Like many travel writers, I spent years chasing the exotic and dismissing Europe. It was history, I thought, not dynamism. It wasn’t changing, and it would still be there when I was no longer interested in climbing mountains or going to surf camp. That was dumb. Maybe the continent is less challenging than other places, but that doesn’t make it less satisfying. In a world of constant whiplash change, it’s reassuring to retreat to a place where things are much as they have been for centuries.
Safari snobs sometimes look down on South Africa. It’s easy and accessible, but the parks are crowded, some say, and there’s better game viewing elsewhere on the continent. That may be true, but there are exceptions to every rule. One is Zulu Camp on the private Shambala Game Reserve, which stretches over 32,000 acres in the Limpopo Province, a few hours’ drive from Johannesburg. The Land Cruiser crosses a shallow pond to enter the reserve, a design flourish to emphasize the purity inside.
There are private island resorts that are far more glamorous than Azura Quilalea. I’ve stayed in quite a few that felt more Marie Antoinette than Robinson Crusoe. I live a sometimes Antoinette-ish life, and I like a good marble bathroom as much as the next girl. But I get enough of that in city hotels. It’s not necessary on a private island. When I’m on a tiny speck of sand surrounded by sea, I want an outdoor shower. “Barefoot luxury” isn’t just a marketing term.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".