Savings Plan #1: The holiday of a lifetime

To say our summer vacations have been of the low-key variety over the past few years would be a bit of an understatement. Last year we spent four nights in beautiful, but very British, Brighton.

Brighton Pier

Brighton Rocks!

The year previous to that we had hoped to take a short break to New York to celebrate love of my life’s 30th birthday, but saving for the deposit on the love nest took precedence over fitting in some trans-atlantic sightseeing between visits to Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s and we ended up in York instead.

Our last break which can be classed as a ‘proper holiday’ was back in 2007 when we enjoyed seven night in sunny Malta.

Needless to say we are now in desperate need of some serious R&R. The original plan was to book a cheap and cheerful break to Spain, but with the exchange rate on the Euro the way it was, cheerful it may have been, but cheap it was not. So we thought if we’re going to spend that much on getting away we may as well spend a little more and go somewhere we really want to go.

So scrapping the idea of reading the latest Jackie Collins on the sun lounger, pina colada in hand, we instead looked into long haul breaks. It was either Thailand or Malaysia. Malaysia won on the basis that we could go and visit our relatives at the orangutan sanctuaries in Borneo. After getting quotes and pulling together many, many budget spreadsheets, we decided we could just about to afford it.

We didn’t want to spend all of our savings on our trip as we also need to save for our wedding, but likewise we’re more the flashpacking than backpacking types. So pasta may be a staple of most of our meals at the moment while we struggle to get the funds to fulfil our dreams. But it’s booked – three nights in Kuala Lumpur, followed by seven nights in Kota Kinabalu in Borneo – so we’ve got to afford it now!


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