Tips on Planning a Girls Trip to the Durban July


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We’re slap bang in the middle of 2018 and the 1st half of the year has probably taken its toll and your friends are probably feeling it too. We’re suggesting a girls trip to the year’s biggest equestrian fashion event, the DBN July. I am not saying it will fix everything but I am saying you’re going to have a pretty good time as a squad.

I am increasingly into travel experiences and group experiences always help create everlasting memories with strangers or your closest circle of friends. With the Durban July coming in a month, it is the perfect opportunity to take a sho’t left with a group of friends to break from your usual routine –  even just for the weekend. It’s also an excuse to plan a whole trip around what you will wear.


First things first, make sure you know as much as possible about all the events that will be happening around Durban throughout the Durban July weekend. Go as far and looking up where the parties you want to attend will be, it will help when choosing an accommodation spot later. From the main event to all the other turn ups like Amstel Boomtown, Pop Bottles and Fact Durban Rocks, make sure you know how much tickets cost, locations, dates, times and look up menus where applicable.


Buying the (flight/event) tickets is the first commitment to your squad trip – one or two friends will fail to make the commitment as it goes with planning group trips. Make sure securing tickets is the top priority before they sell out or incur a price surge due to demand as the date looms closer. If you’ll be flying, buy your tickets as early as possible to avoid surges. If you’ll be driving, everyone should be aware of fuel costs and elect designated drivers.


Once your tickets are bought, you know you HAVE to follow through. The next step is booking accommodation. The July is Durban’s biggest annual event and the city gets an influx of thousands of people over that weekend. Hotels may be booked up but look at great alternatives like AirBnB and Guest Houses for your short stay. First time AirBnB users can get R600 off their first booking when using a promo code from another user – SAVE! Remember you did your research, so you know all the spots you’ll be going to while in Durban? Book your accommodation in a location that is central to all the different places that you’ll be travelling to.


Let’s be real – travelling anywhere outside your own city will always involve a lot of costs. Minimize your costs by pre-shopping your food & drinks if you’ll be staying at a self-service accommodation. This is especially a saver for alcohol – parties and events tend to mark up alcohol at exorbitant rates. So, stock up on your liquor from supermarkets or liquor stores to save some cash. As always, drink responsibility and always use ride services when drinking – don’t drink and drive.


Listen, take leave on Friday and Monday if you have to because I’ve heard that the Amstel Boomtown is going to be biggest turn up at Greyville Racecourse on 7 July. “Celebrating all of South Africa’s biggest music genres, be prepared for an Amplified experience as House Kings DJ Shimza and DJ Maphorisa headline the bigger-than-ever marquee alongside the legendary HHP; mega-group Bongo Maffin, Gqom Queen Babes Wodumo; music duo DreamTeam and more at Amstel BoomTown!” The thought of jamming old South African classics in your best ‘day at the races’ look with all your mates? An actual mood. I heard they’re giving away a VVIP experience too… keep reading 😉


While you’re having all this fun, always stay safe especially if Durban is a city you’re not so familiar with. Again, use ride services if you’re planning to drink and always share your ETAs and locations with your Next of Kin or In Case of Emergency contact person. Going away is always fun but making it back home to tell the stories is literally the whole point 🙂


You also stand the chance to join in on the excitement and win the ultimate VVIP weekend experience to the Durban July with Amstel Boomtown.  Follow @AmstelSA on twitter for more details.