Cape Town - In a perfect world, we'd all head out on holiday at least once or twice a year and save enough funds to book and plan the ultimate break.
When considering the ups and downs in SA's economy, it's not surprising that there's been a decline in our travel habits. While international tourism has boomed over the last couple of years, the latest official statistics point to an alarming three-year overall decline in domestic travel in South Africa.
But while some would argue that travel is a luxury, we here at Traveller24 could not disagree more. It's a necessity and just a quick scan of your best memories and experiences should remind you of its value.
The idea of planning a holiday, whether it's a road trip to the Garden Route or a #ShotLeft in and around the city you call home, can be daunting especially if you're on a tight budget - but it is not entirely impossible.
If you're methodical about your approach you'll understand that there are four crucial things to plan around - transport, accommodation, food and activities. Once you have an estimate on these nailed down, you can start chipping away to make your holiday happen.
A holiday savings account, just like budgeting for birthday gifts, is part of any well-thought-out expense budget. You need to start planning as far in advance as possible. Yes, thinking Christmas in July...
We love that you're able to ride the iconic Table Mountain Aerial Cableway for FREE on your birthday, for example. And that South Africans can save on entry fees to our National Parks across the country (if you take along your ID as proof).
SANParks and CapeNature also host a whole week of free entry into the parks for Heritage Month each year in September, making it possible for South Africans from all walks of life to enjoy the wonders travellers from all over the world pay big bucks to see and experience.
SA's cities are for everyone - and especially for South Africans. So we've rounded up our favourite budget-saving outdoor adventures to do in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
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