The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have taken a tremendous toll on everyone, and with summer 2020 on the horizon, everyone deserves a vacation. Coronavirus has impacted the economy as well as household incomes immensely, and many people cannot afford international travel. Plus, a lot of people aren’t comfortable leaving the country as of yet. Consider going on a staycation.

What is a staycation? 

A staycation is a vacation that you spend in your home, town or country. Staycations mean leisurely exploring your city or country and vacationing locally – taking a sho’t left.

Why should you go on a staycation? 

There are many reasons to go on a staycation, and these include:

  • Exploring your city or country
  • Minimise travel time
  • It’s a cost-effective way to vacation

Popular South African staycations include staycations in Cape Town, garden route staycations, budget-friendly staycations and Boutique hotel staycations. If you’re planning your next staycation, we have five tips that will make your staycation the best yet!

Staycation Tips: 

Set A Staycation Budget: 

Being realistic about your budget will help you make the most of your staycation as well as keep you on track, so you don’t overspend. Having a budget will also help you determine the venue, the activities and the location of your staycation; this is one of the first things you have to be clear about when planning your staycation.

Choose A Theme For Your Staycation:

Decide whether you want to stay home, get an Airbnb, and do a road trip or luxury hotel staycation. Take into account your vacation style, budget and time of year.

Make It Longer Than A Weekend: 

A weekend is extremely short to thoroughly unwind, make your staycation a week minimum so you can get adequate relaxation.

Be On vacation Behaviour: 

Do things that you would normally do on vacation. If you wouldn’t cook on vacation, then don’t cook, visit various restaurants for the duration of your staycation. If you usually read a book on vacation, then take a book along, your body will unwind if you do things that you normally do on vacation.

Unplug And Enjoy: 

Unplug from social media, work and the rest of the world and relax. Find novel and enjoyable ways to spend your staycation.

A staycation aims to break your daily routine, do new and interesting things so you can have a fresh outlook on life.


Have you heard about our Afristay competition? 1-grid customers have the opportunity to win their dream staycation courtesy of Afristay. All you have to do, as a 1-grid customer, is to make the switch to debit order payment and you’ll automatically gain entry into the lucky draw. Competition ends on the 31st of October and T’s and C’s apply.

Click the link below to enter:

Enter The Competition