After so many years planning for family holiday, I must admit that this round is the most stressful. Reason being that we are travelling on ID/FOC Ticket. We thought that May is non peak season, should not be an issue getting on board. But as the date come nearer, I start to have doubts since the number of seats is getting less and less.
For this reason, I’ve had sleepless nights for the past week. I even had dreams of us not getting on board, and ended up in London .
As we are travelling on ID/FOC ticket, and seats are not firm until 1 hour before the gate close, we couldn’t book our accommodation. I’ve only managed to shortlist those Airbnb within our budget, in preparation of booking them once we can get on board. Luckily, for transportation, I made a call to the car rental company and made the booking with some pre-arrangements which didn’t require any payment. Due to our travel arrangement, I also couldn’t pre-book any tours/performance that we want to go. I’m praying hard that tickets are still available when we are ready to make the bookings.
New Zealand is our 1st option, thinking that the flight won’t be full since it’s not China Holiday or Hong Kong Holiday. But it seems that everyone is interested to go New Zealand in May . As backup plan, we even had Plan B, that is to go Osaka, since there’s 3 flights a day to Osaka, so chances of getting on board is better.
As a result of Plan B, I also had to make itinerary plans for Osaka, in case we go Osaka instead of New Zealand.
I’ve finally finished both the Plans, now I’m working on shortlisting Osaka & Kyoto accommodation .
Next have to change currency for both countries, and also get ready simcard (docomo) if we going to Japan instead of New Zealand.
I hope I won’t be so stress the next time I plan for family holiday.