With our crazy busy lives , it is sometimes rather difficult to catch up with your friends. And even after loads of planning sometimes it does not pan out. So after almost 6 months of not seeing the Girls , I suggested a lastminute.com road trip on a midweek holiday. To my surprise everyone was available and keen for a catch up.
A definition for a road trip is
An unexpected journey in a car ,a short or long distance journey
Travelling can be expensive especially if you are thinking about visiting abroad. However becoming a local tourist is a fantastic way of exploring your own country first before the world. And as a local tourist you will be putting money back into your country by supporting local businesses.Travelling with friends can be positive and negative like I found out in this blog post http://eternalarrival.com/travel-advice/travel-with-friends/
As a kid my parents often did road trips with us and it was the most economical way to travel as a family. The longest period of time we spent on the road was a three week trip via the Garden Route to Cape Town. We arrived in Cape Town on Christmas Eve. Along the way we stayed a few days and some pretty amazing places and explored something new everyday. Those memories are indeed priceless but to pull off a trip with kids has to be well planned especially for such a long period of time.
But road trips do not have to be so long or even overnight stays. A day trip is a fantastic option to explore locally in a short period of time. I am a planner so I like to be organized especially when I am travelling even for a day.
Day Road Trip Tips
- Leave early so that the day is not wasted.
- Make sure your car is roadworthy.
- Fill up on petrol , check your oil and water and well as your spare tyre.
- Carry bottled water incase of an emergencies.
- Plastic carrier bags so that car does not become messy.
- A USB with all your favourite tracks on it so you can sing and dance while road tripping.
- Make sure your phones are charged and you have a charging cable in your car.
- Snacks for the road.
- Wet wipes for cleaning up any spills.
- Carry light jackets or jerseys if the weather is not all sunshine.
- Travel with family or friends.
- If travelling with friends split the cost of petrol so it becomes cheaper to do this again.
So feeling rather excited , we met up at 9am that morning so excited not about where exactly we were heading but the fact that we were together. Sometimes all you need is a good day out with the girls to make your soul happy. All we knew was that we wanted to get out of the city and do something different.
A road trip is great for :
- Catching up
- Being a local tourist
- Trying out new things.
We had an idea that we wanted to go out of the city but not too far. So we decided to explore the Hillcrest and Kloof areas. Each of us had not been there in ages but knew that the air was cleaner , crisper and atmosphere was just what our souls needed. As we drove out of the city we could feel the drop in temperature and of course my ears popped. Instantly my cousin said ” Open your windows and smell the clean , crisp air” we all did exactly that and stuck out heads out the window taking in big gulps of fresh air. Just thirty minutes into our Road Trip and I personally was feeling so much better , maybe it was the fresh air or maybe it was my company but whatever it was my soul felt good. First on the agenda was food as no one had time for breakfast.
We found a cute coffee shop with a delightful wall of mirrors and another wall of clocks. Everything smelled so good. After several selfies we decided on coffee and croissants. Let me tell that these croissants were freshly baked out of the oven and you could taste the butter. If you ever find yourself in the area check out Madelines. Their menu includes breakfast , light lunches and a variety of cakes. Also on sale are baked goodies for you to take home. A lovely touch is the warm fluffy blankets that are available as the area can be rather chilly. This place is perfect for a girls catch up coffee session.
A spot of shopping was in order as it was a retail park after all. I love wandering into little shops and finding unusual gifts. Yes I am one of those people who have a box of gifts just incase. Then I spotted a place that had been seeing all over Social Media and knew we had to pop in to try a few things in particular. On a side note the Girls and I have very similar tastes and love trying out new things especially food. The Girls are always open to my recommendations and that makes them great travel companions.
Now getting back to our next stop Union Square. Before setting food inside I knew what we were going to eat. Cheesey Fries, Chicken Wings and Kopparberg Cider was ordered in not the traditional way. Basically every customer is given is printed note pad and pen with the menu already printed ,you then have to tick off your choices before handing in your order. This is a great way of ordering what exactly you want for your meal without orders getting mixed up. Inbetween fits of laughter of food arrived we decided to order portions so we could share ,which is great for your budget. We were all very impressed with Union Square and have been back since that trip.Tummies full the Girls needed to go to the mall so off we headed to a new mall for some retail therapy. Been in each other’s company was more fun than shopping. It was such a fun day out that we decided we should do this again and since then we have done a Road Trip weekend to Gwahumbe.
‘Sometimes it is as much about the journey as the destination. These are just a few road trips you can do in South Africa. Rent a car with Around About Cars and explore this great country.’
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Ps ….This is a sponsored post but the journey experiences are my own…