Travel Ideas Magazine, issue 60

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There’s a little bit of narcissism in all of us. For those of you who don’t know the true meaning of the word, here’s what Google says: “Narcissism is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one’s idealised self-image and attributes.” The term originated from Greek mythology, where the young Narcissus fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water.

And today’s social media platforms let us milk our inner narcissist. Selfies galore, and man do we want our friends to see us when we’re on holiday! A gazillion close-ups of ourselves at sunset on a tropical beach or in our snow gear raising a toast to those poor buggers sitting at home.

Today’s selfie-obsessed world pays homage to our narcissistic selves, and is really part of each individual’s inner pursuit (although we don’t like to admit it) of creating an idealised self-image and hopefully making the viewer just a little bit envious. And hey, why not? When we’re on holiday we like to boast the fact. We’re luckier than you! Now, I’m saying this with a smile on my face because I do it myself, and haven’t we all? My point is that being on holiday is a highlight in anyone’s life. And we want everyone to know how happy we are. So instead of feeling left out because Sally and John have posted pictures of themselves next to the Eiffel Tower and are creating memories to last a lifetime, read through this issue of Travel Ideas and start the dream of your own incredible journey.

From winging it through the bustle of eastern Europe on a hop-on-hop-off bus, to finding solitude in the vast open spaces of the Arctic. Or take your family to a game lodge in the Eastern Cape or even to a ski resort in the north of France.

If your sheckles have dried up, have a look at our 10 most affordable destinations which will get us poor, suffering South Africans on a wonderful overseas holiday for less than you think. Closer to home are the largely undiscovered secrets of the Northern Cape, where waterfalls meet arid landscapes and peace and tranquility prevails. And check how happy Vladi Wessels is on our last page, I loved receiving that short piece from one of our most loyal readers! Having said that, if you want to submit a short story and a few pictures of one of your latest escapades, drop me an email and we’d be more than happy to spread your news.

Here’s wishing you happy and safe travels to whichever part of the world you may go.

Guy

 

Guy Hawthorne

Managing Editor

guy@travelideas.co.za

 

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