How to Get the Best out of Your Local Holiday

A break from routine is always welcome, especially if you plan on spending your break at one of the many exciting and scenic getaway destinations that South Africa has to offer. From picturesque beaches to serene bushveld landscapes, local is certainly ‘lekker’ when it comes to holidaying in SA. Whether you’re looking to book your flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, searching for accommodation in your favourite small towns, or are simply browsing the activities on offer in your chosen area, it is important to ensure that you get the best out of your local holiday so that you return feeling refreshed, inspired and rested.

Regardless of the destination that you choose, it is important to remember that every corner of South Africa offers up something unique – from cuisine and accommodation, to art and history. While the cities boast exciting restaurants, nightlife, hotels and attractions, the smaller towns offer up a selection of things to do, see and eat to which nothing can be compared. If you’re wondering how to get the best out of your local holiday, be sure to take a look at the following tips:

Be Prepared
When it comes to making the most of your getaway, it is important to ensure that you are prepared. If you are sure of the dates on which you can schedule your ‘out of office’ email response, begin the search for cheap flights to, and accommodation within, your preferred destination. While preparing your bookings, be sure to take a look at the forecast temperatures for the duration of your holiday, and ensure that you pack accordingly. The last thing that you would want is to find yourself in sweltering heat without any mosquito repellent, or in the freezing cold with only two pairs of short pants to wear. If you need your passport – for any cross-border hopping – be sure to check that it is up to date and valid. Keep in mind that the sooner you are prepared for your holiday, the less stress and anxiety you will face when D-day arrives.

Take Time to Smell the Roses/Coffee/Sea Breeze
While the many sounds, tastes and experiences of your chosen destination beckon you upon arrival, it is important to ensure that you take the time to smell the roses/coffee/sea breeze, and take in whatever it is that surrounds you. Although it may be tough to do so with children in tow, it is important to take the time to enjoy what surrounds you – not only will you unwind and relax, but it also ensures that you don’t meander through your holiday feeling highly strung and stressed. If you’re anxious about your little ones getting bored, be sure to book your accommodation on a wine farm, bush lodge or estate that offers supervised activities for children – while they are at play, you’ll be able to put your feet up and relax. 

Dedicate a Day (or Two) to Sightseeing
…and another one for all of the adventure-based activities that you wish to do. The best way in which to get the best out of your local holiday is to dedicate a day or two to all of the sightseeing and activities that you hope to do. Be sure to schedule them at the beginning of your getaway to ensure that you have enough time to unwind and let your hair down. The last thing that you will want to do is run up a hiking trail every second day, or pop into town to view galleries, museums and monuments.

Be sure to make the most out of your holiday by searching for affordable domestic flights that don’t break the budget. Cheap flights will also decrease the financial pressure that is often experienced when booking a holiday. Once you’ve managed to find flights that suit your preferences, simply sit back and begin the countdown!

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