The Air Travel Roundup Volume 1: 13 April 2014

For the love of air travel 

Welcome to your first instalment of The Air Travel Roundup, the post that brings you everything awesome in travel from across the Interwebs! Without further ado, let’s get to all the juicy reasons you decided to open this:

Recent news and specials worth knowing about

In case you missed them, the following airline and holiday package specials ran in March 2014:

  • During March 2014, Kulula.com were offering awesome school holiday package specials to Mauritius – 5 nights hotel accommodation from only R12 745 per person sharing at the tranquil Bougainville Hotel on the island’s east coast. For more information and future specials, visit www.kulula.com.
  • Online travel agency FlightSite offered some great package deals to Mozambique, the Seychelles and Bali  – and yes, they really were that good!
  • If you’re a Momentum Multiply member, listen up! Mango Airlines periodically offers Multiply members exclusive Limited Flight Sales such as the one they ran during the month of March 2014 – JHB > DBN from only R599 1-way, and a range of South African domestic 1-way flights from only R799 1-way! For more information, visit www.flymango.co.za.

Featured travel chats & Twitter hashtags

#TNI, or Traveller’s Night In, is a travel focused Twitter chat that takes place from 15:30 to 17:00 Eastern Time on Thursdays. This chat features 10 questions hosted by @ZipSetGo, and is a great platform for garnering advice from staunch travelers with expert localized knowledge.

Industry news update

In addition to taking a lot of flak for waning profitability and cancelling their direct flights to Argentina, SAA had some more negative announcements to make in February – Qantas terminated their codeshare agreement with SAA, effective as of 31 May 2013.

In other news involving the airline, and in line with its renewed local market focus, SAA is now considering relaunching its direct flights from Cape Town to Durban, a move that will no doubt be to local business commuters and leisure fliers’ liking.

Featured destination: Kalagadi

Feeling the call of the African wild? The Kalagadi Transfrontier Park is a more than worthwhile roadtrip destination. The park offers awesome camping facilities, often near watering holes, as well as more luxurious tent and chalet accommodation.

Whether you’re into travelling solo, with friends, or wanting to give the family a taste of Africa, this is the place to go this Easter or during the school holiday season. To whet your appetite, check out this blog by Africa Geographic.

What’s poppin’ on Pinterest?

Oh darling, let’s be adventurers is the handiwork of Julianna Lewis, an avid Pinner based in Tennesee. As far as travel related Boards go, it’s pretty damn awesome.

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 What’s happening on Google+?

No, Google+ is not dead; on the contrary, people the world over are migrating to the platform in droves. Iain Mallory, AKA Mallory on Travel is one of the most respected travelers in social media. His Google+ account is an excellent source of travel advice, news and gear related information. Also follow the man on Twitter – over 52,000 others do already!

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Top travel video of the Month

While we’ll be keeping an eye on Vimeo and YouTube for this section, we’ve got a local treat for you this month – a stunning still-frame animation produced by the team at Aventura Sudafrica. For the love of South Africa – Enjoy:

Cool apps and travel tools

Travelling internationally soon? City.mobi is a 1-stop destination for accessing city guides – worldwide! Featuring information on accommodation, key attractions, dining, nightlife and more, City.mobi turns your phone into a veritable travel encyclopaedia. The site also integrates with Google Maps, making travelling into the unknown for the first time an absolute breeze.

NB: Just be sure not to use your roaming data unnecessarily – at over R100 per Mb, you could ruin yourself financially!

Before we go

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Until next time, safe travels!

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