Make 2017 the year you follow your wanderlust
“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.” — Anonymous
One day you’re stuck in traffic and the thought of some far-flung adventure just gets stuck in your mind without you knowing why, and you wonder, well, wouldn’t that be nice? And just like that, wonderful wanderlust has you in its grips.
Wanderlust: A strong desire for, or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.
Maybe it’s the humdrum of your nine-to-five or maybe it’s just a feeling that won’t leave you – whatever inspires you to pack your bags for new horizons, embrace it. Exploring new places gives you a break from your routine, a fresh perspective and memories that even the best photos can’t accurately capture.
Kaya Travel was born out of the desire to take the uncertainty out of travel for Afropolitans. We started on the water with our annual cruise, took to the slopes in the French Alps, dabbled in a jazz-fuelled sho’t left and ended back in the water in Zanzibar. Kaya Travel trips have always had their key elements: the chance to meet new people, travel without the admin, being part of the Afropolitan story and making memories of a lifetime. 2017 will be no different. Here are a few tips on how to follow your wanderlust in 2017:
Start where you can
It’s easy to get excited about travelling, the trouble is remaining excited about travelling when it becomes clear how much planning and saving (yes, the s-word) is required. Like anything worthwhile, planning and sacrifice are required, but imagine how sweet the reward when you’re taking a sho’t left while your colleagues are attending a long Monday meeting.
Travel tip: Rather than looking at the entire cost of your dream trip, break it down into manageable chunks. Want to make it even easier? Ask your bank if they offer any medium-term goal savings plans and find out their interest offers. Carefully examine your monthly spending habits and eliminate or reduce non-essentials. We hate to break it to you, but yes, your weekly takeaway habit is not an essential!
Local trips are a great way to satisfy your wanderlust while pleasing your bank balance. And exploring South Africa means that you’re supporting local businesses and helping the economy too – talk about multitasking!
Three local destinations to kick off your bucket list:
- Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga
- Clarens, Free State
- Namaqualand, Karoo
Bite-sized chunks of bliss sometimes do the trick
As much as we’d all love to take a six-month holiday twice a year, more often than not, it’s simply not practical to take leave for more than a few days. However, this shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a much-needed break. Long weekends away and quick midweek breaks are your best bet.
Travel tip: At the beginning of each year, look at the public holidays on the calendar and find opportunities to get more holidays for fewer leave days.
If you haven’t heard of the term ‘staycation’, let us introduce you to the new way to see your old routine. Staycations usually include exploring a different side of your current hometown. Whether this means day trips to the tourist attractions that you would ordinarily overlook or booking a pamper session at a nearby spa, a little bit of change is often as good as a holiday.
Travel tip: Hotels often offer special rates for midweek stays or advance bookings.
Live large, plan big!
You’ll be amazed at how quickly the moody Mondays go by when you have your dream holiday to look forward to. If you’re going to go big and earn some stamps in your passport, then start planning today. While it might seem as though there’s plenty of time to save for a December holiday, the reality is that there are only eight months left, which means only eight more salary cheques!
Travel tip: Follow your own path and you’ll be rewarded. Book off-season and you’re likely to miss the holiday crowds and the inflated prices.
Do some research and keep an eye out for purse-friendly exchange rates. For the most bang for your buck, consider India, Sri Lanka or Indonesia. Or make it a whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia and explore the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
While tourism in many African countries is geared towards western travellers, with western budgets, there’s no reason that you can’t explore the continent’s many wonders.
Did you know? According to this website, eating out in Uganda is 29% cheaper than in South Africa.
Whether you discover your own backyard or backpack through India with your bestie, this year is your year to feel the rush of exploring places you’ve never been to with people you’ve never met.