The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WELCOME - JANA FRAW­LEY, NA­TIONAL TRAVEL ED­I­TOR

In mid-2017, I smugly de­clared on this page that I had booked my fam­ily’s Jan­uary 2018 hol­i­day. The flights and ho­tels were locked in and I was pat­ting my­self on the back for be­ing so or­gan­ised while si­mul­ta­ne­ously en­cour­ag­ing the read­ers of Es­cape to fol­low suit and se­cure their Christ­mas break, tout de suite.

This year, my not-so-hum­ble brag of 18 months ago has come back to bite me, as my 2019 sum­mer hol­i­day plan­ning has been quite the op­po­site. I pfaffed around for a few months try­ing to set­tle on a plan that would suit ev­ery­one’s sched­ules, the house­hold bud­get and that would ful­fil the dreams four peo­ple had in their heads of what the per­fect week away from home would look like.

I fi­nally re­alised that I was com­pli­cat­ing mat­ters at a time of year when all we re­ally wanted was to re­lax. So we’re off to By­ron Bay and will save the big ad­ven­ture for fur­ther down the track, when the tim­ing and cash flow is right.

What sur­prised me was that flight costs from my cap­i­tal city to the Gold Coast – an hour’s drive from By­ron – were on par with the price I’d paid to get there in July; and the car hire is ac­tu­ally cheaper than if fly­ing into Bal­lina, which is closer to our fi­nal des­ti­na­tion. The ac­com­mo­da­tion, how­ever, was not only hard to find but most def­i­nitely at the pre­mium end of the price point (in­cen­tive for be­ing an early bird for Christ­mas 2019).

For those of you who find your­selves in a sim­i­lar state of hol­i­day in­de­ci­sion, or for whom the ca­pac­ity to plan has eluded you un­til this point, Sarah Nicholson has put to­gether a cover story with a 10-point plan for help­ing you se­cure a book­ing, so stop deck­ing the halls and get book­ing in­stead!

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