The week-long October school break in South Africa is just around the corner and if wanderlust should strike you suddenly or spontaneously, there’s still time to embark on a memorable family getaway before gearing up for the final stretch of the year.
This means that if you find yourself without a holiday plan yet, don’t fret! Last-minute holiday planning can be exciting and full of impromptu opportunities to create lasting memories with your family.
Planning a spontaneous family getaway
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach retreat, a trip to the mountains or even an action-packed city escapade, there are plenty of ways to turn your spur-of-the-moment decision into a dream family getaway.
1. Your holiday goals set the course
Determine what you and your family are seeking most from your holiday. Whether it’s relaxation, adventure or a blend of both, pinpointing your preferences will simplify the process of selecting the perfect destination.
2. Be flexible
Consider unconventional times and days. This approach not only expands your options for available accommodation, but often leads to more budget-friendly prices. For instance, keep an eye out for accommodation with odd-day openings.
Spending shorter periods at various destinations during an adventurous road trip can offer a more diverse and enriching holiday experience, allowing you to explore different places and enhance your overall holiday experience.
3. Explore the road less travelled
Popular destinations tend to get fully booked well in advance. So, look past the usual hotspots! South Africa has a lot more to offer than just sun, sand and sea. You’ll uncover hidden gems that are incredibly beautiful plus you and your family will get to explore new and exciting places.
4. Choose family-friendly destinations
Opt for destinations that cater to families and offer a range of activities for all ages. This ensures everyone has a great time, even if the plans are made last minute.
5. Look for the best deals
Tap into your network of friends, colleagues and family for budget-friendly holiday suggestions. When it comes to booking accommodation, remember that going directly through a hotel’s website often means more savings compared to using Online Travel Agents (OTAs).
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“Spontaneity is the spice of life, especially when it comes to planning holidays. With spring break just around the corner, there’s no better time to embark on an unplanned adventure,” Pillay concludes.