For the first time in 5 years we do not have an overseas trip planned for 2018. This was a conscious decision but does not mean that we will not be holidaying.
We began early in the year with a long weekend getaway with friends in February. We went to Ballandean near Stanthorpe and enjoyed a quiet and relaxing country weekend which included swimming in the river, a bushwalk and dining on local produce.
The next of our short trips within Australia will be to Tasmania and is coming up soon. This 6 day trip is my part of my ‘milestone’ birthday celebrations. We will be spending 5 nights at a luxury Air BnB in the north-east of the island before heading south to spend a night in historic Richmond before flying out of Hobart. We do not have any specific plans apart from having made a booking for dinner at a restaurant in Launceston on the night of my birthday.
Other plans include a week in Melbourne in August (visiting our daughter and an opportunity to see our football team playing) and a week at Mudjimba Beach for the Christmas/New Year break.
All of these domestic trips require very little planning but have plenty to plan for next year. In April 2019 we are heading to Mauritius and I am currently researching travel options from Brisbane to Mauritius. Our 2 choices seem to be via Perth or Singapore so we are thinking that we will probably go to Perth on the way there and home via Singapore with a couple of nights stopover in each direction. The next question is how long to spend in Mauritius? I am thinking about 10-12 days will be enough.
The trip to Mauritius will be a significant milestone as it will be the last holiday that we plan with consideration given to work commitments and annual leave as we both plan to retire from full-time work in July 2019. This will leave us with an unlimited window for future travel. Even though it is 15 months away, we are considering the possibilities of an extended trip to the UK and Europe in the second half of 2019. As I know from planning our previous 6 week trips, you really need at least 12 months to research and plan a major trip. So, I have begun reading and learning about some of the places we dream of visiting. The rough itinerary looks something like this – Scotland, England, Wales, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and Italy in about 4 months.