Budget December trips abroad you can still book - without missing out on summer

2018-10-22 06:30 - Marisa Crous
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Thinking about a last-minute trip overseas? There are deals aplenty and so many beautiful places around the world to choose from, but where do you go?! 

Of course, South Africa's summer is another consideration. You don't want to miss summer necessarily, so heading somewhere with a similar climate would be favourable. 

Lastly, budget, budget, budget. 

The rand is not exactly at its strongest, so sticking to places with a low average daily spend, while still indulging in holiday-style things, like day trips, cocktails on the beach and a bit of shopping should be top of list. 

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Here are some destinations ideal for your summer bod and skinny summer budget: 


Around 31°C on average in December, head to the country's Caribbean coast city, Cartagena. Offering beach and culture in the form of the old colonial city, there is lots to discover.  The Colombian Peso is also relatively week against the rand, so drinking a few extra rums won't hurt (your pocket) that badly. 


(Islas del Rosario in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, PHOTO: iStock) 


Between 27°C  and 31°C on average in December, Thailand is always a great holiday destination for South Africans. Visa-free travel, a comfortable conversion rate and many great package deals, Thailand is lit in more ways than one. 



At 27°C in December, no visa needed for Saffas and cheap cost of living, Malaysia might just be for you. Only be warned that this is Monsoon season, so expect intermittent rainy weather. Yet Kuala Lumpur remains warm all year round. 



(Kuala Lumpur Urban Scene, Malaysia, PHOTO: iStock)


Trade surfing at the beach for surfing some dunes. With intense heat at around 31° in December, regions like Namibia's Sossusvlei is on our radar.  



Around 26 °C in December, November is even better to visit, so try to go towards the end of November and stay till mid December. In November, the violet jacaranda trees start to bloom alongside 1,000 different roses at the Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal) - a must, must, must-see! 

Sri Lanka

The new 'It' traveller destination is a happy, humid 30°C on average during December. With visa on arrival for South Africans and budget-friendly stays, food and shopping - it makes for the perfect holiday destination for us locals. 

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Always a firm favourite with South Africans, going during December means more mosquitoes than normal and 32°C temps; but if you love the heat and enjoy watersports, Zanzibar is a go! 

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