Holiday Planning!

So we’ve been on plenty of little trips around Europe but we haven’t been on or planned a huge trip involving many countries before. We are currently in the midst of planning our big summer European holiday before we head back to Australia .

We’re trying to be organised and get as much booked and paid for as we can, unfortunately that really only means accommodation for the time being since most buses/trains/ferries don’t have tickets available until 3 months before.

Accommodation:

We have however booked accommodation for all the places we are going, we expected a lot of hostels/cheap hotels but the reality was that in almost every city we found really nice Airbnb’s for essentially the same price.We set budgets for accommodation in each place and we managed to stay under budget in every city except Barcelona. Our set budgets for the two of us were:

£50 for:

  • Krakow, Poland (Airbnb)
  • Kosice, Slovakia (hotel)
  • Budapest, Hungary (Airbnb)
  • Bratislava, Slovakia (Airbnb)
  • Vienna, Austria (Airbnb)
  • Salzburg,Austria (hotel)
  • Bled, Slovenia (hotel)
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia (Airbnb)
  • Zagreb, Croatia (airbnb)
  • Genoa, Italy(Airbnb)
  • Nice, France (Airbnb)
  • Marseille, France (Airbnb)
  • Barcelona, Spain ( hotel & spent about £60pn)
  • Seville, Spain (hotel)
  • Faro, Portugal (hotel)
  • Lisbon Portugal (hotel)

£75 for:

  • Pula, Croatia (Airbnb)
  • Zadar, Croatia (Airbnb)
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia (Airbnb)

£100 for:

  • Praiano, Italy (Airbnb)
  • Cinque Terre, Italy (Airbnb)

In total for 59 days of travel we have spent about £2800 on the accommodation which was around £200 less than our budget.

We’ve also managed to save money on the “Dubrovnik Dreams” Topdeck sailing tour of Croatia we’ve got booked. The tour prices start from £629pp, however with some discounts we’re paying £838.80 for the two of us. 15% of the discounts were from promotions topdeck were running at the time and then we were fortunate enough to receive a 25% voucher from our sailing topdeck tour this year because a few things went wrong throughout it, which topdeck were nice enough to add to our already discounted trip! The more savings the better!

Travel

As I said above, when it comes to travelling within Europe, unless you’re flying you can really book anything until 3 months ahead which means we can’t really book anything until February. However when it came to our flight back to Australia the prices we were seeing ranged from about £600-700pp depending on which airline we wanted to fly with and because we are flying into Adelaide we were pretty much limited to about 6 airlines if we didn’t want 2+ stop overs and 30+ hours of travel. We did end up getting lucky and finding a flight with Malaysian airlines on one date in June for £420pp on a Black Friday sale. If you can always try and wait for a sale and if you can keep your dates flexible because this flight was about two/three days earlier than we originally wanted which meant we needed to cut out holiday a little bit shorter but really to save £400 it was worth it. We also managed to book our original outgoing flight from London to Krakow with easyJet for around £30pp but we also needed to add checked luggage which added about another £25/30pp and again we have also booked our end flight from Lisbon to London was slightly more expensive but flying with British airways which ended up being less for checked baggage about £17pp and about £180pp. The only other transport we have booked is a flight from Pula to Zadar which we decided flying was the best way as far as time and cost is concern. It ended up being about £70 for the two of us with Croatian airlines and they include 23kg of luggage in the ticket price which definitely made it a much easier decision .

Anyway that’s as far as we’ve gotten with planning for this holiday, I’m honestly so excited I just want it to be now!

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