Once the travel bug bites, it’s there to stay. The only thing is that in today’s unpredictable social and economic climate, not everyone can spend thousands on extravagant international trips. Popular social media platform Pinterest, has rounded up their top travel trends for 2019, and we’ve got the best places to experience these unique getaways without leaving the country.
Here’s our list of the top five Pinterest travel trends – and where you can try them in SA…
According to Pinterest, people are seeking out the small town lifestyle, hankering after the breathtaking views, quirky BnBs and laid-back R&R. Here in SA, why not explore places like Rosendal, Riebeek-Kasteel, Velddrif and Cradock? Just off KZN’s south coast lies the quiet seaside town of Umkomaas. If you’re looking for peace and quiet plus a room with a view, the Umkomazi Beach House is the perfect place for you and your family.
Hot springs have sprung
Known for their relaxing, restorative qualities, hot springs are becoming increasingly popular with the nature-loving tourist. We love the Cradock Spa in the Eastern Cape, the Riemvasmaak settlement and natural springs in the Northern Cape, Western Cape’s The Baths in Citrusdal, and the lesser-known but quite remarkable Shu Shu hot springs in the heart of Zululand. Even in the cooler months, this is a brilliant travel idea.
Image by Zululand Eco-Adventures
A wheelie good tour
Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or a simple leisure-time peddler, you’ll love an escape that incorporates great experiences with a touch of exercise. And, since you’re getting a dose of cardio, the en-route snack stops should be encouraged. Check out sites like africanbikers.com and escapecycletours.com to find out more about the options for cycle tours around SA, whether you want to use your road bike or mountain bike to tour places like the Addo Elephant Park or treat yourself to a gourmet cycle tour in Prince Albert. Get cycling!
Image by Chris Murray
Gather a group, clear their calendars, keep the end-point hush-hush, and practice shouting ‘surprise!’ There’s nothing more exciting than a spontaneous getaway where the destination is a mystery. Make the most of the journey and do a road trip rather than flying – the best part? The options are endless.
Have a nice fall
Imagine sipping on hot gluhwein while you unwind on a veranda overlooking nothing but rolling hills and rust-coloured autumn leaves. Bliss! With off-season rates and milder weather, it’s no wonder travelers are falling for autumn getaways. The best spots to cosy up this season? Places like Dullstroom, Clarens, the Drakensburg and Franschhoek are great options at the moment. Think floating leaves, nights by the fireside and magnificent views of lakes and mountain ranges. What more could you ask for?
Image by Eddie Wilson
By Features Editor Stephanie van der Plank