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My holiday planning - part II

I'm resigned to not having enough money to go to the UK this year.  This works well on account of the Olympics, which I would want to miss anyway. SO, I'm happy to plan away for a holiday next year.  Therefore:


I've decided.

All by myself!!!!  *crumbs*  I would go with my mum, but then brother would want to come and I couldn't travel with Derwood, I'd break his neck and there would be ribcage hats involved.  Just. No.  And it would also be a kind of rite of passage - travelling to a whole other country by myself.  Scary, but I've never done anything brave and its probably time.

All this planning stuff, especially the money stuff, is mostly for my brain-storming and figuring out of stuff.  Not that it is secret and I am ALWAYS after advice from the flisters on travelling and stuffs.

I currently have $6,600 in my savings account.  I figure it is going to cost $2,500 to $3,000 in the plane fare to get there and back home again.  I just looked and technically I could do it on Qantas or BA for $2,200 all inclusive. So if I budget 3k I'll be well safe and that can include some transfers and insurance.

When I don't have so much physio (i.e. presently weekly, hopefully down to monthly) I can save around $400 a month and I plan to, dammit!  That means I can save another $2,500 by Christmas.  I think I will need, total, $13,000-$14,000, including travel.  That will mean it will have to be mid 2013 or later for me to have enough moola for accommodation, food, travel (I guess I'll need to get in touch with my public transport-using side...) and sight-seeing.  If I join ICOM here in Australia I can see all the museums and galleries for free.  One of the perks of working for a museum association...

My mum says I should get in touch with all the extended family we have in the UK.  My nan was there late last year and came home with more money than she went with purely from staying at people's houses and them not wanting any money.  I suppose I could try it - not the really old people though.  But there is a cousin who owns a B&B in Wales who apparently is about my age.  Could be worth some emails. 

And then I have to stay with wadjet_theperv and we're going to do some awesome home renos and general frivolity.  Totally looking forward to helping out Wadj.  So Wadj, how to you feel about a subsidised girls' weekend to Paris in 2013?????????  Seriously.  Think about it.  I can shout you some of a weekend in Paris.  Because I don't want to go there by myself!!  But I really really want to go there!  I just looked and it isn't actually as expensive as I thought it might be.  Some more research on the Paris weekend needed.  And the Frenchist speaking-ness.

When is the best time to visit?  I think I've asked this before and the consensus was springtime BUT I have never seen a Northern Hemisphere winter.  And that would mean missing out on an Australian summer, which is always a plan, but that would mean either early or late in the year. Early, I wouldn't have enough money, and later means I'd have to wait tooooo long!

I know that I could just ask my nan for money for a holiday and she would give it to me in a heartbeat, but I really don't want to do that.  I've never owed anyone money before and even though she is my nan, and technically therefore it is my money anyway, and she is always forking out money to other relatives, I just couldn't bring myself to ask.   I want to do this myself. 


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May. 7th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Paris?? You and me?? Squeeeeee!!!!!!!! Do you really think they're ready for us? ;o)

Seriously, dude. That sounds SO like a plan. I shall save mucho money. Sell many, many cupcakes.

To cut down costs, we could drive to Folkestone, take the Eurostar and drive to Paris. I've done that before and it's not too bad. Or we could take the train all the way. I'll work on my francaise :)


Listen, hon, you're welcome any time you like. Just let me know. xxx
May. 7th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
SQUEEEEE!!! Yay for a plan! So excited :) :) :) :)

Now I HAVE to save so I can DEFINITELY do it next year YIPPEEE!

Ha, I'll rely on your knowledge for the cutting costs tips. And I will do anything to avoid public transport

I think I have a french audio lesson thing from high school somewhere I'll have to dig around and get it in my ears. Can do that at work LOL.
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