Brilliant budget-friendly ideas for the June/July holidays: In South Africa and abroad.

No matter who you are, in 2019, the odds are high that money is tight. But the desire to escape the chill of winter remains strong. Is it an impossible dream to travel – on a tight budget? The Village had some extremely clever ideas.

A: ” Travelstart have good deals for flights. If you look on booking.com. Vietnam and Thailand are really really reasonable.
Sri Lanka dirt cheap. We were there last year July. Very 3rd world but fun, beautiful and people fantastic. There is also a site called Rome to Rio which gives you routes to and from places. It’s worth a look.”

” We got a fantastic deal 2 years ago for Zanzibar – watch those specials. Much more affordable than Mauritius and if you are on Discovery then further discounts, and nice weather in June. Not too hot. my hubby and son went to Gemma del’ Est all inclusive one June and RAVED about Zanzibar, the beach, the water, the people are amazing. Can’t do enough to please.”

” Europe: not a destination when feeling “strapped” I’d say… the price of food/beverage/sights for the whole family is steep. Zanzibar has good deals. Portugal is prob the best bet in Europe if you do decide to go that route; our Rand buys you more there than in France, Italy, UK etc. We are flying Ethiopian Airlines (no, NOT on the same type of that Boeing) to Madrid
R 5,800 return end April but their prices for June July are equally brilliant. It’s rated as the best airline in Africa. Also, don’t forget you’ll need to add in the prices of expensive visas to Europe etc…. adds up. Thailand: all I can say as a very seasoned visitor June July on the Phuket side is risky – some strike it lucky, others have to stay indoors it’s so wet and the sea is too rough to swim let alone snorkel; it’s priced “cheap” for this reason, BUT the other side – the Gulf – is lovely; weather good. Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao all brilliant.”

” Bush Breaks have 40% off some really fabulous lodges during the winter months as well as specials for SA residents. Often they have a much reduced rate if you book 7 days before.”

” Look at Journeys Beyond, they have a very affordable package for Turkey.”

Follow Wanderlust Movement – she has fantastic tips for travelling on the cheap with an SA passport.”

” Locally: These lovely spots and sites were all recommended: * The Nest Hotel in Drakensberg. Excellent specials.* Moorfield Mountain Farm beautiful…www.moorfield.co.za * BudgetGetaways on Facebook has great spots and sends you last minute deals. * We did an an awesome family road trip around the little Karoo last July. Air bnb accom, a good balance of activities and chill around the braai time and lots to explore. Budget friendly * Have a look at river trips, check out Gravity Adventures, for example. River trips offer great adventure , beautiful scenery, exercise, an opportunity to get the kids away from screens! * There are beautiful places to stay on Lekkerslaap.co.za. * Had the best holiday at Botlierskop last year in July – they usually have incredible winter specials- www.botlierskop.co.za *  MTBeds is worth keeping an eye on. They give SA citizens discounted rates for last minute bookings. I think we booked a month in advance and stayed in an amazing luxury lodge in Sabi Sabi for a 3rd of the price. https://www.mtbeds.co.za/ * Tierkloof Mountain Cottages, 50km after Ceres on the Tankwa Karoo road, is heavenly!* Come to Trennerys Hotel, Eastern Cape, South Africa best and most affordable holiday you will have! ”

” July is heading to peak time for international travel but just do a search of destinations that interest you and Facebook will helpfully serve you ads for every airline that flies from SA. Then book accommodation using trip advisor and hotels.com – I got really great rates in Thailand during Dec. And if it is warm weather you’re after, the KZN coast is likely to oblige, at least some of the time. Zinkwazi is fantastic and has lots of self-catering holiday homes available and great beaches. Far from everything, but very relaxing.”

” Follow Luxury Escapes on Facebook/newsletter and they also have an app. They have really incredible deals, I recently got a trip to Bali, super luxury, all inclusive, 24 hour butler, pool villa, massages, cliff top, private beach and all and all just amazing package for not even a third of the regular price. The deals are available for 7 days only so when you see it, you have to grab it (travel is valid for later dates, you can “buy now book later”). Just check all the fine print for black out dates/ surcharge rates at peak times, surcharges for extra beds with kids – but they almost always have a full family deal for the South East Asia destinations. It’s *really* brilliant. You will still want to do your research on the hotel I’m sure as you would with anything, but there is a never-ending stream of options.”

” You could volunteer in nature like with Lions at Panthera Africa just in Stanford or Rhino at a rhino orphanage, it will give you a and the family a great sense of achievement and its a great bonding experience, only true sanctuaries though please so many canned hunting farms offer programs.”

” Mozambique is amazing in the winter. We flew to Jozi one year and then did a road trip – Jozi to Komatipoort, then to Xai Xai, then Tofo, then Vilanculos and then did that in reverse. We stayed at backpacking places so was really cheap.”

” We signed up to a website called “Trustedhousesitters.com“. You pay a fee (close to 2k for the year) and need someone to vouch for you and they run a check against your ID. Once accepted you then volunteer to look after someone’s home/pets at no cost to them, but you get to stay in their house for free and look after their home and/or pets. We traveled to Berlin last year over Christmas and looked after 2 cats and a tortoise named Frank. We were also contacted to sit for a lot of pets in Sweden and did 1. Really nice way to be of service and see the world.”

” Portugal….very reasonable flights and Rand friendly food,wine and accommodation if you avoid Lisbon and the main tourist traps. Great beaches, freedom for the teenagers to roam a bit and beautiful in every way.Very worth while!”

” Went to Vietnam in December. Although airfare was quite pricey, once there the accommodation, food and travel is really good value for money.”

” Nosy be Madagascar. Awesome adventurous holidays for the whole family. www.madagascarislandsafaris.co.za

” For flights Skyscanner is the best app. Search flights as a one way to see the best dates to travel, do this for both sides. You can mention a month and specify anywhere in the world. Traveling one day earlier can sometimes save you R4500. I just booked going to Brussels to see my family in June, return ticket for only R7400. Then I check from Brussels to other places, with flights to spain for R315 one way. I use it as a search engine, but then always book directly with the airline.”

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