How many holidays should one have per year? Is not Sydney enough? Is not Canada and New York enough? I have three weeks off work in October. I had a rostered week off already and I added two weeks of my precious long service leave to the week. We should go away for a couple of days, I suggested to R. He was enthusiastic.
Well then, how is this for a plan? A night at Sister's on the Bellarine, then a couple of nights along the Great Ocean Road on Victoria's spectacular west coast and a couple of nights in Halls Gap in the Grampians? I have wanted to see the Grampians after passing by when we were returning by car from an Adelaide holiday a few years ago. I can reference what Dina and Red said about the Grampians and Halls Gap when they visited.
R seemed happy enough with this but late at night I realised he was not really enthusiastic and I am not sure I was that much either. After our long and very cold winter, what about somewhere warm, easy to get to, easy to amuse us without hard work and given it would be our third holiday for the year, somewhere cheap.
I planted an idea in his head the next day when I said, what about the Gold Coast for a few nights? I was last there in 1978. Do you think it has changed? R has been a few times more recently with his previous job, taking some lesser abled people in our society on holiday and he quite liked the Gold Coast.
By lunch time the following day he had been busy on the internet when I arrived home for lunch but as happens in the initial planning of a holiday, he was very confused for the huge options. Over the next couple of hours, with me on the desktop and he on his tablet, we investigated all sorts of accommodation and deals. We have 10,200 points each with Virgin from last year's Euro trip. We could get a flight with 10,900 points plus $20. Damn, but I remember once before using points to fly to Sydney and the taxes that we had to pay nearly added up to the price of a cheap flight.
I've never really wanted to visit the Gold Coast again. Huge skycrapers, theme parks, children, bogans, heat and humidity although the weather should be ok in October. Yet, I am a little excited about our visit.
It will be only for five nights and thanks to some good sleuthing, the flight and accommodation with cost just over $500 each, the accommodation being an ocean view studio apartment. This is the first time we will travel on the aircraft with black and yellow stripes. I only agreed because I understand it is now owned by Virgin.
http://www.chateaubeachside.com.au We won't be any higher than the 7th floor for the price we paid.
There are a few things to investigate, such as a bus to travel the 20kms from the airport to Surfers Paradise, the new tram system running along the Gold Coast and what to do while we are there, but otherwise a pretty relaxed and easy holiday.