The Mental Benefits of Vacationing Somewhere New


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Coming off the winter holidays, most of us start dreaming of, if not planning, our spring and summer getaways. It’s tempting, of course, to default to the same vacation each year: your family’s cabin, a familiar beach town, your favorite city, that resort the kids loved. We often choose to spend our hard-earned money on comfort, predictability, and relaxation, and there are benefits to doing so.

But as a psychologist, I believe that travel should routinely be used to achieve the opposite: to get out of your comfort zone, expose yourself to uncertainty, and eschew rest for exploration and learning. The result is personal growth — greater emotional agility, empathy, and creativity. A recent trip to Sri Lanka, with an unexpected stop in Thailand, led me to think more deeply about the positive impact of adventures that challenge us.

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Here are Africa’s best airports for 2019 ‌

Airports are the main points of entry for people, including foreigners, hence they should not be seen as mere transport facilities, but should be welcoming, accommodating and secure. In Africa, countries are investing billions of dollars in the rehabilitation of old airports and construction of new ones to ensure a well-organized, clean and pleasant travel experience.


Yet, only four African airports have been ranked among the World’s Best Airport in 2019, according to UK-based international air transport rating agency, Skytrax. Skytrax announced this on Wednesday, in its annual World Airport Awards at the Passenger Terminal Expo in London, England. The Skytrax World Airport Awards are voted for by customers in a global airport customer satisfaction survey. Apart from counting down the 10 best airports, Skytrax honors for categories including regional airports, airport dining, best airport staff, baggage delivery, and cleanest airport.


For the seventh consecutive year, Singapore Changi Airport was voted as the World’s Best Airport 2019 by international air travelers. In Africa, the world’s best airports are just from two countries. The following are the best on the continent, according to air travelers:


Cape Town International Airport – South Africa

The primary airport serving the city of Cape Town, South Africa was voted as the best airport in Africa. This is the fourth year running that Cape Town International Airport secured an award for the best airport after being recognized on multiple occasions. Globally, the airport, which has direct flights to several destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, was ranked 22nd, an improvement from last year’s 21st position. Located approximately 20 kilometers (12 mi) from the city center, the airport was opened in 1954 to replace Cape Town’s previous airport, Wingfield Aerodrome. It remains a firm destination of choice for global travelers and over the past few years, it has shown sustained growth in passenger numbers with a 5.3% increase year on year in 2017, according to Airports Company South Africa (ACSA). Growth in international passengers has been in double digits for the past few years, ACSA adds. For the first time in December 2016, the airport exceeded the 10 million passenger-per-year milestones ‚ which repeated again in December 2017 when passenger numbers significantly exceeded this mark. The fresh and modern airport, with an easy-to-navigate layout, boasts of a library, hotels, a budget-friendly grocery store, and a few pay-to-use lounges and friendly staff.


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Durban’s King Shaka International Airport – South Africa

The primary airport serving Durban, South Africa is the second-best airport in Africa, according to the rankings. Recognized previously in the Skytrax awards, the airport won this year’s award for Best Regional Airport in Africa and Best Airport Staff in Africa serving 5-10 million passengers. Located in La Mercy, KwaZulu-Natal, approximately 35 km (22 mi) north of the city center of Durban, King Shaka International airport opened just before the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It replaced Durban International Airport. Designed at a cost of about $900 million, the airport has, since its opening, experienced massive growth. According to official statistics from the Airports Company of South Africa, KSIA handled a total of 5,880,390 passengers in 2018, showing a growth of 6.4%. The airport has several international airlines operating from King Shaka, including Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Air Mauritius and Air Namibia. Travelers praise the airport for its layout, efficient travel processes and manageable walking distances.


O.R. Tambo International Airport – South Africa

Previously Johannesburg International Airport, this airport is located in the main commercial and industrial hub of South Africa with excellent transport infrastructure. Named after Oliver Tambo, a former president of the African National Congress, the O.R. Tambo International Airport is the biggest and busiest airport in Africa – receiving over 21 million people annually with the capacity to process up to 28 million. It was voted as the third-best airport in Africa and was ranked 33 worldwide. The airport services airlines from five continents across the world and plays a vital role in serving the local and regional air transport needs of South Africans, as well as international travelers. The clean and easy-to-navigate airport also boasts of high-end duty-free stores, African curio shops and a wide range of food and beverage offerings, according to Airports Company South Africa. It has been consistently ranked as one of the best airports in Africa.


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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport – Mauritius

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is situated in Plaine Magnien, Mauritius, about 48 kilometers southeast of the capital Port Louis. It is the main international airport in the island nation, offering direct flights to several destinations in Africa, Europe, and Asia. Ranked as the fourth-best airport in Africa and 94th worldwide, the airport was built in the early 1940s by British colonialists to assist in the importation and exportation of goods to and from the United Kingdom. Over the years, the airport has undergone major improvements, including the construction of a new passenger terminal in 2013. The new terminal, which takes the shape of the Traveller’s Palm, has a capacity of 4 million passengers. Last September, it was announced that construction on a new terminal at the airport is expected to commence in 2019, doubling its annual capacity from 4.5 million to nine million passengers. Formerly known as the Plaine Corail Airport, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is managed by Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd (AML), with the government of Mauritius being the majority shareholder of AML.



‌2020 World most powerful Passports

The year 2020 is here with almost everyone going around with their books filled with new goals, new targets and lots of travel schedules. Whether you intend to do lots of traveling this year for business reasons, or you wish to globetrot for adventure’s sake. This post will open your eyes to a brand new opportunity, strong enough to break down some travel restrictions you might encounter.

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Those who are frequent travelers will agree that some country’s passport is far stronger than others. Just like a master key, some passport in your hands can give you faster, easier and stress-free access to some countries.

An international firm, The Henley Passport Index has come out to say that the Japanese Passport is the 2020’s most powerful passport in the world! Yes, you read right. 

Shinzo Abe’s Asian country offer visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to an incredible 191 countries all over the world!


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Below is a comprehensive list of the top 10 countries in the world with the most powerful passport.

The best passports to hold in 2020 are:

  1. Japan (191 destinations)
  2. Singapore (190)
  3. South Korea, Germany (189)
  4. Italy, Finland (188)
  5. Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark (187)
  6. Sweden, France (186)
  7. Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria (185)
  8. United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece, Belgium (184)
  9. New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia (183)
  10. Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary (181)


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This rating is based on available data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and it put into consideration, 199 passports and 227 travel destinations around the world. So if you want to travel the world with your bag full of powerful passports, you know which one you need to apply for.LOL.

5 best honeymoon destinations in the world.


Honeymoon is a wonderful experience for newlyweds, It is an opportunity to create amazing lifetime memories that the couple will never forget, and a time to relax and unwind from all the built-up stress of the wedding.

To make the best of your honeymoon period memorable and exciting, you need to choose the best destinations, and here are the top 5 best destinations that we can always advise you to visit for a splendid honeymoon experience.

  1. Mauritius

Your romantic adventure as newlyweds isn’t complete without a visit to Mauritius. Couples who would love to enjoy a serene environment, experience the amazing beaches and interesting water activities…. all on a low budget…..Mauritius is the right place for you.

The incredible nature, pristine sandy beaches, and African wildlife experience that await you in tranquil is incomparable. For couples who would love to enjoy some luxury treats, there are countless of them in Mauritius. This country didn’t just make the top list of romantic destinations in the world for nothing, you need to be there to agree with me on this.


  1. Dubai

Of everything you’ve heard about Dubai, it may not have occurred to you that this popular destination could be on the list of travel destinations for adventurous newlyweds. Dubai has become increasingly popular all around the world with all it’s magnificent and record-breaking buildings that everyone just wants to be there.

There is so much you can do in Dubai as newlyweds – from visiting the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world, visiting the beach, visiting the miracle garden, skydiving, visiting the Burj Al-Arab or the vast desert. There are countless destinations to visit in Dubai – all with exceptional hospitality that gives you lifetime memories to share in pure happiness.


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  1. Paris

This destination already carved a name for itself as one of the most romantic cities in the world- the city of love and light.

Paris is beautiful for everyone, especially newlyweds. You and yours have opportunities to explore places like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, dinner in the seine river, Arc de Triomphe, and many other landmark sites. Paris is amazing for couples who want to enjoy the aura of a beautiful city.


  1. Maldives

The Maldives is simply one of the best, with a whopping 1,192 coral islands, abundance beautiful coral reefs and amazing activities that make your honeymoon adventure a great one. Some of the islands at the Maldives include Mal- Island, which is the best island for luxury-seeking honeymooners, Hulhumal- Island, Biyadhoo Island, Fihalhohi Island, Maafushi Island and many more. At the Maldives, you can simply choose to wake up on a different island every day for 3 days! Isn’t that amazing?


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  1. Seychelles

Seychelles is an ideal place for honeymooners seeking a perfect destination for luxury experiences. This country has an amazing 115 islands that are known for its deep blue waters, white-sand beaches and lots of exotic sea life. Seychelles is perfect for honeymooners who would love the tropic atmospheric experience. And you can enjoy all of these amazing honeymoon memories at a purse-fitted budget.


If you’re currently worried about a perfect place to pick for your honeymoon or you’re planning to have one soon, get in touch with Grandeur travels and tour, let’s make it a reality!

What’s your most unforgettable travel experience?


Traveling gives us a lot of great memories we can always look back on. Getting out of our comfort zone opens the mind to more ideas and possibilities. And while it gives us a peek into how the rest of the world lives, it also makes us appreciate more what we have back home. For busy people, traveling can help bring back equilibrium when life back home gets too stressful. Traveling with the right partner or group is the key to a perfect holiday.


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My most unforgettable experience was my trip to Paris in the fall of 2013 when the elevator of my apartment konked out for 10 days and I was on the sixth floor. I was so stressed out from climbing up and down the stairs that I got shingles. Luckily, I caught it in time and the doctor gave me medicine. It was my most miserable trip to Paris; I cut my trip short and dashed home to Manila. In the end, there’s really no place like home. However, Paris still remains my favorite destination. It is my second home.



Michaela Madrigal Eduque, student, Fordham University

When my dad suggested going to Siem Reap during one of my short school breaks, I had to admit that I was a bit hesitant, not knowing what to expect as it seemed to be the complete opposite of the big city travel experiences I was used to. But I think that the reason why I loved Cambodia so much was that it wasn’t like a big city experience. There was a certain level of beauty, solitude, and happiness in exploring the Angkor Wat temple despite it being a major tourist attraction. It was refreshing and somehow freeing to be able to go on a hot-air balloon ride and just see the open sky and endless fields of lush green, uninterrupted by skyscrapers and freeways but rather, just the occasional temple or house. And yes, I wasn’t surrounded by the big shops, museums or modern landmarks that usually give me joy in big city destinations, but I was able to get the same level of fun and satisfaction — if not more — with the nature around me, especially in befriending an elephant with a banana offers. I still am a big city girl, but I think that the reason why Cambodia is my most unforgettable travel experience is that, on top of everything, it taught me that sometimes, the most fulfilling memories happen where you least expect it. 


Timi Gomez Aquino, marketing director, Jollibee Foods Corp.-Chowking

We just celebrated 10 years since I was a delegate of the Ship for the Southeast Asian Youth Program, a cultural exchange between Japanese and ASEAN youth. We traveled the region in a Japanese cruise liner for over 45 days. It was an unforgettable opportunity to meet a diverse set of friends, live with and learn from our neighbors and even meet my would-be-life-partner, Bam.


Eloise Alba Carballo, editor in chief, Accent magazine

I love to travel so it’s hard to select one unforgettable experience. But a few months ago, I took a trip to Morocco and spent some days camping in the middle of the Sahara. The lights from the desert sky, an authentic Berber meal, and the sounds of the tribal chants made the 10-hour journey worth every step.



Karen Fabie Concepcion, equestrienne

The most unforgettable travel experience for me is my most recent trip with my family to Paris. Ton and I brought our three girls for the first time to Paris to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We had a great time together especially since it was our daughter’s first time in Europe. The sights, the food and the bonding time we had as a family will always remain special and memorable to all of us. 



Monica Zobel Urquijo, student, Goldsmiths, University of London

After two exhausting days of travels, nothing could have excited me more than seeing the Malagasy landscape from the plane window. It was an exhilarating thought that I would spend the next six weeks in the land of lemurs, moonshine, and my fellow dreadlocks- life loving-vegan co-workers researching endangered reptiles, amphibians, and lemurs. After an eight-hour truck ride, filled with chickens, bongos, Malagasy chants, go pros, and a few miscellaneous items, the research team arrived at the west coast of Madagascar. The weeks to come were packed with early morning lemur runs, tracking countless amphibians — most camouflage, may I add — and kayaking trips to remote islands. Never could have I imagined how much I ended up getting out of the trip. Madagascar will remain with me forever and was truly unforgettable.


Fe Rodriguez, businesswoman

What we have been enjoying and indulging in lately is traveling with the whole family, grandchildren included.  Being a big group means frenzied if not chaotic travel by plane, train, and car, roughing it in apartments and comfort food in charming local restaurants. But the inconveniences are made up for by quality family time together, the joy in seeing the children and grandchildren mesmerized by the beautiful sights and enriched by the cultural experiences.


Pia Ongsiako, businesswoman

Driving from Paris to Prague with my husband during a white magnificent winter, my heart and senses were overwhelmed by the experience. Our route took us through the backroads of the countryside where quaint towns offered us distinct culinary treasures and picturesque landscapes. Those memorable moments, shared with my loved one, I had never before experienced in a lifetime of traveling.  


Alicia Colby Sy, lifestyle editor, Town&Country Philippines

Two years ago, my husband and I, along with three other couples, went on an amazing tour of India. While in Rajasthan, we went on safari in Ranthambhore National Park hoping to see the celebrated Indian tiger.  There were six of us in our open jeep — a driver, guide, my husband, myself, and another couple. After driving around the reserve for over an hour we figured that we would have to go back the next day and try again as it wasn’t uncommon for people to leave the park without seeing anything.


As everyone was busy looking for a tiger, six pairs of eyes were searching in all directions. And then it happened. While parked on a dirt road, I spotted a giant, four-legged tiger walking toward our jeep. With a tiger less than 10 meters away, I couldn’t figure out why no one was reacting. For about 10 seconds I kept quiet trying to figure out if what I saw was real.  Didn’t they see it or was I hallucinating? How could they not see it? I began to doubt myself. But as the tiger was approaching the jeep I decided to call everyone’s attention as I was getting frightened at this point. “Hello! People! Huge tiger at 12 o’clock!” I shouted. Suddenly, my companions turned from all the directions they were facing and in a mad panic the driver and guide began excitedly talking in their dialect. Ecstatic, the guide started to radio all the other jeeps in the park to come to where we were to see the tiger. A sighting that closes up was extremely rare, and for me, it was just a little too close. Those tigers are huge and intimidating.


Judy Dy-Tumangan, COO, TOGRI Philippines Inc.

My husband DK and I recently visited Brazil for the World Cup. It was an experience unlike no other. The spirit of the World Cup in the land of football is incredibly thrilling. I wasn’t a big fan of the sport before the trip. But now I have football fever. Ole! 


Severine Miailhe, marketing, and communications manager, Rustan Commercial Corporation

In July 2010, my in-laws invited Edouard, the kids and I to do a boat cruise with them. It was a first for our family. We had signed up for 10 days sailing from Rome to Venice and we didn’t really know what to expect. It turned out to be our most unforgettable travel experience so far. We loved every bit of the trip. The Royal Clipper was nicer than expected. It’s the largest true full-rigged sailing ship in the world today. The itinerary was excellent; starting in Rome, then Ponza, Capri, Taormina, followed by Corfu (Greece), Kotor (Montenegro), Dubrovnic, Hvar, Rovinj (Croatia) and ending in Venice. It was a perfect vacation for all three generations with enough time for family bonding and also for every generation to enjoy their own activities. Entering the Grand Canal in Venice on this majestic sailboat is something one cannot forget. 


Beth Romualdez, food writer, book author

Last October, after a train ride from Milan to Venezia Mestre with a friend, I realized I had lost my wallet. Our driver who met us at the station advised me to report it to the police right away.  Having studied and traveled extensively in Italy, I normally could get around in my basic conversational Italian, but not a word of Italian came out as I related to the police how I lost it. In my wallet were three credit cards and cash.  Luckily, our four-day stay in Friuli Venezia was all paid for by my friend who owns a prosciutto factory. We went back to Milan at the end of our visit and heeding the advice from my friend I checked again with the police at the station if they had found my wallet.


It was obviously a shot in the dark, even as I prayed hard to San Antonio de Padua. I had no hope of recovering it. I went to the police station and lo and behold, my wallet was there with all the credit cards intact except the cash.  My wallet was not picked but it fell from my lap as I removed the contents from my body bag to get my iPod. Apparently, a fellow passenger in the first-class cabin found it on the floor and turned it over to the police. With the credit cards already canceled and without cash, all I could hope for was a smooth flight back home. Upon landing in Dusseldorf where we had a five-hour stop-over, we decided to go to the city to have lunch at a restaurant that offered the best beer and baked pig’s knuckles.


I never imagined that I could be so excited to get a VAT refund. It saved my day and it was more than enough to pay for lunch and dessert of marron glace at Neuhaus.


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Bibai Gaisano Puyat, owner, Renegade Folk Co.

My most unforgettable travel experience was when my husband and I went to Paris on our honeymoon in 2012. Aside from admiring the tourist sites, I was thrilled to discover the charming streets the city has to offer. There is something that tugs at the heart in every corner — from old architecture, quaint boutiques, sprawling parks, or you can just sit by a café and people watch.


To this day I still dream of walking the streets of  Rue de la Bûcherie. As the great author Ernest Hemingway said, “If you are lucky enough to live in Paris, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” That is exactly how I feel about Paris. I just fell in love with its beauty. I am forever changed by it.


Former Senator Migs Zubiri

My most unforgettable trip was with my wife Audrey when we went on our honeymoon to Africa in January 2006. We started in Zambia where we were able to go on the river safaris on the Zambezi River. But the highlight of it was when we went for a swim in the “Devil’s Pool,” which is a naturally formed “pool” literally on the edge of the great Victoria Falls, the largest falls in the world. 


From there, we flew to Botswana to explore the  Okavango Delta. We loved the excitement that we felt every morning as we left the camp, never knowing what surprises we would see or would happen out in the bush. It was amazing to see lions, elephants, rhinoceroses, and leopards, among others, in action in their natural habitat. We ended our trip in Cape Town, South Africa. We visited the famous sites, vineyards and enjoyed their delicious restaurants though what I will never forget is when I went diving with white sharks. It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. I look forward to returning to Africa as a family when our children are old enough, so they can experience the same unforgettable wonder and amazement we felt.



4 Surefire ways to start a conversation with your seatmate while on air.

It can be quite difficult breaking the silence as a solo traveler with your stranger seatmate while on air.


Many things could contribute to this difficulty. It could be a language barrier, cultural background or even, one of you could be an introvert who prefers to keep listening to his favorite playlist or even take a nap. Breaking the ice on this can be quite rewarding as you most likely will be meeting new people, learning new things and gaining more life experiences. Healthy conversations bring people closer, especially if they find out they share similar ideologies on certain topics.


You can boost your travel confidence with these 4 trusted conversation starter, tested to open up even the most introvert of strangers.

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The new year 2020: 5 ways to achieving your travel resolutions




It’s a brand new year with a lot of fresh fires, new energies and a wonderfully long list of expectations and goals.

As much as you would want to focus your energy on some goals, you would also want to visit some new destinations across the world. A new experience lies in wait for those who step into new lands. Perhaps, you need to complete your Master’s degree thesis this year or even complete an essential project by the middle of the year which will give you enough time to jet off to the destination of choice.

While many kinds of research have shown that a high percentage of those with a new year resolution fail to meet up due to lack of plans. The best technique known to help you achieve your new year resolution is to break your goals into smaller steps and learn to reward yourself when you achieve every bit of the small goals.

Even if you didn’t write your plans on new year’s eve, you can write out your travel resolutions now, do it now and do it easy!

With these 5 easy steps, your 2020 new year travel resolution can be achieved, and with Grandeur travels, we will help you actualize it (We’ve got your back anytime). 


1. Lock-on your location.

Just like a fighter jet pilot about to lunch a hot nuke head against an enemy jet, you “lock-on” on your destinations to visit – city, country or even continent. Write down the list of the cities you’ve always craved to visit in a long time.


2. Commit to a specific time

When in the year do you intend to go? Is it during your leave? Your birthday? Or during the Easter holiday? 

Whatever time you choose to go, mark it on your Google calendar and bring your office or family onboard about the plans. This simple step will make this goal more achievable than just pretending to write it somewhere in your busy mind. (LOL)


3. Create your agenda

What is your purpose in that destination? Do you want to visit tourist sites? Eat the best delicacies in the finest restaurants? Go on a shopping spree? Or go enjoying water sport activities? Whatever you chose to do, make sure it is what you will find interesting.


4. Dig up some dust

By now, you must have been cleared on your what, where, why and when. It’s time to know the “how.” What will it cost you to make this journey? What do you need to bring along? What other information do you need to know about the locals in your destination? The last question is quite important for lone travelers. 

There are easy ways to get this done, ask Grandeur travels.


5. Build your travel wallet.

Once the “cost” is known, from plane tickets, accommodations, food, and other essential costs, you can start to build the fund. 

You can start a saving account mainly for this purpose, and save a certain amount to meet your target. If you cut of unnecessary expenses out of your life, or find a way to earn some extra income, then your new year resolution is a goal!

Where there is a will, they say…. “there is always a way.”

Let Grandeur Travels take the stress of planning that trip off you.


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