Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Travelife Magazine's April-May 2013 issue. Everything you need to know for a great weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Good afternoon from pretty chilly Tokyo.

Travelife Magazine's wonderful summer issue (April-May 2013) has been on sale since last week, and I really hope you get a copy at the bookstore as soon as possible.

It's a whopper of an issue.

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As always, it's an issue that's more labor of love than commercial enterprise.

Travelife is the country's leading travel & lifestyle publication, but it's way more than a magazine.

It's a wonderful way of living life and thinking about life, based on the idea that Travel and Life are inseparable.

REAL CONTENT. SERIOUS EDITING.



Lots of people ask me what makes Travelife Magazine different from other magazines.

It's simple.

First, we have great content, which we really work hard at. I personally go through every word, every line, every page and every layout to cut out the fluff and make sure the essence of each travel experience is conveyed to our readers.

REAL TRAVELERS. GREAT STORIES.



Second, our team is composed of people who are real, and really passionate travelers.

Yes, they're travelers first, and writers second.

All our contributing editors have been exploring the world for a very long time, and each in his unique way. They'd still be doing this, too, and traveling in their exact unique way, whether they're writing for Travelife or not.

ONE OF OUR BEST ISSUES EVER.



This issue is our thickest one yet, and it's certainly one of our best. I keep saying this, but it's true. Travelife just keeps getting better and better.

Travelife's April-May 2013 issue covers many exotic destinations that are often bypassed for their more famous sisters.


MOROCCO in our April-May 2013 issue




VIETNAM in our April-May 2013 issue



OTHER SIDES TO JOHANNESBURG 



Take Johannesburg in South Africa, for example.

Many travelers consider Johannesburg merely a stopover on the way to Cape Town or to a safari lodge.

However, on a recent visit, we discovered enough gems in this city with quite a violent reputation to fill 18 pages.

Yes, Travelife Magazine put together everything you need to know for a quality weekend of sightseeing in Johannesburg and its environs.

Look no further than this issue for the most current and complete information.

Travelife Contributing editor Jerome Velasco planned the whole sightseeing itinerary for this long weekend of no sleep in Johannesburg.

It was certainly a marathon schedule -- but a fun one -- that began with a ticking clock exactly one hour after checking into the hotel.

A MARATHON WEEKEND




Jerome's elaborate plan involved trying to fit the following into 40 hours:

- Sightseeing over a distance of 500 kilometers
- A breakfast with a giraffe
- Champagne cocktails by an infinity pool
- A boat ride down a tunnel

Oh yes, and four cities, a springbok lunchthree major museums and three luxury hotelstwo fine dining dinners, and even a balloon ride over the vast plains where man originated from.

IT'S CALLED REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY...

Everyone said he shouldn't do it this way, but I think that just made Jerome more determined to do so.

"This didn't stop two intrepid world travelers from pursuing their style of touring," he wrote.

It was more like his style of touring, actually, but that's beside the point.

By the way, the driver he'd hired was just about ready to drop, at the end of it all, after 40+ hours with Travelife; but Jerome certainly enjoyed the marathon sightseeing and Johannesburg immensely.

In his article, he wrote: "Cape Town is the pretty blonde girl in a bikini who everyone wants to see, while Johannesburg is the one with personality that you inevitably find yourself drawn to speaking to." Or something very interesting -- and accurate -- like that.

A CELEBRITY CHEF 
COOKS A DINNER FOR TRAVELIFE

In this same April-May 2013 issue, Jerome also writes about a dinner at Five Hundred, currently Johannesburg’s top restaurant.

At Five Hundred, celebrity chef David Higgs gave Travelife a delicious preview of his cooking just days before the official opening.



This was after the marathon sightseeing, by the way.

We said hello to David Higgs in his half-done kitchen loaded with crates of wine glasses and still unopened boxes, and then enjoyed a dinner full of refinement and creativity in a makeshift venue nearby.

It was something like eight delicious courses, after 40 hours and almost no sleep in Johannesburg, living a Travelife.

REMEMBERING APARTHEID



Travelife Magazine is not just a magazine with articles on sightseeing. We really believe that Travel and Life are interconnected and inseperable.

To complete this special on Johannesburg, we snagged an interview with South African Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, one of the country's top officials, who described South Africa now and shared his poignant memories of life under an apartheid regime.

This put a different perspective on our Travelife experience in Johannesburg.

SO MANY OTHER PLACES IN THIS ISSUE

Read about beautiful Fez,
and so many other amazing destinations
in Travelife Magazine's April-May 2013 issue.
On sale everywhere now.

We feature so many other destinations in this special issue including Morocco, Bali, TokyoVietnam, Bangkok and several beautiful places in the Philippines.

I'll be explaining them one by one in future blog entries.




For now, let me share with you how putting this heavyweight issue together made me realize that every place is an attractive destination in a Travelife, if you arrive with an open mind and enthusiastic energy for discovery and adventure. 

So read our magazine for inspiration and then start packing for your own version of a never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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