What would you rather spend your money on when travelling?

I recently packed my bags for 24 hours of magic in the Magaliesburg. But, before I could start planning my adventure, the first step was to check and book flights.

And, I’m sure that I’m not alone when my first instinct is to sort flights from cheapest to most expensive – I mean, who can say “no” to savings? So, I always head over to Travelstart to see what prices are like on my intended travel dates.

For my trip dates – the 18th and 19th of March – the difference between the cheapest and most expensive flight combination from Cape Town International Airport to Lanseria International Airport, return, was around R3 000. And, I don’t know about you, but I’d rather put that money towards something fun on the other side, than on two hours of limited legroom the air.

A hot air balloon ride

A bucket list item if ever there was one, the early wake up call will be worth it. Watch the sun rise from a hot air balloon, experience one of the first iterations of human flight and just be taken over my the magic of it all.

Cost: R2 350 per person | More information

Grande Degustation menu at Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient

If I had to choose one restaurant in Gauteng to eat at, then this would be it. Still firmly on my “must visit” list, I hope to one day experience the Grande Degustation menu for myself, but in the meantime – I live vicariously through the photographs of their incredible culinary creations. And, while firmly a special occasion meal, you can easily treat two people to their grande menu, with wine with your savings from your flight.

Cost: R1 250 per person | More information

A night at the 5* De Hoek Country Hotel

What’s that, you say – a night at a luxury, 5* lodge in the countryside with your flight savings? Surely one of the easiest travel decisions you can make. Book cheap flights, save money, have a night of luxury. Simple.

Cost: from R2 785 per room, including breakfast | More information

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A full day safari in the Pilanesburg National Park

Another item that’s still firmly on my own bucket list, I’d like to think a real Kruger safari isn’t as unattainable as we might believe. Only have a  day to spare? You can be collected from your front door, spend a day in the wild, and be dropped back in time for dinner – all for just over R2 000. I’m definitely adding this to my itinerary next time I’m in Gauteng.

Cost: R2 250 per person | More information

Keen to see how much you could save on your trip? Head over here, enter your trip dates – and start planning!

This post was sponsored by Travelstart. All views and editorial direction are my own. Images of Mosaic at The Orient are property of the restaurant.

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