Ultimate Bucket List Trip: South Africa

South Africa
If you could take one vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? South Africa was my family’s top choice.

Because I have written a lot on the topic of once-in-a-lifetime vacations, adventures, and “Bucket List” experiences, I’ve been blessed to be able to visit some of the most interesting places in the world, from Ibiza to Dublin to skydiving and skiing in the Swiss Alps, and thinking about all of the places I’ve been, I realize how hard it is to top South Africa.

The main reason people tend to go on vacation to Africa is to go on safaris and see all the wild animals the massive content offers. But, South Africa offers far more to see and do than “just” safaris. In South Africa, you really can have it all – and with the favorable exchange rate and cost of living, it is a bargain, especially for food, drinks, and shopping! What was even better than all of this? The impeccable service. We stayed at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa during our time in Cape Town, and were treated like nothing less than royalty.

Cape Town, South Africa

While the quality of wildlife might be equaled in other places, the quality of the experience is not: South Africa has by far the best collection of luxury safari lodges. We stayed at the private game reserve of Kapama Karula. We had our own personal waiter for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as our own game ranger and tracker for all 5 days!

Kapama Karula

Cape Town, South Africa Kapama Karula

Going to Africa was most definitely the best experience – and trip, I’ve ever had. There are not enough words to explain how incredible our two weeks in South Africa were, but here’s a recap video of our trip that could give you just a little glimpse. As well as the day by day itinerary we had!

South Africa

South Africa from rebecca fernandez on Vimeo.

Dinner at The Harbour House in the V&A Waterfront

Table Top Mountain
Abseiling 130 meters then hiked back up
Long Street & Kloof Street
Dinner at Azure

Breakfast at Old Biscuit Mill
The Winelands, Stellenbosch region
-Rust en Vrede vineyeard
-Delaire-Graff vineyeard
-Lanzerac vineyard

Great White Shark Cage Diving
12 Apostles Spa
Dinner at The Butcher Shop & Grill

Cape Point
Cape of Good Hope
Boulder’s Beach- Penguin Colony

V&A Waterfront
Dinner at The Test Kitchen
(7-course tasting menu and a wine pairing, #28 restaurant in the world)

Wednesday through Saturday:
Kapama Karula Private Game Reserve


COACHELLAWhat do you get when you put hundreds of thousands of people clad in a mixture of boho chic and hipster attire in a desert over a two-weekend span to party to all types of music?

You get one of the most popular festivals in the world—COACHELLA!

This year was my first time going to Coachella. Although, I’d heard about how amazing the experience is, I had no real expectations when I first arrived in the desert. The less expectations the better, right? Well… it was even more than I could have imagined!

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Fooq’s Miami

Fooq's MiamiIt’s been exactly a year since I left to study abroad in Florence, Italy. Reminiscing on the four incredible months I had there, I couldn’t help but miss all the restaurants that tasted like a first-class destination, but made me feel completely at home. So, to recreate the feeling, I made my way over to Fooq’s Miami. This restaurant aims to serve “Feel Good Food” in an urban, yet distinctly cozy setting.

Restaurant owner, David Foulquier, named the resturant Fooq’s because it ” is inspired by the nickname given to Foulquier’s family home growing up, known amongst friends as a staple meeting place with an open-door policy,” per a release. As for the food, it’s “farm-to-table, international feel-good cuisine” with an “eclectically-curated menu of homemade dishes.”


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Talk about #HairGoals

IGK SALON SLSIf you’re like me, you’ve been lusting over all those beachy, bedhead-looking haircuts that have been all over Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook these days. After endless tries to duplicate these hair goals I see all over the internet, I decided to treat my hair to a day of luxury at an Instagram-famous salon.

I’ve been following an Instagram account for the past year who is actually a girl I knew growing up. Little did I know that @thefashionisa wouldn’t just be a friend I had 100 mutual friends with, and someone I knew that decided to go to beauty school; but an actual hair goddess that I am forever grateful for (even if I just started going to her in November).

When I finally realized how much I needed to get my hair back to looking more natural and Pinterest perfect, I called Isa at IGK Salon at SLS and made my first appointment.


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Ace Your Finals With These Study Hacks

December is 95% of the world’s favorite month. I mean, who doesn’t love Christmas trees, presents, and the somewhat chilly weather. But the month of December also comes with something we all hate. It’s Finals time. The papers, tests, and projects we have been procrastinating for months are just around the corner. Waited until the last minute to study for Finals? Don’t sweat it. I’ve got you covered with the best study tips that will help you pass your exams so you can head off to winter break relaxed and still having your perfect GPA. So just like Finals week…let’s not waste any time!Luvo Learn


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