What with the rising cost of travel, the scary exchange rate, the cost of visas, traffic congestion on the roads to the coast, the environmental cost of air travel and – generally – a lack of time, I thought perhaps it was time to revisit the concept of holidays. So – and the irony is not lost on me – I drove up to Joburg to do a book about staycations. OK, I wanted to actually do it about Cape Town but the publishers figured Joburg was a better sell, and publishing is a business.
And you know what? I had fun – and that’s a hard thing for a Cape Town girl to say about Jozi. But there really is a lot more out there than I thought there would be. And, OK, I did have to look a bit further afield so I enhanced the staycation concept with one-tank-cations.
Staycations are a win-win game. No long queuing and interviews for visas, no long queues at the airport, no long flights, and no long thousand-yard-stare endless drives through the Karoo. By choosing a staycation, you minimise the boring, long bits of holidays, and maximise the fun, interesting bits that make for treasured memories. And, hey, you save money, save fuel, and pile up carbon credits at the same time. What’s not to love.