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Your African Dream Trip Is Now Cheaper Than Ever

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/10/2018, 8:15 PM

In the past six months, the value of the South African rand has tumbled some 40% against the U.S. dollar. In March, one greenback would get you a bit more than 11 rand. Today, you get over 15. South Africa has been a terrific bargain for years. As long as you can swing the airfare there, which regularly costs around $1,000, you'll find it incredible how cheap things are on the ground.  With ...

Is It Safe to Vacation in Cape Town Once the Water Runs Out?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/31/2018, 12:00 AM

We have never been here before. A major world city is about to run out of fresh water.   On April 12, the drought-stricken city of Cape Town, on the southwestern tip of Africa, hits Day Zero. That's when the reservoir levels drop too low, taps run dry, and water must be trucked in. How we reached this point is important. While climate change dramatically reduced rainfall in the Mediterranean clim...

Record Low Exchange Rates Suddenly Make These Five Places Record Super-Bargains

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/13/2016, 10:30 PM

Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa Going where the bargains are can feel a bit like surfing, metaphorically speaking. You hang out nowhere in particular for a while, keeping an eye out for ripples, and when you spot an ideal change in the swell, you ride it for as far as you can.  Kowabunga: Surf's up! In the past few months, these currencies have taken a dive, so if you ever wanted...

Head to South Africa This Spring! Full Tours, Including Airfare from the US and Within Country, a Safari and More For Just $1499

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/05/2015, 6:00 PM

Let me start by saying that we have no affiliation whatsoever with smarTours, the tour operator behind this deal. But when we get a press release that makes our jaws hit the floor, well, our fingers just have to start typing. I can only imagine it's the Ebola scare that is responsible for this bargain basement pricing (and to be clear: there are no cases of Ebola in South Africa, but ...

When's the Best Time to Book Airfares? A Major Search Engine Comes Out With Some Very Specific, And Helpful, Advice

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/20/2014, 2:45 PM

It's one of the most asked questions in travel: When should I book my airline ticket? According to the mega-airline search site Kayak there's no one simple answer. Or perhaps I should say, there are dozens of simple answers. Kayak looked back at a year's worth of transactions, and found that the following booking windows yielded to lowest airfares: Travel from the US to Europe: 8-10 we...

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