While we can dream of lofty trips to Caribbean islands, snowy landscapes in the north and jaunts through cities of the future, there's always one thing that determines whether your dream trip becomes a reality - can you afford it?
You might even opt for a spot because of its price point, and with our currency we want to go as cheap as possible.
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Transport comparison website Hoppa crunched the numbers on which destination is the cheapest and most expensive to visit, tallying hotel stays, taxi fares and meals for two people. While the data was in pounds, it's still a good measure for where you can get the most out of your budget.
Number one was the Grand Cayman, the largest of the group of islands and a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean - on average you'd spend about R8 500 a day!
The cheapest spot was taken by Antalya in Turkey, taking over from the Philippines' Manila from last year. A day here will cost you on average R1 180 - but you could probably go cheaper if you live that backpacking lifestyle.
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And in South Africa, Cape Town was overtaken by Johannesburg for most expensive. While both had become cheaper cities in the rankings compared to last year, the City of Gold was 60th most expensive - including for Africa - while Cape Town was just more than 20 places closer to the cheap end of the scale, at 81st position.
Last year Cape Town was voted the world's best city by the Telegraph, while at the same time it was also listed on a 'no-go' list by Fodor. Jozi on the other hand had one of its suburbs dubbed one of the 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world.
Poor Durban however doesn't feature on this list - which we all know is the real cheapest city in SA.
The cheapest African city was Nairobi in Kenya, which also came out as the cheapest hotel option.
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