You might be thinking your dream overseas holiday is slipping away with the rand drop due to the recent S&P rating.
Before you give up hope of finding an affordable overseas holiday, here are five rand-friendly destinations we love that could be exactly what your heart -and wallet- have been wishing for.
With some research and a good eye for exchange rates and holiday deals, foreign shores are still well within your grasp this year. So, when the wanderlust bug bites us, there is very little that we can do to quell it other than to indulge in a trip…1. Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a beautiful country in the Caribbean that boasts one of the world’s best beaches, Bavaro Beach as well as Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. Santa Domingo, the capital city, has many historical landmarks including the Gothic Catedral Primada de America. The resort town of Punta Cana, on the coast offers stunning views and a host of activities for the whole family.
Exchange Rate: R 0,28 = RD$ 1
Exchange Rate: R 0,72 = MEX $1
One the most fast-paced and technologically developed country on the globe, Japan is almost like a glimpse into the future but with strong traditional roots. It’s rich culture and historical influences help to make this a must-visit destination with something on offer for both first time travelers and seasoned nomads. The ski resort of Sahoro Hokkaido and the beach resort of Kabira Ishigaki provide fun for the whole family no matter what time of the year you choose to visit.
Exchange Rate: R0,12 = ¥ 1
This island paradise is on many a traveler’s wish list and it is understandable with its gorgeous beaches, scenic volcanic mountains, coral reefs and interesting cultural traditions. A trip to Bali is not just a relaxing getaway (although it is that too) but it is also a chance to educate yourself about a culture that is different to what you are used to. The Club Med Bali Resort has a host of activities and entertainment for the whole family to indulge in. Adults can enjoy the adults-only zen pool and floating restaurant while the kiddies can enjoy the trapeze and splash pools
Exchange Rate: R 0,0010 = Rp 1
Visiting the ‘land of the free’ is on most people’s bucket lists and there is no time like the present to get that one crossed off. You can finally take the family to Disneyworld, or to Hollywood or even New York City. Indulge in your American Dream and visit the sunny state of Florida, to the town of Port Saint Lucie and see the Walton Rocks Beach, the First Data Field, and the Botanical Garden so that there’s something for everyone.
Exchange Rate: R13,46 = $1
Whether you’re looking to chase the summer sunshine and escape the winter cold in SA or take advantage of the slew of public holidays in South Africa in April an overseas holiday is within reach. With some careful planning, just 8 days of leave can get you 17-days of holiday this April and this long break will give you ample travel time for a short or long-haul vacation.
Don’t let this opportunity go to waste and book a trip to your dream destination now. Club Med offers travelers the chance to visit some of the most beautiful resorts around the world for a discounted price. No fuss. No surprises. Club Med offers an all-inclusive experience with refined comfort, all day dining, stress-free journeys, Kids Clubs for children from 4 months to 17 years old and an astounding array of sports and activities to amuse you.
With Club Med you don’t even need to worry about currency fluctuations. Your deposit secures your holiday at the current exchange rate. Their deals are all-inclusive currency which means that you pay for your vacation in rands, and when you are on holiday you never have to take your wallet out for anything. Everything is taken care of: your dining, drinks, activities and more. You can save up to R8500 p.p. off your sunny escape, and enjoy a stress-free holiday that offers total peace of mind. You never have to take out your calculator to do currency conversions.
Make your booking here and start crossing a few places off your bucket list.