Best travel destinations

Travel easy

Everyone I know travels or has a desire to travel. It is easier than ever before to hop on a plane and visit a new place. Best travel destinations and cheap flights are what most people search for online.

The affordability of flights and accommodation is the deciding factor for most people. There are many countries that were previously avoided because of political unrest or crime. Many of these countries have now become prime locations with a low cost of living and very safe to explore.

Best travel destinations
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Best travel destinations

For most countries that were hit hard during the recession, tourism has been their saving grace. South and Central America are high on people’s lists because of affordability and the warm reception they get.

Best travel destinations like countries in South East Asia are enjoying strong economies due to creating a tourist-friendly atmosphere.

Demographics

Travelers of all ages are flying more often. With the massive increase in location independent workers, people are moving around more frequently. Many school levers are moving from place to place, averaging a stay of 3 months at a time.

International travel is growing but domestic travel in the USA is becoming very common for young and old alike. Affordable flights are making peoples’ dreams of travel become a reality.

Working from anywhere

As the digital nomad culture expands across the globe so does the demand for low cost, exotic destinations. The general requirements are good climate, affordability, plenty of activities and fast internet. Co-working spaces are popping up all over the world, providing a place to get their work done in a suitable environment.

This growing trend of working while you travel has helped increase the demand for quality hotels and other accommodation. Competition is at an all-time high among the various hotel groups.

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Exciting times

Best travel destinations are on everyone’s lips. Travel is no longer exclusively for the rich. People from all walks of life are relocating or experiencing slow-travel. People are using their visitor visas to the maximum time allowed in a specific country. In many cases, a border run to a neighboring country will be required to extend visas. This often involves a cheap flight or overnight hotel stay.

These are exciting times. If you have not yet found the right opportunity to explore your world, then this is your chance. Don’t procrastinate, life is short.

Best travel destinations and travel related links on vhawker.com, plus many other interesting products that will undoubtedly add value to your life.

Thank you for your time. I hope to hear about your hopes, dreams and travel experiences in the commentary section.

Stay well,
Robert ( aka Cape Trader )

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Save our Trees

What is happening to our trees?

Deforestation is a global problem. The destruction of our oxygen source is taking place all over the planet. The problem is not just in the Amazon rainforest but on every continent. Forests are vanishing in front of our eyes. This is happening in countries that are home to some of the major green initiatives. Environmental ministries either don’t have much say or they have another agenda. Either way, governments have failed our planet miserably. Save our trees!

I recently saw a documentary on Romania, and how illegal logging is leaving the hillsides of virgin forests bare. Greenpeace, Romania reports an average of 26 cases per day, costing the state $10.4m.

The public is assisting authorities in combatting illegal logging. They have managed to seize a significant amount of timber and logging equipment and have made many arrests. There was a recent investigation into the deforestation of the Carpathian mountains, home to some of Europe’s last virgin forest. It shows the involvement of an Austrian logging company and other high profile companies involved in an illegal logging ring.

Save our trees

Tree planting organizations are popping up everywhere. Groups are forming and mobilizing volunteers to plant trees in rural and urban areas. Tree planting festivals and gatherings are becoming a common thing among conscious communities. It is never too late to save our trees. It is up to every one of us to make an effort in saving and replanting trees. We owe it to the next generation.

People living in cities and urban areas can actually make the biggest impact. The consumer dictates how many trees get cut down. It is up to us to vote with our wallets. There are so many ethical products to choose from now. Many merchants have tree planting policies in place. For every purchase made, a certain amount of trees are planted.

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Tree hugging

Tree hugging was something joked about, when activists went to extremes to protect trees from been cut down. People thought it was strange when protestors would tie themselves to an ancient tree, in order to protect it. Unfortunately, most of us waited until the irreversible damage had been done before waking up.

If we are to turn this thing around, then we all need to become pro-active tree huggers. Signing a petition is a start but not nearly enough. We need a complete mind shift in how we live and consume. There is no need to purchase new, inferior quality furniture made from softwood forests that are under threat. There is so much high quality, used furniture available to buy.

Save our Trees
save our forests

Less is more

Minimalism is no longer just a way out for those who cant afford to furnish their homes. The minimalist movement is spreading among rich and poor, as people are beginning to awaken. Less is more. Used pallets and many other reusable materials are becoming bed bases and dining-room tables in many a wealthy home.

We can change our disturbed consumer culture, one purchase at a time. We can avoid filling the home with stuff that does not serve us or the planet. Let’s focus on products that don’t come at a high cost to the environment. You will find local reclaim, refurbish dealers everywhere. Let’s support them and be part of the solution and not the problem.

Ethical options

There are numerous ethical options available for those who are transitioning into conscious consumers. Buy long-lasting, quality products. Support producers that contribute to positive change. At www.vhawker.com, there exists a virtual mall that houses ethical online retailers that share the same values. Save our trees!

Our values define us.

We want to build a future to be proud of. Let’s align our actions with our values, for they define who we are. At vHawker there is a culture of personal growth and self-improvement. Each of us is striving to be better versions of ourselves. We are living in exciting times and circumstances are forcing us to rethink our lives. There is much to look forward to as we partner with like-minded people and communities.

My intention in writing this blog is to integrate my passion for ethical living with my business. I choose to make a living from what is helpful, rather than harmful to Mother Earth.

I hope this was a worthwhile read. Please check out the links and provide some feedback in the comment section below. Thank you for your time.

Stay well,

Robert [ aka Cape Trader ]

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There is no excuse for animal abuse

You don’t have to be cruel to rule my world.

We are seeing a huge demand for cruelty-free products, from all over the world. This rapidly growing movement is largely thanks to activism and social media. The last few years have produced awareness of animal exploitation like never before. There is no excuse for animal abuse, thanks to all those who tirelessly fight for animal liberation.

People from all corners of the globe are waking up and demanding ethical alternatives. I long for the day that they declare an international ban on all animal testing. There have been marches in many countries, handing memorandums over to politicians, demanding such a ban.

There is no excuse for animal abuse
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There is no excuse for animal abuse, ever

Most of us have no clue as to what animals go through on an ongoing basis. All this just for the financial gain of greedy corporations. Nearly all our toiletries and cosmetics are linked to animal torture. Sometimes the finished product might not be tested on animals but several of its ingredients have or contain animal products.

There is no excuse for animal abuse. There is enough footage of animals been enslaved and tortured their whole lives by evil laboratory staff so people cant plead ignorance any more. This practice must end now!

Always alternatives

Thankfully we are moving forward and there are many cruelty-free options to choose from. Our ethical online mall, www.vhawker.com is bursting at the seams with high quality and stylish options. There are laptop bags, clutch purses, wallets, backpacks and a vast selection of clothing. The cosmetic and toiletry ranges offer something for every taste.

There is no excuse for animal abuse
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Medical testing is also under scrutiny now and the pharmaceutical companies are looking at producing non-cruel products. Scientists are developing new ways of testing, without the use of animals. Read this article on PETA’s website. They are starting to pay attention to the cry of the activist, “There is no excuse for animal abuse!”

Organizations like Beauty Without Cruelty and Cruelty Free International endorse non-cruel products. There is loads of information on their websites that will educate and help you make better choices. Check first before you buy.

Staying active

I am unapologetic in my stance against animal exploitation. There can never be enough awareness on the subject of animal suffering until every cage is empty.

I do realize this blog comes across as a bit depressing, however the positive lies in the options we now have. Activism comes in many forms, whether it’s holding a sign or buying a vegan bag. Together we are making a difference.

Special thanks to Anonymous for the Voiceless for the amazing job they are doing.

Stay active ✊
Robert ( aka Cape Trader )

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Teaching English abroad

Tried and Tested

This is one of the most exciting tried and tested ways of earning while you travel. It has never been easier or safer to travel and getting paid to do so. Teaching English abroad is for anyone who loves connecting with people from other cultures and adding value to their lives.  Most of us have heard about the option to travel to exotic destinations while teaching English. This has become very popular in the last decade with more people doing it than ever before.

It is a lot easier to do than you might think. In some instances, a bachelors’ degree might be required in addition to the TEFL qualification. Very often the TEFL certificate will suffice. There are various levels on offer and the premium package will obviously increase your chances of teaching in your preferred country.

Teaching English abroad as a Digital Nomad

There are so many options as an ESL teacher with the correct qualifications. You can choose from countries in South America, Europe, South East Asia and throughout the Far East. Some teachers might prefer teaching online instead of a brick and mortar classroom. This is happening on a massive scale. You could be setting up a class from a beach shack in Bali or even from your own home. The digital nomad culture is exploding across the globe.

Most teachers are based in countries like Vietnam or Thailand. The cost of living is exceptionally low for the excellent quality of life you get in these awesome locations. By choosing the online teaching route you can be based anywhere with a good internet connection. If you a young freelancer or someone wanting to make a full-time career from teaching, TEFL is your answer. Nothing beats the location independent lifestyle.

Teaching English abroad as a young freelancer
Teaching English abroad as a young freelancer

Families

The way the world is changing, people are moving around far more frequently. We are seeing a lot of interest from families wanting to travel and teach with their kids, coming along for the adventure. The continual increase in homeschooling or world schooling has made this a reality. Families that already have some teaching experience with their own kids are getting their TEFL certification. Some employers are even offering to pay for flights and accommodation for dependents.

There are amazing benefits for children traveling the world with their parents. Kids discover new places, cultures, and religions first hand. These experiences far outweigh anything they could have learned in a book. In some instances, the private school you are employed by will enroll your child  for free for the duration of your contract.

Gap Year

Teaching English abroad is the perfect opportunity for a school leaver wanting to travel before furthering their studies. Teaching in China during your gap year will give you experience and help towards your university fees.

There is such a demand for serious teachers that they ensure a welcome stay. There are many who have initially signed a one year contract in South East Asia and ended up staying. The low cost of living, friendly people, and beautiful surroundings make it difficult to leave.

Get Started

There are various TEFL courses available, mostly 6-month courses that can be done in much less time. Select the course that suits your needs by going to www.vhawker.com and selecting the education category.

More Reading

Teaching English abroad is just one of many ways of living consciously and discovering a less stressful existence. Check out some of my other blogs on self-improvement and conscious living.

I hope you found this article informative and eventually, life-changing. I wish you lots of fun and all the luck with your new adventure.

Stay well,

Robert [ aka Cape Trader ]

Please visit our other platforms, www.vhawker.com , www.plantbasednutrition.guru and www.monkeymind.co.za

 

 

How to stay healthy

Staying healthy

We all want to live long and healthy lives. Everyone starts there health journey at different points in their lives and in very different ways. In most cases, people wait until they have a health crisis before making positive changes in their life. Cancers, heart disease, strokes and auto-immune disease are becoming all too common. How to stay healthy, once we have achieved some success is also a huge challenge. Watch this video on what is the main cause of all the dread disease that has become the norm in our society.

Staying healthy is a complete mind shift and one needs to be super motivated to sustain the new lifestyle. I find the best thing for me is engrossing myself in relevant motivational books, podcasts, etc.

Eating plan

A well thought out eating plan is vital in maintaining our health. How to stay healthy? I suggest talking to a qualified nutritionist that holds a degree in nutrition. For me personally, a raw food, vegan diet is optimum. There is really no other way of life that makes me feel better. I have found that a low fat, high carb diet, consisting mostly of fruit works best. Nutrient dense, low-calorie plant food is a natural weight-loss plan with very little planning. Most raw foodists just eat until they are full with very little calorie counting.

There are situations where a supplement is necessary – when we don’t have access to enough quality fruit and vegetables. I would recommend a brand like Sunwarrior’s completely natural and raw vitamins. They have a whole range of excellent products to choose from via www.vhawker.com. Their ingredients are unprocessed and of the highest quality.

raw vitamins
raw vitamins

Exercise

People everywhere are getting into shape, in some way or another. There are so many fun ways to strengthen and tone our bodies. Callanetics and other home workouts are very popular, as you can do them in privacy and at your own pace. Cardiovascular exercises are important and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. By choosing to run home from work instead of driving, will not only save you fuel but give you a good workout and help reduce stress.

home workouts
home workouts

How to stay motivated

How to stay healthy and motivated to do so is the determining factor. I touched on this subject in a previous post, wireless earphones that never fall out. All that makes any sense to me, is living a healthy life in full. You can’t have that mindset of “I’ve done well this week so I deserve a treat.” For every day of bad eating and no exercise, you are undoing a full week of hard work.

Stick to your routine and learn to enjoy it. See your food in a new light, not as just something you have to do but rather something you appreciate. I have written about mindful eating in other blogs. You will do well to read up on that. A great way to enjoy your workouts is by listening to music or a podcast. in this way, you are also nourishing your mind. It could even be a motivational podcast on “How to stay healthy” The best earplugs I know of, that never fall out can be found on www.vawker.com

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earplugs that never fall out

Information overload

There is so much information out there on nutrition and fitness, both good and bad. I can only hope you find your way through this sea of expert opinions. Everyone seems to be an expert these days. Very often, people form an opinion over a single Facebook post that they read and then share it as factual.

Every word I have written here is based on personal experience and nutritional advice that I have received from a qualified holistic nutritionist.

I hope you have found this article helpful. Please leave a comment below and share some of your experiences.

I wish you the very best on your journey.

Stay well,

Robert [ aka Cape Trader ]

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create a fair life for all

ethical trading

Cape Trader is a platform for promoting ethical trading and products that do the least amount of harm. The conscious consumer has so many affordable options regarding cruelty free fashion, food and every essential item in the home.

Wanting to create a fair life for all our children and every living being should be our main focus. I like to think that we all share a deep intrinsic motivation to do good. Unfortunately most people dont look past their own greed for the latest device or their favourite coffee blend.

why fair trade ?

If you have seen the certification symbol on certain products, you are already aware of the movement. Why fair trade? Fairtrade International and other organizations that share fair trade principles are here to help create a fair life for all. They are working hard to bring fairness to trade relationships between producers and consumers.

To create a fair life for all, goes beyond just paying a fair price to the farmer. As consumers, we should dig a little deeper and discover what exactly we are supporting by purchasing conventional products. It seems it is easier to stick our heads in the sand or look the other way, rather then thinking about the serious injustices continuing all around us.

We now know what is going on as far as child labour and other forms of exploitation is concerned. The question is, what we are going to do about it. No one expects you to quit your job and move to South America and start a revolution. An easy way to help create a fair life for all, is simply choosing the fair trade product on the self.

create a fair life for all
create a fair life for all

sustainable production

The question of sustainable production and whether it is even worth supporting is often heard. Fairtrade and other ethical trading has been around for many years. Fairtrade International is a well planned and governed organization that meets world standards.

There are literally thousands of fair trade products on the shelves now. Minimum pricing has been managed in a sustainable way that benefits all concerned.

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create a fair life for all

other advantages

The other advantages of supporting fair trade labels are sourcing superior quality products. Fairtrade International discourages the use of GMOs and encourages organic farming. Furthermore, they also train producers in composting and recycling.

In order to be a certified  Fair Trade producer, they need to be totally transparent in their administration. This means that by empowering workers, they consequently have access to education, healthcare and better living conditions.

The enviromental advantages to ethical farming practices are huge. Through proper training, farmers learn how to protect water, soil and virgin forests. Once educated, they tend to move away from the use harmful chemicals and gmo products.

the future

The techniques and farming practices taught by Fairtrade International have a positive impact on everyone concerned. This holistic approach has far reaching benefits that not only support the producer, but create a fair life for all.

Surely we all agree that the future looks so much more promising if we make a concerted effort to support ethical trade. The price paid for certification by producer and consumer is very small considering the alternatives.

Let’s continue to support small to medium size ethical producers and keep the conventional brands out of homes. Making a conscious decision to not support child labor and unethical practices, we can create a fair life for all.

alternatives

There are are always ethical alternatives to the conventional products that do very little for the environment. The cotton industry is notorious for the unhealthy farming and production of its products. At www.vhawker.com you will find many products available that are produced according to strict ethical trading principles.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope it was informative. I would love to hear from you. Drop me an email at robert@capetrader.net or comment below.

Stay well,

Robert [ aka Cape Trader ]

WIRELESS EARPHONES THAT NEVER FALL OUT

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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to my blog. Today i’m doing a short review on these must have WIRELESS EARPHONES THAT NEVER FALL OUT. I trust the information provided herein will be informative and help you decide whether you want to purchase them.

STAYING ACTIVE AND MOTIVATED

We all know we need to take care of our physical and mental health, eat well and keep fit. Staying active and motivated to do so is another thing altogether.If you sit on a park bench watching all the runners pass you by, there is one thing nearly all of them have in common, and that is wire dangling from their ears. I’m not sure if it’s just me or the shape of my ears but those damn things don’t stay in while I’m working out. That might be a good indicator as to how hard you are training. If your earphones are still in your ears then maybe you need to move your body more. Imagine there were WIRELESS EARPHONES THAT NEVER FALL OUT regardless of how vigorous your movement.

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Running an ethical online store and promoting mental and physical health

Introduction

Running an ethical online store and promoting mental and physical health is what we are all about. As a former health store owner and being married to a vegan nutritionist, health and wellness is a big part of our lives. We just could not build a website that does not incorporate all that we stand for, such as animal and environmental welfare. Welcome to capetrader.net and we hope to see you on vhawker.com soon.

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