With the mid-year holiday season approaching, many of us will be looking forward to a well-earned getaway. But unless you’re one of the lucky few to who money is no object, you’ll definitely be checking how much you holiday will cost you, and even looking for ways to save when you do go away.
Luane Lavery, brand communications manager for kulula.com offers the following tips for holidaying in style while not breaking the bank:
- Ask a local: Ask around for places the locals regard as authentic and affordable. That Portuguese tavern down a side-road, away from the glitz and price-tag of the waterfront, that only the old salts seem to know about? It might just have the best, most affordable Trinchado you’ve ever eaten;
- Trawl the supermarket: if you’ve ever paid a few dozen rands for a sandwich you know you could make at home for a fraction of the price, you’ll know that shopping and preparing for your own food cuts out the restaurants’ overheads. Markets at your holiday destination might offer discounts on local food that’s in season. If you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen you can buy and prepare your own food, and rather just treat yourself to a fancy sundowner cocktail or ice-cream cone at the beach;
- Love the buffet: staying somewhere that offers breakfast? Don’t pass up on the opportunity for a good meal to start the day. Foodies might sneer at the all-you-can-eat, continental-or-full-English offering, but it offers a variety of food that suits most palates, which is useful if you have hungry but picky eaters in the family. Also, eat as lat in the day as possible, a good brunch will keep you going for longer;
- Eat out for lunch, in for supper: if you are hungry in the middle of the day, remember that some restaurants charge more at night and are geared for evening trade. A lunch in the early afternoon, followed by a light supper might be more affordable than a two- or three-course supper, plus wine;
- Carry your own: bottled water is expensive and terrible for the environment. The tap-water in South Africa is generally fine for drinking and you can buy a reusable bottle that will last you a long time;
- Public transport: hiring a vehicle when on holiday gives you the freedom to move around as you choose, but you might find that you don’t need it every day. Cape Town’s MyCiti bus system has found its way into the hearts of locals and visitors, with its efficient, safe and – thanks to dedicated bus-lanes – quick network. The routes also link many of the major attractions, including the beaches the Western seaboard as far south as Hout Bay and as far north as Melkbosstrand. You can also carry sports equipment on board as long as it doesn’t obstruct other passengers. A bonus is not having to worry about an extra glass of wine with lunch as you’re not the designated driver.