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Decisions, decisions

Just a whinge as i cant decide what/where to go next year...
7 years ago, October 27th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #162512  
This is just a whinge as i cant decide what to do next year. My hubby seems to have gone quite backwards on wanting to travel and now really only wants to go to places he's been before as i think with the kids it just stresses him too much. Which of course doesnt make for a very nice holiday even if i do manage to force him along.

So my ideas for next year are....
My absolute preferred....sri lanka or dubai. Both new to me/us. Heaps to do with kids. Different cultures and foods to what we're used too. Both not too far from home... 9 hour flight isnt too bad. But hubbys dad went to india a few years ago and freaked out at the 3rd worldishness of it all. He doesnt like asia either which we are very used to so i think we'll be pretty fine...but its going to be a hard convince and maybe not worth it if my hubby freaks out 😞

My next preferred option is the islands in the south pacific. I think ive got way more chance convincing hubby of this. We've never been but its close to home and full of aussie tourists so he wont be completely out of his comfort zone. Plus i love the french polynesian culture and food so i think this could be good. He just isnt keen on this for unknown reasons so it doesnt seem to even get an interested eye movement from him.

Or...and i'm only 1/2 convinced of this. We are still getting pressured from the family to go to France to where my hubbies mother has retired. In fact we are getting mightly pressured. I was thinking my 5yo will love castles and knights and all the history in london, and the ashes cricket is there in july so i was thinking that was the catch to convince the hubby. But...this will be damn expensive no matter where we stay and 24 hours of flights with kids is not what i really hope for. Plus the sister in laws have both just gotten back and looked so out of it 24 hours later so i dont know how i'd care for kids in that state.

so i'm just rambling and putting my thoughts out there as my hubby is annoyed with me bringing up new ideas. Perhaps when the qantas/emirates deal gets underway there mgiht be heaps of sales to dubai and we could just do that as a small 1 week trip? decisions, decisions 😞 I just like to know what i'm planning for the following big trip so i can look out for specials.... Reply to this

7 years ago, October 28th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #162560  
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Well my sister will be in Dubai for a week next month, mum loved it, the cheapest option in South Pacific seems to be Fiji, you guys should be able to get there with the budget airlines easily enough from perth > Syd > Nadi and I believe its very kid friendly :-)

Dubai has a lot of childrens activities at all the hotels but apparently you will end up paying a fortune.

If you do the family thing and take the kids to France, you will have family there to look after the kids while you sleep Tam, and when you get home, get those sisters in law to give you a hand while you catch up on sleep 😊

Keep us updated on your thoughts..its hard to make decisions sometimes isnt it? Reply to this

7 years ago, October 30th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #162613  
you can go to sri lanka,as it has many tourists palace and look just like an islands.

Bundala National Park
Located about 15 miles eastern of Hambantota Bundala Nationwide Recreation place is one of Sri Lanka's major locations for birdwatchers, looking after an essential place of seaside marshland well-known for its numerous sea (and other) birdlife. The playground is also house to huge communities of monsters, marshland & estuarine crocodiles, turtles & other wildlife, as well as the leopard. Extending along the shore eastern of Hambantota, Bundala Nationwide Recreation place is design for immediate satisfaction: in a four time vehicle drive, we can see monsters, 8ft crocs, massive squirrels & flamingoes. Mid-day safaris in the waterless interval (December - May) offer guests with the best probability of seeing the characteristics.

Kandy in Sinhala, noticeable is the British name for the town of Maha Nuvara (Senkadagalapura) in the center of Sri Lanka. It is the investment of the Main place and Kandy Region. It lying in the center of mountains in the Kandy Area which passes across an place of exotic farms, mostly tea. Kandy is one of most picturesque places in Sri Lanka. Kandy is of both an management and holy town. It is the investment of the Main place and also of the management district of Kandy. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 31st 2012 No: 4 Msg: #162629  
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Sri Lanka would be more like India and less like South East Asia in terms of number of people and the heat factor - although there are cooler spots in the hills, and it also has the massive bonus of elephants! 😊

Sounds like France would be the most favoured option, in terms of family and cricket in England; but like you said - the hardest flight for the kids... could you break up your flight with a two day stop over in Asia (somewhere easy/that you've been to before)? and maybe allow for a day after you get back home purely dedicated to recovery?

Has your husband seen this pros/cons list for the four places? It might make it easier for him to pick the final destination... Reply to this

7 years ago, October 31st 2012 No: 5 Msg: #162631  
Thanks guys... it is probably more because its not me that is super keen on france/london and i'm the one that normally drives all travel 😊 Mostly because i lived in the UK for a while so sort of feel like europe isnt anything new but i shouldknow by now that travelling with kids completely brings out different requirements and activities so i'm sure it will be a lot different to the france/london that i remember.

and yes, if i line up flights so we get back on a friday or saturday i should be able to line up some family to look after kids in a jetlagged state 😊 Cindy, want to remember why you dont ahve toddlers anymore? lol! Reply to this

7 years ago, November 1st 2012 No: 6 Msg: #162691  
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Ahh..after today where I had to lecture with a darling 3 year old Sri Lankan girl who's mum is a student in the room and having her playing with my frogs and taxidermy specimens...ahm.....i will stick with these lazy teenagers who are driving me insane. Darling child was a joy to have around but left a helluva job to clean up after the lecture.

Any closer to a decision Tam? Reply to this

7 years ago, November 2nd 2012 No: 7 Msg: #162710  
nope and been sorta depressed and grumpy lately and i think this is why lol! we do have a camping trip to moore river, aust day weekend in bali and a house booked in margaret river in march so its not all bad...

hows the pacific islands travel planning going? we loved the carribean and i'm thinking it will sort of be like that cuisine like and people/culture wise??? Although the hubby has shown signs of interest in sri lanka if i organise a personal driver....so small steps 😊

sorry to hear about your partner...although travelling the world for 6 months with no dependants at all does sound very nice 😊) Reply to this

7 years ago, November 4th 2012 No: 8 Msg: #162782  
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How is the French Polynesia planning going?...DIFFICULT.

I would have to say this is the most difficult country ive had to try and put together. I am finding hotels have ridiculous daily taxes and charges that show up on your credit card to the tune of sometimes an extra $150, French dive shops on Rangiroa and Fakarava are the height of arrogance to be honest. After months of emailing I was told "We will LET you into the blue with us".....? on Rangi...Faka even worse..One out of the only 3 places (4th gets terrible reviews on scuba boards) basically told me off..his email had no hello, goodbye just "No. We are booked in Advance for months"...and no suggestion of anywhere else to try. I love the way they will let me but i am paying huge dollars to be allowed into their blue.

To top it off FP diving is strictly controlled and most places except the one American outfit refuse to acknowledge PADI - I circumvented this by having a friend in Thailand convert all my certification to CMAS as well..😉.

I did end up getting my sister at flight centre to book my flights to Papeete as she got the most direct route with a full service airline at reasonable times, leaving perth at 5.55pm and stopping at Auckland for only 3 hours before boarding to be in Papeete by 3pm which saved the hours of sitting around at airports changing planes if I chose budget airlines and combos...her price was actually pretty good..$2450 return with Air NZ and Air Tahiti code share. I could have saved $180 but lost 2.5 days in travel time hanging around airports.

All i have left to do now is pay the inter island flights..again FP do this differently from the rest of the world - you book on their website then they send you an email confirming then you pay which I shall do when my pay goes in on Thursday then I shall bundle up the whole lot of bookings flights and have asked our kind and wise Travel Camel just to double check everything and make sure I havent made any mistakes.

Its a horrendously expensive trip, but then, I am opting to throw $100 notes to the wind and indulge myself outrageously on this one...my hotel on Bora Bora is a private island overwater bungalow with breakfast delivered to my bungalow by outrigger canoe every morning :D and have been given an upgrade to an Lagoon bungalow on Moorea as they managed to take 2 months to confirm my bookings...seems things in FP are done on FP time and you just best deal with it.

Overall I have had this feeling that FP does not like or want bogun Aussie tourists LOL. I can now see why the cruise ship option is the most popular for visiting FP but that doesnt allow me to do any diving and I do want to dive Tipuata Pass so...I shall win them over with my non bogun aussie charms..i hope.

Thankfully I have friends in NZ who have insisted I stay with them for my short time in Auckland so that should save me some $.

I have been told many if not most of the French refuse to speak English so a good friend put me onto a great App for my Ipad which translates both in text and by voice..i can see myself standing there with an Ipad frantically typing away to get a baguette...damn I wish I had paid more attention at high school when I did french.

Une Aeroglissuer d'est plain de anguilles or however you spell it isnt going to get me far (My hovercraft is full of eels...the only phrase I remember lol).

Camping at Moore River sounds very attractive right about now Tam 😊
[Edited: 2012 Nov 04 02:17 - littlewing:163970 ]
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