As a traveler, visa denials can be as hurtful as  as a rejection from a love interest. Thankfully, this great world offers Kenyan passport holders beautiful visa-free destination options.


Book your tropical escape to Jamaica- a great introduction to adventure travel. Once there, hike to the top of Chateux Garden to catch extraordinary views of the South Coast and meet the friendly locals. Spend about 90 minutes Bamboo Rafting down the Martha Brae River. If animals are your thing, get up close and personal with crocodiles as they laze on the banks of the Black River.  If you love to swim, escape the hot sun with a trip to Dunn's River Falls or the YS Waterfalls; swimming in the lagoons will make your troubles fade away. Of course, you could learn from the fishing communities how catch some fish and make a meal of it but if you run out of luck, you could pump up the reggae in your rental and catch an accent. Works well, too:)



Brace yourself for tantalizing travel. Because the country is a melting pot of different cultures, expect different flavours. While there is always cutlery available, to eat as the Malays do, dig in with your right hand. Get yourself a sari or two from Little India’s stalls or travel away from the city to the 400-million-year-old Batu Caves. Marvel at architectural beauty and the intricately hand-painted batik fabric Malaysian Batik Center.

To be continued…

Whether you're a giant blue chip company or a charity organization, one thing is for sure: a little money saved could go a long way.


Here are some proven ways to manage your organization's travel spend.


Develop and implement a firm travel policy that captures well thought out per diem guidelines, reimbursement policies and spend limits.


Take up travel insurance- As you cover employees against unforeseen eventualities, you'll also be protecting the company from unplanned expenditure.


Use a consistent travel booking agent such as Incentive Travel to help control costs. Cash in on relationships already built by agents with hotel chains and airlines. 


Have your agent look out complimentary offers on breakfast, late check outs and extra nights.


Give up a star: Rather than booking top tier spots for employees, settle for middle level hotel chains that promise proximity, comfort, hygiene and good food. You know? The essentials.


No more red eye, yellowish images of your time away. It’s time to get schooled on the art of mobile photography by some of Kenya’s top snap masters.


Get Familiar: Photos from high end phones cannot be compared to those from a lower line. Make the most of the one you have by exploring it fully, advises Verona Kabesa of Pink Productions.Check the camera settings before you start shooting, and you'll feel a lot more comfortable capturing your shots!

Clean Your Lens: With all the time your phone has spent in your pocket, you are likely to spot lint and dust settled on your camera lens. Wipe off with a cotton cloth before taking your shots.

Try New Angles: Break out of the norm to give your shots some new perspective. “When doing travel photography, it doesn’t hurt to get lost on purpose in a bid to discover new pots and unseen views. Explore more!” says Steve of Kitots Photography.

Focus: Keep the main thing, the main thing, advises Patric Pato of BuzStudio. “When composing your shot, have the main occupy a third of the shot. You could have it as the centrepiece or position the subject at either ends of the frame for flair.”

Ditch The Flash: The flash on your phone flashes “is not your friend,” cautions Verona. “The probability of the subject their closing eyes is almost at 95%. They could even end up with red eyes!” When taking photos in the night, look for an alternative light source. For daytime shooting, make sure the sun is behind you, she advises.

Crop, Don't Zoom: “Zooming will cost you a lot of the fine detail on the shot and leave you with grainy looking shots. If you’re tempted to zoom in on something, use your legs and move closer to your subject,” says Joan Pereruan, Group Photo Editor at Nation Media Group

Edit, Don’t Filter: With apps like SnapSeed or iPhoto, try actual image editing options rather than slapping on unnatural tones with filters. “Filters tend to downgrade image quality…use them sparingly,” advises Joseph of Joseph Kyule Photography. With realistic adjustments, your photos will be that much more believable and better looking.

Planning a road trip for the holiday? Here are seven key considerations to make before you turn on the engine.


Juice up: Even if you’ve got the best phone in the market, be sure to carry a travel charger. Road trips can be exciting and selfies will be taken. With this little convenient gadget, you can be sure to escape the downtime wherever you are.

Hydrate: Sitting in a car can make you really dehydrated. Make sure you've packed enough water. A few home made snacks will save you on unnecessary roadside spending and give you and the children something to nibble on but nothing replaces the need for a drink. Travel mugs are great on rocky roads without adding unwanted clean up chores.

Find Relief: A pack of tissues, wet wipes, hand lotion sanitary towels will come in handy. If you’re going on the road with the baby, be sure to pack lots of extra diapers to be safe. Pack them in a wash bag for easy access.

Be Easy: Pack an iPod or a flash drive teeming with all your best jams for the road. Have a selection of uptempo sounds for the late night drives so you can keep your eyes on the road.

Keep Safe: In addition to sunscreen and mosquito repellant, a first aid kit will come handy for any unexpected injuries. Remember to also carry with you a torch with fresh batteries for when you’ll need it.

Loosen Up: Dress down in a t-shirt/vest and comfortable pants and sneakers. Give yourself a break. Your feet, for one, will thank you.

Keep It Together: Get a backpack that not only handles all your luggage but can take the abuse of tossing in and out of the car.