#UnlockYourCity: How to plan the best Cape Town Staycation

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Doorstep travel, Staycation, Shot Left, whatever you want to call it - travelling in and around the city you live in is awesome when you happen to live in South Africa.

The ultimate lure of the staycation is getting to chill at home for a bit, recharging your batteries and switching off from work and the everyday hustle.

Another popular reason for just staying put is to be able to save a bit of money - whether that be in travel costs or accommodation - but still getting to splurge a little bit on all the great foodie options and activities within your city. 

It’s really about lowering a gear and making a plan to check out those things you don’t usually have the time for.  

With that said, we’ve curated the top tips and a few awesome ideas to make the most of your staycation in one of SA’s coolest cities…

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Why an SA #staycation is #FTW

- It requires less planning and makes it easier to find the good deals.

- You actually get the chance to know more about the place you live in.

- You can check out the new cafés, eateries and coffee shops in your hood as you indulge in a spot of people-watching.

- You get to chill out and rest without feeling guilty that you're wasting your money.

- It’s an opportunity to do things you wouldn’t usually do.

- Having a staycation makes it easier to when your partner cannot take leave

- It means saving on accommodation costs or  booking into a hotel you've always wanted to check out in order to spoil yourself. - You can splurge more on activities if you're not paying for travel arrangements.

- A staycation is extremely family-friendly and makes retreating to the creature comforts after a long day of exploring with the kids really easy.

But the overwhelming benefit? You get to be the ultimate day-tripper in your home city – here are a few things to try and consider in each of South Africa’s major cities.

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The V&A Waterfront is Africa's most visited attraction for a reason. Go have  breakfast at one of the dozens of eateries on offer. It’s the perfect place to catch a movie or indulge in a bit of retail therapy.

How about a 15-minute ride on the The Wheel of Excellence for all-round views – Best time to post an Instagram pic so you can feel like you’re really on vacation, which you are. Also, since you’re saving on accommodation, it means you can definitely splurge on a helicopter flip around the city.

The kids will love a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium with its thousands of sea animals, from penguins to sharks, on display in a variety of settings, from a giant central tank (in which you can dive with sharks) to a kiddie-friendly touch pool.   

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A staycation is the perfect time to visit all those World Heritage sites in your city, such as Robben Island.

Hike up Table Mountain, one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature, or take the Cableway for free on your birthday. Just bring your ID along.   

Most of all, indulge your foodie side! As a Capetonian you are spoiled for choice -  click here for some great restaurant suggestions.

In the mood for something completely different? Head for a tour of the underground tunnels.

Or head for the ‘museum meander’ which encompasses the Bo-Kaap, District 6, Iziko, Jewish and South African museums; and/or visits to any of the city’s peaceful and beautiful greenbelts - the Company’s Garden, De Waal Park or the Green Point Urban ‘people’s park’ with its stunning views of the Cape Town Stadium and Signal Hill, and its adventure and heritage section and biodiversity nursery.

If you aren’t all museumed-out, the Castle of Good Hope is worth a visit.

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Now is the perfect time to check the The Fringe that includes the Cape Craft and Design Institute, the Cape Fashion Council or the ever-popular Charly’s Bakery

Woodstock is becoming the arts and culture centre of note with a vibey heart. If it’s a Saturday, go source some organic fare at The Old Biscuit Mill

Go take a township tour through Guguletu, Khayelitsha and Langa - use the Citysightseeing bus tour, take one around Cape Town in fact and feel like a tourist as the audio played on board often treats you to quirky facts and insights you might not have known about the places you see every day.

Or you could unlock 60 of the City’s best attractions with Cape Town’s new all-access card.

READ: Cape Town launches one card to see it all

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But these are by no means the total depth of a Capetonian staycation - we’d love to hear your suggestions? SO email us at info@traveller24.com