Unleash the Summer: Essential Travel Hacks for Saving, Safety and Smart Packing

  • 10 December 2023 | By Nomkhita July

Unleash the Summer: Essential Travel Hacks for Saving, Safety, and Smart Packing`


As the temperature rises and the days grow longer, the allure of summer travel becomes irresistible. Whether you're planning a beach getaway, a road trip, or an exotic adventure, mastering the art of travel hacks can make your summer expedition smoother, more enjoyable, and wallet friendly. In this blog, we'll delve into essential tips covering saving money, ensuring safety and security, and packing efficiently.

Saving Money on Your Summer Sojourn


“Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.”


Flexible Travel Dates: Be open to flexible travel dates to capitalize on cheaper flights and accommodations. Midweek flights and stays are often more budget friendly. It’s best to start booking your flights and accommodation during off-peak season, the prices are relatively lower, and you won’t have to go over budget on your summer stay in Nelson Mandela Bay.


Create a Budget: If you have spending limits in mind before you set out, you will be more willing to pass up spontaneous temptations like expensive drinks and shopping. However, a budget is useless if you choose to ignore it, it is important to keep track of your spending during the trip and make sure you don’t spend more than you intend to.


Local Cuisine Exploration: Save on dining expenses by exploring local markets and eateries. Not only does this provide an authentic culinary experience, but it's often more economical than dining in tourist-heavy areas. 


Stay off the beaten path: Avoid tourist heavy attractions as they tend to be overpriced. Instead, visit local shops and attractions. This can help you save money as well as see a different side of Nelson Mandela Bay.


Consider Holiday Packages: A package tour, package vacation, or package holiday comprises transport and accommodation advertised and sold together by a vendor known as a tour operator. Other services may be provided such as car hire, activities or outings during the holiday. There is a lot of benefits to booking your holiday as a package as opposed to booking everything separately, like having your money protected and having everything taken care of for you. In addition to that, Nelson Mandela Bay offers visitors the NMB Pass, which is a smartcard access card,  that provides you with free admission to a variety of attractions and activities in Nelson Mandela Bay. This includes amongst others museums, game reserves, scuba diving, art galleries, sightseeing tours and many more. It also entitles you to some great discounts in selected stores for shopping, activities, entertainment and more. Click here  to start exploring the more than 60 activities on offer.




Must-Have Travel Gear Items for Stress-free Adventures:


Packing for travel doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal. With these tips and tricks, you can streamline the process, pack efficiently, and enjoy a hassle-free journey. Remember, the key is to pack smartly, prioritize essentials, and keep it simple.


Prioritize Essentials: Place essential items like medications, travel documents, SUNSCREEN and a change of clothes in your carry-on bag. This ensures you have immediate access to these necessities, even if your checked luggage is delayed or lost and your nose stays clear of sunburn.


Pack Toiletries Smartly: Toiletries can be bulky and prone to leakage. Use travel-sized containers or purchase travel-sized toiletries to save space. Consider using a toiletry bag with compartments to keep things organized and prevent spills. 


Limit Shoes: Shoes can take up a lot of space, so be selective. Pack comfortable, versatile shoes that can be worn with multiple outfits. Wear your bulkiest pair during travel to free up suitcase space.


Check the Weather: Check the weather forecast for your destination and pack accordingly. This will help you avoid bringing unnecessary clothing items and ensure you’re prepared for the climate at your destination.


Think About Laundry: If you’re traveling for an extended period, plan for laundry. A small packet of detergent can be handy, or you can use laundry services at your accommodation. This allows you to pack fewer clothes and keep your luggage manageable.


Avoid Packing “Just in Case”: Don’t pack items “just in case.” Stick to the essentials and remember that you can often purchase forgotten items at your destination. Overpacking can lead to added stress and extra baggage fees.


Utilize Travel-Friendly Accessories: Invest in travel-friendly accessories like a compact umbrella, a reusable water bottle, and a portable charger. These items will make your journey more comfortable and save you money in the long run.


Secure Valuables: Keep valuable items like passports, money, and electronics secure. Consider using a money belt or hidden pouch to deter theft while traveling.


Safety and Security Tips for Summer Travel:


  • Safeguard your digital identity by using secure Wi-Fi connections and avoiding public computers for sensitive transactions. Enable two-factor authentication on your accounts for an extra layer of security.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash and or other valuables such as expensive jewellery cameras, video cameras, etc.
  • Carry your camera/video camera in a shoulder bag and not hanging loosely around your neck.
  • Carry your wallet in an inside pocket or wear a money-belt.
  • At night, stay clear of dark, isolate areas. Stick to well-lit busy streets.
  • It is better to explore in groups: there is safety in numbers.
  • A policeman/traffic officer will be glad to direct you if you get lost.
  • Street children and beggars may approach you for a handout - Social workers
  • Counsel is against giving money.
  • Don’t be fooled by con-artists or strangers who offer you the opportunity to get rich quickly.
  • If you want to call a taxi, your hotel or the nearest tourist information office can recommend a reliable able service.
  • To avoid injury, never resist physically, should an attempted robbery be made on you.

Emergency Contacts: Save important local contacts, including emergency services, in your phone. Share your itinerary and accommodation details with a friend or family member for added safety.


Summer travel is a time for exploration, relaxation, and creating lasting memories. By incorporating these travel hacks into your plans, you can navigate the summer season with ease, ensuring both a pleasurable and budget-conscious adventure. From saving money on flights to prioritizing safety and mastering the art of efficient packing, these tips will set you on the path to a successful and stress-free summer getaway. Bon voyage!

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