Holidays Where Your Rand Goes Further

Stretch your Rand with these destinations

Take a look at fantastic holiday options that are also friendly on the pocket!

We’ve all been affected by the turbulence of our economy and the fluctuating Rand in recent months, making it so much harder to get serious about booking that holiday you were lusting after at the start of the year.

Stretch your Rand with these destinations

Here’s a look at some fantastic holiday options that are also friendlier on the pocket if you want to get away without breaking the bank this season. The Rand may be much weaker than major currencies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy travel!

While it is literally on the other side of the planet, travel to South America has become a lot more reasonable in price since the launch of flights into South Africa by LATAM Airlines. Brazil offers affordable mid-range accommodation and even high-end hostel accommodation that can work within a small budget. Stick to street food and avoid the tourist traps and you’re all set!

There’s a reason why Thailand is always popular with South Africans, and that’s because the Thai Baht is so affordable for us. Enjoy meals way below what you’d expect to pay at home, great accommodation for just a few hundred Rand per night and lots of adventure and activity. Don’t forget to leave space in your suitcase to bring back plenty of souvenirs.

After the FIFA World Cup, Russia has seen an uptick in interest from tourists looking for the next exciting place to visit. While the gold palaces may seem out of reach, Russia offers the cultural heritage of other European cities without the hefty price tag. St Petersburg offers incredible sightseeing opportunities and one of the most extensive historical collections in the world at the Hermitage Museum.

Just a hop across the border, South Africans can enjoy what they love best in Mozambique. Soak up the sun, indulge on seafood and recoup from busy city living. Mozambique is easy to explore by road and stopping off at Maputo before heading up the coast offers a veritable feast of vibey nightlife and notable art deco architecture.

Enjoy a staycation
Worried that even these budget destinations are too much? There’s nothing wrong with staying home and enjoying a staycation. Look for museums, walking tours and galleries in your own city to spend time with friends and family.

Remember, Bidvest Bank offers a multi-currency Mastercard® World Currency Card™, which is one of the safest and most cost effective ways of accessing different currency purses while you travel abroad – no matter where you go. There are 17 currencies available on the multi-currency Bidvest Bank Mastercard® World Currency Card™ and a host of travel-friendly benefits.

You can make purchases and withdrawals wherever Mastercard is accepted but not in the Common Monetary Area (CMA), which includes South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia. Other countries may be blocked from time to time due to sanctions.

Normal exchange control rules apply