South Africa Sightings – Jessica Griscavage

Days 8 & 9: Singita Boulders Sabi Sand

The rest of day 8 was completely amazing with elephant sightings. For such a massive animal they are incredibly quiet and graceful. It was a fabulous way to end our game drives.
Day 9 starting with a 5:00 wake up call – which is no issue when you are greeted with a tray of coffee.  I had one last look out of my tent and headed for my final drive in the Timbavati region. The temperature drop was incredible. The day prior it was almost 100 degrees and I was freezing in this drive. The morning started out a little slow and then… the most fabulous leopard sighting. I didn’t think it could get better than our first sighting but seeing this leopard on the prowl was insane! We were so incredibly close and I have to say a bit nervous for the first time. A fantastic way to end our time at Tanda Tula.
So like most Travel Agents we were then off to do sight inspections. Although…. I have never done them by helicopter before. We met our pilot at the air strip and then flew to Royal Malewane and Tintswalo – both so special. We made our final flight to Singita Boulders which is nothing but spectacular. We had time for one more game drive of the day. It was amazing how different the topography was in just a few hundred miles. This area has had some storms and is becoming green.

Our first major sighting were two incredible lionesses. The females are absolutely stunning and regal.  For me, more impressive than the males.  We watched them rest, hunt, rest, hunt… and we left them. They were too exposed to the impalas that they were hunting so they decided to take a nap. I like the way they think.
  
We moved on to spot a massive heard of buffalo (amazing) and then another (OMG) leopard sighting. This leopard was lying in the tree for a lazy rest. Then our tracker noticed the zebra carcass in the same tree that she brought up to the top to protect from hyenas and other prey stealing her catch. She was happy and full and was just a perfect way to call it a night for this drive. Driving back to the camp we saw the same two lionesses looking for “dinner”. I have a feeling it probably happened tonight.
We had about 30 minutes to freshen up for a fabulous wine tasting (now you really feel bad for me). They only serve South African wines here which of course is very fitting and of course now I have my new favorites. The night ended with an amazing dinner, great company and memories of the most surreal day of my life.
Read more about Jessica’s Journey at: http://jessicagriscavagejourneys.blogspot.com/.

True luxury in Orlando! – Damian McCabe and Jessica Griscavage

McCabe World Travel advisors Damian McCabe and Jessica Griscavage had the pleasure of visiting the brand new Four Seasons Orlando last month. Located just outside the Magic Kingdom and within close proximity of Epcot, the Four Seasons Orlando is a fantastic choice for the luxury traveler. This resort is perfect for families of all ages with a splash area, teen pool, water slides, game room and a quiet adult only pool. And don’t forget the Kids For All Seasons program which is a fabulous complimentary program with loads of activities for children in a fun and exciting environment. Fabulous spa and world-class golf for Mom and Dad!

Aerial @ FS Orlando

Being on Disney property we can arrange all of your park tickets and assist with the My Disney Experience where you will receive your customized wrist band and can plan out your day with the time saving Fast Passes.  We experienced the Disney VIP guide where we were whisked right into the park, no lines and learned some fabulous Disney history.  We had a special meet and greet with the “Mouse” himself and an unforgettable lunch in Cinderella’s Castle.  No Disney trip is complete without a ride on the Tower of Terror and Splash Mountain!

View @ FS Orlando

We’d suggest a 4 to 5 day stay in Orlando to be able to enjoy the resort and all that Disney has to offer.

Remember as a guest of McCabe World Travel at the Four Seasons Orlando  you’ll receive valuable amenities with our compliments, as a proud member of Virtuoso!

Room @ FS Orlando

 

 

Hey Seoul Sister – Beth Jenkins

I was so excited for my 24 hour Seoul Stopover and the South Korean capital totally delivered. Now most of my clients aren’t asking me to send them to Seoul, but the non stop IAD-ICN flight is a popular one for connections to other Asian destinations like Kuala Lumpur and Bali. Many times an overnight in Seoul is required … but even if it is not a forced overnight, I’m about to tell you why you should consider spending some time in the city.
Seoul is clean, safe, modern, and cultural. It’s a big city but easy to navigate. If you stay on the North side of the city at a hotel like the Grand Hyatt, you’re in walking distance to Itaewon (many shops and restaurants), Namsam mountain for walking, and the palaces. Streets and the metro are impeccably clean and the metro is very easy to navigate. It even gives you back your change after your ride if you don’t use the full fare (unlike DC which leaves you with a card with $0.35 on it!). There is very little crime in Seoul and walking around as a female traveling alone (both during the day and at night) I never once felt nervous or uncomfortable.  South Koreans are very kind and basically go about their business and I never felt like I was sticking out or calling attention as a tourist.  There are also many Americans in Seoul both for business and due to the large Army base here.
Gyongbokgung Palace
Gyongbokgung Palace

The Itaewon area is a shopping/dining district but is fairly commercial with lots of American and international chains.  However there are also plenty of boutiques and local restaurants and international cuisine. Since I arrived in the evening and realized I forgot my make-up (#wishIwasjoking #firstworldproblems) I was glad to be walking distance to Itaewon and thank God for Olive Young (Korean ULTA). After a little shopping and exploring I had a Korean dinner of bulgogi for one and then headed back to the Grand Hyatt to get some sleep and get my body in this time zone.

Namdaemun Market
Namdaemun Market

The next day I headed to Namdaemun Market with all kinds of stalls where you can find anything from pantyhose to purses. The market is located right at the Namdaemun gate which is the only remaining gate of the original 7 gates to the old imperial city. The gate was harmed by an arsonist in recent years but has been well restored. From there you can walk north up the main boulevard and you’ll find the Deoksugung Palace on your left, and finally the Gyongbokgung Palace at the head of the boulevard.  It’s very cool to see these traditional imperial palaces right in the middle of modern Seoul. And while the guards are as straight-faced as those at Buckingham Palace, you can have your picture taken with them … I think throwing up the peace sign is a requirement for posing for photos here.

Not to mention the amazing food. My neighborhood in DC boasts one of the best and most authentic Korean restaurants in DC so I was really looking forward to the real deal. Korean food is spicy, but not too spicy, extremely flavorful, and lots of veggies. Bibimbap and bulgogi are favorite dishes, and many restaurants bring your meat right to the table with a built in grill and you cook it right there to your liking.

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Finally I have to say a word about how I got here… on the Korean Air IAD-ICN nonstop.  It’s awesome to get halfway across the world in just under 15 hours. The plane is spacious and the service of the Korean crew was wonderful.  This was my first time flying business class on a long haul flight (and probably my last for a while!)…but the flat bed is the best thing ever.

So thankful for this opportunity for a quick Seoul Stopover… I hope to be back! Now off to Kuala Lumpur!

 

 

 

 

 

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