Author - Travel Junkie Chris

I’m Chris Corbet and I’m a Travel Junkie! Currently living in the beautiful Garden Route of South Africa (but prone to hit the road to somewhere else at any time). I’m also a travel fanatic, keen angler, photographer, tourism marketing specialist and travel writer, with a particular weakness for the great open spaces of Africa, tropical Islands and Europe’s culture and history. My writing is aimed at somewhat more mature travel fanatics and “baby boomers”, seeking to experience the sights, sounds, tastes and other delights of the world in a little more style and comfort.

Sossusvlei Namibia

Sossusvlei Road Trip

Sossusvlei Road Trip If there’s one place in Namibia that I keep going back to this is it. Sossusvlei has had a special place in my heart, ever since I first read about it in the ’80s and then experienced through the photography of the late Getaway Magazine photographer Patrick Wagner. If ever there was a physical place in the world with a soul...

Kolmanskop MIne Mangers House

Southern Namibia & Kolmanskop

Southern Namibia and Kolmanskop Namibia is a big country, very big, far bigger than you might imagine, and it has just so much variety, interesting places and even more interesting people. Taking a road trip is my all-time favourite way of seeing the country from up close, getting to meet the people who make it unique and just enjoying the space and solitude. This...

Kichanga Lodge

Zanzibar Island Beach Holiday

Spice Islands of Zanzibar Beach Holiday The first thing that hits you when emerging from the aircraft door after landing at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport on the outskirts of Zanzibar City is the humidity. Humidity and, after the short walk across the tarmac to the terminal building, chaos. I was going to say “organised chaos”, but it’s...

Shanghai’s Nanjing Road West

China For Baby Boomers

China For Baby Boomers To be quite honest, visiting China had never crossed my mind until I spent some time chatting to my globe-trotting cousin, Liz Linsell, an avid China fan and solo traveller who runs Forever Young Adventures in China – a tour agency which specialises in taking small groups of travellers to that massive country. Regaling me with tales of...

On Board Aircraft

Don’t Get Robbed at 39,000 Feet

How to Avoid Getting Robbed at 39,000 Feet Imagine the sinking feeling when you land after a long overnight flight and find that your cash, jewellery, credit cards, iPad, passport even, are missing from your carry-on baggage! You’ll probably keep going back and searching your bag again and again, just in case you missed it the first time, but eventually, the reality...

Africamps At Oakhurst Wilderness

Joining The Glamping Lifestyle

Glamping The Garden Route If you haven’t heard the word “glamping” yet, be prepared to hear it a lot more often in the future, because it’s the latest thing when it comes to camping and outdoor adventure experiences, this is doing camping in style. So What is “Glamping” Anyway? According to the good people at glamping.com (and they should know): “Glamping is where...

Fish River Canyon Sunset

Are You A Travel Junkie?

Good question that! Years ago, when I was living in a squat in the East End of London (we got away with stuff like that back in the 70’s), we had a friend, and while he was reasonably well travelled, his old mum was far from it. That lovely lady had lived her entire life in the London suburb of Bow, and had never left. Not even to visit the West End. I guess you...

Kuredu Beach Maldives

Kuredu Island Maldives

This post might be somewhat short on words, but I hope that the photos will do most of the talking, and that’s because Kuredu Island in the Maldives archipelago is just so darned photogenic. Words are pretty superfluous, don’t you think? And, it’s also because our visit was some time ago, and the finer details escape me. Getting There Most visitors...

Kalahari Road Trip

Kgalagadi: The Green Kalahari

When I think about the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, (Kgalagadi means “Land Of The Thirst” in the Khoi language) which is pretty much as far north as South Africa extends, the first thing that springs to mind is a dry, almost lifeless desert. How wrong that assumption is. After a summer of excellent rains, which were far from over, (more about that...

Best Travel Apps 2018

12 Essential Apps For Travellers

Everybody has their own idea of what counts as an essential app when travelling, I’m not talking about general apps, like Whatsapp, Gmail, online banking, or your favourite weather application here, I’m talking about apps that are dedicated to the traveller. The one exception is probably Google Maps, I use this almost daily, but as a travel companion it’s unbeatable...

Matjiesfontein Station

Matjiesfontein: Ghosts & War Stories

It was cold when we drove down the main street of Matjiesfontein, which seems as though it’s stuck firmly in the late 19th century, pulled up in the parking area in front of the Lord Milner Hotel and pushed open the huge front door, revealing a red staircase, right out of a Stephen King novel. The staff though are as helpful and welcoming as they come, and the lobby...

Clear Waters of Mallorca

Road Tripping Mallorca

Getting to Mallorca is easy, with daily flights from most European cities, we traveled from Baden Baden in Germany, a fairly short flight to the international airport at Palma and then a very long transfer by coach to our hotel. My first bit of advice would be, if you can possibly avoid the coach trip then do, it’s long and boring, stopping at several hotels...

Emirates

Emirates Business Class Experience

I’ve got to be up-front here, I’m a big fan of Emirates, have been for a good few years now, so I could be a bit biased. Their aircraft are some of the newest I’ve flown on, their crew are awesome, their flights are (mostly) on time and their food and on-board entertainment is excellent. Add in the airport lounges, that are in a class of their own...

Perybere Mauritius

Mauritius North to South

Mauritius is an increasingly popular holiday destination, and it’s not hard to understand why, a short 4 hour or so flight on Air Mauritius from Johannesburg and you’re in a completely different world. We had the good fortune of upgrading to Business Class on the outward leg which was a great start to the holiday. This visit was to celebrate our 20th...

Airbnb

Airbnb: Home Away From Home

Airbnb has changed the way that we travellers, well travel, and it’s never been easier than it is now to live the local lifestyle while on the road. The platform makes it entirely possible for you to stay in a house, apartment or beach cottage that feels like your own, in virtually any city in the world. It’s a fact that Airbnb has reduced the cost of accommodation...