Cape Town Day Trip: Exploring The Cape Peninsula with BazBus

Cape Town Day Trip: Exploring The Cape Peninsula with BazBus

Cape Town is a fantastic introduction to Africa from a Western city. If you're making your first foray to a continent which, let's face it, can be a little scary for unseasoned travelers, a great place to start is in "The Mother City". Perhaps the most Westernized city in all of Africa, Cape Town has a modern infrastructure for public transit (although we were super hyped to Uber again!), an interesting and varied foodie scene (after being in East Africa for two months, we brunched at our earliest opportunity), and some of the most beautiful scenery of any city in the world within city limits (Table Mountain and Lions Head, I'm looking at you).  I continually compared South Africa to California; working in that analogy, Cape Town is San Francisco. Hilly, neighborhood-y, progressive, and offering day trips to some of the most beautiful areas in the country. 

We were lucky enough to partner with BazBus, a local company who has been shuttling backpackers around the beautiful South African coast at decent prices for over two decades for our entire time in the country, and one activity we couldn't help but indulge in was their Cape Peninsula Day Tour from Cape Town. While a lot of companies offer tours of the Cape Peninsula, we found BazBus to be one of the most affordable, and we knew we would get great service with like-minded travelers. Almost all of our fellow tourists were backpackers in our age range, and it was a great way to meet some new friends for our time in Cape Town. TRUTH ALERT: Did we hang out that night with the couple we met on the tour after exchanging emails and promising to grab drinks later? NOPE. We went to sleep early instead. We're the coolest.

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Ostia Antica: The Perfect Rome Day Trip

Ostia Antica: The Perfect Rome Day Trip

Rome has a ton of old shit in it. There are thousand-year-old ruins awaiting your eyeballs literally around every corner, and you can't swing a porchetta without hitting the facade of a beautiful cathedral built when the years only had three digits. Looking for paintings that came from the hands of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? They're all over Rome, many of them in off-the-beaten-path churches and piazzas strewn throughout the Eternal City. But if you're interested in learning what life was like for Ancient Romans, your options are limited to The Roman Forum and a few other small sites throughout the city, as most of what remains from centuries past is constrained to the two G's of Ancient Rome-God or Government. If you're interested in what your average Orange Julius did on the daily, you're going to have to take a day trip, and most people will take the 2.5 hour, €60 train down to Pompeii. Then they'll pay €20 to enter the archaeological site, or maybe even spend up to €100 on a private tour, and that doesn't make sense if you're on either a time or money budget when you're in Rome. If you're on a trip to Rome with no budgets, by all means, spend your time in Pompeii, and also let's be best friends. But for most, a day trip to Pompeii is unnecessary when they could have gone to Ostia Antica

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