Where did SA tourists travel to this year?

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De­spite the at­tacks in Paris and ev­er­chang­ing over­seas visa reg­u­la­tions, South Africans are trav­el­ling more than ever, ac­cord­ing to Rus­sell Jarvis from Trav­el­start.co.za, one of South Africa’s big­gest travel-book­ing com­pa­nies. He shared some in­sights on where South Africans like to go. Desti­na­tion of the year: Lon­don, UK

You’d bet­ter be­lieve it, Lon­don is still SA’s most vis­ited des­ti­na­tion, top­ping the num­bers in terms of flights booked.

Up-and-comer: Mum­bai, In­dia Air­port trends:

Check­ing in bag­gage is be­com­ing a thing of the past as more and more peo­ple take what they need in carry-on bags. Lo­cal air­line com­pa­nies such as FlySafair also of­fer dis­counted prices if you don’t check in a bag. Peo­ple are tired of los­ing their lug­gage or hav­ing to wait for it at the carousel. Taxi ser­vices:

Good­bye phon­ing ahead and hello Uber. The trend has taken South Africa by storm and is now the most con­ve­nient way to get around. There are con­cerns that the app­based trans­port ser­vice is cre­at­ing an un­healthy mo­nop­oly, but it seems it’s so con­ve­nient that South Africans just can’t stop us­ing it. On­line ac­com­mo­da­tion:

Sites such as Airbnb and Sa­far­iNow are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar when it comes to find­ing af­ford­able hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion. As in­ter­net ac­cess im­proves in South Africa, more of us are ditch­ing phone calls and do­ing our book­ings on­line. – Grethe Koen



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