So yes, yes, I went on loads of holidays last year however, I realised today that I’ve actually yet to post all of them, along with their costs, in one easy-to-find place.
Remember the rules?
I had £1709 (half the price the average Brit spends in a year) to go on:
- At least 10 holidays
- Trips must be 2 nights or more and two must be 5 nights or more
- Only use 28 days of annual leave
- At least 3 continents
- At least one flight must be business class
1) Valencia, Spain
easyJet flights – £62pp
1 night – Bloc Hotel Gatwick – £32.72pp
2 nights – Hotel Balandret – £75pp
Total – £169.72pp
2) Dubai, UAE
Qantas/Emirates flights – £279.83pp
4 nights – Princess Tower Apartments (similar) – £184pp
Total – £463.83pp
3) Aarhus, Denmark
Ryanair flights – £43.33pp
2 nights – friend’s apartment – free!
Total – £43.33pp
4) Dublin, Ireland
Stena Line ferry & petrol – £14pp
2 nights – Mec Hostel, Dublin – £65pp
Total – £79pp
5) Benidorm, Spain
British Airways Business Class – £216pp
3 nights – Pierre & Vacances Benidorm Levante – £72pp
Total – £288pp
6) Margate, UK
Southeastern train – £13.30pp
2 nights – Airbnb – £25pp
Total – £38.30pp
7) Paris, France
Eurostar snap – £50pp
14 nights – Nomador catsit – free!
Total = £50pp
8) Gdańsk, Poland
Ryanair flight – £16pp
2 nights – Little Home – Prestige – £33pp
Total = £49pp
9) Timisoara, Romania
Ryanair flight – £20pp
2 nights – NH Timisoara – £35pp
Total = £55pp
10) New York & Miami, USA
British Airways return flights – £358pp
2 nights – New York apartment – £45pp
Frontier flights to Miami – £32pp
3 nights – Miami Homestay – £40pp
2 nights – Miami Airbnb – £40pp
1 night – Shelborne South Beach – £66pp
Total = £581pp
Overall total = £1817.18
Cashback = £112.73
Final total = £1704.45
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…