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10 Things You May Need For Your Next Holiday

If you’re planning a holiday over the coming months, you may need to get a few things sorted before you go. Here are ten things that may be useful to you, all of which you may not know about yourself.

  1. The most important thing you need to arrange is airline tickets and to make certain you have a return plane ticket arranged before you depart. The worst thing you could do is to leave it until the last minute when you get caught up in traffic, or meet with friends or family at the airport and then have to catch another plane! Remember that planes are often delayed in South African airports, so if you’re planning a holiday in the coming months, ensure you’ve booked your return flight in advance.
  2. Once you’ve arrived in South Africa, you’ll no doubt want to explore the surrounding area. Whether you have a car or a public transportation provider, you will need to get to know the area and even perhaps do a little skiing or boarding. However, winter trips can be a slightly different experience because it’s often very cold, and you need to keep your body warm. Whether you choose a car, a rented moped or a local bus service, you will need warm clothing for the trip.
  3. When you reach the area, you may want to rent a car or take a bus to your next destination. However, with the price of petrol increasing annually, it may be more economical to fly from Cape Town to your destination and then pick up a return flight to your starting point. When you fly, South African Airways offer not only some excellent cheap flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town but also to Durban, Johannesburg, and Port Elizabeth.
  4. If you don’t want to travel by public transport, but would prefer to leave an internal bus or getaway, you will need to rent your own car. Rental companies exist, in operation, and in various stages of being set up. When arriving in South Africa, an international airport is just a couple of hours away, and with adequate accommodation and transfers, you may consider a hire car for the duration of your trip.
  5. Transfers can be tight, especially as you travel further south. If you don’t want to spend more time on this aspect, you need to reserve a car as part of your holiday arrangements. With the time you have, you can also get the necessary permits. Roads will be very different as you approach Zambia and Tanzania; taking a car will mean reduced travel expenses.
  6. Hotels will abound for you at all the best holiday destinations. The trouble will be deciding which great accommodation to stay at, as well as near which great destination. Many of the great hotels in South Africa, like Wilderness Lodge in the Eastern Cape, will be on the North Coast, Beach Orkney in West Coast, or Aquasow in the Eastern Cape.
  7. You don’t have to be a member to view most events. If you’re not a member, you can still join as a visitor and stay at their pack Camp. Currently, Aquashow is accepting guests, but there is a 40% non-smoking welcome deposit, a non-drinking policy, and 14 days of free accommodation and usage. You must be booked at least two weeks in advance to be eligible for the non-smoking welcome deposit. Here’s more: 180 meters swimming pool, gym, sports center, multipurpose gym, business amenities, disabled access, restaurant, bar, and spa.
  8. A real holiday experience will depend largely on the people you travel with. If you’re not happy with the people you travel with, no matter how comfortable you are, you need to look for another holiday.
  9. Even if you are a member, you may have to pay for particular activities or events if you choose to travel as a single person.
  10. If you’re on a package holiday, be sure to get details about money exchange, where you will exchange money, and where the nearest money exchange booth is.

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