When you tell people that you are a Travel Agent, people generally all have the same response. Whether that person is a first-time overseas adventurer or a fixed income family man the same question always pops up: “How do I travel within my budget?”. Don’t get us wrong – a Budget Traveler doesn’t just mean saving money, but also traveling in the smartest, most stylish way possible. Exploring exotic places doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you certainly don’t need to win the lottery to travel the world – not if you know how to travel with savvy.
According to Stats SA, holidaymakers traveling the South African landscape spent just over half a million rand every minute during the course of 2017! This December holiday however, doesn’t need to break the bank, we compiled some tried and tested tips to help you plan a holiday so next year you don’t need to Januworry.
Travelling spontaneously is great, if you have the luxury of time and money to spare. This might be a little late as we are approaching the peak holiday season in South Africa, but always good to keep in mind for future holidays; The first rule of travelling is to always have a plan and try to book your holidays in advance. You don’t need a tight set-out itinerary, but you should at least have an idea of how the length of time you want to spend in each destination and know the route that your adventure will take. Planning ahead also gives you time to save up some money and avoid unexpected spends – last-minute flights and accommodation are often more expensive than booking well in advance. Kicking it up a notch and planning your trip with the help of a travel agent gives you even more options, as travel agents always know what to look for in the way of alternatives and early bird specials that might save you more than just a buck or two.
Travel outside peak periods:
This December we are blessed with a 6-week holiday. Any travel agent will tell you to try to travel outside school holidays as prices are inflated during this period. Taking this into account how are you going to survive a 6-week holiday with inflated prices? Ideally you would research the best time to visit your intended destination and travel just before or after these dates – i.e. the “shoulder season”, but seeing as we have bypassed this option we recommend that you try to go on your holiday early in December or later in January to avoid the peak periods. Not only to avoid long queues and busy restaurants, but many resorts and hotels add an additional supplement fee over Christmas and New Year which adds additional unexpected costs.
Black Friday is around the corner, so if you haven’t booked your December holiday yet, now is your chance. Exciting deals will be available on our website and social media pages on Friday, 29th November 2019.
Flash Sales and Early Booking Discounts
Apart from scouring the web for Black Friday Specials the travel industry often offers early booking discounts to those travelers who plan and book their trips well in advance. Flight can only be booked 11months in advance, where accommodation, excursions and tours can be booked even before that.
We have continuous flash sales and early booking options throughout the year so be sure to follow us on our social media platforms as well as to subscribe to our newsletter to never miss any of these opportunities.
Kids Stay and eat free…
There are quite a few hotel resorts and ocean cruise lines that offer packages where kids stay and eat free Our travel agents will be able to assist you in finding a perfect fit for your family without having to dig too deep into your pockets.
Pack like a Pro
A light suitcase is not just easier to travel with, but can also save you money on baggage fees. Check with your Travel Agent what the baggage allowance is for your flights and make sure you stick to them. You don’t want to end up paying additional fees for excess baggage. Pack early so you’re not in panic mode, and put some thought into your choices. Roll – don’t Fold! Try to wear your heaviest layers on the plane. A general rule: “When in doubt, leave it!” You won’t regret the item you left at home, but might resent yourself for the extra kg’s baggage you have to pay for.
Make use of Experts
Travel agents have years of experience they’ll be able to guide you on where to find great and affordable restaurants and excursions at your holiday destination. At Travel Agents they have access to a great variety of holiday packages and special deals which will definitely suit your needs and your wallet.
Whether you are planning to travel the entire six weeks over the December school holidays or just a week break-away, your holiday doesn’t need to cost a huge sum of money. With a little creativity, patience and a helping-hand, you can travel the world for much less than you bargained for. The key is to have a partner who can assist you with advice and options.
Article written by Tania Venter