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Great holiday planning tools

Doctor's orders ladies: schedule in some vacation time today! According to a study published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal, women who take frequent holidays are less likely to become stressed out or depressed and report a higher rate of marital satisfaction. Good to know, but we don't really need experts to tell us that if you don't take regular breaks your health, relationships and even the quality of your work will suffer. Are you long overdue for a holiday? With summer around the corner we thought we would help you fast-track your holiday planning with some great online tools. 

TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor can only be described as a monster of a travel site for local and international travel. For a South African looking to travel abroad we love the reviews from other travellers they make you feel just that little bit more comfortable about booking a hotel room in an unknown city! 

  • Search for hotels by city and date

  • View pictures and read comprehensive reviews of hotels from other travellers

  • Book your stay via one of their partner sites

  • Search for and compare flights and ticket prices on TripAdvisor and their partner sites, including Expedia, Skytours etc.

  • Search for restaurants and read reviews from other travellers

  • Find holiday accommodation rentals

  • Use their Things to Do section to find activities and events

Looking for a honeymoon resort in France or a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn? Look no further than the TripAdvisor Travel Forum. Use it to ask questions of other travellers and, judging by the activity on the forums, you will get a response!

SafariNow.com
Let's go Africa! Accommodation listings and bookings in South Africa and other African countries, including Kenya, Mozambique, Botswana and the Seychelles.  

  • Search for accommodation by city and date, read customer reviews

  • Request a quote and book

  • Special deals on accommodation

  • Restaurant and activity listings

kulula.com
Put your eBucks and Discovery Vitality membership to good use! Visit the kulula website to book flights, cars and accommodation. They also offer package deals in South Africa, Namibia, Mauritius and Victoria Falls.

AA Holidays
AA Holidays is perfect if you are planning to travel by road. This handy site features: 

  • Accommodation listings, last-minute specials and bookings

  • Car rentals

  • An online route planne

  • Road reports: detail on road conditions in our cities and on national and provincial roads

  • Maps of popular routes in South Africa

  • Toll fees and locations

  • A distance calculator

A final word
Research commissioned by Post Office Travel Insurance in the UK recommends that workers take a break every 62 days. According to the study, if you do not get away often enough you risk becoming anxious, depressed and aggressive, compromising your immune system and developing sleep disorders. Remember that while holidays are essential a good stress management plan includes actively managing your stress every day by exercising, eating healthily and practicing relaxation techniques. And of course, having a holiday to look forward to is an added bonus! 
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