MAPS MAPONYANE ON TRAVELLING THE WORLD
TV personality Maps Maponyane is the ultimate globetrotter. The presenter is currently in Istanbul with Turkish Airlines and took to his Instagram page to share gorgeous snaps of himself touring the historical city.
Here are a few of his top travel tips:
How do you prepare for an international trip?
I usually just find out the season where I’m going, research the things to see and do ahead of time. Speak to friend’s that may have been so I have their recommendation and try keep my experience more of that of a local than a tourist. The charm and magic always lies in the places unsaid and in the eyes the locals.
Must pack item?
Running / comfortable walking shoes.
What were the top 5 things you needed to pack for this trip to Istanbul?
Swimming shorts, running shoes, sunglasses, hats and a good attitude. (You literally don’t need anything else during a Turkish Summer).
Which country stands high on your bucket list?
Singapore, Bora Bora, Bali, Argentina.
What are your top travel tips?
Plan ahead and know what you’re going to see, be open to anything, download the country’s local language on Google translate so that you can always communicate. Anything can happen with cards so make sure you always have enough cash on you just in case. Spend as much time on foot as you can, that’s how you find the hidden gems and really get to see a city.
What’s your travel style?
For the summer time, probably ‘Resort Cool’.
What’s on your travel playlist?
Sjava, James Blake, Travis Scott, Masego, Caribou, Kendrick Lamar and some Rhye remixes.
Some travelling hacks, which is generally not known by people?
Travel light if you’ll be city hopping – some airlines make it difficult to bring on heavy luggage. Always ask for the possibility of an upgrade upon check in at your hotel, you just never know. By transport tickets (train, bus etc.) in advance to save costs. Take a power bank with you. Roll clothes for more space to pack.
You never know what you might find with an open mind. (I just made that up and I love it).
Turkish Airlines, of course! I mean have you seen their Business Class offering?