I must be honest with you…the last thing I feel like doing is driving to Durban. After 9 weeks of driving around the country it’s seriously not fun any more. What you may not know is that I am the only driver in the family. Which means that no matter how crappy I feel and no matter what else I have to deal with, the driving responsibility falls onto my shoulders.
So while we’ve been home, I’ve been looking at alternative options. I looked at plane tickets and, after finding a set for R5k, I looked at adding a rental car and nearly had a heart attack. We want to explore KZN while we are there so flying and not having access to a car is not an option for us. But spending R10k on flights and car rental isn’t an option either. That’s before adding accommodation and food! How do people travel!?
Which means we will be driving to KZN next week, after the car has been serviced. Yay! Funsies.
Don’t get me wrong. I still love travel. But budget travel can be a bit oppressive at times. I’m sure travel is a lot more fun when money isn’t such an issue. The thing is, in today’s economy no one has money. So adjustments need to be made.
We will leave from Cape Town and head to Graaff Reinet as a mid way stop. We would like to stop over for 2 nights before we move on from there. I can’t do the trip on 1 tank of fuel so let’s break it down like this and see where we end up.
Cape Town to Graaff Reinet
Accommodation (2 nights): R1500
Then Graaff Reinet is still over 11 hours away from Empangeni which means another stop is in order. Let’s say, Bethlehem. 2 nights is the bare minumum because I don’t want to screech into a place in the dark and then leave in the dark the next morning. We’ve tried that. It’s exhausting!
Graaff Reinet to Bethlehem:
Bethlehem to Dumami Lodge:
So the total is R6000 and we have access to our own car to explore KZN. Of course this is to just get us to our first stop. And we want to stay there for 2 weeks. Oh help! I must be missing something here. Surely there must be a cheaper way for a family of 4 to travel in South Africa?
I honestly don’t mind saving up for that trip of a lifetime. I’m no scrooge. But after 15 years of marriage and working my butt off, that trip of a lifetime was probably going to happen in someone else’s lifetime, unless I made a few changes. Maybe others feel the same too?
Anyway, in other news…We are so excited to finally be trying our cruise life at the end of the year. And, thanks to a sale at a low cost airline earlier this week, the kids will get to fly in a plane and sail on a ship for the first time in the week they turn 9 and 12 and their parents celebrate their 15 year anniversary. Then we start saving up for thatisland holiday, and helicopter flight, and Hot Air Balloon ride, and maybe a trip to see the Northern Lights.
But in the meantime, can we talk about the cost of plane tickets? How do you manage to travel with your family? Is staying within driving distance of home the only option or do you have a secret that works for you? And speaking of driving, what is your limit? How far are you willing to drive to go on holiday before you buy plane tickets instead? And if you fly, how do you get around and explore? Are rental cars the only way to go?
Let me know in the comments. Maybe we can all help each other out.