5 Ways to Impress Your Significant Other When on Vacation

The time has finally come for that long awaited vacation with your significant other and we know that planning the perfect break can be a nerve-wracking experience for any couple. With the right preparation and know how, it can be a breeze and a wonderful opportunity to impress your significant other and score some brownie-points?

To help you, Off Beat Holiday Club has put together 5 ways for you to achieve this while still enjoying a well-deserved vacation:

1.

DON’T: Leave planning until the last minute
As the age-old saying goes, “Fail to plan, plan to fail”, so don’t let this be the downfall of your vacation.
DO: Why not plan ahead and call the resort to book a romantic rendezvous, with a picnic next to the river at Bushman’s Nek, or a sunset game drive when staying at Waterberry Hill?

BushmansNek river picnic

2.

DON’T: Do nothing
DO:  Include some adventure with activities like; a horse ride in the Drakensberg, fly fishing at Midlands Saddle and Trout, or a boat trip against the setting sun at Qwantani or Knysna River Club.

Drakensberg horse ride

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DON’T: Forget to relax
DO: Book a spa treatment.  This is one of the best ways to unwind, so make sure to call in advance and book a pamper session for you and your partner.

Couples spa treatment

4.

DON’T: Forget the most important meal of the day
Waking up to a delicious breakfast whilst on holiday can set the tone for the entire day so planning for a special breakfast is a must!
DO: Something different and instead of cooking for yourself, order-in or treat yourselves to a relaxed, leisurely breakfast at the restaurant on site or at an eatery in the area.

Romantic breakfast

5.

DON’T: Forget the camera, the selfie stick, the GoPro
DO: Capture all those amazing memories and make them last forever!

Couples selfie

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2017 Ultimate Travel Bucket List

With a new year comes new opportunities for exploration and adventure!  Here at Off Beat Holiday Club we firmly believe that the best place to start lies right here at home in South Africa, by exploring our beautiful country.

Choosing only one adventure can often be daunting with so much on offer, so we have compiled a top 10 list of some of the best experiences that our country has to offer. Check out our ultimate South African travel bucket list below:

1. Go whale watching in Hermanus

Whale watching

Watching a whale breach, blow and frolic in the surf is one of the most thrilling and awe-inspiring sights.  The best time to spot these giants of the deep is from June to November along the Cape Coast.

2. Cruise Route 62

Route 62

Arguably one of the most scenic drives in South Africa, Route 62 stretches from the Western to Eastern Cape, and winds through the Klein Karoo and many of the country’s most famous vineyards.  Take a slow drive and take it all in, there is a lot on offer!

3. Take to the skies

Hot Air Ballooning

Experience the magnificent Magalies River Valley from the unique vantage point of a hot air balloon.  The flight lasts about an hour and includes a sumptuous breakfast afterwards, complete with champagne.

4. Step back in time

High Tea

Get dressed to the nines, vintage style, and enjoy a traditional high tea at Durban’s Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga.  You may even run into their resident feline celebrity, Skabenga.

5. Get high on life in Durban

Sky Car

If you prefer a birds-eye view of the city, then the Moses Mabhida Sky Car is the ideal addition to any adventure! With views of the ocean as far as the eye can see to the city skyline which runs for miles, this is a “not to be” missed experience.

6. Get to know the Cape locals!

Penguin

Visit Boulder’s Beach near Simon’s Town and you will be able to spend some time penguin-watching and during the month of January, experience the amazing work of nature when the juveniles moult. If you are after a penguin-selfie make sure you visit either in the late afternoon or early morning.

7. Enjoy some flower power

Namaqualand

During August and September the Namaqualand comes alive with wild flowers.  Depending on rains, these daisies form a spectacular coloured carpet, not to be missed!

8. Travel the rails

Railway travel

For a luxury journey of a lifetime, why not book a trip from Pretoria to Cape Town.  Described as a “five-star hotel on wheels”, the Blue Train is a moving hotel fit for a king.

9. Take a walk on the wild side

Kruger park

No list of quintessential South African experiences would be complete with including The Kruger National Park.  The park spans nearly 2 million hectares and is home to an impressive number of species of flora and fauna, including the famous Big 5… something for everyone!

10. Visit the sculpture garden in Nieu Bethesda

The Owl House
Courtesy owlhouse.co.za

Found in the Karoo town of Nieu Bethesda, the Owl House is a wonder to behold. Each sculpture was hand created by Helen Martins, and inspired the Athol Fugard play, The Road to Mecca. The walls of the house are also overlaid with crushed glass in a world filled with light, colour and texture.

Release your inner child

There’s something about the December holidays that makes us all feel young again, no matter your age – perhaps it’s the Christmas spirit, not having to clock watch, or being able to spend more time with your children? Whatever it may be, we encourage you to release your inner child these December holidays and join in on the fun with these family suited activities…

uShaka Wet n Wild

Durban

Wet ‘n Wild Ushaka Marine World
When the sun shines in Durban (when does it not though?) the best place to be is Wet ‘n Wild waterpark at Ushaka Marine World.

Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Track
Head up the hill to Hillcrest and explore the natural beauty of Giba Gorge on the many trails– ranging from beginners to experienced biking and hiking trails.

People’s Park and Moses Mabhida Stadium
People’s Park and Moses Mabhida Stadium itself offers thrill seekers and active kiddies all the entertainment needed for a full day of fun.

Artjamming

Western Cape

Tobogganing
Head to Cool Runnings in Tygervalley, Cape Town, and take to Africa’s only toboggan track for an exhilarating day on the slopes for the whole family.

Cape Town Science Centre
Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory is a great place to indulge your kid’s inner nerd. The Centre’s exhibits are both mind-bogglingly cool and informative.

Artjamming
Create a masterpiece (or mess) on a blank canvas, all while listening to funky music. Artjammers are provided with a menu of 12 different size canvases, easels, and a selection of non-toxic acrylic paints, brushes and tools – express yourself!

Strawberries

Eastern Cape

East London Lion Park
See one of Africa’s greatest predators in close range at the Lion Park, just five minutes outside of East London.

Strawberry Picking
In the summer months this a lovely day spent outdoors for everyone to enjoy strawberry picking and munching at Lavender Blue in Beacon Bay.

Zip-lining at Adrenaline Addo
Take to the trees for a thrill and zipline your way through the Sundays River Valley, found just 50 minutes from Port Elizabeth.

Chimpanzees

Mpumalanga

Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden SanctuaryFor both an educational and special family treat when holidaying in Mpumalanga, head to the Chimpanzee Eden for an insight into how this beautiful species is being conserved.

Geckoing on the Sabie River
Sabie River Adventures offers an exciting day on the rapids of the upper Sabie River, though not suited to children younger than 12 years old, this is an excellent family activity to do on a warm summer’s day!

Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park
Located in Hazyview, the Perry Bridge reptile park offers interactive demonstrations to enthral brave young kids and adults alike!

Cheetahs

Magaliesberg

Croc City Crocodile Farm
Visit the crocodile farm for an opportunity to view crocodiles and hatchlings at close range.

The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
Spend some time exploring the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre. This world-renowned breeding and conservation centre offers various tours conducted by knowledgeable tour guides.

Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway
Take a ride up the iconic cable way for breath taking views over the surrounding Magaliesberg Mountains, Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounding landscape of the Magaliesberg.

Why you should spend your money on travel and not things

Believe it or not, recent studies prove that money can buy you happiness – if you spend it wisely.

An expensive diamond or fancy car can indeed put a sparkle in your eye initially, but that glimmer soon wears off.  We eventually become accustomed to our possessions and start to take them for granted.

Happy memories are a gift that keeps on giving, whenever it comes to mind. Think about it…

  • Material goods decrease in value over time, a happy experience is priceless, and thus cannot.

Europe

  • If you don’t spend money on doing new things, you will never find out what truly ignites your passion and sense of purpose.

Soweto Towers

  • Travel introduces you to different perspectives on life and alternative ways of seeing things, by exposing you to a wider pool of cultures and beliefs.

Russia

  • There are lots of things you can’t learn from the internet or a book – such as the thrill of gliding down a ski slope, or coming fact to face with a lion on a game walk.

Lioness

  • You can’t purchase positive feelings of excitement or relaxation, but you can experience them on a holiday, at a sporting event, at a concert, or learning a new skill.

Aliwal Shoal

  • Happy experiences make you a more grateful, accepting and generally happier person.

Parasailing

So if you want more bang for your buck – spend your money on enriching your life and not your list of assets.  You belong to a species that thirsts for meaningful experiences – embrace it!

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” — Paulo Coelho