Thanks to my husband’s ridiculously high number of Virgin Atlantic flying club miles, I’ve been able to travel to some exciting destinations without it having too high an impact on our monthly budgeting.
I consider my use of his miles as positive payback for all those evenings and nights alone at home looking after children while he put work first. As a business traveller he has clocked up many more exciting destinations than I have in my lifetime (so far!!) and, while the majority of his time away was spent in intense business meetings, even he is prepared to admit that there were also more than a few moments of fun and new experiences!
Over the past few years I have managed to extend what began as an annual week away to Open University summer school as part of my degree courses, through UK weekend adventures with my girlfriends, to extended trips abroad. All this, has proved great preparation for both my family and me, enabling us to face the idea of my upcoming expedition to Nepal with confidence.
You will find write-ups covering some of these destinations by using the Page menu on the right.
Hooray for the UK!
I began by taking the opportunity to explore parts of our own country that I’d had heard about but never had the opportunity to explore.
- 2007: Manchester
- 2008: Brighton
- 2009: Liverpool
- 2010: York
Each fabulous destinations which I shall blog further about in future! During these trips, my girlfriends and I landed on a winning formula involving spending more on ensuring our accommodation was the height of luxury and saving money by cooking self-catered meals – all very girly!
This year, following my April 2011 trip to San Diego, we were on a tighter budget. Bizarrely, this meant our original plan (Cardiff in Wales) was too expensive and we had to widen our search.
The cheapest option we could find – accounting for our expectations of luxury, adventure and minimal day-to[day costs – turned out to be four days in a shared riad (B&B) in the heart of the Madina in Marrakesh! Another tale I shall save for a later date.