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Going on adventures makes people happy, smart and attractive

Written by Jessica Lohmann

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been thinking about gift giving a lot lately. Maybe because the holidays are upon us. Maybe because as I’m writing this, it’s Thanksgiving in America and I am thinking about what I am especially thankful for. Or maybe it’s because I’m reminiscing about my family vacation in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe this past summer


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The plane ticket to Johannesburg was our family Christmas present last year. I felt like an excited child doing my Snoopy dance in the living room after receiving the flight confirmation. Africa, here we come!

It was by far the most amazing vacation I’ve ever experienced!


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But it’s over and now I’m back home, wondering what to get my family for Christmas this year. For decades, I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of stuff in our home (seriously, our garage can’t handle anymore!) and limit buying physical presents because frankly, we don’t NEED them! And I’ve tried to convince my computer engineer husband that my flip phone is just fine. But that didn’t work either.

However, last year, we managed to do it and I want to keep that groove on!

Experiences, Not Material Things, Make People Happier


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Why have so many people given up their corporate career to become travel bloggers? Investing in experiences actually makes you happier, according to Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University. Going on adventures even makes you smarter, stronger and more attractive. Listen up.

Memories are priceless. You enjoy talking about them, not about your things. It’s what bonds us with our loved ones. It’s what brings us together and that’s what Christmas is about, not buying presents.

Give the Gift of Adventure this Christmas


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Of course we won’t ever stop buying presents because the act of giving is amazing. It makes you feel good to bring joy to others.

But this year, when you think about Christmas presents, think about what you can experience together with your loved ones. Where are you going on vacation next year?

How about a trip to Africa?

Safari With Us is offering you a gift of a 5% discount off their Garden Route Tour and donated $5 for every booking before December 25th to DAKTARI Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage.


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About Safari With Us

Safari With Us arranges ethical and memorable safari, wildlife & adventure tours throughout Southern Africa. Whether you are a backpacker on a budget, an adventurous daredevil or a luxury traveler seeking a more comfortable stay, we customize tours that fit your personal style.

Safari With Us

Safari With Us is an ethical tour operator based in Johannesburg. We customise memorable safari, wildlife and adventure tours in Southern Africa and cater to all types of travellers: adventure, luxury, backpacker, group, solo, and more!

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