In 2012 I was working for a very large software company. I was doing really well under the guidance of my work mentor and because of this I managed to earn a large amount of commission in the first quarter. Instead of saving this commission and paying off my debt (which would have been sensible!) I decided to book a once in a lifetime, or so we thought, trip to Australia. We were both so excited and managed to bore everyone with our weekly countdowns until we left!
The trip that I booked was from London - Perth, stay in Perth with family for 4 days, fly to Sydney for NYE, stay there for 2 weeks then fly home. The trip cost us £4589 in total including flights and accommodation. We didn't pay for accommodation in Perth as we were lucky enough to stay with family.
We flew with Malaysia Airlines for the long haul trips and with Virgin Australia for the flight from Perth - Sydney. Scott had never flown long haul before, the furthest he had flown was to Greece, so this was a huge experience for him. I had flown to New Zealand back in 2010 when I moved over there for 6 months so this trip was familiar to me.
We went with Malaysia Airlines because they were the cheapest at the time. I had flown with Singapore Airlines before and found the service 5* however their flight prices do fluctuate so you cannot always guarantee cheaper flights. The flight was pleasant and the food was 'ok'. As we flew on Boxing Day we did get to enjoy a Malaysian style Xmas dinner and American pancakes for breakfast.
|Scott enjoying the in flight entertainment!|
The stop over was in Kuala Lumpur, an airport neither of us had visited before, and it was great for shopping! We didn't have a very long stop over so we grabbed a bite to eat and headed to the departure lounge.
We arrived into Perth around about 2/3pm and boy was it hot! We were not aware when dressing for the flight, that Perth was currently going through a long summer heatwave (plus 40 degrees for more than 4 days) so arriving in jeans and a blazer wasn't a great idea!
We were made to feel very welcome by our family in Perth and their house was absolutely beautiful with gorgeous views! We enjoyed a lovely family BBQ on the first night and then hit the sack as we felt very jet lagged.
|The Parker Family|
|Simon showing Scott how to be a man and cook an Aussie BBQ|
|View from the house overlooking Perth City|
We only had a few days in Perth but we did manage to go and do a few sight seeing trips and enjoy some lovely restaurants.
|View from Kings Park|