Well, we have done it. Regardless of me having no spare moola, we have booked our mid year flight to and from the UK.
We travel to Singapore on Quaint Ass airlines and have four days there before going on to London where we have flexible number of days at this point, and then travel by train onto Newcastle (that was the only thing I asked for, a train trip from London to Newcastle, well, and to not stay with rels but in rels caravan). Coming back, we are doing it as quickly as possible, Newcastle to Melbourne. Clearly we will have to stop along the way for petrol and airport botheration. We could have bought the tickets online cheaper towards the end of last year, but we did not realise how much cheaper it is by using the net rather than a travel agent.
Trip is now costing $2609 return. Probably could have got it for $2400 last year. Yes, we are indulging in some self kicking, but we are not knowledgeable about such matters.
I have just been looking at train travel from London to Newcastle. The last time I looked, it was by the impressively named Great North Eastern Railway. It seems since then, the contract has been awarded to another company, National Express, the same company who ran half our Melbourne trains and trams and then bolted. Yes, I gave a shudder.
R is fuming at Qantas as he thought that when he looked at the 'online check in example' that he would be able to choose our seats once we paid. From what we can see now, we can't until 24 hours before the flight. I am not convinced about this. Further looking or a telephone call is required.
On a personal level, since I have to worry about collecting the motor from the garage tomorrow and fainting when I hear the cost, buying a new remote control for the aircon, probably fainting at the cost of that too, and needing a blood pressure medicine prescription entailing a visit to the doc, I have decided I am unwell tomorrow and cannot go to work.