for all of you are somewhat more settled here now and have money to spare for holidays and thinking of how you could get to Spain, Turkey etc well i thought i would share with you the little holiday I am taking my daughter on this year.
Flying to Siem Riep in Cambodia . If you book far enough ahead you can get flights into Asia for a bit more than $1000 return.
We are staying at Villa Siem Riep and doing their little luxury package which is US$171 each for 3 nights and gives us an English speaking tour guide for 1 day, our own tuktuk driver for three days, all breakfasts, packed lunches for the temples at Angkor Wat, a massage and a pool pass as well as a sunset temple pack of wine n stuff. So basically a lot for not much dosh and they pick us up at the airport and drop us back all inclusive.
We are then going to Phnom Penh a five hour coach trip US $10 with a drink and a lunch box provided. We are only staying there 1 night but accommodation there is also cheap.
Last summer I took other daughter to Kuala Lumpur , again airfares around $1000 each, hotel $600 for 4 nights at Club level so breakfasts afternoon tea and all day soft drinks thrown in in the club lounge. Hop on Hop off bus round the city MR 17 - 35 depending on age. Butterfly garden MR 10. Shopping ...lots....and with the MR at about 3 to $1 some things are incredibly cheap. Food also is cheap and yummy.
So if you are looking for an overseas holiday, have a look at South East Asia, because often it will cost you the same as an interstate holiday here. Last year was originally going to take daughter to Melbourne for a week, but with flights, apartment, food n stuff realised we could go to Asia for the same. Plus time difference is usually only a few hours so no jetlag and the flights are only around 7-8 hours.
Thinking of going to Vietnam next summer :)