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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..

Going to visit South Africa. 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
in South Africa.

Enjoy our restaurants. Food and drink in restaurants is 3 times cheaper.
Food and drink in supermarkets is 2/3 times cheaper.

-Cigarettes at a supermarket or at the 'Airport Duty Free' are much cheaper
  than in Europe.
-Gold and diamond jewelry. (A good investment)
-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 an Indian spice market or in any large supermarket.
-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 South African wine.
-Dried fruit and nuts  (Try visit a Fruit and Veg City)
-Many different dried meat and game meat. Eg: Biltong, dry sausage.
-Books, Music CD's, Dvd's. (Big music shops, Musica, Look & Listen)
-Aloe products. (We have great quality and way cheaper than in Europe)
-All basic flu medications, eg: Strepsils, cold and flu tablets are cheaper.

Fact: Music is cheaper.
One song on iTunes in South Africa costs around R9.20
On iTunes in Europe they pay 1.20EUR for one song.
So, you are paying around R18.00 to buy one song in Europe.

Happy holidays!

For South African Expats, what do you bring back with you?

South African Expats, spending all your hard earned money
on trips back and forth... to see family, etc.

Make your trips back home, count.
Buy and bring back things which are cheaper.

Most people have this vision that one earns 'BIG money' overseas...
So, you should all be returning as 'Dollar Millionaires'.
But, it's not really the case.

Fact: The average person in Europe does not actually earn a lot.
A school teacher earns roughly 1.500EUR p/m.
The 'middle class' in Europe is actually poor.
The standard of living is very high and they just survive with their salary.
Don't forget, they pay a lot in charges, taxes, insurance, MOT, etc.

Fact: The cost of living in Paris is 100% more than in Johannesburg.
(, -The cost of living index, 2016.)

Just like in South Africa, most people in supermarkets in Europe
also buy the 'no name' products just to get by every month.
Beef is very expensive here and most people only buy chicken or pork.

Because of strict regulations and very high taxes in the EU,
the public is actually getting robbed!
Yes, the value of the South African Rand is very low.
Fact: 1.00 Euro can not even buy you a coffee in a café in Europe.
People also don't realise that the cost of most goods double in price
every10 years.

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

Bunny Chow. A real South African lunch for around 1.60EUR
crepe with chicken and cheese in a restaurant in France, 8.50euros..
that's R140.00 for a pancake! 

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's are R24.00 in SA!

Paper and books are very expensive in Europe.
The public are getting robbed here. Basic notepads and school exercise
books cost around 3.00euros in a supermarket.
That's R50.00 a 80 page notepad!
In South Africa you pay around R6.00 an exercise book.

150g Tick & Flea Powder for dogs in France 8.00euros  = R119.00  Wow!
150g Tick & flea Powder for dogs in South Africa R45.00

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

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

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

List of things to buy in South Africa and bring back to France:
-All basic Cold and Flu Medication
-Tick & Flea powder for dogs
-Game Naartjie powder sachets (hard to find anywhere in Europe)
-Pro-vita Crackers (Not available in Europe)
-Peanut butter
-Kiwi Shoe polish (Cheaper and bigger selection of shoe polish in SA.)
-Spices for food. (You have a much larger selection of spices in SA.)
-Dried fruit and nuts (Bigger selection and better price in SA.)
-Books (Big book shops in South Africa have great specials.)
-Notepads and school exercise books
-Aloe products. (Bigger selection and better quality)

Amarula Cream Liqueur 700ml, is now available in the average Carrefour
supermarket for around 9.50EUR. has a living index for every country and city.

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

24 September 2016

13 Things to pack for a round the world trip. Travel kit ideas No.11

13 Items you need 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 need space to bring stuff back!

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 ideas.

                          Different types of accommodation for tourists.
                          These are not just ideas, they really exist.

Wigwam Motel, USA

No Mans Fort, England

The Sun-Ship Hotel, South Korea

The Crane-hotel, Amsterdam

13 March 2016

Some 'travel headaches' will encounter when visiting other countries.

Travel problems
Here are just some 'headaches' one would experience when travelling around the world.


- 12 different wall plugs in use around the world!

- Driving on the other side of the road, can be difficult for many.

-Your cellphone may not work in a another country and you have change network
  and change you SIM card.

 -In most remote areas of many countries, there is no cellphone signal at all.

-The sizes of clothes and shoes are different in most countries.
  For example: A large T-shirt in France is a medium in South Africa

Let us know of some of the travel problems, 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.
-Be careful, if you must change a ticket, it can cost money.

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.