So I know it’s been a few weeks since my last Tuesday Travel Review but I was traveling and preparing to travel. No worries though because I’m back and ready to spill all the deets.
My latest travel took me halfway across the world to Cape Town, South Africa. (So freakin cool right??!) In this two part post I will start by explaining how the trip was planned and then later go into detail about all the things I did while there.
South Africa has been one of those countries that was always on my radar, but I never thought I could actually get there. I would check my go to sites daily hoping to come across that perfect price to go. There were always sales but mostly in the $600-$800 price range, and I wasn’t ready to splurge THAT much on a flight. I had even been in talks with a travel agent to get there around the same time, but she came back with a price of about $3,300 with flight plus hotels. UMMM NO THANKS!
I continued to search the sites, more specifically theflightdeal.com, when around late summer something finally came through. There was a fare sale through the South African Expedia for roundtrip flights to Cape Town from Washington, DC for about $420 on South African Airways. WHATTTTTTT!!! This is what I had been waiting for. I started playing around with the matrix software (see previous post) to find the dates in which that fare was valid. Lucky for me the fares were running in late November/early December which was perfect for my annual birthday trip. (My birthday is December 8). I told a friend who was also looking to go to South Africa as well. It took a while for her to make a decision so by the time we decided to purchase the fare had jumped to about $520. I was still fine with paying that because I knew that was a steal. We could plan our housing and activities later so buying this flight was the most important thing at the time. I would also worry about my flight to Dulles from Charlotte later as well.
After everyone who decided to come bought their flight, our next task was finding housing to accommodate our group of 6. We searched the usual sites such as Expedia, Booking.com, Travelocity, etc. but we found that it was hard to accommodate 6 people for a week. Our next option was Air BnB. We came across a few options that were suitable. The majority of the group opted for a 3 story luxury apartment in the Bo-Kaap neighborhood of Cape Town. From the pictures it was a beautiful apartment and was centrally located. It did not come with a pool or housekeeping though. The breakdown in price came to about $475 per person for 6 nights. It was a little more than I wanted to pay for housing but I was outnumbered on that. There were several other options for less with more options like the pool. One of the girls going on the trip paid the balance of the housing with a credit card and we were able to pay back our portion over time. Which was a life send! Once we had housing out of the way, our next task was to decide on tours and excursions. Since it was our first time heading to South Africa, we all wanted to see and do as much as we could within the time we were there.
The typical touristy things were on the list: safari, wine tour, table mountain, Robben Island, Boulders Beach, nightlife, and great food. We would spend the next few months searching various sites such as Trip Advisor and Viator for the best tours and the best prices.
I’ll pause here and give you more next week in part 2. Stay tuned. Happy Traveling.