STOP PFAFFING AROUND
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!