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The Ultimate Way To Explore Johannesburg Without Spending A Fortune

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The anxiety of exploring a new city comes with its own set of expectations. Where should you stay, what should you see, and did you bring enough money with you? Lucky for you, if you’re planning on visiting the South African city of Johannesburg, you need not worry about that last one, as they’ve got favorable exchange rates and incredibly affordable facilities.

Here are some of the top things you can do in Johannesburg that won’t break the bank:

Get A Taste Of Nature At Mantecasino Bird Garden (R70)

If you’re a nature enthusiast who isn’t afraid to take your wild side in a new environment, then Montecasino Bird Garden is the place to be. Best of all, this place isn’t usually that crowded, so you can take your time strolling through here and capturing those lifetime memories on your camera. The walkways are simply incredible and the animals exotic. You will get a first-hand view of the world’s longest snake, rare mammals like lemurs and sloth, and more than 60 bird species. Who’s ready to feed some birds and take part in an unforgettable experience?

Cool Off At The Zoo Lake Swimming Pool (R12)

Looking for a way to cool off after spending a day in the sun? Then you’ll want to head over to the historic Zoo Lake Swimming Pool, a local favorite. Go swimming in the 30 x 30 meter pool, a popular attraction during the hot summer months. You can even host parties (anniversaries, birthdays) in the picnic area and have so much fun. Take advantage of the affordable Kulula flights from your nearest city and get to enjoy this well-maintained public pool.

Have Relaxing Moments At The Living Room (R60: Weekends, Free: Weekdays)

The Living Room is a fantastic rooftop venue in the heart of Maboneng that gives a delightful view of the city. It’s like you’re sitting in your own backyard surrounded by beautiful plants and a touch of fresh air. Enjoy amazing local delicacies and sip glasses of wine long into the night. And on Sundays, you can enjoy the mixes of hosted DJs.

Feed Your Sense Of Smell At MultiFlora Flower Market (Free)

The flowers here are simply beautiful, instantly bringing life where there is boredom. So if you want a little bit of mood-lifting or want to surprise that special someone with some flowers, the MultiFlora Flower Market should be on your to-do list. The flowers here are of world-class standards and the scents are incredibly sweet. This place could make the best pass-by spot on your way back home.

Breath In The Sunrise Glory At Mountain Sanctuary Park (R155/adult, R40/car)

One of the best ways to start a day is soaking in the warm sweet morning sun. This park is full of beautiful natural rocks that you can use to grasp some air after your hiking trip. The place gets even better after the summer rains as the generous rainwater form amazing rock pools. And if you feel like taking a dip, you can do so at the well-kept pool after which, you can enjoy your picnic snacks in the tall grass with a viewing deck. Just make sure that you book this in advance, as they limit how many visitors can come through the park each day.

Go Shopping At 27 Boxes (Free)

27 Boxes is an amazing shopping center made entirely from shipping containers. Here you can stroll around and check out some of the most affordable home-made stuff by the locals. The primary priority of this place is to support the community by uplifting their entrepreneurship ideas. You can easily source unique gifts for your loved ones over here and get to enjoy the taste of locally made fresh juices and cakes. Call it a one-stop-shop.

So there you have it. Sure, vacations can be expensive. But as you can see, there are plenty of things you can do in Johannesburg without spending a fortune. All you need is to focus on the little-known places and you will be surprised at what people are missing out. Enjoy!

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Delta’s New Plane Features Wider Seats, First-Ever ‘Restroom With A View’

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Delta A220

Remember when air travel was a classy affair, with people dressing in their finest clothes, and enjoying roomy seats and good food? While those days are long behind us, Delta Air Lines is trying to class things up a bit with the introduction of their all-new Airbus A220-100.

Delta’s A220 plane is “experience-rich for customers,” with seven-foot ceilings, substantially wider seats, and more legroom than any previous Delta plane. Narrow indentations have been built into the walls in order to give folks in window seats some more shoulder space, and the entire cabin offers LED spectrum lighting, allowing the crew to alter the color and brightness of the lights in response to various moods or times of day.

Delta A220

But that’s not all. While there are television screens installed in each seatback, along with 2Ku satellite Wi-Fi (reportedly the fastest in the entire fleet), the thing we’re most excited about is the fact that this plane offers a restroom with a window.

That’s right people. So whether you’re peeing, pooping, or joining the mile-high club, you can enjoy the scenic view from 30,000 feet. Seriously, how crazy is that?!

Delta A220

If you want to experience Delta’s A220 for yourself, flights will begin on January 31st, initially flying from New York’s LaGuardia to Boston and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Future destinations include Detroit, Houston, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, and JFK.

“The A220 represents our continued work to make flying better for everyone and represents the go-forward objectives of our fleet strategy,” said Gil West, Delta’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Delta A220

Kudos to Delta for working to improve the flying experience. Personally, I can’t wait to take a flight on their newest aircraft.. and experience that restroom with a view. 🙂

Photos courtesy of Delta

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Who’s Ready To Stay In The World’s First Underwater Hotel?

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onrad Maldives Rangali Island - The Muraka

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is opening the world’s first-ever underwater hotel residence, a $15 million two-story villa called The Muraka that sits 16.4 feet below the Indian Ocean that offers well-heeled guests unparalleled views of aquatic life.

The cost for this once-in-a-lifetime experience? A cool $50,000 per night, although you can’t book The Muraka for just one night. It’s only offered as part of a four-night, $200,000 package, which includes a personal chef for all meals, the use of a private boat, along with a menu of one-of-a-kind experiences that guests can choose from.

onrad Maldives Rangali Island - The Muraka

It’s not a cheap expenditure in the least.. But on the bright side, those who book this package get automatic Hilton Diamond status. 💎

So what kind of accommodations does $200K get you? The second floor of the villa features a twin-size bedroom, ocean-facing bathroom, fitness center, butler’s quarters, integrated living room, kitchen and bar. There’s also an infinity pool, private jetty and an outdoor relaxation deck. Meanwhile, the lower (underwater) floor has a living space, bedroom and bathroom within an all-glass atmosphere that frames 180-degree panoramic views of marine life.

onrad Maldives Rangali Island - The Muraka

“We had to make sure that the guests can have the underwater views from every vantage point of the room. More than 75 percent of wall, ceiling surfaces are made of clear acrylic. The glare and reflection on clear acrylic had to be minimized and views to the ocean had to be secured. We also wanted to give a sense of comfort,” says interior design firm YYA.

The Muraka can accommodate a total of nine guests, so find eight friends to split it with, and suddenly it’s a somewhat more reasonable $22,222 per person, just over $5,555 per night.

What do you say guys, who’s ready to sleep with the fishes.. literally?

Photos courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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The 5 Best Shows To See In Las Vegas

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While most people come to Las Vegas for a weekend of gambling, the city has so much more to offer visitor. We’re talking five-star restaurants, desert adventures (ATVs, ziplining, helicopter tours), sports, and over-the-top Las Vegas shows that you’ve got to see to believe.

If you’re heading to Vegas soon, I would highly recommend checking out any of these shows:

Absinthe in Las Vegas

1) Absinthe, Caesars Palace

Absinthe is a fantastical blend of carnival and spectacle, featuring an assortment of incredible specialty acts of old-world burlesque, daring feats of strength and agility and not-so-common routines, performed in a 100-year old circus tent that holds a mere 640 seats, giving you a very intimate experience and putting you as close to the action as possible. This adults-only show delivers that “only in Vegas” experience, and it’s by far my favorite show in town.

Michael Jackson ONE

2) Michael Jackson ONE, Mandalay Bay

In a word.. Wow! Michael Jackson ONE is an immersive journey that brings the King of Pop’s iconic hits to life, with riveting acrobatics, dance and visuals performed by the ultra-talented dancers and performers. This show is a heartfelt tribute to Michael Jackson’s work, innovative spirit, and legacy. If you can only see one (of the eight) Cirque du Soleil show while in town, this is the one to get tickets for. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

Carrot Top

3) Carrot Top, Luxor

Carrot Top has been a staple of Las Vegas entertainment for nearly 20 years now, and I’ve seen him perform probably half a dozen times over the years, because he’s just that good. His crazy props and wacky inventions keep audiences in stiches as he pokes fun at pop culture, politics, music and whatever the real world has to offer. And unlike other comics who recycle jokes for years on end, his material is VERY current, often talking about things that happened just a few days ago! It’s a wildly entertaining show you just can’t miss.

Blue Man Group

4) Blue Man Group, Luxor

Blue Man Group will rock your world, blow your mind, and unleash your spirt. Watch as these three bald and blue men put on a musical extravaganza like no other, combining innovative technology, heart-thumping music and well executed humor to create one grand performance. And the Vegas show has even more music, theatrics, audience participation, and sensory overload than ever before. Blue Man Group is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

Fantasy - The Strip's Biggest Tease

5) Fantasy, Luxor

In a town known for countless topless revues, Fantasy rises to the top, with the Strip’s sexiest dancers delivering your wildest fantasies in a variety of titillating costumes. This sultry show keeps guests engaged with a great soundtrack (sung live), sizzling performances, and when the costumes hit the floor, your jaws will drop to the same level. This is one show where you want to sit as close to the stage as possible, trust me on that.

There’s no question about it, Las Vegas has some world-class entertainment, with something for everyone, and new acts constantly hitting the Strip. So make sure you set aside some time on your next trip to take in a show or two. You’ll be glad you did!

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