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Traveling is a dream most of us share, it is also a dream some have had the chance to realise. South Africans have always had a strong wanderlust for exploring the world, even when the rand had taken a few knocks over the years. Having the chance to break away from our certain reality is a goal many shed blood, sweat and tears to reach. MoneyPanda knows this, partnering with TravelStart, we have formulated a way for everyone to compare cheap flights, specials and destinations. Choose from the selection of airlines such as;
• South African Airways
• Qatar Airlines
• Turkish Airlines
• British Airways
• And many more…
By comparing your flights you The Panda is going to make your dream a reality, you can find flight specials you may not have known about and see which airlines offer the service packages you need. Compare ratings, in flight needs; such as seating comfort; ablution facilities; meals and bar services. After all your hard work saving up, you deserve only the best, right? By using MoneyPanda, you can compare all airlines, and make sure, you are indeed, getting the best travel deals for your hard earned dough.
1. Enter your dates, and destination.
2. Compare airlines and flight prices.
3. Choose the best deal for your pocket.
4. Enter your details and buy your ticket...
Aaaand you are done… it’s that EASY!
1 Wake up early! Yes we know this is what you do when you have to go to work, so holidays are for sleep ins? No! Wake up early and take advantage of every minute the sun is in the sky, sleeping is still going to be around when your back at your 9 – 5.
2 Stash that cash! Running low on cash or finding that you’re stuck because ATMS are off line or out of cash, you will be singing a happy tune knowing you stashed those few extra hundreds for that “rainy day”.
3 Keep a backup and a backup of your back up! – Theft is sadly a crime experiences all over the world, so don’t think you will escape it anywhere else. Keep a backup of all your important documents, photos, phone numbers, serial codes and any other important data on an external drive. Then, as a precaution, back up your back up on a digital SkyDrive. If anything gets stolen or lost, you’ll be glad you did.
4 Pack those PLUGS! – And no, not those that get used in wall sockets! EAR PLUGS! If you are traveling through noisy areas or back packing, it can be difficult to get some shut eye, what with the noisy traffic, crying babies, shouting locals and the occasional drunken brawl. You will be glad for the peace and quiet these simple tiny objects can bring.
5 Eat the local cuisine – it may be scary, taking the first bite of something that looks remarkably like a creepy crawly you generally run away from or stomp into oblivion the moment you see it. But this can more often than not be something very special in some countries and regarded as a delicacy. So shut your eyes and jump in, it’s all part of the experience, and for all you know, you might be grossed out by yourself to find out you may actually like it. Don’t all weird things taste just like chicken???
6 Keep a diary - Yes diaries are not just for young girls in love. Traveling can be a whirl wind and it often only happens once in your life. Keep notes and write about every experience you have in extreme detail. We often forget what we had for breakfast! So write it all down. Slow down at a few points in your day, breathe and just recall it all, you will be so glad you did.
7 Exercise can be done anywhere! – keeping your workout routine seems to fly out the door the minute you fly out the country! There is no excuse for letting your body suffer while you are indulging. You want to enjoy every moment of you trip, the best way to avoid that last drag at the end is to keep your body in check. Get enough sleep, eat healthy, most of the time, those treats are calling, yes, but balance it, and run a little. Go hike those gorgeous mountains, go exploring, and use sun block! The sun can be brutal in some areas.
Choosing the best flights and destinations can often be tough.
Do some research – find out where people often opt to go, then find out why. Travel hotspots are hotspots for a reason.
Read travellers blogs- many people write about the places they have been too and often make a list of places to avoid. Check up on these things, it will often lead you to the best places in the world and help you avoid the places that could turn your blissful vacation into a tormented nightmare.
Read through recommendations on airlines; there are many sites on the internet dedicated to reviews from people that have made use of them. Experience factors; prices; staff- all these things can be assessed from experiences passed travellers have been kind enough to document.
Spend some time reading up and comparing reviews of different airlines, then decide on a few options and then compare them on MoneyPanda and see which come out tops. This way making your decision will be well informed and well compared. It’s a win – win situation guaranteed!
Q: Why do some airlines charge for baggage and others don’t?
A: Main full service airlines include all these fares into their pricing, whether it is used or not. Those who don’t, offer the extras as “add – ons” for those who need and or use them, offering their flights at a cheaper base fare.
Q: Can I book a specific seat on the flight in advance?
A: Flight seats can only be allocated at the check – in. This serves as a first come first serve basis.
Q: I have an infant, how do I go about booking for them?
A: Infants are often charged a mere fraction of the air ticket price, often ranging between 15% and 25% of the price, this can be booked in person or online. Most airlines offer a 20kg +- baggage allowance. You will need their birth certificate at check – in, so make sure you pack that in with your goodies.
Q: Why do airline ticket prices change?
A: Airlines can only offer a certain number of seats at a certain price. These cheaper flight offers often get snatched up very quickly, as well, the ticket prices vary dependant on destination, airline, and time of the year.
Visas are so expensive, they are such a hassle to obtain and quite frankly, this hassle can make you wish you were already on that sandy beach, letting your worries melt away with the waves. Luckily, there are places you can travel to without that draining hassle visa. Places such as:
Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Bahamas
Barbados Belize Benin
Botswana Brazil Chile
Colombia Costa Rica Dominica
Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador
Fiji Gabon Georgia
Grenada Guatemala Guyana
Haiti Honduras Hong Kong
Indonesia Ireland Israel
Jamaica Kenya Kosovo
Lesotho Macao Malawi
Malaysia Mozambique Namibia
Nicaragua Palestinian Panama
Paraguay Peru Philippines
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Singapore
South Korea St. Vincent Swaziland
Tanzania Thailand Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia Uruguay Vanuatu
Venezuela Zambia Zimbabwe
HOW AWSOME IS THAT? Amazing places for you to travel to visa free!
Plan thoroughly- yes, we all want to go wild and do as we please on our holiday- “go with the wind” as they say, but this can run into a few serious unforeseen costs and leave your pockets shallow sooner than expected. Stick to the plan and prolong your holiday funds.
Find package deals- Find places that offer you a flight, fun, food and a bed at a package price, this can work out a lot cheaper than paying for it all separately.
Share your holiday- Have a family you enjoy spending time with and know they are also “jonesing” for a break? Go on holiday together and split up the costs, this way you can find group deals and spare a few pennies.
1. Most airlines don’t have a seat 13. This came about to aid those who are superstitious and already scared of flying.
2. Water boils at 90 degrees on a plane, where as it boils at 100 degrees on land. This is due to the air pressure on the air craft. Explains why the hot beverages you get always taste so fowl?
3. You are more likely to survive a plane crash if you sit at the back. It has been shown, by Popular Mechanics, that you have a 40% higher chance of survival than if you sat in the front or middle.
4. Pilots are not allowed, under any circumstance, to eat the same food as the rest. This is to prevent that both pilots be poisoned, should this ever occur. The one pilot will be served with what everyone else gets, while the other will be served with something completely different. This way, should anything happen, one of the pilots will remain unharmed.
5. Flights are cheaper on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Saturdays. This is because they are awkward days to get leave for from work. They generally cause you to not have as many consecutive days leave. Thus causing Friday to be the most expensive day to fly, because inevitably, this is the day everybody wants to fly.
1. Make sure your hotel is pet friendly, if they are, follow their rules to the tee.
2. Consider others – some people are very afraid of animals, even if they look like teddy bears and are cute and cuddly.
3. Walk your pooch as often as possible, on a leash, they also get anxious and tense when traveling, help keep them calm by working off some energy. This will also help distress you in the process.
4. Make sure you complete the airline check list before you book in with your pet.
Airlines have very strict policies when transporting local animals to foreign countries, as do the countries in question have their own set of rules when allowing the pet into the country. So make sure you meet all the requirements of both the destination country and the airline taking you there. Otherwise you may find your beloved pet in quarantine for the holiday.
APEX: Advance Purchase Excursion Ticket. This is when a cheap fare ticket must be issued soon after the reservation is made, well in advance of the planned date of travel. Usually date changes are not possible, or are charged a fee, unlike most other tickets
Asian style shower: ready for a jaw drop? This means there is no shower cubicle. Only the shower head is provided, often in a large room with multiple shower heads all in a row. (and the water will be all over the floor!)
Backtracking not allowed: This sadly means you cannot revisit a place twice, so make sure you make the most of each visit on your itinerary.
Blackout dates: This means that the special flight offer is not valid on these specific dates, because of a festival or an event; sufficient or overbooking for the dates needed.
Churning: This is the term given to someone who makes and cancels flight bookings multiple times. This incurs costs for airlines and will reflect on your record, often effecting the fare you pay for flights.
Circle Flight: A flight with multiple destinations in a region or area.
Long Haul: this is a term given to very long flights. Often crossing from one continent to another. Often needing to stop for refuelling at a point.
It is so easy to make a mistake and end up messing up your trip,
1 Make sure your accommodation has a safe in the room to lock away your valuables. The last thing you want is to have to deal with the local authorities on end because you have been a victim of theft.
2 Make sure you have local currency on your person when you leave the airport. Many taxi services do not accept card payments.
3 Read up before you go. Make sure you know as much as possible about the country you will be visiting to avoid making rooky mistakes and upsetting the locals. This can really ruin your trip and holiday buzz.
4 Have a travel plan. While exploring around the expensive cities might sound like fun, in some countries the locals might not warn you that you are approaching a very dangerous area. Explore by all means but stay safe and be aware of where you are.
5 If you don’t need it, leave it at home. Don’t travel with all your gadgets and expensive equipment. Only take what you need. This way you won’t need to lug it all around with you and potentially be a target of theft, what can be affordable in your country may be perceived as an item that can fetch a pretty penny where you are visiting. Don’t draw that unnecessary attention to yourself.
When looking at travel and flights, one can’t help but to think about the changes that have happened in the airport environment since 9 / 11. Seeing how security has been changed and how protocols have had to be adapted to accommodate the extra hands on efficiency.
As TSA and general airport security was quite present before that tragic day, it has had quite a change. Security on planes have been increased, such as cockpits now only being able to be opened by the pilots themselves from the inside. Cameras and intercoms now used for air hostesses to communicate should they need to. Added caution has also been added to protocols should any airport staff feel there is an unsavoury character in the vicinity, either airport or plane itself. Any form of worry is now taken very seriously, while keeping in mind the persons rights and liberties. It is quite a tricky and fine line.
General airport security has also been upped. Presence now of- armed security- has been a must have since that day. Not just security in person has been added, multiple cameras, scanners, sniffer dogs etc. have also been increased to maximum capacity. Other rules that have been put in place are:
1 Enhanced pat downs, airport security has to be more thorough.
2 Families and friends are no longer allowed to wait at airport terminals to welcome travellers.
3 No liquids in amounts larger than prescribed are allowed on the air craft.
4 Shoes need to be removed at check points.
5 Identification needs to match the name on the ticket and be available to show security at any given moment.
This though, is something to be greatful for, all in place to keep every day travellers safe. It may be a very draining frustrating experience, but it is like that for a reason.
Ever find yourself in a predicament where last minute plans for the holidays fall through and you need to book alternative travels at point 99? Don’t worry,
o Go to the air ticket counter and buy the ticket, chances are you would get a fair discount, it’s not unheard of.
o Keep an eye out for tour associations having last minute aeroplane ticket sales due to last minute cancellations. Especially to sunny destinations.
o Try to make these last minute travels in the middle of the week. These are days that are avoided by general travellers and often leave airports needing to fill seats
o Have a look at “secret hotel deals”. There are systems you can use that have been put in place to help people with last minute bookings. A way for hotels to move unbooked rooms quietly. Only snag is you won’t know which hotel you have been placed at until the transaction is complete. So all the detail you put in is your preferred hotels and ratings for them to add into the factoring.
o Be willing to downgrade. Sometimes you may not be able to get the lux accommodation or classy airline tickets you are used to, when it is last minute take the chance to downgrade a little, using that extra cash on a spa treatment or nice diner may make your stressful last minute arrangements well worth it.
o Be willing to try new places. You may not be able to get a flight to your favourite place. Read a few blogs about hidden away paradises that no one knows about, they tend to be a lot cheaper with airline tickets to these places because they are not tourist hot spots. The peace and tranquillity of a place that is not crowded by holiday makers may be just what you need.
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