9th May - Sydney
Back to Melbourne Airport and a quick flight to Sydney.
As I figure this is a once in a lifetime trip, I've added a couple of nights in a hotel in the heart of this iconic city that I've found on Tripadvisor, it's called the Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection
, which is in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is another great aspect of exchanging, you can slip in a random city break halfway through your holiday.
Nestled between the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and Wallis Lake lies the jewel of the New South Wales mid-North Coast. If you have a hankering to really get away from it all, this resort is perfectly located in this Great Lakes Region.
Pacific Palms Resort2 bedroom unit, sleeps up to 6.
"An excellent holiday venue. The units are well maintained. The location is wonderful for its closeness to
high quality beaches which are good for surfing and swimming.
" Mr O
18th May - Brisbane
Now to jump on a plane and take a flight to Brisbane for a week on the Gold Coast and the Golden Shores Holiday Club
If a relaxing and peaceful escape conveniently close to Surfers Paradise is your idea of a perfect holiday, Golden Shores Holiday Club might just be your idea of heaven.
2 bedroom unit, sleeps up to 6.
"What a great place this was to stay. Beautiful park and promenade area opposite the apartments where one could walk and enjoy the Bay. Could recommend this resort without hesitation. Also everything needed in the apartment for a holiday" Mrs G
25th May - Home Time
Home time and back to Brisbane airport for the flight back to the UK after a holiday of a life time. And how much did this cost?
- Flight for 2. London to Melbourne and then Brisbane to London = £1405
- 7 nights in Kyneton Bushland Resort = 1 exchange credit + £99 exchange fee
- Flight for 2 from Melbourne to Sydney = £91
- 2 nights in Sydney Hotel = £372
- 7 nights in Pacific Palms Resort = 1 exchange credit + £99 exchange fee
- Flight for 2 from Sydney to Brisbane = £172
- 7 nights in Golden Shores Holiday Club = 1 exchange credit + £99 exchange fee
Gives a total of £2337 for just over 3 weeks in Australia, for flights AND accommodation for TWO people.
if you have Gold Advantage
as you'll get a £10 discount on all long haul exchanges
Of course this is just one example, with hundreds of weeks currently available in Australia for this year and next, the choice is yours, and if you're only paying £99 (for the full week, you an even afford to visit Uluru for a few nights or head to the Great Barrier Reef in the middle of your stay.
Don't have enough credits? Give us a ring to see if you can bank next year's week or alternatively, check our the list of currently available Rentals that we have in Australia, prices start from just £226 for a full week's accommodation.
Making the most of your holiday by not wasting time
The great thing about holidays is being on holiday, the not so great thing about holidays are the hours wasted either getting there or standing in queues when you are there.
So here are a few tips to save some of that precious time away so you can make the most of your well-earned week away
Flights - 50 minutes
Before booking your flight, check which airport is the closest. Many people, when flying to Barcelona with a budget airline, would assume that Ginora Barcelona Airport is the closest. However, Barcelona Airport is 50 minutes closer to the city, saving you valuable time and transfer costs.
Check-in online - 10 minutes
Many of the budget airlines actively encourage online check-in by charging you a fee if you don’t, whilst the larger airlines allow you the choice. However, if you do check in online (some airlines will allow you to check in for both the outward and inward flight) you’ll only need to drop off your bags, saving you the queuing time along with the worry about what seats you’ll get.
Luggage carousels - 10 minutes
Possibly the most frustrating holiday aspect is waiting for your luggage. If you can avoid taking a case and just take hand luggage then you could save yourself valuable time. However, if you’re in need of a suitcase and there’s more than one of you travelling, leaving one getting the bags whilst the other heads through customs to pick up the car hire keys or find the transfer point saves time.
Transfers – 30 Minutes
Work out the quickest routes to and from the airport. A train maybe 30 minutes quicker than sitting in rush hour traffic or a taxi could be the better option if the train is only hourly. For tips visit www.tripadvisor.com to see what is being advised.
Excursions – 50 minutes per day
Pre-book your travel excursions in the comfort of your own home before you leave. Many tourist attractions have pre-booking websites including the option for VIP queue-jumping passes. You maybe also be able to save money by getting a multi-attraction pass for your destination.
Meals – 30 minutes per day
Instead of spending time each evening trying to find that ‘perfect restaurant’, why not book your restaurant meals as and when you see the restaurant that inspires you. Even if it’s minutes after you’ve just eaten or first thing in the morning. If you do find somewhere better later in the day, you can always go back and cancel your original booking.
Try to avoid peak times – 60 minutes per day
If you plan to visit a touristy place or attraction try to go early or late in the day when the crowds are less, giving you more time for seeing and doing instead of standing and queuing.
Following our advice could save you minutes, even hours of your precious time so you can really make the most of your holiday.