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Preparation for a Robben Island swim must include cold water acclimatisation. Regular dips in the cold waters off the Cape coast or swimming through a Joburg winter, in an outside pool, are essential for both body and mind preparation.
That old adage ‘the world is your oyster’ has never rung more true. Flights link once remotedestinations, luxury trains add opulence and romance to cross-country routes, and indulgent cruises have become as popular and easy to plan as that annual road trip, especially for those who travel on an unlimited budget.
Like a bedazzled crown of the Indian Ocean, an incredible 1 200 islands sparkle in the warm waters off the coast of Sri Lanka. Of them all, only 200 islands are inhabited by local Maldivians and nearly 100 islands have been developed as tourist resorts, the remaining are entirely uninhabited.