Tourists on a Budget: Saving Money in the US

Being a tourist isn’t always easy and especially not when you’re travelling in the states. They’re known for having an extraordinary amount of fun stuff to offer, a melting pot of cultures just waiting to be discovered and, of course, various ways to spend all of your money at once.

While you may have returned home with far less money than you originally planned on during your previous vacations, this time it can be different. You just have to put your mind into it, that’s all and find ways to prioritise what you’d like to do and what you could do without.

Here is a handful of ways to save money while travelling in general and particularly when touring the US. That way, you might even be able to afford another vacation a bit sooner than you anticipated – and you won’t necessarily miss out on anything either.

First: Booking in advance

If you’ve been a budget tourist before, you know very well that there is a lot of money to save on plane tickets. You don’t really have to book them half a year upfront, though, although some sites seem to recommend that you book these tickets a year in advance if you’re able to. Try to give yourself at least two months, on the other hand, and you might be able to save quite a bit.

Keep in mind that some budget sites can be rather sneaky, though, as they keep an eye on the trips you’ve been looking at and turn the price up to create a sense of emergency. If the tickets increased in price over just one night, who knows what they will cost in a week?

Instead of falling for their sly tricks, you can check out the same ticket on another device and see if you’re able to get it for the price you originally saw. It’s not a guaranteed way of ensuring the cheapest ticket but, by booking two months in advance and checking the prices via different devices, you may be able to save quite a bit.

Next: Find the free stuff online

The Internet is a great place to be when you’re looking to save money. Use it while planning your holiday in the states as well as while you’re there, by the way, to look up all the free events and discounted offers in the area you’re in.

Finding the best deals is actually quite simple; just plot in free events in downtown Nashville, for example, ask around on one of the various forums online and keep in mind that a lot of museums and art events will offer free entrance.

The more you’re able to take advantage of the free or heavily discounted offers, the easier it’s going to be to stay within your budget – or to just splurge on the stuff you enjoy a bit more. Have a look around the web for some free apps you can download and use while you’re there as well, by the way, such as this happy hour app that helps you to discover discounted drinks in your area.  

Travel in the ‘shoulder periods’

Or, in other words, travel right before the high season in order to get low fares, cheap accommodation, and affordable meals out. The high season tends to be around the summertime and Christmas as people want to travel and explore the world during these months.

You might have wanted to do the same, though, but by booking your flight for April rather than in June, you’ll be able to not only avoid all of the tourists but also get prices that are adjusted for local travellers.

This is the kind of stuff that requires some planning, however, so try to keep it in mind for the next time you’d like to travel – or just book that ticket for April right away since you still got some time left.

Other ways to save money is to rent an apartment rather than checking in at a costly hotel. This is a better solution if you’re travelling with a group, though, or your family as you’ll be able to chip in on covering the costs and you should definitely make use of Airbnb while you’re there.

Now all you have to do is to pack as little as possible to avoid any extra charges on your luggage, make sure that you have that travel insurance taken care of and, finally, lean back and look forward to your trip.


A new musical festival is set to take-over South Africa’s playground, Durban, over a two-day period, with an exciting line-up of the country’s top hip-hop, house, afro-soul and jazz musos. The inaugural Capitec Live Better Festival will take place at Kings Park StadiumOuter Fields, in Durban, on 15 and 16 December 2018.

On Day 1, South Africa’s hip-hop royalty Nasty C, Kwesta, AKA and Zakwe will join leading house and gqom artists DJ Tira, Distruction Boyz and Okmalumkoolkat for an all day party that promises to be the definitive place to be over the festive long weekend. Joining them onstage and getting their big festival break are hometown favourites – DJs Junior De Rocka, King Sfiso and Mario.

The rhythm changes on Day 2 which features multi award-winner, Zonke performing alongside the ‘Collide‘ hitmaker, Lady Zamar. Afro-soul singer-songwriters, Vusi Nova and Zamajobe will bring their soulistic sounds to cultivate the crowd.

“Capitec is excited to be part of this festival and we are looking forward to two fantastic days of music, food & fashion.  Bring your family and friends and enjoy the Live Better festival with us,” says Sbusiso Kumalo – Capitec Head: Brand Marketing – Marketing & Corporate Affairs

The Capitec Live Better Festival will be a yearly two-day music event that celebrates the best of musical heritage and will address the high demand for live entertainment in KwaZulu Natal.

Tickets are available today via Ticketpro and all Edcon stores from R200 and at 15% discount when using a Capitec Card to purchase tickets.  Selective lounge packages are also available

For more information, visit and follow the conversation on official social media pages, using the hashtag: #LiveBetterFestival:

Facebook: Live Better Festival

Instagram: @LiveBetterFest

Twitter: @LiveBetterFest

Ticket Information:

Saturday – Day 1

Early-bird tickets for Day 1 cost R200 for general access (this no longer exists).  Then from R250 as of November 25 and R 300 on December 15.

Global One Lounge tickets will cost R650 for early-birds (this no longer exists) thereafter R750 from November 25 and R 850 on December 15.

Live Better lounge will cost R3500. All Live Better Lounge tickets ONLY available at SAIL.

Doors open 14h00 and close 02H30 

**15% discount on any ticket price to all CAPITEC customers via purchases made using a Capitec bank card.

Sunday – Day 2

Early-bird tickets for Day 1 cost R200 for general access.  Then from R250 as of November 25 and R 300 on December 15.

Global One VIP Lounge tickets will cost R650 for early-birds thereafter R750 from November 25 and R 850 on December 15.

Free Parking at Kings Park Stadium
Exclusive VIP Entrance/Exit
Raised Deck
Private Marquee
Private Exclusive Bar and Food Vendors               
Un-reserved seating
Executive Trailer Toilets
Bottle Service on Luxury Brands Available

Event Rules:

No under 18’s permitted – ID upon request
Empty Cooler Boxes only, ice on sale internally
Camping or folding chairs, blankets and hand held umbrellas permitted – No gazebos or large umbrellas
No Alcohol, liquid or food allowed in – Well stocked bars & food vendors open throughout both days of the event
No Hookahs or Hubblys

No Glass of any kind

Parking R50 per vehicle (VIP ticket holder receive free parking)

Capitec Live Better Festival supported by Gagasi FM, MTV Base, BET and Independent Newspapers.

Emerging house SHACK releases celebratory club banger

SHACK, an emerging house artist has released his single “Langa“on various streaming platforms including Spotify and Google Play. The fresh, vibey and cultural infused festive song was written by SHACK and produced by DJ TOM.  The single is a track from his EP titled Zillevels, which was recorded at The Cape Town Red bull studios.

Mozambican born, Cape Town based SHACK released “Langa” on 26 November. The song is a celebratory club banger, a dance -along anthem with the catchiest of choruses: “Sizogida lanakuze kuphumi ilang, Sizokidala sizokidala shee shee“, which translate to (We will dance here until the sun comes out).

I wrote those lyrics to remind the listener that whenever you going through hard times, you just have to let go, have a good time and dance until the sunrise.” says SHACK.

The single showcases SHACK’s creativity and diversity creating a dynamic unique sound to “Langa”, as he sings in three different languages; Portuguese, Shangane and IsiZulu.

The young, yet talented artist and songwriter was recently signed by Durban based Management company Thendric Music group. The rising star brings a unique style and sound to the well-known house music genr, South Africa is familiar too. He writes feel good, positive, festive music with infused African cultures. Shack is influenced by the likes of Maphorisa, Uhuru, Davido, oskido and Black motion. His magnetic personally brings an electrifying stage performance which fits well with his state-of-the-art sound.

This festive SHACK will be doing a number of performance dates and other promotional appearances.

The EP Zillevels that includes single LANGA is now available for streaming and download here:

Weekend Jam: Noble Jay Featuring Tipcee & Moonchild Sanelly #HoldSomething

You guys do know how much I love Gqom Music and I am extremely excited to be attending the South African Gqom Music Awards 2019 media launch by The eThekwini Municipality and the Awards committee. Being a curious gqom music follower I stumbled upon something which I thought I should share with you guys, a track that I have had on repeat this week – by Nigerian, Durban based recording artist, Noble Jay featuring my favourite girls Tipcee & Moonchild Sanelly #HoldSomething. This is my weekend jam dedication to you:

Have a listen and let me know what you guys think, don’t forget to follow Noble Jay, your new Man crush across social media platforms by using the following links:

Instagram @IamNobleJay, 

Facebook: Noble Jay

Twitter: @IamNobleJay

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