So, today was spent deciding more precise (but still approximate) dates for The Holiday.
When I informed ex-husband-2 of my travel plans on Friday, he replied with an,”oh no!” and said he was planning a big trip for his 5th wedding anniversary (which I thought in September) – leaving exactly the same day in April we were planning.
So, Don and I re-evaluated The Holiday timing (because that is the kind of nice ex-wife I am) to late March (because that is the kind of nice ex-wife I am).
Perhaps we are crazy, but we are doing this all ourselves, sans travel agent.
At this stage we are planning on leaving March 13 and returning April 1 (or 3). After checking on Zuji.com.au, Malaysia Airlines appears to be the cheapest, but Emirates is awfully competitive (and would probably be the better journey). There appear to be savings (in the couple of hundred dollar range) to be had with booking with the airline direct (rather than with Zuji).
Tomorrow, I begin the arduous process of applying for a passport. I feel my multiple name changes (from the couple of marriages) may hamper the application somewhat (there being ony room on the form for one name change) – but, admittedly, that could be just my normal state of catastrophising.
Our current estimate of costs for The Holiday is AU$13K. Which is rather a lot to save by March.
If you have travel tips, do feel free to innundate me with them. Irrespective of whether aforesaid tips have anything to do with Italy or not.
Oh! And airline recommendations would be super-fantastic also! If Malaysia or Emirates totsally suck, then please tell me!