Hello world – here we come!

Hello world – here we come!

After years of trying to untangle ourselves from the house renovation that seemed to take forever we have now hit the point where travel again looms large on our horizon. Tickets are booked and packing is happening. Dave and I are off on the grand adventure πŸ™‚

temple, cambodia, angkor wat, ruins, exotic localesOur travel technique is a bit unorthodox. We don’t make a plan and we don’t book ahead. We basically just pick a place (and that can be based on a variety of factors – last big trip it was where is the cheapest airfare out of Australia), book an airfare, pack up and go. From there is a case of follow the sun.

exotic sunsets, burma, mandalay, meekong river, sunsetTo start this journey we have opted to begin in Sri Lanka. The rough plan is a couple of months in Sri Lanka (some great beaches and mountains apparently), then over to India to buy an Enfield motorcycle and hit the road. The only other plan we have in place is 3 weeks in Africa joining some friends on safari.

eating spiders, cambodia, exotic foodThere is something quite bittersweet about this trip. While I am excited as hell about getting back on the road there is that leaving thing. We have so many amazing people in our lives; friends and family, and having no idea when we will be back makes leaving a hard reality. I guess the great thing is living in a digital age at least means that we can keep those ties strong.

exotic drinks, las vegasI thought that for upcoming blog posts that I might kind of divide them in half. I figured I would do the newsy bits up the top and then the detail stuff down the bottom for those who are interested in that type of info (accommodation costs, where we stayed, how much things cost, more ‘how to’ kind of info). So with that in mind I think that I will drop “below the line” for the first time and tell you how I buy airfares πŸ˜‰

exotic friends, m&msBut before I do, I was reading through some quotes about travel the other day and wanted to share something Mr Carl Sagan said…. “I don’t know where I am going but I’m on my way.” Seemed to fit πŸ™‚

Oh yeah – we leave Feb 14th – Valentines day on a plane πŸ˜‰

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So when I started looking for airfares for Sri Lanka I used Kayak.com to do an initial search. This will only search major airlines, not the low cost carriers. The best Kayak could give me was $1600 for the both of us one way Brisbane to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

To work out which, if any, low costs carriers operated in and out of Colombo I typed “Colombo Airport Wiki” into google and the wikipedia page gives a list of who flies in and out. As soon as I saw Airasia on the list I knew I could get a better price. Airaisa are a great low cost carrier and we have flown withΒ them many times. They operate out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia so all flights go via KL. Sure enough, they were heaps cheaper. I ended up getting us both to Colombo via KL with a 2 night stopover (which doesn’t add much to the costs) for $648 total.

A massive saving that can be done to pretty much anywhere. It requires patience because I won’t always find a low cost carrier that I know straight off, but a bit of cross searching and messing about on the internet can yield pretty big savings πŸ™‚

Hope this info can helps save you some $$$$ in the future. A dollar saved on flights is a dollar extra for beers πŸ˜‰ Cheers heheheh

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2 Responses to Hello world – here we come!

  1. Augustine says:

    Don’t forget – if you want to get this blog sent straight to your email go to the subscribe button at top right and enter your details. That way you know you’ll never miss out on our upcoming adventures πŸ˜‰

  2. Robert says:

    Whohoooo, very nice! I was in sri lanka in november and I LOVED it! Have fun and a save trip!!! Big hug for Dave!!!

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