Travel Tips

TRAVELLING SAFELY WITH CRYPTOCURRENCY

As the advance of cryptocurrency further entrenches itself in modern society, it’s also becoming a popular means of paying for travel. From hotels to airlines, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dash are increasingly being used by travellers.

Europe-based BTCtrip.com and CheapAir.com in the USA are among travel agencies around the world that have accepted cryptocurrency as a method of payment since as early as 2013. These sites make it possible to use the virtual currency to pay for flights, car hire and even accommodation.

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TRAVELLING SAFELY WITH CRYPTOCURRENCY

PARENTS’ DETAILS TO BE INCLUDED IN MINORS’ PASSPORTS

In a statement issued by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on Wednesday, 11 July, the department confirmed its move to have the details of both parents listed on minors’ passport. This falls under the ministry’s flagship programme of modernisation launched in 2010 and Cabinet’s earlier concession of “easing travel with children”.

Minors who already hold valid passports, however, do not need to reapply for new passports and for children travelling without parents (one or both), written consent is still required. TimesLive has also reported that “travellers from foreign countries who do not list the names of parents in minors’ passports still need to provide unabridged birth…
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PARENTS’ DETAILS TO BE INCLUDED IN MINORS’ PASSPORTS

TOP DESTINATIONS ACCORDING TO 5 SAA CREW MEMBERS

If there was any authority other than travel agents on where to fly and why, then it would be flight crew members, who travel to the best destinations in the world regularly. We pulled together some travel advice on must-see African and international destinations from South African Airways’ amazing crew members – and here are their recommendations:

From ballet to the blue skies, Jacob Tebogo Mosehla – January’s Crew Member of the Month – is all about a stellar performance. He said the following about his favourite local highlights:
“They include the Kruger National Park, Oudtshoorn,…
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TOP DESTINATIONS ACCORDING TO 5 SAA CREW MEMBERS

Money tips for first-time international travellers

Travelling abroad is one of the most exhilarating experiences.

But before you get caught up in the euphoria of the sights you might take in or the shopping you’re dying to do, it’s important to make some provisions as far as your money and transacting abroad is concerned.

Anthony Grant, FNB Foreign Exchange CEO, shares his top money tips for first time international travellers:

1. Get travel insurance

While this may sound like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised by how many first-time travellers skip this very important cover.

“Travel insurance is important because, should an unforeseen incident occur, such as a medical emergency…
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Money tips for first-time international travellers

SOUTH AFRICAN TRAVELLERS CAN REGISTER GOODS FOR RE-IMPORTATION

Media reports have been in circulation stating that South African residents travelling abroad are required to complete a DA65 form – first introduced in the 1980s, but subsequently phased out – to register their valuables when travelling abroad in order for them to be allowed for re-importation upon returning to the country. On 24 May, however, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) released a media statement clarifying that this was not the case.

In the statement entitled Customs Requirements for South African Travellers, Sars says that “in terms of customs legislation, South African residents travelling abroad are not required to…
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SOUTH AFRICAN TRAVELLERS CAN REGISTER GOODS FOR RE-IMPORTATION

THE BEST LAID PLANS: WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO GO WITH THE FLOW WHEN TRAVELLING

 

Ever since I lost my credit card on the first day of my first solo international trip to South America back in 2010, I’ve had plenty of (mis)adventures around the world. But I’ve learnt some valuable lessons – such as the power of a packing checklist – which have helped me handle over seven years of sometimes bad luck.

First lesson: Get insurance, no matter how short the trip. Having it was why I wasn’t bothered when I returned from Uganda to find the wheel of my suitcase hanging on for dear life. Insurance was why my travel companions weren’t…
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THE BEST LAID PLANS: WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO GO WITH THE FLOW WHEN TRAVELLING