South Africa: Lively Cities and Safari
The cities of South Africa are always animated and buzzing… Cape Town instils vigor in you…as do the cheerful locals; the nightlife is fantastic and this cosmopolitan jewel will keep you wanting more. The Cape of Good Hope--the southernmost point of the African continent, which Bartholomew Diaz sailed around over 500 years ago--still retains all its mystery and beauty.
Overlooking Cape Town, Table Mountain, so-called because when clouds come in over the city, they spread across the top of the mountain like a tablecloth, can be seen by air or land long before you hit the city. A trip to South Africa wouldn't be complete without a safari in Kruger National Park, a world-renowned sanctuary of wild nature. And Drakensberg, close to Lesotho, provides some of the most magnificent vistas on the planet.
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South Africa Fast Facts
Language: English, and many native languages
Location: At the southern tip of Africa
Climate: Mostly semiarid, subtropical along the east coast; sunny days, cool nights
Country Code: 27
Time Zone: GMT+2
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Winter is nigh in North America. Bitter cold, ice storms, flurries, and blizzards are on their way. These are the months spent indoors, staring out at grey skies, pining for spring. But there are places where the sun is shining right now, temperatures are going up, and it’s already beach season.
- Take a Different View of the World—And Get Paid for it
Posted on September 26, 2013 by Caroline Maryan
I love to travel. And I try to live like a local when I visit new places. Of course, it takes time to discover how the locals live. Some people are really good at doing research before they arrive. I prefer to scout out my new neighborhood and figure things out as I go along. One trick that makes this both fun and rewarding is to carry a camera. Putting the camera up to my eye slows me down and helps me see the details.
If you’re looking for a laidback lifestyle in a tropical paradise then Roatan, the largest of the Honduran Bay Islands, fits the bill. Just a two-hour direct flight from Houston or Miami it’s the kind of place where dressing up means wearing flip flops.
It’s probably one of the last places most North Americans would think about investing, but the single best investment you make for the next decade could be to buy Africa. There are important reasons why African stocks are set to richly reward buy-and-hold-style investors. But the main reason is simply this: Africa is where the growth is. The continent’s economy has been growing at about 6% over the last decade. And it is expected to match that pace over the next several years.
Nestling under Table Mountain’s massive sandstone bulk, often draped in a wispy “tablecloth” of cloud, Cape Town is South Africa’s most attractive city, enjoying a Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers and cooler winters.
- World Cup Fever on International Living’s Facebook Page
Posted on June 14, 2010 by Grant Perry
We’ve got worldcup fever and are celebrating the diversity of this truly world sporting event on our Facebook page.
Snow, sleigh-bells, mistletoe—or the beach? Christmas doesn’t always have to mean a gaggle of relatives, too much eggnog, and bulky winter coats. This year, why not relax in a hammock, with a cocktail and the soothing sun?
- Why Your Portfolio Needs Diversification into Foreign Currencies
Posted on October 27, 2009 by Chuck Butler
To protect your portfolio from today’s “falling dollar,” you should diversify into assets like foreign currencies and precious metals. Here’s why this makes sense.
- Help rebuild the Great Wall of China…and other volunteer adventures in the natural world
Posted on December 26, 2007 by Lynn Mulvihill
The world’s longest man-made structure—stretching more than 4,000 miles—China’s Great Wall also ranks among the World’s 100 Most Endangered Sites. Beyond its restored areas—those that are most-visited by tourists—hundreds of miles lie in disrepair. Volunteer vacationers are sought to help clean and rebuild sections of the wall where restoration projects are already underway.
In this issue we present our annual Quality of Life Index. The U.S. looks like a pretty good choice for retirees. That’s good news, now that the collapsing dollar makes the rest of the world so much more expensive. Still, Vicki and I choose to live abroad. We’re Americans, but since 1981 (except for brief periods in Austin, Texas and in Las Vegas in the 1990s), we’ve lived overseas. Why? We have a spirit of adventure, the key to a quality retired life abroad.
Why look at Africa as an investment destination? Because it’s the last remaining emerging market investment frontier. If you missed investing in the Philippines in the 1980s and the Southeast Asian “Tiger economies” in the 1990s, this might just be your last chance to get in on a ground-floor opportunity.
South Africa is known for its world-famous safaris, but in Cape Town, you’ll find a fun-filled roster of activities for the more active or extreme. Join Laura Sheridan as she takes you through Four Extreme Adventures In Cape Town.
- The World According To International Living—25 Places To Watch In 2005
Posted on May 1, 2005 by International Living
The world according to International Living: Where should you be thinking about spending your time and your money right now? Following are the top 25 places on our radar screen:
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