The low down on South Africa’s new low cost airline, FlySafair

Let’s face it, sometimes cheap is not always the option you go for, especially when flying. Sometimes spending just a little extra can ensure you get extra leg room, baggage allowance, more miles and just better reliability and trust. The South African airline space is not extremely competitive, with only a few operators dominating popular routes, you are not left with much choice and can sometimes fork out around R3000 for a single ticket (if you are desperate).

Introduce FlySafair and we now have a true low cost airline. When FlySafair launched I must admit I was very hesitant to fly with them. Surely there had to be something wrong with either the aircraft or the service for those prices?! Ticket prices were as low as R199 one way and that I just could not fathom.

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This week I was forced to fly FlySafair and it left me very impressed! A round trip to Johannesburg cost less than R1000 – this blew my mind! It was far more cheaper than any of what the other airlines were offering.

So what’s the deal with FlySafair?

  • Tickets are super cheap but you pay R150 to check in luggage (carry on luggage remains free) – no problem here as this is adopting major international models especially in the USA. It is the perfect solution for business travelers.
  • You can check in online 24 hours before your flight and the process allows you to select seats including selecting the exit row. Extra leg room? Why, yes thank you!
  • Pricing of snacks is affordable and on par with other airlines however the options are limited. It’s best to just grab something from the airport before boarding.
  • It’s a pity but there isn’t a loyalty program as yet which means no airline miles. However I am certain this is soon to come.
  • The flight attendants don’t seem to have tons of experience and the pilot does not make many announcements throughout the flight.

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The price of airline tickets in South Africa are sky rocketing and I definitely see myself booking a lot more flights via FlySafair again soon. Will you give them a try?

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, it doesn’t make you that much happier. But one of the biggest questions is how to allocate our money, which is (for most of us) a limited resource.

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Jay Cassano – Brooklyn-based staff writer for Co.Exist

Win a 2 night stay for two at 3Flavours guest house

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Who doesn’t need a luxurious break at a 4* Guest House? 3Flavours Guest House is perfectly situated to serve as a safe haven from which you can explore The Overberg and surrounding countryside. 3Flavours Guest House has a magnificent setting in the heart of the Cape’s uniquely rich fynbos region. They provide breathtaking mountain and distant ocean views from the comfort at our 8.5 hectare fynbos farm on the outskirts of Pringle Bay.

HOW DO YOU WIN?

Its super simple, all you have to do is Like my Facebook Page and the 3Flavours Guest House Page and comment on this post. Tell me why you need this break and tag the person you would take with you. Good Luck!

Introducing the Umbra travel jewellery organiser

travel-organizer-envelopeIf you’re an avid traveler who cannot leave home without a few pieces of your nicest jewellery then we have something in common. Regardless of which place or country I visit, I always take a few chains and earrings along (even though I hardly end up using it) because let’s face it, we need to be prepared! Now, I am not sure about you but I usually just stick all my jewellery into a small clutch bag which always ends up tangled, earring screws go missing and things get scratched. There are tons of jewellery organisers out there but let me introduce you to my personal favourite and it’s probably because I love their brand so much!

The Umbra Jewellery Travel Organiser is designed specifically for travelling. Not only is the bag travel themed but it is small and compact which makes travelling with it so enjoyable.  It is literally the size of an envelope which can fit into your carry on luggage as well. The organiser was designed by Erika Kovesdi, who has exhibited at ICFF in NYC, Chicago, and Tokyo, and at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Take a look at the below video to get a detailed look at the Umbra envelope travel organiser. If you love Umbra as much as I do and never knew where to find their products in South Africa then let me fill you in on a little secret….Boardmans, Yuppiechef and Superbalist.

 

About Umbra

“Design Is Our Soul.

It starts with design and ends with design. And for us, that means designing intelligent functions in appealing forms. We bring thought and creativity to everyday items through original design.”

What does the other side of Cape Town have to offer?

Cape Town is probably one of the most traveled to destinations in Africa, it is rich in its diversity and has tons to offer its visitors yet the majority of the attractions are either in the CBD or the Southern Suburbs. I live in the Northern Suburbs and I love it. It’s gorgeous and offers tons of things to do away from the hustle of the CBD. So, apart from the amazing food, what other things are there to do on this side of the mountain?

Visit Franschhoek

Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This small town has so much to offer those who visit. It is home to some of the worlds best chefs and wineries. Franschhoek’s French heritage of more than 300 years is evident in the towns buildings, shops and culture. The picturesque valley is perfect for photography lovers and those looking to just escape for a while.

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We’ve got our hippie markets too you know! You will not be disappointed with the Root 44 market in Stellenbosch. It is open every Saturday and Sunday, come rain or shine! This is not your average market with just traders and food stalls; it provides entertainment too. Keep an eye out to see what bands are playing as you might just have the luck of watching someone well known play.

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Cool Runnings Toboggan Track

Cool-Runnings Toboggan Track is the first downhill toboggan run in Africa. This summer version of snow tobogganing delivers the ultimate in safe, thrilling speed, in a bobsled on wheels down a 1,25 km winding track. Speed is regulated by the rider and there is no need to walk up the hill for your next go because you get on the sled at the bottom and let the automatic pully take you all the way to the top. Its perfect for adults and kids!

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Blue Rock Water Activities

Blue Rock is situated on the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg Mountains, a stone’s throw away from Sir Lowry’s Pass. It is a cable water ski resort and restaurant where families come to wakeboard, picnic, play paintball, swim, fufi slide and more. It makes for an awesome day out for the entire family.

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Giraffe House

I had so much fun visiting Giraffe House. This Wildlife Awareness centre provides easy access to some of Africa’s wonderful wildlife and bird species. Focusing on African wildlife, Giraffe House aims to provide a place for people to enjoy the outdoors, whilst experiencing and learning about animals and why they are special.

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Vredenheim Wildlife & Winery

Vredenheim is approximately 320 years old and is one of the oldest wine estates in the Stellenbosch area of the Cape Winelands. It has so much to offer; your first stop should definitely be Barrique Restaurant and make sure you try their grape juice. After a relaxed lunch, head over to the Wild Cats Park where you can walk among some really fascinating white lions, tigers and other wild cats (they’re in their cages offcourse).

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Paarl Rock

Paarl Rock is the bulbous granite outcrop that is part of the larger Paarl Mountain, standing out from miles away for its smooth, flawless appearance, from where it gets its name. If you’re keen for some adventure then rent out some climbing equipment and partake in some rock climbing. If you’re a scared cat like me then stick to the trails. Either way, you are promised some gorgeous views so ensure your phone is near by!

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The Robberg Beach Lodge in Plettenberg Bay

Road tripping down the Garden Route is always so much fun. It really is one of the nicest places in South Africa and the accommodation and activities in these coastal towns are nothing short of amazing. Our last stop before heading back home to Cape Town was Plettenberg Bay. We decided to be spontaneous and only booked our accommodation whilst driving down the N2.

I use Booking.com for all my accommodation needs and searched for something in Plett; The Robberg Beach Lodge was the first option. I opened it, drooled over the pictures, read the reviews and immediately booked. This 5 star beach lodge is located alongside the beach and was honestly one of the nicest places I have ever stayed at in the Western Cape. It may have been in the middle of Winter but the weather was perfect and views crystal clear!

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From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we were treated like royals by Victor and the other staff. They were so accommodating, friendly and immediately made you feel like you were home. After a quick check in, we were escorted to our phenomenal Luxury SuiteOur suite offered fresh modern accommodation with a spacious sea facing room, large bathroom and private balcony. The next morning a superb breakfast awaited us and the choices were endless. The Robberg offers its guests a little piece of heaven that is not easy to forget.

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Take a look at their specials and rates and make this your number one choice when visiting Plettenberg Bay; I definitely have! Follow them on social media for more information. (Pictures courtesy of The Robberg Beach Lodge)

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Bathurst – A 19th Century English Village in South Africa

Bathurst is located in the Eastern Cape and its chief claim to fame is that it was the early administrative centre established by the British Government for the 1820 British Settlers. The town is quaint and does not offer tons of attractions to its visitors but the little that it does offer is quirky and nothing short of charming. Many of the original settler houses and other buildings have been preserved, and there remains much of the look and feel of an English village of the early 19th Century. The Pig and Whistle Inn, built in 1821, is at the heart of the village and is reputedly the oldest extant pub in the country.

We visited the iconic Bathurst Pineapple which is a 17 meter tall pineapple and home to the pineapple museum. It’s only a R10 admission fee and there’s tons of interesting facts to learn about pineapple farming. A must see, even if it’s just to snap a picture of the ginormous pineapple.

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I am always surprised by the amazing shops hidden away in towns like these. Bathurst has so many wonderful little shops with interesting things for sale. My favourite is Tales Of Antiquity. It is hard to describe but if you can picture a secondhand vintage shop with a mixture of antiques, clothing and bric à brac then you can imagine that Tales Of Antiquity has a lot to offer. I was thrilled to find so many gems including vintage dessert bowls; R110 for 6 and fine bone China tea cups for R35. If you’re looking to host the ultimate vintage tea party then this shop should definitely be on your list of things to see in Bathurst.

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CNN rated Bathurst South Africa’s most eccentric town and now I definitely know why. Make sure you have an entire day to spend here and preferably on a Sunday when the Farmers Market is on. Don’t worry, all the shops are open till late on Sunday too!

Let the Garden Route adventure begin

It’s been a few months since I have embarked on a road trip and this could not have come at a better suited time. More than ever do both my husband and myself need to escape for a few days and what better place to disappear too than Port Alfred. Port Alfred is located in the Eastern Cape and is the heart of the Sunshine Coast. It is a small town with not much to see in the town itself but its peaceful and serene… exactly what the doctor ordered.

Hard to believe but we both have quite a few close family members who live here and are loving it. So, we plan on spending enough time with family as well. We start our road trip early Friday morning and plan to explore everything alongside the Garden Route. There are amazing attractions close to Port Alfred including the unique town of Bathurst, Grahamstown and Kenton on Sea. Bathurst is heart of settler country and home to South Africa’s oldest inn. Wow!

Do you have any suggestion of places to visit and things to do? Let me know!