The three months of January is finally over! The stationary and school books are bought, paid and covered. The inter-house athletics is probably done and dusted too… so now you can again focus on work right? Or you could spend a little time day-dreaming of Flights to Cape Town, the Craft Beer Festival in the picturesque town of Clarens and the glitz and glamour of the Durban July!

These adventures need not stay fantasies.

At the beginning of December, I resolved to step further away from the mad rush that we call life. It is still a process and there have been days that I have failed miserably, but for the most part I have managed to set-up some healthy boundaries between work and play, between surviving and chasing my goals and dreams.

One of the best tips I got in my efforts to become the master of my calendar, instead of a slave to my schedule, was to break my day up into different segments and to block them off far in advance. I have blocked off time to be creative and time to do nothing. (Yes, I am trying this whole new thing where there are times when I just do nothing. I will let you know how that works out for me.)

My creative time is non-negotiable, this is when I do what I have been born to do, it breathes air into every area of my life. As a family, we have also blocked off Wednesday night as our mid-week connect night. This is when we go to dinner with family and friends and look other humans in the eye and build relationships. This appointment with fun and joy has also been placed under the non-negotiable category.

More importantly, I have booked off time to get a change of scenery.

2018 is the perfect time to do this. While your employer may not be thrilled, this is the year where you can be off for a total of 34 days, if you plan your 21 leave days correctly. The flip side of being self-employed means that I need not “compete” with my colleagues for those golden days. But if you are not fortunate enough to have this freedom, you best get that leave form in today.

So what can you do with your extra leave days?

Here are my 3 highlights that you can look forward to, between now and the end of March, on the South African festival calendar.

Magoebaskloof Berry Festival | Limpopo

Why not plunge in and go somewhere that you may never have been before? Take a trip to Magoebaskloof! The Magoebaskloof Berry Festival will be on this weekend ( 3rd and 4th of February) This festival promises fun family activities such as picking your own berries and the village market. As an added bonus, the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful.

Splashy Fen Musical Festival | KwaZulu- Natal

What can be better than camping and good music? If this gets you excited, Slashy Fen might just be for you: The Splashy Fen Music Festival has become one of South Africa’s premier music festivals. The festival begins on the 29 of March and ends on the 1st of April 2018. Currently, Splashy Fen is South Africa’s longest-running music festival.

The South African Eco-film festival | Western Cape

If movies and campaigning in aid of social issues is more your speed, then why not pop down to Cape Town in March for the South African Eco-film festival? The 5th Annual Eco Film Festival returns to Cape Town on the 23-24 March 2018.  The Festival aims to showcase challenging, intriguing and creative film content highlighting important issued and concerns within the South African context.

Rather want to tone it down?

If festivals are not your thing, and you prefer a more laid-back experience, why not book into one (or more) of these awesome establishments?


With the revolution of  Cheap Flights From Johannesburg To Cape Town and from Johannesburg to many other South African cities, anyone can afford to break away for a few days. So what are you waiting for? Download this awesome the infographic and get cracking on marking off those FREE days in your diary.


Disclaimer: This post was done in collaboration with Travelstart.