South Africans are buzzing to get their travel on so we have a few helpful tips that will ensure smooth-sailing through the new normal.
South Africa (24 August 2020) – It has been one week since the level two was initiated, giving many the chance to start planning their next trip. If you are one of the lucky few that have spare monies to travel, we have some helpful tips on how to do it in 2020.
We wouldn’t recommend you start planning any international travel yet, just because of all the uncertainty but a quick local getaway could be just the thing to get you out of your lockdown funk.
What to pack?
You will still need your sunblock and hats but don’t forget to take your mask, a few spares, hand sanitizer and hand cream. You may also want to always keep your own pen on hand as you will be required to fill in forms at every venue, restaurant, bar and activity you attend.
If you are travelling through tollgates, be sure to wear your mask in the car when approaching. The same applies when stopping to ask for directions, dealing with traffic officials and security guards. It helps to also have a sanitizer wipe on hand to wipe down your cards and pens.
We recommend having a small bag with all these items in (much like a first-aid-kit).
Look for the specials
Many businesses are offering discounted rates and local rates to encourage travel and visitors. Shop around or reach out to your favourite hotel directly and check what they have on offer.
You may be able to stay an extra night at a lower rate or get up to 50% off your entire stay. Many places are throwing in additional perks to make everyone feel at home again.
Follow all the new safety guidelines
Follow all the guidelines in place. These will be standard at all venues but if you wish to double-check, you can call ahead and see what your accommodation or restaurant may require from you.
As is the norm now, continue to social distance and wash your hands regularly.
Everyone will be letting loose for the first time in a very long time. Some tensions may still be high while others may be fearful. The cabin fever will be melting away so it is best to proceed with caution where social interactions are concerned. There will be points where you agree or disagree with a person so it is vital to remain respectful.
If you can, tip in cash!
Many establishments only pay their staff’s tips at month-end. This is specifically linked to payments made via card or eft. If you are able to, tip your waiter in cash so they have access to instant relief. Many will only be earning their wages and salaries at the end of the month.
If you can, tip a little extra, these men and women have been through a very hard financial period. Every bit helps. And don’t forget to let them know how much you appreciate their efforts. They too are risking their health to serve.
This is just the start, if we have missed any tips you think are helpful, let us know in the comment section. If you are unable to travel, don’t worry, we have a few staycation recommendations to share in an upcoming post that will inspire even the most frugal budget.