Four awesome travel ideas for

Four awesome travel ideas for every true Springbok fan this World Cup

Picture it: Two chinas bonding in the pub. “Jislaaik, boet! It’s the World Cup this Year! We should go!”

If you’re a keen ‘Rugger Boet’ there’s nowhere else you want to be this September/October than field side in England. With the UK having played host to the Olympics 3 years ago there are plenty of options for places to stay.

Four awesome travel ideas for

But with the exchange rate what it is, budget is the first thing travelling South Africans think about. But you don’t have to worry, though, because there is an accommodation option for everyone. I chatted to Nicholas Barenblatt, Group Marketing Manager of Protea Hotels, part of Marriott International, about whether ordinary South Africans can afford a trip to this amazing sporting event, and he came up with a few suggestions for how to make it happen.

The option for the broke lone wolf party:
If you haven’t been able to gather the troops to follow Jean and the boys, an option to consider is grabbing your backpack and heading to a hostel. There’s no better way to mingle with people from every rugby-playing nation in the world than travelling this route, and it’s also really affordable.  A stayover in Newcastle to catch the SA vs Scotland game will cost you as little as £17.95 (that’s just R350) per night in a dorm room – of course, that means you have to do without room service and you’ll have to take along your own soap, but that’s all part of the fun!

An option for when the whole gang is going:
Watching rugby is as much about the game as it is about sharing the moments with friends. Exchanging banter between the okes while the match is unfolding in the background is the best part of watching rugby. Bringing the mates along can also help save on accommodation: book a house for 8 of your friends and share the costs. Sites like are great places to start searching for a house. I found a house in Brighton for £500 per night that sleeps 10. Perfect if you’ve booked a seat to watch Japan vs South Africa – and here’s hoping our team breaks New Zealand’s record score against the Japanese! Although £500 may sound steep, if you spilt the bill by 10 everyone will be paying R970 a night.

If you’re just there for the game and have some money to splash:
For those who just want to see the game and go home to relax, booking an accommodation venue outside the epicentre of the actual action might be an option. While it may be slightly expensive, there are some good add-ons, including great English tea and scones.  If you’re going to be in Birmingham for the SA vs Samoa game, choose from one of many Bed and Breakfast/chalet options around the out skirts of the city. A luxury chalet I found online, via a quick Google search, was £105 a night, or R2 030. But with this price you get to put your feet up and relax in front of the screen and watch the highlights of the game you saw live a little earlier.

For the person who is looking for luxury in an extraordinary location:
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any rugby fan – booking a room in the stadium itself. If you’re keen to watch the 2015 Rugby World Cup final in the ultimate lap of luxury, get yourself a room in the London Marriott Hotel Twickenham. With a view of the pitch from your room window you could be ordering room service and see history being made all from the comfort of your bed! While it’s pricey at at least £349 (R6 800) per night – and could skyrocket as it gets closer to the actual game – it’s bound to be the experience of a lifetime. And if the Boks bring home the Web Ellis Trophy a 3rd time….