Monday 30 May 2016

Planning International Travel

There are 3 questions you need to ask and answer before you book travel.

1. Can you afford it?
2. Where do you want to go?
3. When do you want to go?

1 Yes
2. South Africa, UK, Germany
3. During the summer months in Dubai

Last year I spent Ramadan in Canada, but the rest of the summer in Dubai, with the teen coming out for the long school holidays, my UK trip was in September due to child 4 of 5 Passing out Parade and South Africa in October and November to work with a charity.

This year I'm back teaching and Ramadan falls before the end of term.

The first trip booked was the UK for 5 weeks, based around cost of flights and availability. Then I booked a flight to Munich for 5 days to visit friends. On discovering I had 12 days of school holidays before my UK trip, I decided to book 10 days in SA to visit friends there also.

August looks just as busy but with us flying back to Dubai and the teen joining us for the last 2 weeks of his school holiday and friends from South Africa stopping over 1 night on their way back from their European trip.

The logistics of booking around school holidays for both the teen and I, checking schedules for Peter's work and an upcoming trip to Saudi, I was able to book his UK flight then sort boarding for the cat and dog, accommodation and car hire.

I still have a few more hotels to book and travel insurance to renew and I've even packed my case for South Africa as its winter there and I don't wear those clothes here.

I wanted to purchase a new hand luggage case for the Munich trip, but ended up buying Peter a new one instead, I'll make do with what I have for now.

I'm busy sorting out a variety of currencies, bank cards and plug adapters and making sure I take the right things to the right location.

I still have 2 flights to book for the teen to include his cousin travelling with him for the October half term. My mother's flight for November/December was booked some time ago and hubby has to squeeze in a trip to Turkey and plan a potential trip to Pakistan.


  1. Oh wow! What a lot of traveling and organising! It does sound fantastic though! Have a wonderful time x

  2. Your trips sound amazing! We just completed our first international trip as a family to New York to visit family. Now that we know that we're capable of travelling with a baby (soon to be toddler), the world is our oyster! #PoCoLo

    1. oh i remember those days of travel with 4 boys, we used to do road trips to France for our main holidays and took them in ones or twos on short haul flights until we knew we could manage a longer flight with the 4 of them.

  3. It sounds like you're a master of organisation! That's lots of travelling and I'm sure that being good at organisation helps a lot.
    Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo. xx

    1. I'm sure i've forgotten something, to date i've never made a mistake with booking but i worry i will one day