Travel back in time on your next road trip

Posted by Leila Stein on 18 September 2019

Today we have all the answers we need at our finger tips and planning a road trip is as simple as opening google maps. But next time you’re thinking of hitting the road, why not go old-school and ditch the 4G? Here are some ideas on how to travel like it’s 1990.

1. Open a travel guide

If you’re looking for inspiration for your next road trip in South Africa, why not reach for a travel guide before your phone. Rather than being inundated with multiple webpages, these tangible guides contain succinct information that will give you a peak into different parts of the country including highlights, history and geographical information. Find one at your closest book store.


2. Use a map

Although this might be a bit of a challenge for those who have since forgotten their map reading skills from school, working it out is all part of the fun. Keep the google maps voice on silent and plan your route on a fold-out map. This will also give you an opportunity to spot cool places to stop-off and take in the sights along the way.


3. Listen to the radio

Replace the podcasts and streaming apps with the radio. You will save loads on data and you can experience a whole range of South Africa’s most popular media. If you really want to go old school, keep a stack of CD’s or even cassette tapes (you’ll ned to invest in a tape-deck too, or rent a really old car) for when the signal disappears on those backroads.


4. Ask the tourism office

If your travel guide seems short on advice on what to do at each stop, try asking the town’s tourism office or kiosk. This is often the best place to get up-to-date information on what there is to do, or even where to stay. These are especially helpful for more obscure places in provinces that don’t have much internet access and little information online.

Hermanus Tourism Ambassador/Twitter

5. Send a postcard

Knowing South Africa’s postal service it is likely you will beat your own postcard home, but this is still a more thrilling way of letting people know what you’re up to than the generic Instagram story. Postcards are still in most small town curio shops and writing out a few of your highlights to your friends and family is also a good way to reflect on the adventure you’re on.

Image source: Pixabay

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