The time has come to wrap up my series of South Africa posts after two months.
I cannot wait to return, and I am so grateful for the opportunity.
If you have not seen my previous South Africa posts, read and save them below.
As a final post in the series, I am incorporating my rounded up expenses.
I budgeted $2000, and I did pretty well...for the most part.
I failed to budget for the bills that would be deducting additionally, so it felt like more money lost than saved. All I know is if I was to ever go to a place like Cuba, where I won’t have such easy access to an ATM. After this lesson, I am more than prepared.
I learned that I could save money by:
- Not returning to Johannesburg (that was an extra couple of days of accommodations, food, and transportation)
- Booking the local in-country flight months in advance when I spotted the cheaper price on a different airline
- Not eating out just so I can be in the presence of other people; I knew damn well I had another country to go to afterward, however, being on a solo trip can get lonely at times, so my yearning for social engagements lost over the “strict” budget I was on at times.
- Mapping closely the distance from my Airbnb from my places of interest (I could have been a wee bit closer to save on transportation)
Keep in mind that at the time that I went, the Currency Rate was 1 USD=13 ZAR(Rand)
Here’s the breakdown my expenses as a way to give you a sense of what to expect and what not to do:
South Africa + Germany Flight on Qatar Airways: $393
Insurance via Priceline: $37
Flight ATL to NYC: 5,000+ points on SouthWest Airlines only paid $5.60 tax
Flight from Berlin to NYC: $369 (had to upgrade $100 just to pay for a checked baggage and food on low-cost Norweigan)
Flight from NYC to BNA via Southwest Airlines: $139
Flight to Cape Town via Mango Airlines: $94
Flight to Durban via Mango Airlines: $67
Flight to Johannesburg via Mango Airlines: $51
Nashville MegaBus to ATL Airport: $27
Metro NYC to and from Airport: $9
Gautrain (Johannesburg train system): $45.51
(Eating Out-smh-but the food was good): $341.70
Groceries for my accommodations: $30.77
(With an incredible exchange rate, I couldn’t resist):
Clinique from TruWorths: $177.48
White Shirt from H&M $5.80
South Africa Flag Magnet: $2.22
South Africa Map: $7.39
Free Walking Tour Tip: $1.85
Hop On Hop Off Cape Town: $20.05
Queenie Johannesburg Tour: $55
Beach Party: $20
Essence Festival: $33
GRAND TOTAL: $2,758.83
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