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. However, it is encourage to note that domestic tourism is becoming more accessible.
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But while some would argue that travel is a luxury, we here at Traveller24 could not disagree more. It's a necessity. Just a quick scan of your best memories and experiences should remind you of its value.
The idea of planning a holiday even if it's 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 careful to set you budget, you will need to consider four crucial things to plan around -
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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.
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We love that you're able to ride the iconic Table Mountain Aerial Cableway for FREE on your birthday, for example - It's currently closed for maintenance but re-opens on 19 August. And that South Africans can save on entry fees to our National Parks across the country (if you take along your ID as proof). And don't forget you can always hike up, with hundreds of trails across this beautiful park.
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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 why not take advantage of one of these ideas.
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