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Holidaying in Africa: Everything You Need To Know

 

Holidaying in Africa: Everything You Need To Know

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Africa is perhaps the most mesmerising continent on the entire planet. There is more culture, beauty, and happiness than anywhere else on earth. Sure, many parts of Africa has troubles and conflict, but don’t let that put you off visiting. The continent will reward your adventurous spirit with unparalleled experiences. Many couples are even considering the African nations as honeymoon destinations. From the dense cities to the wild safaris, Africa has so much to offer.

Unfortunately, most visitors to Africa tend to stay within the hotel compound. They sit among their western holiday makers, and eat familiar food. Trust us, Africa has so much more to offer. If you’re intrigued, here’s everything you need to know about the most beguiling continent on earth.

Educate yourself – Before you visit Africa, take the time to learn more about the culture. Every country is unique, with its own customs, religions, and traditions. If you’ve got your sights set on Nigeria, for example, begin to research the history and culture of the country. Click here to stay on top of Nigerian news stories and popular culture in the country. Learn the basics of communication, and remember that Africa is a nation of over 100 languages.

Open your mind – Visiting Africa requires a truly open mind. Forget your pre-conceived ideas of the place. They are usually based on headline news reports and scare stories. Learn to embrace a new culture, and look for the beauty in Africa. Some of the most stunning natural sights are found here, and you’ll enjoy unforgettable experiences.

Bargain for everything – Africa is a continent of hagglers! We know that most people don’t always enjoy this process, but it’s the way of life over there. After a while, you get used to it, and even begin to enjoy it. Whether it’s a big item or just the local market, always start with a lower price, and work your way up. It’s a great way to connect with the local people too.

Eat the local food – The tastes and flavours of Africa are unlike anything else in the world. The unique blend of cuisines and cultures has created some wonderful dishes. Each country has their unique specialities and foods. Don’t be scared of the strange names on the menu, just help yourself! Africa is a continent to immerse yourself in. That means embracing the local flavours, and getting deep into the culture of the place.

Be careful with your money – For all the wonderful things on offer, you must be careful with your money. As with any poor country, thievery does happen. Tourists with obvious wealth are sometimes targeted, especially within the cities. Take off your watch and jewellery (African time is a very flexible thing anyway, so you won’t need that watch!) Never take all your money out at once, and keep it to just necessary change.

Stay hydrated – Our last piece of advice is more important than you think. Africa is very hot, and very, very dry. Your body needs to adapt to this climate, so make sure you stay hydrated at all times.
If you’re thinking of travelling to Africa, make sure you embrace this wonderful continent, and immerse yourself in the culture. We promise you won’t regret it.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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