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Brian Berkman has been in the communications industry for more than 20 years as journalist and PR professional. He is the founder of PR-Net, a peer network for communications professionals, past chair of the Sea Point Ratepayers Association and current chair of Cape Peninsula University of Technology's PR Industry Advisory Board. He assists clients with PR campaigns and writes about dining out and luxury travel for Bizcommunity and many others. Follow BrianBerkmanZA on Twitter or go to www.BrianBerkman.com or email .
[Brian Berkman] She may be an '80s gal, but The Peninsula All-Suite-Hotel is in the process of a R6m nip and tuck that will bring back everything we loved about Dallas and Dynasty to Sea Point's beachfront.
[Brian Berkman] Having a constant supply of water is what drew people to Prince Albert in the Karoo 250 years ago and it is one of the many reasons to visit now. Seeing water flow freely in channels in front of all the houses brings a cool idea to the usually hot Karoo.
[Brian Berkman] It probably won't be pristine for very much longer as Rio Tinto, the mining company that is extracting ilmenite and zircon from Fort Dauphin on Madagascar's most South Easterly coast, exploits the earth and paves the roads in return.
[Brian Berkman] Don't fool yourself into thinking you can avoid being bitten by mosquitoes in Madagascar. Even though I took all the possible precautions - long-sleeved shirts that button to the collar, slathered anti-moz cream, sprays from head to toe and slept under nets - I still got zapped.
[Brian Berkman] Be it the fault of the song One Night in Bangkok or Patpong Road in the big city, talk Thai massage and most people start to snigger into their sleeves making jokes about happy endings.
[Brian Berkman] Having the right gear when you travel is about as essential as having a valid passport. I always seem to schlep more with me on a trip than I need and on our recent trip to Madagascar with Jenman Safaris we were asked to limit check-in luggage to one soft bag weighing less than 20kg.
[Brian Berkman] Having the right travel gear can make or break a trip. I'm luggage obsessed and have destination-specific baggage that, as someone that travels as much as I do, means wardrobes jammed with cases for every occasion.
[Brian Berkman] I couldn't have been more wrong about Pearl Valley. I had dismissed an earlier invitation out of hand when I was still too fat and unfit to walk around a golf estate and the thought of visiting one held no appeal whatsoever.