Heritage Day falls on Friday, September 24, making it a three-day weekend. Picture: Pexels.
Heritage Day falls on Friday, September 24, making it a three-day weekend. Picture: Pexels.

3 tips to plan your last-minute Heritage Day long weekend trip

By Clinton Moodley Time of article published Sep 9, 2021

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The upcoming long weekend is a chance to get out of your home, whether it is a staycation, road trip or a flight to another country.

Heritage Day falls on Friday, September 24, making it a three-day weekend. If you do not know how to get started, here are some tips:

Create a plan

Once you know what kind of trip you want to take and whether you want to drive or fly there, you can start with your travel plans.

Questions to ask yourself include: “How long will the trip be?”, “will I stay over?”, and “will the trip be relaxing, adventurous or a mix of both?”

When devising your plan, be mindful of your family’s needs and preferences as not all travellers are the same.

Budget 101

Determine how much you will be spending and stick with the budget. A budget will help you give a better glimpse at the types of places you would stay at, the activities and dining spots you can visit. It also eliminates unnecessary spending.

Comparing the prices of different attractions, especially accommodation, is a sure way for you to save a few extra bucks.

Go somewhere unusual

Now that you have decided what trip to take and your budget, it is time to look at possible accommodation and activities to enjoy.

With the pandemic still among us, travellers should seek isolated, off-the-beaten-track spots to explore. For example, opt for a private villa or self-catering accommodation rather than a chain hotel, or plan outdoor activities rather than visiting crowded attractions.

Protecting yourself from the virus is vital, even if it means you steer away from a bucket list attraction you've always wanted to see.

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