Five Rand-friendly dream vacation destinations you can visit right now
Andile Sicetsha

The thought of taking a dream vacation seemed impossible six months ago but today, with the world tentatively reopened for international travel, the thought of globetrotting no longer seems too farfetched.

Of course, the prospect of travelling is not a luxury afforded to many. This is especially true for South Africans due to the weakness of our currency in global markets.

For the average South African, a dream vacation to many sought-after destinations, some in Europe, others in Asia and the Americas, remains exactly that — a dream.

However, what many don’t say is how easy it is to plan an international vacation trip. As long as you are realistic about what your affordability and meet this compromise with the best options available for your budget, you can plan and execute a great vacation without burning a deep hole into your bank account.

We’ve gone ahead and made it easier for you by providing a detailed guide on five dream vacation destinations you can take right now that are Rand-friendly.

Five dream vacation destinations that are Rand-friendly

Please note that flight estimates and currency conversions are constantly fluctuating. The data below was recorded at 16:05 on Tuesday, 13 October 2020. Return flight price estimates were taken from CheapFlghts.co.za.

Cambodia

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Key attractions: Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm Temple

How the Rand competes in this market: One Rand can get you 248,35 Cambodian riels

How much a roundtrip flight would cost (per adult): More or less R35 500

Average accommodation cost (data taken from AirBnB): You can get an apartment from as little as R360 to as much as R3 100 per night.

Current Covid-19 travel status: Travel is allowed on a limited capacity.

Mauritius

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Key attractions: Mauritius Botanical Garden, Black River Gorges National Park, Île aux Cerfs Island

How the Rand competes in this market: One Rand can get you 2.4 Mauritian Rupees

How much a roundtrip flight would cost (per adult): The cheapest flight prices start at around R15 800.

Average accommodation cost (data taken from AirBnB): Prices start at around R4 300 per night and can go up to and beyond R10 000.

Current Covid-19 travel status: Travel is allowed on a limited capacity

Thailand

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Key attractions: The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun Ratchawararam

How the Rand competes in this market: One Rand can get you 1.89 baht.

How much a roundtrip flight would cost (per adult): The cheapest flight prices start at around R10 520.

Average accommodation cost (data taken from AirBnB): Prices start at around R320 per night and can go up to and beyond R5 000.

Current Covid-19 travel status: Travel is allowed on a limited capacity

Vietnam

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Key attractions: Cu Chi Tunnel, Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Cát Bà Island.

How the Rand competes in this market: One Rand can get you 1 401 Vietnamese dongs.

How much a roundtrip flight would cost (per adult): The cheapest flight prices start at around R21 650

Average accommodation cost (data taken from AirBnB): Prices start at around R165 per night and can go up to and beyond R5 000.

Current Covid-19 travel status: Travel is allowed on a limited capacity.

Zanzibar

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Key attractions: Jozani Forest, Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, Changu Island

How the Rand competes in this market: One Rand can get you 140.9 Tanzanian shillings.

How much a roundtrip flight would cost (per adult): The cheapest flight prices start at around R5 990.

Average accommodation cost (data taken from AirBnB): Prices start at around R763 per night and can go up to and beyond R5 000.

Current Covid-19 travel status: Travel is allowed on a limited capacity.