6 things you might want to know

I’m writing this whilst sat on a plane, flying to Kos. I have had the standard questions asked, so I thought I would share the answers to some of those questions with you:

You’re looking brown, do you live in (insert destination)?

No, I have been to Italy and Portugal recently, plus I am half Maltese, so tan easily.

Wow! So how do you afford to go on so many holidays?

I have a strict budget; I shop at Lidl, I stick to a shopping list and I book in advance, after looking at the best deals. At the beginning of the year, I wrote a post about how I would save so I could travel, these tips worked for me, so give them a go.

What about work, how do you get so much time off?

I get 28 days plus bank holidays. It’s a reasonable amount, I book as many as possible at the beginning of the year. This means that I know the dates I am planning on going away, it also means I can search the best flight prices, so even if I can’t afford to book the flights straight away, I know that the prices will be the cheapest for that time. I can always change the holiday dates at work. Also by booking early, I can plan as many holidays as possible around the bank holidays, so I use less days.

You have a daughter and a dog though, where do they go?

I’m very lucky! This I will admit is not the easiest thing to arrange. My family don’t live close by, so I can’t ask them to look after my girls. I do, however, have some fantastic friends, who have been so kind in looking after them both. I am always happy to have their daughter/dog in return, as I understand people need a break from their loved ones…even if they are closer to them than I am mine!

Where are you going next?

My next holiday is a family holiday. I’m making my annual trip to Malta to spend time with the family. This is the one trip I wish I could take the dog with me, but until Ryanair allow dogs on the planes, I will have to keep hoping my friends stay as generous as they are.

Do you ever travel alone?

Yes! I flew to Orlando a few years back on my own and drove around. I got lost a fair bit and didn’t plan my stays very well (who knew you needed a credit card for most hotels!), but I got out of my comfort zone, I did something I always wanted to do, and I met some nice people along the way.

I would do it again, but I would definitely plan it a bit better. I would also get sat nav in the car!

I don’t know where to start!

Ask yourself what you want from your holiday; is it a quick break, a city trip, anywhere with sun, time out from family. By knowing what you want, you can plan, save and book. Ultimately, the only thing stopping you, is you!

Sunrise after a long night

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