So....I'm going to Australia! I am so unbelievably excited!
Australia is a place I have always wanted to go but really never had the balls. I've always talked myself out of it, it's too far, it's too much money, I've got no one to go with...you catch my drift. That is until my flatmate Amy and I had a "...shall we actually do it" conversation.
Our close friend is currently out in Australia and we had been living vicariously through her Facebook photos, feeling very jealous. One night Amy mentioned that she had always wanted to go...we both had a moment and thought actually, we could do it! BUT where do you start, it's so overwhelming!
We sent a quick message to our friend who pointed us in the direction of STA travel. STA travel are a travel company aimed at young adults wanting to travel abroad, they offer trips, flights, visas, travel insurance, you name it they can pretty much do it!
We booked a meeting at our local branch, going in we felt excited but extremely overwhelmed by the prospect but our advisor talked through everything we needed to think about and showed us the deals and packages that STA offer. Our friend had mentioned to perhaps stay away from the packages as they do tend to be overpriced - but I guess they've gotta make their money somewhere. Although we knew we weren't wanting to book a package with them we'd heard they have crazy cheap flights so wanted more information on that. The deals they do on flights are incredible, seriously I have no idea how they make them so cheap but I am certainly not complaining.
After a good few hours in STA, we needed some time away to speak to our parents and really process all the information we'd been told within the shop. A week later I think it was we happened to browse their website to find that they had a sale on and that our flight from Manchester to Sydney had gone down £50 to £407 (one-way only) Which is an absolute steal!
Needless to say we got our bottoms back to the shop ASAP and booked our flight! STA offer a deal where you can put a deposit down of £49 and pay the rest of as and when you can ( as long as it is all paid 10 weeks before your departure ) so there we are, as easy as that..we're off to Australia in November.
We still have a lot to figure out and organise but it's all really exciting!
Now it's time to save save save!
Have you ever been to Australia, is there anything you recommend doing?
How did you go about saving?