Recently Facebook seems to be full of photos of people enjoying winter sunshine. Whether it’s Australia or the Caribbean, the photos of flip flops and beaches have got me thinking about holidays again. It would be lovely if we could get away for a family trip this year, not just for the sunshine, but also for the change of scene and the new experiences that travel brings with it.
Unusually for us we’ve actually been living in the same house in the same country for two years now which is a first! Jim actually may have quite a large chunk of the summer off work this year, so there’s a possibility (theoretically at least) that we could do some traveling, but where to go?
A few months ago I wrote about Amadeus.net, a website that allows you to build trips around the best priced flights. Since that post in the autumn they have upgraded their search facility and asked me to take a look. Amadeus.net not only allows you to compare flight prices across the year from multiple airlines, but you can also take inspiration from the trip plans that other users are building and perhaps investigate a holiday destination you might not have otherwise considered.
What I found fascinating was how affordable some destinations are. My brother-in-law is running the Paris marathon in the spring and I’m quite tempted for us all to join my sister’s family for a long weekend. Using the website I was able to compare the price and departure times of several airlines that fly that route. Budget airlines were surprisingly close in price to more traditional airlines and I know which one I’d rather travel on if the difference in cost is minimal!
Of course Sydney and South Africa also look a little tempting, but we might need to start small and build up to that! Have you made any plans for trips in 2015 yet?