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20 November 2016

Is 'Duty Free' at the airport really cheaper than a normal supermarket?










Other than Cigarettes, the question is, is 'Duty Free' really cheaper than a
normal supermarket?

My theory is that you can get wine cheaper at a supermarket than at 'Duty Free'.
Many 'Duty Free' shops have been exposed to be not much cheaper.

Please, let us know what you think..



Tourists going to South Africa for holiday. What are the things to buy and bring home with you?





Indian Spice Market, Durban


If you're a tourist arriving in South Africa with Dollars, Pounds or Euro's,
take full advantage of the exchange rate.  It's in your favour..
Yes, it depends what you like, but generally things are cheaper for you
as a tourist in South Africa.

For example:
-Cigarettes at a supermarket or at the 'Airport Duty Free' are much cheaper
  than in Europe.
-Gold and diamond Jewelry.
-Buy the world famous Krugerrands. A gift that keeps on growing...

-African art and curios. (There are many African craft markets)
-The ostrich leather products (shoes, bags, wallets etc)
-Spices at a Indian spice market or in any large supermarket are good value.
-Witblits, Mampoer, Amarula Cream Liqueur and many other liqueurs.
-South Africa has some of the best Brandy in the world.
-Supermarkets have the best prices for bottles of wine
-Dried fruit and nuts  (Try visit a Fruit and Veg City shop)
-Biltong, Droewors (Dried meat)
-CD's, Music, Dvd's. (Big music shops, Musica or Look & Listen.)
-Basic medication, eg: Strepsils, cold and flu tablets, etc, are cheaper.





Fact: A song on iTunes in South Africa cost's around R9.00
 on iTunes in France you pay 1.20euros for one song.
So, music in South Africa is cheaper!


South African Expats living and working overseas, what to buy in South Africa to take back with you?



South African Expats
Spending all your hard earned money on trips back and forth......
Try make your trips back home count.
Buy and bring back things which are cheaper.

Most people have this vision that you earning BIG money overseas...

But, for example the average person in Europe does not really earn a lot.
In France the average primary school teacher earns 1400euros p/m.
The middle class in Europe is actually poor. They pay a lot in taxes, insurances etc.

Fact: The cost of living in Paris is 100% more than in Johannesburg.
(www.expatistan.com, -The cost of living index.)

Just like in South Africa, you will see most people in supermarkets,
economising and buying the 'no name products' just to get by every month.
Beef is very expensive here and most people only buy chicken/turkey or pork.

Because of strict regulations and very high taxes on most things in the EU,
the public are getting robbed.
Yes, the value of the Rand is very low. The value of the Euro has also depreciated
a lot and people don't realise that the cost of basic goods double in price every
10 years.

Research for yourself:  Take the cost of your favorite tube of toothpaste today,
now check what the price was 10 years ago.



The South African Bunny Chow, lunch for around 2.00euros. 


Some examples:20 Nov, 2016.  Regular Headache tablets
A pack of normal headache tablets (8 tablets in a pack only)
in France is 1.95euros. Nov, 2016

A pack of 50x headache tablets (Grand-pa or Compral) in South Africa is R45.00
Ok, a rough exchange conversion..  say 1.00Euro is equal to 17.00 Rand.
This means...  The 8 tablets in France are R33.50   WOW!
Ha,, a pack of 24 Compral are R24.00 in SA!  

150g Tick & Flea Powder for dogs in France 7.00euros  = R119.00  Wow!
150g Tick & flea Powder for dogs in South Africa R45.00

400g Peanut Butter (Smooth) in France 4.50euros = R76.50, that's 3 Jar's in SA!
400g Peanut Butter (Smooth) in South Africa R25.00



Yes, not everything is always cheaper back home.
Exchange rate, import duties, etc are constantly changing...


Generally, if you buy more than one item in a big supermarket
(eg, Shoprite or Pick n Pay) and you change your Euros, Dollars or Pounds
into South African Rands you should score...

My list of things to buy in South Africa and bring back to France:
-All Cold and Flu Medication.
-Headache tablets eg Grand-pa
-Tick & Flea powder for dogs
-Game Naartjie powder sachets (hard to find anywhere in Europe)
-Ryvita Crackers (Not available in Europe)
-Peanut butter
-Kiwi Shoe polish (You have a bigger selection of shoe polish than in Europe.)
-Spices  (You have a much larger selection of spices in SA)
-Close up toothpaste


Amarula Cream Liqueur is now available in the average Carrefour
supermarket's in France for around 9.50euros

www.expatistan.com has an up-to-date cost of living index for every country.

Please leave a comment or add an item to the list...



24 September 2016

13 Things you need to pack on a round the world trip.


13 Items to pack for a round the world trip.

Other than your passport and your wallet, there are some items, traveler's
will never leave home without.

Don't forget, 'space' is your biggest problem!
You should not carry more than 18kg's in your backpack.
At times, I carried around 20kg's on my back and it was not very comfortable.





1. A sarong
2. Slip slops
3. Hat
4. Strong travel locks
5. Sun cream
6. A torch
7. A bandana
8. A small multi-tool/ pocket knife
9. International travel plugs/adapters
10. Travel neck pillow
11. Odorless insect/mosquito spray
12. A clothes line/Washing line
13. Poncho/ raincoat







26 March 2016

Amazing tourist accommodation....


                            Some different accommodation for tourists.
                            These are not just ideas, they exist.



Wigwam Motel, USA





No Mans Fort, England






The Sun-Ship Hotel, South Korea






The Crane-hotel, Amsterdam


13 March 2016

Some travel headaches....


Just a few 'headaches' one would experience when travelling around the world.

                        12 different wall plugs in use around the world!



-Your cellphone may not work in a another country and you have to change networks.
  In many areas of most countries, there is no cellphone signal at all.

-Driving on the other side of the road.

Let us know of some of the travel headaches that you came across.


05 March 2016

Travel gadgets. Kit ideas No. 11


There are some great travel gadgets out there today.

The Sfork. Made in Sweden

The Sfork. The ultimate camping utensil. A knife, fork and spoon, all in one.
My Sfork goes everywere with me.


Credit card thin, Rolson survival multi-tool



Travel 'savings tips' Post No. 2






On the road:

1# In many places at backpacker hostels, a double room is cheaper
     than a single room or even a dorm bed. If you share it with a friend.

2# When eating in a restaurant with fellow travellers,
      they will always say, "Just pay in what you've had."
      or they also like saying, "Oh, we'll just split the bill at the end."

    Fact: This just sounds good, but does not really work.
    E.g:-You had 2 beers and someone else had 2 bottles of wine.
        -Many people forget what they had, so they put in less.
        -Most don't consider the tip at the end for the waiter.
        -Many get drunk and even leave without paying.

    To avoid all this, I pay as you go or have a separate bill.


14 November 2014

Travel flight saving tips. Post No #3





-Remember flights around Xmas/ holiday times are double the normal price.
 (Try plan trips before or after these busy peak periods.)

-A flight on a Mon, Tues, Wed is normally cheaper than
  a flight on a Fri, Saturday or a Sunday.
-A return ticket is normally cheaper than a one-way ticket.
 (Check out both options.)
-Buying a ticket many months in advance will be cheaper than buying it
  a few weeks before you go.




04 July 2014

Travel 'saving tips'. Post No.1

Travel saving tips.


Before you go:
1# If you need an 'inner sheet' for your sleeping bag?
    -Don't buy one. Just take an old cotton sheet, fold it to the size
      you need, cut and sew it up yourself.
    - The inner sheet keeps your sleeping bag clean inside.

2# It's a good idea to have a small mosquito net.
     But hey are not cheap -Try making your own.
     Maybe you come up with a new great design.