I DID IT! I FINALLY DID IT! I BOOKED A FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA!!!!
OK, so for those of you who didn’t know, it has been my dream, ever since I was little, to go and visit Australia. I don’t know what exactly I find so appealing about it, but it has been calling me, and I finally answered!
This is a big deal for more than one reason. Not only am I finally going on my dream trip, but I am going solo. Did you read that correctly? I’m going alone! My first solo trip, all by myself! I think it’s going to be a very interested adventure to say the least!
You must be thinking, “Enough woman, we want details!” Yes, yes, let’s get right to that!
So I had been looking up flights, kind of just for fun, kind of to see if it would be affordable for me to go during the two months that the zoo is closed this winter. I found pretty great prices and I got really excited so I was thinking about booking. But then when it came to actually booking, the prices had jacked up and my hopes went tumbling down.
The following week, I was still doing some research and reading through blog posts about tips to save money when going to Australia, when all of a sudden, I browsed through a new website that would take me through the United States instead of just Canada, and the prices were even lower than the first price I had found!!
Get this… I got round trip tickets from Moncton, NB, Canada to Sydney, Australia, for the total price of….
*Drum roll please…*
I have been tentatively planning this trip for YEARS now, and I have always had to budget a minimum of $2000-$2500, just for the airfare! So you can surely imagine my excitement when I found a flight this cheap!!
Of course, there had to be at least one hiccup in all of this, right? Murphy’s law… “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Ok, I’m slightly (majorly) exaggerating about how bad my hiccup was.
I was on the website about to purchase the flight when I realized that it was the end of the month, and my credit card was basically maxed out. CRAP! Of course, my first idea is to call my dad and beg him to pay for it with his credit card, and then I would obviously transfer him the full amount to repay him. But even before I got my phone out, my amazing/incredibly thoughtful boyfriend suggested he pay for it with his credit card since he already owed me money for rent and groceries and it would help balance out our dues. WELL THEN, LET’S DO IT!
BOOM! PLANE TICKET BOUGHT!!!!
Ok, now what?! I know you are all wondering. So not exactly at that moment – we were actually in Halifax celebrating my step-dad’s birthday so not the time to just go be anti-social and do extensive research – but as the days and weeks went by, I started making plans.
First things first, what is going to be on my MUST SEE list??
Here’s what I’ve got so far:
- Great Barrier Reef
- Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock)
- Brisbane to visit my best friend’s sister!
- Beaches, beaches, beaches!
There are so many places I want to visit, so many things I want to see, new experiences I want to have! One day, I actually had enough time to sit down and do some quick research on transportation cost and what I could do in my allotted time.
Speaking of allotted time, I completely forgot to give you all more details about that! So I’ll be leaving from Moncton on January 30th, flying to Sydney will take about 3 full days (hopefully it won’t end as badly as my last 3 day flight to India). I’ll have a total of 3 weeks in the land down under before returning back to Moncton on February 22nd. My pit stops are mostly in the states, one of which will be in L.A. for 5 hours!! I’m hoping that will be enough time to leave the airport for a quick bite to eat, possibly see the beaches, and then head back for the rest of the trip. Other spots I’m stopping in are Washing, San Fransisco, Chicago, and of course, Montreal. The only downside to all the travelling will be a 12 hour layover in Montreal on the way home, but I’ve already made arrangements with Max’s wonderful sister so I’ll have a place to sleep overnight and relax outside of the airports.
Funny thing, I’m actually looking forward to flying for once. I say this because usually the thought of being on airplanes for a long time brings me down, knowing I will surely be tired, queasy, bored and surely have ear pain from the change of air pressure. Don’t get me wrong, I love travelling, but the whole plane part is the one I like the least. Except this time, I’m started to feel excited. I think maybe it has to do with the fact that I haven’t travelled on an aircraft in just over two years now. I did do some travelling this past year, but it was all land-bound, so it was a very different feel. At least on a plane, I’ll be free to get things done, not have to constantly focus on the roads, hoping for optimal conditions, praying I don’t have to stop a billion times to rest because my eyes just cannot focus on that long winding road for one more second. (If you’ve crossed Canada, you know what I mean)
I say that all now, but I guess I might feel differently when the time comes. Especially since I’m hoping to visit 4-5 different cities/areas while I’m in Australia, and the best way to do that in only three weeks is to fly every where. Fortunately, a lot of domestic flights are way cheaper than anything you could find in Canada, and honestly, I don’t know why people would want to travel otherwise in such a vast country. The bus fees are always more expensive than plane tickets, and take minimum 3 to 4 times longer. I guess on the one side, you could potentially save one night’s accommodation by sleeping on the bus, but let’s be honest, who wants to sleep on a bus overnight?
Basically, after doing a bunch of research, I’m hoping to be able to visit the following places:
- Cairns/Townsville area (Great Barrier Reef)
If you know anyone who could possibly accommodate me in any of these areas, or who lives there and would just like to meet up, please let me know! I’m definitely hoping to meet lots of new people during my travels, and I just love making connections through my family and friends.
And if you have any tips or tricks about travelling through the South East of Australia, please feel free to let me know!