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Nepalese government has recently announced to increase the visitor VISA fee for foreigners visiting Nepal. A meeting of the Cabinet last week decided immigration regulation to increase multiple-entry tourist visa fee. As per the provision, foreigners visiting Nepal on a 15-day multiple-entry tourist visa will have to pay US$ 30.00 per person by cash. Those...
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Road-tripping through the diverse state of Karnataka in the south of India is an experience I’ll never forget. I was, and still am in awe, with the natural beauty Karnataka has to offer – from Bangalore to Mysore – from Mysore to Kabini – from Kabini to Coorg. Just driving from city to city was...
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Abu Dhabi absolutely stole my heart! If you’re a fan of adventure travel with a tad of luxury, then I highly recommend you spend some time in Abu Dhabi, the political and administrative capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With its renowned flashy neighbour, Dubai, just 105 km to the north east, this vibrant...
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Whether you travel for business, or travel for the sake of travel, you are bound to become a better freelancer. Here’s what I have learned from freelancing and travelling with the Obvious Choice on their travel and incentive programmes: 1.Travel improves your planning and time management skills. Travel involves a lot of planning – from...
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Planning a trip to India very soon? We are delighted to inform you that India’s e-Visa process is now more tourist-friendly. India’s E-Tourist Visa, which was introduced in September 2014 with 46 countries, has now been made applicable for 166 countries. The government recently made a series of amendments in the e-visa regime. 1. Duration...
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They’re all over our social media feeds – the bikini clad girls – claiming to be entrepreneurs, while posing on a yacht with a coconut cocktail in the hand. “How do they do it?” you ask yourself. “Is it even possible to travel and run a full-time business, unless you are a digital nomad or...
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Machu Picchu
As part of its commitment to preserve Peru’s national heritage, the Ministry of Culture has established a schedule for visits to the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, which will enter into effect from January 1st, 2019. The new schedule composes of nine entry times, at one-hour intervals, beginning at 06:00 hours and ending at 15:00 hours....
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Feeling tired, stressed out and always focused on pleasing your family, friends and employers? You deserve a treat once in awhile too and why not go about it the authentic way – feeling more revived, rejuvenated and restored? We suggest you treat yourself to a breakaway at Neelambari Resort in the heart of India’s Kerala....
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On Monday, the 24th of September, South Africans will once again be celebrating Heritage Day. Whether you refer to it as Braai Day or Shaka Day, Heritage Day is a day where all South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their cultural heritage, different traditions and diversity of beliefs -exactly what we stand for at The...
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Peru is a rich and vibrant country in South America and has a lot to offer travellers with a taste for adventure, great food, culture and ancient history. Gerhardt and Zaritha van Wyngaardt, from Johannesburg in South Africa, recently took on an experiential journey through Peru. By the pictures they shared on their social media...
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Lebanon is a sovereign state and is officially known as the Lebanese Republic. It lies on the Mediterranean Sea, close to Cyprus. Lebanon has a rich and ancient history which is shaped by a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity. Lebanon was the home of the Canaanites (Phoenicians), whose kingdoms flourished for 1000 years...
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Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, is extremely travel-friendly. Zaritha van Wyngaardt, owner of the Obvious Choice, recently visited Ljubljana in Slovenia as part of her travel itinerary. On her first day in Ljubljana I received the following voice-note, straight from the horse’s mouth, “I am in awe, I could so live here. The art, puppetry, movies,...
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At the Hornbill Festival en route to Kaziranga
Think you’re cut out for experiential travel? Nagaland-Kaziranga may just be what you need to add to your 2018 bucket list. Owner and founder of the Obvious Choice, Zaritha van Wyngaardt, is no stranger to off-the-beaten-track destinations and experiential travel adventures. 2017 was her year of travel – serious travel. Her 2017 travels include Spain,...
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This is it! Finally, a list of seven Iranian destinations you have to visit right now. Gerhardt and Zaritha van Wyngaardt are no strangers when it comes to exploring  the world’s “off-the-beaten-track” destinations. In fact, this power-house couple from Johannesburg has a lot of experiential travel moments under the belt (trekking in Bhutan, street food...
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FEMALE TRAVELLERS ARE ON THE RISE IN CUBA AND THEY ARE MORE ADVENTUROUS THAN EVER. According to Forbes’ latest travel trends, women make 80% of all travel decisions and they now demand adventure instead of pamper-sessions. So, what happened to the whole soul-searching Eat, Pray, Love trend? Well, let’s just say that it’s been more...
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1.Nagaland is often called ‘The Switzerland of the East’ due to its incredible scenic beauty, Nagaland is bordered by Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Burma. With its diverse history and culture it has retained its untouched beauty and grandeur. 2.  To visit Nagaland is to journey through the land of the colourful tribes, visit villages, meet the...
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1. The biggest hidden secret. Ecuador is “up and coming” as a travel destination, which means it is free from mass tourism. The country is a heaven for travelers looking to discover something new and different.   2. The most amazing trip ever! Travel from Quito, the capital of Ecuador, to Otavalo, a town in the Andean...
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Whether you’re after a spiritual journey, looking for an exquisite destination far off the tourist trail, or if you’re a photographer looking for the ultimate inspiration, the below 15 photos of incredible Bhutan will make you want to plan a trip asap! Have a look at our summarised Bhutan trip itinerary over here, or fill...
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10 Reasons to visit Bhutan
This is a once in a lifetime trip! Do you want to know more, or get the full itinerary? Complete the form below and we will send you all the details. 10 REASONS TO VISIT BHUTAN 1. An utterly unique travel destination. One of the best aspects of visiting Bhutan is that it’s a place...
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10 Reasons to visit Ladakh
Ladakh is a once in a lifetime trip! Do you want to know more, or get the full itinerary? Complete the form below and we will send you all the details. 10 Reasons to Visit Ladakh You’ll find soulful, undisturbed beauty For the adventurous, scale the lofty heights of the Himalayas Ladakh is affordable. Spend...
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4 Wonders of India and Bhutan
The four most incredible places to visit in India - Kerala, Bhutan, Ladakh and Nagaland.
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Owner and founder of the Obvious Choice, Zaritha van Wyngaardt, spent one day in Auroville during her India journey in March this year. She was accompanied by her husband, Gerhardt van Wyngaardt.
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“IT’S LIKE A GIANT SANDCASTLE IN THE HEART OF THE THAR DESERT.” – ZARITHA VAN WYNGAARDT   In the heart of the Thar Desert in India’s Rajasthan, lies a princely state distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture, Jaisalmer (The Golden City). The Jaisalmer Fort which dominates the city’s skyline was built in 1156AD by Rawal Jaisal, the Rajput ruler....
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BEAUTY FOR ASHES. Once again, the Obvious Choice not only brings you beauty for ashes, but happiness and highlights from the recent Holi Festival in Hampi, India. Hampi, once ruined for its beauty, is now an official beautiful ruined city declared as a UNESCO world heritage site. Hampi is situated on the banks of the...
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THE FUTURE IS NOW. Set in the UAE, 17 km south-east from Abu Dhabi, is the world’s finest functioning eco-city, Masdar City. Initiated in 2006, construction for this planned city project began in 2008 by Masdar, a subsidiary of the Mubadala Development Company. Masdar City was designed by Foster and Partners with a view to...
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Spain is sexy. End of discussion. Spain is renowned for producing the world’s most attractive sports’ stars – on and off the field (Rafa Nadal and the Spanish Football Team), however, this is not where the “sexy” stops. Nope, it gets served to you – on a plate, a platter, a table, a glass and...
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