlines and book your cheap flights to Sun City right now!

 

What you need to book flights online

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When it comes to travel, we realize that it could be daunting when there’re a 1000 things to look at and a good deal of planning to do. There is a good chance that you are a lot more interested in determining what island to visit, or maybe which brand of snorkelling goggles to buy for your underwater sightseeing.

For that reason, ClickClickGo wants to make purchasing your flights online as easy and straightforward as possible.

As soon as you have decided on a great destination, international or local, you are all set to book those flights. Booking flights online is actually very simple, as long as you have all the relevant information at hand.

Flight and passenger details

To book your flights online, you are going to need some simple info like where you are flying to and the travel dates.  You will also need some personal information as it willo make this process super quick, have the following ready:

  • Trip details – Dates of travel, specific airline if necessary, destination and nr of travellers
  • Personal details – Full names (to be spelt precisely as it’s in your passport or ID), date of birth, country of residence
  • ID nr for local flights and passport nr for international flights
  • Preferred cabin class

Domestic flights

To book a local flight in South Africa, you only need your ID nr to do it.  If you’re over the age of 16, you’ll need an ID book or driver’s licence and your booking reference nr to board a flight.  Passengers younger than 16 will have to have written permission from their parents/guardians and a birth certificate.

International flights

When traveling overseas, you are going to need to show your valid passport at the check in counter plus any visa that the country you are flying to may require.

Make sure you passport is still valid for 3 – 6 weeks after your return to South Africa as many countries won’t accept an invalid one.

Do I need a passport when booking my flights?

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No, you won’t need a passport at this stage, but you will need it when booking flight packages and upon check-in.

If you do require a visa, you will need to complete your passport number on the forms as well as provide a certified copy thereof.  Make sure your name is displayed everywhere exactly as it appears on your passport!

What if I’m booking a flight for someone else?

To book a flight for someone else is really easy as all the same information will be required.  As soon as the booking is made, you can send them all the information so that they have this for reference.

Payment

There are many ways with which you can pay for your online flights:

  • EFT
  • SID Instant EFT
  • Online credit/debit card payment
  • Cheque
  • Bank money deposit

When paying by credit card, you will need the name on the card, your account number as well as the 3 digit security code on the back.

Do I need to print my ticket?

Luckily you don’t need a print out of this ticket.  Upon check-in you will only need an ID book or driver’s licence and a booking reference number.  For international flights, you will need your passport and any visas required. .

Some international airlines will advise to take along a print out of your ticket to avoid long queues.  This is up to you.

You can also make use of the self service kiosks at the airport to print out your boarding passes.  You simply enter your flight booking reference nr or scan your passport.  These days your boarding pass can also be downloaded onto your phone or emailed to you.

Where do I get my ticket?

There are many options of ways to get your tickets once you’ve bought them.  Nowadays, it’s really popular to have your ticket emailed to you so you can print it at home.  You can also collect your tickets from the check-in counter upon checking in your luggage.

Visa-free countries (less paperwork)

The truth of the issue is the fact that visas are usually fairly pricey, and the additional paperwork when planning a trip and booking flights could be a nightmare. Particularly so when all you need to do is actually pack your flipflops and swimsuit and board a plane!  Here is a link to a list of countries that is visa-free for South Africans.

Some of these countries include:

Botswana
Reunion Island
Tanzania
Indonesia
Hong Kong
Argentina
Colombia
Republic of Ireland
Peru
Brazil

Now you should be ready to book that flight!  Head over to our online booking engine, enter all your requirements and book that trip today!

Liquids in luggage – what you need to know

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always extremely confused about traveling with liquids!  What is allowed into my luggage and what needs to go in my suitcase?  Here are the latest rules around this topic to prevent you from having to part with your beloved toiletries!

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Please note that all airports have their own rules when it comes to liquids in luggage so make sure you double check these before you travel.

How much liquid is allowed in hand luggage?

You are only allowed small individual containers of liquids with a maximum capacity of 100 ml each in your hand luggage. These  need to be packed in a durable, transparent, resealable plastic bag (e.g. a Ziploc bag) that is no more than 20cm x 20cm in size and no more than 1 litre in capacity.  There you have it!

 

Note: You can bring as many small containers as you want as long as they fit into the resealable plastic bag.

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Is there a limit to the amount of liquids in checked luggage?

There are no limits to the amount of liquids that are allowed in checked luggage apart from alcohol. However, you will need to take certain precautions:

  • There are a list of restricted items, make sure your stash does not include any of these.
  • Make sure all items are properly sealed or repackaged in a leak-proof container as air pressure might cause containers to pop.

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What is considered liquid?

Any substance with a fluid, free-flowing or ‘gooey’ consistency is considered liquid. This includes items such as aerosols, creams, pastes, and gels.

LiquidsAerosolsGels
PerfumeShampoo

Conditioner

Mouthwash

Oils

Vinegar

Sauces (e.g. salsa, gravy etc.)

Soups

Stews

Salad dressing

Soft drinks

Juice

Bottled water

Canned food with high liquid content (e.g.  sardines, tuna etc.)

Creams

Liquor (e.g. wine, beer etc.)

DeodorantHairspray

Sunscreen spray

Shaving cream

LipglossHairstyling gels

Jam

Yoghurt

Honey

Peanut butter

Cheese spread

Soft cheese (e.g. brie, camembert etc.)

Vegemite

Shaving gel

Toothpaste

Gel-filled tablets (e.g. fish oil tablets)

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What items are exempt?

As with most rules, there are exemptions to the 100ml rule.  Items that are exempt from this ruling includes:

  • Breast milk, baby formula, baby food, and baby juice (note: only when traveling with a baby!)
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Liquids or liquid nutrition for people with disabilities or medical conditions (note: you may be required to prove the necessity and authenticity of these items)
  • Frozen items (if they’re frozen solid)
  • Cosmetic or medical items with saline or liquid

Note: These items will need to be declared for inspection at the security checkpoint. You may also need to provide a doctor’s letter for certain medications.

List of prohibited items

You can find a comprehensive list of prohibited items here.

Can you put alcohol in luggage?

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Alcohol in carry-on luggage must comply to the rules mentioned above, while the amount of alcohol you can pack in checked luggage depends on three things:

  • It must be unopened or packaged in a sealable bottle.
  • There are no restrictions on liquor with an alcohol content of less than 24% (e.g. beer and wine)
  • Liquor with an alcohol content of between 24% and 70% is restricted to 5 litres per passenger

Remember, luggage is tossed onto conveyor belts, trucks, and planes, so be careful when putting glass bottles in your luggage.

Note: Every country has its own rules regarding alcohol. The amount of liquor you are allowed to pack can vary from country to country and from airline to airline.

 

 

What about duty-free items?

This is where things can get complicated.

These items can generally be taken through checkpoints if they are sealed in the ICAO tamper-evident bag that is provided at the time of purchase (be sure to ask for one of these). If the seal is broken or any items are removed they may be subject to liquid restrictions.

However, this is not the case with all countries so it is better to wait until the last leg of your trip before you make any purchases.

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It is advisable to contact the airline you will be travelling with to find out about regulations in the countries you will be transiting through.

More handy tips

  • Resealable bags will need to go through the x-ray machine separately. Ensure they are packed on top of your clothing to avoid having to unpack your luggage at the airport.
  • Buy a travel kit or travel containers and repackage liquid toiletries. These containers usually come in 100 ml sizes and are designed to fit neatly together.
  • Buy travel-sized items (e.g. mouthwash, toothpaste, shampoo etc.)
  • Go for two-in-one items such as shampoo and conditioner combos to save space.
  • Lush, a popular cosmetics shop, sells products such as solid deodorant, deodorant powder, and shampoo bars that have an array of benefits and will go through security effortlessly.

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Now that you have all the information you need, BOOK THAT TRIP with us today!

 

All information on this page was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. ClickClickGo will not be held liable for loss or inconvenience resulting from the use of information from this website.

 

Let’s travel to Phuket!

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Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is situated south along the Andaman Sea.  The island is a melting-pot of Thais, Malays and sea gypsies – each culture bringing its unique charm to the island’s hospitality, cuisine and entertainment.

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Think long summer days lazing on tropical beaches enjoying luxurious massages overlooking the sparkling ocean.  Phuket truly is an island paradise with its lofty coconut trees, turquoise lagoons, and romantic sunset spots overlooking the sprawling coastline. By day, wander through the Old Town, laden with historical buildings, temples and quaint shophouses. Visit Big Buddha and the intriguing museums along the way. Tour the Chalong Bay Rum Distillery or join a cooking class and experiment with the wonderful, aromatic flavours of Thailand. Hop on a long-tail boat and sail around the bays, marvelling at the floating villages set against picturesque lime-stone cliffs. Phang Nga Bay is home to over 40 islands and is perfect for adventurous scuba divers and snorkelers. The famous Phi Phi Islands are just a stone’s throw away.

As night sets in, the beaches light up with funky beach bars and fresh seafood barbecues. Patong attracts the party animals with its lively street bars, markets and poi dancing. Take in a cabaret show at Fantasea, where you’ll be treated to dazzling performances. Whatever your fancy, Phuket will thrill and delight!



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The island has been enjoying a flourishing tourism trade as of recently and especially South Africans love to travel here.  Thailand is generally very affordable and a very good choice if you want to enjoy beautiful beaches, splendid cuisine and historical attractions.  BUT there is so much more to Phuket than just cheap cocktails and go-go bars.  Here is a list of things to do in Phuket:

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Okay you HAVE to visit the beaches.  Think tropical greenery, bluer than blue water.  Grab your beach bats or sit back, relax and work on your tan.

Thai cooking – Thai cuisine is one of MY favourite cuisines.  It consists mostly of lightly prepared dishes, with a rice or noodle base, with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge.  If you want to make these delicacies at home, take some Thai cooking classes and wow all your friends on your return.

Yoga – Yoga is the perfect way to relax even more while getting in some exercise while you holiday.  Beach yoga is available everywhere and you don’t have to be a yogi!  Beginners are more than welcome!

Beach front bars – These beach front bars are perfect for sundowners and with Thailand’s great prices you can work your way through the money and have a jolly time.

Sightseeing – Sail off and discover the surrounding bays and islands.  Snorkeling, diving and canoeing are all activities that you can enjoy while out in the sun.  There is also a heap of historical monuments and temples to visit for a cultural injection.  For the shopaholics there are markets for days to explore and browse through.

Best time to go

Deciding when to visit Phuket is based on personal preference and your budget.  The weather is pretty much good all year round which makes it a very sought after destination.  Peak season is between November and March and attracts many tourists.  During summer, the beach towns have a rowdy nightlife, busy marketplaces and conditions are perfect for water activities.  Unfortunately high season also means higher flight prices, accommodation and shopping.  The monsoon (or wet) season is from April to October.  You can expect heavy rain showers but these don’t last very long and will clear up very quickly.  Still the perfect time for outdoor activities PLUS you’ll pay lower prices.

Health & Safety

Holidaymakers need to be vigilant at all times as pick pocketing is something that is experienced regularly.  Muggings also occur so be take extra precaution at night and never wander by yourself.  During monsoon season, beware of fierce currents and freak waves.  Drownings occur every year simply because tourists don’t adhere to the red flag warning.  If you decide to rent a scooter, make sure to know the basics and where your helmet (even if the locals don’t!).

There are no mandatory vaccinations needed but we advise a Hepatitis A and Tetanus shot just to prevent any illness due to possible water or food contamination.

Visas

Thailand is one of the countries that does NOT require a visa for South African visitors.  You can enter the country for a maximum stay of 30 days.  Make sure your passport is still valid for a minimum of 6 months after date of departure and that there are 2 blank pages available for stamps.

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Mauritius: an island oasis

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Step away from the rush of urban life with a visit to the charming country of Mauritius. This beautiful Indian Ocean island nation, situated in East Africa, is famous as an island holiday destination, with a range of gorgeous beaches and islands, such as Blue Bay, Belle Mare Plage and Trou aux Biches.

Experience all that this island nation has to offer with a visit to some of its major cities and towns:

One of the major cities of Mauritius is the capital and largest destination – Port Louis. Explore this tourist hotspot and discover a blend of various countries and cultures, including India, Africa, Europe, China and the Middle East. Celebrated for its lively commercial spirit, you’ll experience a vibrant hub of activity in Port Louis.

Another major destination is the town of Curepipe, which is, though situated inland, a major tourist attraction. It offers nature lovers the Curepipe Botanic Gardens and easy access to the amazing Trou aux Cerfs crater and the Monvert Nature Park.

You’ll surely want to spend time at one of Mauritius’s scenic beaches, and for that, one of the best destinations is Flic-en-Flac. This quaint seaside town sits on the western part of the island nation, and includes one of the longest and most gorgeous beaches in the world!



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Why visit Mauritius

Historic Architecture – Mauritius was ruled by the Dutch, French and the British. Visit the sites that reflect these former periods, such as the Kalaisson Temple in Port Louis, Maison Eureka in Moka and the Martello Tower Museum in Riviere Noire.

A Coastal Paradise – One of the crowning attractions of this island nation is its wonderful collection of alluring beaches and islands. Relax and soak up the sun at coastal hotspots such as Grand Baie, Trou aux Biches and Île aux Cerfs.

Exceptional Nature – Mauritius boasts a wealth of breath-taking natural areas that will be sure to astound you, such as the Black River Gorges National Park, the Frederica Nature Reserve in Bel-Ombre and Seven Coloured Earths in Riviere Noire

Best time to visit

Mauritius enjoys warm weather all year round with moderate to high rainfall. Get the most comfortable weather conditions and the lowest rainfall by visiting the island nation during the seasons of winter (May – October) and early summer (November – December). These months will give you a break from the intense heat of the rest of the summer (January – April). With the conditions offered during this time, you can still enjoy the beaches and nature areas while avoiding the crowds that come during the mid to late summer season to enjoy the perfect beach weather, as well as the high hotel costs.

Visa & Customs


You will not need a visa to visit Mauritius. Make sure your passport will be valid for six months after your return date.  For more information, contact the Mauritius High Commission in Pretoria (phone: +27 12 342 1283). The High Commission of South Africa is in the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis. Address: 4th Floor, British American Insurance Building, 25 Pope Hennessy Street, Port Louis.

Health & Safety

Before your trip, check with your doctor about getting all the routine vaccinations for travellers to Mauritius. Make sure to also receive immunisations for hepatitis A and typhoid, both of which are transmittable through contaminated food and water.

While enjoying the beautiful landscapes, lakes and beaches of Mauritius, make sure to stay alert at all times. Watch out for suspicious behaviour. Consider organising comprehensive travel insurance and confirm what activities and circumstances are not covered by your policy.

In addition, practise these basic safety tips while in Mauritius:

• Stay away from remote areas.

• When leaving your valuables in a vehicle, lock them in the boot to keep them out of sight.

• Refuse all offers of free guided tours.

• Do not use unlicensed taxis, as they are unsafe and drivers may overcharge you.

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