Flight of fancy – travel fix on a budget

Travel is one of my passions, as you probably know. As a child I loved reading, especially books that stretched the imagination like Aladdin. Imagining a world where a magic lamp, genie and flying carpets exists a world in the East that was vastly different to the cities I grew up in Harare, Johannesburg and Cape Town. It’s through books that my budding curiosity was transformed into a fully fledged passion for travel.

Oh the places you’ll go, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so… get on your way – Dr Seuss Oh the places you’ll go.

One of my favourite cities is New York, which I try to visit it at least once a year, and I have been lucky enough to be able to do so for many years. I even had the first conversation with the boyfie on a rooftop in New York almost three years ago now – NY will always hold a special place in my heart. I also try to do a second International holiday a year be it with family or friends. This year however may be a little different, as I have mentioned before I have embarked fully into entrepreneurship and the start up world, which means tightening the purse strings for the moment.IMG_3420

Travel gives me perspective, an opportunity to immerse myself in a different way of life, exploring emerging food trends and exposure to general trends.

This has been quite a challenging exercise but the first thing to go was definitely the travel element, although I do need it for my spiritual well being it is still a luxury. Other elements that have been tightened is my food bill, I’m a stricter grocery shopper,  we eat out less and don’t spend on alcoholic beverages at restaurants. Also the beauty treatments have come to a screeching halt. So if you see me with thick, bushy eyebrows don’t be surprised, ok that’s a bit drastic but mani pedis are few and far between.

But just because budget doesn’t allow for extensive travel doesn’t mean I shouldn’t feed my passion. It has given me a unique opportunity to focus on exploring cost effective local getaways, which usually was second priority to saving for an international trip so I would forego the local trips. I am looking forward to exploring South Africa a bit more. This also means that I am more conscious of where my next International trip will be especially when getting there means saving a bit more aggressively. So alas, this year New York may have to miss me and instead I am looking at new destinations like Marrakech, or Vietnam that are currently top two on our list.

In the meantime while I am Jozi bound I am going back to the root that sparked my passion for travel and consciously feed my love for International travel by dedicating time every Sunday morning to travel reading and researching.

Take a trip with the mind, it’s important to carve out time to nurture your spirit.

I spend at least an hour reading through a few online travel magazines and blogs, a few of my current favourite online sites are:

  1. Travel Noire for the savvy Black Traveler http://travelnoire.com great insights and vastly different stories from contributors working/living across the globe.
  2. Conde Nast Traveler http://www.cntraveller.com Luxury travel magazine, great reference resource for travel guides and for 5 star travel lusting.
  3. The Travel Manuel http://www.thetravelmanuel.com it’s always wonderful to keep up with  Malaysia based South African couple Lauren and Vaughan’s travels.

What are your flights of fancy?

About thando

Hi I'm Thando Creator of the Jozi Foodie Fix, traveller, foodwriter, ramen lover, strategist, entrepreneur and follower of the Cool based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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