how did we get this beautiful house in paris for free? | holiday seven

Felt more than a bit lucky with this one – but it’s a pretty simple trick for getting free accommodation in not just Paris, but many cities across the globe!!

the two sides of benidorm vlog and the halfway update

After business class flights, the holiday was always going to have a lot to live up to but BOY did Beni have a crackin’ good go at it!!!

Along with our flights at £216, our hotel cost a mere £72 each for 3 nights meaning that our business class holiday came in at £288 each.

And with half the holidays done, how’s the challenge looking?

I’ve already:

  • Been on 5 holidays
  • Visited 2 continents (Europe and Asia)
  • Flown business class
  • Taken 9 days annual leave

And, with only £667 of my original £1709 budget, I still need to tick off:

  • At least 5 more holidays
  • One more continent
  • Two 5 nights or more stays
  • All within my remaining annual leave allowance (19 days left!)

That works out at just £133.40 for each of the remaining 5 holidays which… Erm… Bollocks. That seems like a stretch, doesn’t it?

Let’s just say, I don’t think any more business class flights will be on the cards!!!

holiday five vlog | business class to benidorm

How did I forget to post this bad boy?! Yes, holiday five sees me tick off that illustrious ‘business class’ flight. And where to? Benidorm, of course!

Flying with British Airways, business class wasn’t quite as pricey as I had initially feared when I first plonked it on my ‘must do’ list. Costing £216, it included priority check in, two pieces of luggage, access to the business class BA lounge, priority boarding, food and drink on board and priority baggage on arrival (ours was second out which was bloody GREAT).

Whilst the seats themselves weren’t anything fancy (you got a ‘spare’ seat in between you and the person next to you), for around £100 more than an economy ticket I can definitely see why people would upgrade as a bit of a treat. Especially when I realised that the alcohol in the lounge was FREE POUR.

James was so enamoured by it all that he declared ‘I refuse to fly any other way’.

Well, that certainly doesn’t bode too well for his involvement in the rest of this challenge…

holiday four vlog | ferry to dublin for just £4

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That’s right – £4!!!

A jaunt to Dublin wasn’t even on the cards but on St. Patrick’s Day, ferry company Stena Line were holding a FLASH SALE and boy do I love a FLASH SALE.

As I clicked through, my mind was already formulating reasons I needed to go to Dublin.

“I’ve never been before…”

“Guinness is pretty tasty…”

“It’s £4 return! Fuck needing a reason!”

Yet as the slashed price fares flickered before my eyes, I realised that the two ports Stena departed from weren’t exactly close.

Fishguard – 267 miles away.

Holyhead – 287 miles away.

JEEZ LOUISE.

And just as I was about to hit close, sadness welling up in my once eager eyes, the eureka moment hit.

I already had a trip back home to North Wales in the diary, so all I needed was…

“Mum? You know how I’m coming to see you next month, yes? Well, how about we spend two of those days in Dublin?”

“Er, what? Chelsea. I’m just getting my hair done…”

“NOBODY WAITS FOR A FLASH SALE, DONNA”.

I hear her ruffle the pages of her magazine before sighing.

“Oh sod it, go on then”.

Thatta girl, Donna, thatta girl.

Now, even with our less-than-the-cost-of-a-pint crossing, I was still aware that Dublin can be pretty pricey. So, to keep the total down we opted for a private room in a hostel. A room, can I just add, that was listed as a ‘suite’.

Well, brace yourselves to see the worst goddam suite in the existence of the whole bloody world.

Petrol to Holyhead = £10 each
Stena Line Ferry = £4 each
Mec Hostel Dublin = £65 each for 2 nights

Total cost = £79 each

That leaves me with £953.12 for the remaining 6 holidays. Sounds like a lot? Good. Because the next holiday is BUSINESS CLASS!!!