Need a break? Want to escape the city? We understand completely. On a tight budget?…
Travel is a luxury, we know. So, when you save up and take a trip, whether local or international, you want it to be perfect! The truth is, as you mature and change, you have different priorities and interests – how you travel ties in with this too.
What you loved in your teens may not be quite right in your laties… not that we’re pigeon-holing. However, it may help to browse through some suggested trips we’ve pulled together…
The carefree 20s
Now’s the time to save as much as possible, and take an extended working holiday or gap year. Consider a ski season in North America, teaching English in Hong Kong, or volunteering at a needy organisation in South Africa. There are many work abroad options through reputable companies like STA Travel.
Check out South African Volunteers based on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, who work various projects in the community. Consider party destinations like Ibiza, or joining an organized tour like Contiki, where you’ll meet people from around the world. Money may be tight, so look for any discounts you can arrange on flights or accommodation, such as those provided by companies like Fedhealth and their rewards program.
The busy 30s
You may have a more established career and possibly a partner or family. Travelling for longer periods may be hard, but not impossible. You’ll have more established likes and dislikes; you may favor cultural hubs over party destinations. Got young kids? Consider a family friendly destination like Mauritius, where the kids are entertained during the day and you can relax.
The fab 40s and 50s
Your job may be stressful as you take on increased responsibilities – so you need this holiday more than ever! By now you may also own a home, and if you’re older, the kids may be leaving the nest. An exciting option to consider is house swapping, where you swap your home with someone else’s across the globe, even if it’s for a short period of time. Home Exchanges claims to offer access to 65000 homes across 150 countries! If you’re seeking an antidote to your stressful life, why not consider a yoga retreat in India, or learning the art of Tai Chi in China?
The sassy 60s and 70s
Getting older means you have to go out and seek adventure yourself! Traveling keeps you young at heart and physically active, making it even more important to keep doing it. Australia has much tooffer; snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and exploring Ayers Rock. Feeling nostalgic? You may want to revisit an old favourite from your glory days.
Words Belinda Mountain
Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!