Gone are the days of simply taking in the sights when on holiday in a new destination. As new travel trends emerge, travellers are looking to get the most out of their getaways, whether it involves immersing themselves in a different culture and setting, or simply shopping. Experiential travelling caters to different travel needs and has compelled a change in the the travel industry, with holiday packages now being customised to meet these preferences.

The “shopping spree” holiday entails travellers supporting local industries through purchasing local merchandise, hunting for unique pieces and collecting artefacts or even buying products at a lower price than they would back at home.

Ramesh Jeenarain, MD at World Leisure Holidays South Africa, shares some advice on planning a shopping holiday.

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As consumers tighten their belts, what advice can you share for travellers looking to shop when travelling?

Looking into all-inclusive packages is a good way to manage holiday budgets. With accommodation, meals and drinks accounted for upfront, it is easier to plan effectively for shopping sprees.

What destinations are most suitable for shopping spree holidays, be it luxury or budget spending?

Mauritius is a popular shopping destination. It offers real value for money and a wide variety of shopping opportunities, ranging from shopping centres, to craft markets and various artisanal products from hawkers on the beach and streets. Mauritius is also well-known for manufacturing quality textiles, exotic products such as teas and perfume oils, and much more.

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Do you have any tips on getting the best value out of the rand while travelling?

When in Mauritius, shopping in the local markets is a must, but be prepared to bargain. Prices may differ from one seller to another, so it is worth taking the time to shop around first to compare prices. A good starting point when bargaining is to ask for a discount and to start negotiations from around half of the original offer. Many sellers will even agree to a 50% discount, especially if payment is made in cash.