Travel Planning

These days, it’s become so much easier to do your own travel planning, what with all the info out there on the net and all the advice. Isn’t it great? You can sit down at your computer, laptop, or with your phone and book and pay for accommodation and flights with ease, from the comfort of your own home – even in your PJ’s!

But…sometimes, things go wrong. And sometimes, you just need that little bit of help from someone in the know, without having to search a million different sites and blog posts on each different area or topic. For example, you’ve booked different lots of hotels, and flights in and out, but you’re not quite sure of your transport options between the different places, and the hotel doesn’t offer transfers. Or you’ve booked a beautiful island resort off the coast of Mozambique, and an overnight stay in Maputo first, but you don’t know all the ins and outs of getting between the two (like the clients I mentioned in my post Travel to Mozambique and other African countries).

That’s where we come in!

Our offer to you – at no cost whatsoever! – is free advice and travel planning on this site. Yes, you read right. No cost to you. In fact, our advice will probably save you money. 

All you have to do is:

  • search the website
  • ask our advice on the accommodation offered or flights to be booked
  • decide where you want to stay or what you want to book
  • book it
  • ask us for any travel planning advice connected with your bookings


If you’d like to book some other accommodation or activity that does not feature on, you simply have to ask and we will advise, source and book it for you – no extra cost!

If you need to know distances; areas; places of interest; info re connecting flights – ask and we will advise!

Our speciality is Southern Africa (and in particular: South Africa; Botswana; Mozambique; Zimbabwe; Zambia and Swaziland). But between us, we have either lived in or travelled to: Austria; Belgium; Canary Islands; Cyprus;  France; Germany; Greece; Indonesia; Italy; Jamaica; Lichtenstein; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Netherlands; Portugal; Spain; Switzerland; Tunisia; Turkey; and the UK (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland).

Seeing all of the above, I think you would agree that we are fairly well versed in travel planning for many other parts of the world too.

If you’re wondering why we’re so keen to help you at no cost and wondering what we get out of it – yes, we know you are 🙂 – we’ll tell you. As mentioned throughout this site, we have what are known as “affiliate links”. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (on Google ads) or make a booking (on, we will receive an affiliate commission. This is however at no extra cost to you. You’d just be helping us out :)

So, you help us, we help you! And if we need to find you alternative accommodation, or book activities, there is also no cost to you. I’m sure you’re quite suspicious of this (who gets anything for free these days, right?), but this is how tour operators and travel planners work. Our money actually comes from the suppliers that we deal with on a regular basis. Not from you, the traveller!

Check the search box below, and ask away – we’d love to help!



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