Smart Travel in 2024: Your Ticket to Affordable Adventures 

17 January 2024
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Public holidays offer the perfect opportunity to escape the daily grind and explore new places. With a little smart planning and savvy decision-making, you could soon be jetting off to one of your bucket list destinations.  

In this guide, we’ll unpack a few top travel tips, including why a travel agent should be at the top of your smart travel tricks.  

Tricks to Get Cheap Flights 

When it comes to scoring affordable flights, timing is key. Keep an eye out for flash sales – a great way to do this is to subscribe to our newsletter for the latest discounts and deals. Also consider chatting with one of our trusty travel agents who would have the inside scoop on fluctuating ticket costs and accommodation. Being flexible with your travel dates could also open up more budget-friendly options. Mid-week flights are often cheaper than those on weekends, and flying during off-peak seasons can save you a significant amount. 

Easy Ways to Cut Holiday Costs 

Travelling on a budget doesn’t mean sacrificing quality or experiences. Start by setting a realistic travel budget and sticking to it. Look for affordable accommodation options, such as guesthouses or budget-friendly hotels. Plan your meals wisely by exploring local eateries and consider public transport over expensive taxis. Additionally, there are loads of attractions that offer discounted rates during off-peak times. One of our travel agents could help you plan ahead, cut down costs and tailor make a holiday package to suit your needs.  

Best Times to Buy Plane Tickets in 2024 

Timing is crucial when it comes to securing the best deals on plane tickets. Studies have shown that booking flights around 6-8 weeks before your departure date can often result in lower prices. Set price alerts on travel apps to receive notifications when prices drop, and be flexible with your travel dates to take advantage of any last-minute deals. Subscribing to our newsletter will also give you added leverage to book deals as they land.  

Top Tips to Save For Your Next Holiday 

Saving up for your dream trip takes time and commitment. A great way to do this is to set up a dedicated travel fund with automatic contributions – think of it as your personal travel piggy bank. Cut back on non-essentials, like luxury snacks, and redirect those funds into your savings.  

Consider selling unused items online, like a second-hand bicycle you no longer use or a spare smartphone or exploring part-time gigs for an income boost. The thrill comes from watching your travel fund grow – a tangible investment in your dream adventure.  

Use a Travel Agent 

Choosing to use a travel agent can be a savvy move for a budget-friendly trip. At Pentravel, our agents have insider knowledge and established relationships with airlines, hotels, and tour operators, allowing them to secure exclusive deals and discounts.  

Our travel agents also expertly navigate the maze of available options, matching your preferences with cost-effective choices. Their industry connections provide access to promotional packages, complimentary upgrades, or special perks that might not be easily accessible to individual travellers. Beyond the financial benefits, using a travel agent can save you precious time and alleviate the stress of meticulous trip planning, ensuring a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience overall. 

How Can I Use My Public Holidays Wisely In 2024?  

Here are a few of our recommendations for budget-friendly destinations that don’t compromise on beauty or adventure.  

Human Rights Day: Thursday, 21 March 

Take Friday off and enjoy a long weekend filled with adventure.  


Spend Human Rights Day in Durban, enjoying the warm coastal weather. Take a stroll along the Golden Mile, explore the cultural diversity of the city, and visit the uShaka Marine World for a fun and educational experience. 

Sun City 

Visit Sun City in March for a mix of great weather and plenty of fun activities. With the summer heat tapering off, you can enjoy outdoor attractions like the Valley of Waves and golf courses comfortably. March offers a more relaxed atmosphere and potential savings on accommodation, making it an ideal time for a memorable and budget-friendly escape to Sun City

Easter weekend: Friday 29 March – Monday 1 April 
The Wild Coast 

Head to the Wild Coast for the perfect budget-friendly getaway. Enjoy the rugged beauty, pristine beaches, and explore the Hole in the Wall.  

Swakopmund, Namibia 

Alternatively, hop on over to Swakopmund for a unique Namibia desert experience with cooler temperatures. Explore the Namib Desert, visit Deadvlei, and enjoy the coastal charm of Swakopmund without the peak-season crowds.  

Heritage Day: Tuesday, 24 September 

Take Monday off and treat yourself to a lovely long weekend.   

Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal 

September is an ideal time to explore the Drakensberg Mountains. Enjoy affordable accommodation, picturesque hikes, and cultural experiences. Visit the Royal Natal National Park or take a scenic drive through the Sani Pass. 

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia 

Experience the breathtaking Victoria Falls during September. It’s the end of the dry season, offering impressive views. Accommodation and activities around Victoria Falls are often more affordable during this time. 

December Holidays 
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape 

December is summer in Oudtshoorn, known for the Cango Caves and ostrich farms. It’s an affordable option for a family-friendly holiday. Explore the scenic Swartberg Pass and enjoy local cuisine. 

Zanzibar, Tanzania 

December is an excellent time to visit Zanzibar. While it’s a bit more popular, you can find cost-effective accommodation options. Enjoy the pristine beaches, historic Stone Town, and vibrant local markets. 

Let Us Help Plan Your Best Holiday Yet! 

Get ready to up your travel game for the 2024 public holidays! It’s all about smart planning and grabbing those golden opportunities. Browse our holiday packages and specials to secure your getaway now.  

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