The silence on the blog does not accurately reflect the behind-the-scenes activity. I have continued the research for our European trip next year and we have all but finalised the dates – 9 weeks from mid-August to late October.
We have taken a range of things into account in choosing the dates. Some of them include being in Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Tattoo and the Fringe Festival but avoiding the worst of the midges (July/August) when we venture further north into Scottish Highlands. The other major component of the trip will be Spain for the final 4 weeks from late September. This will also mean that we avoid the peak of the summer heat which will make for more pleasant travelling.
I have been watching the airfares closely on Skyscanner and it appears that the flights we want will be released for our return date in about a week. Based on a return flight the week prior it looks as though we will be able to fly Brisbane – Edinburgh and return from Barcelona – Brisbane for just under $3,000 for the 2 of us.
There is only a single stopover each way (both in Dubai as they are Emirates flights). The stopovers are 3 hours on both flights and occur around 7 – 10am which I find very reasonable. Thanks to a relatively short, single stopover the total trip time is just under 27 hours to Edinburgh and less than 23 hours back from Barcelona. I have no interest in multiple stopovers for anything from 5 – 18 hours in order to save a few hundred dollars.
Meanwhile, I am looking into car hire in Mauritius for our trip in April. I found this website which has proved a really adjunct to my Lonely Planet reading and Christine provided prompt and useful answers to a couple of questions I submitted.
No matter where or how you are planning to travel, there is a wealth of information available to you.