Chase the sun with $50k in one day

Dave and I have been ships in the night lately.

I never thought it possible to be a ship in the night with someone you live with and see every day, but trust me, it is possible.

Dave’s workload has been huge this year and I recently took on a second job, which leaves us with not a lot of time together.

My sister-in-law asked me the other day how I do it all.

‘Well, I’ve given up talking to Dave,’ I replied jokingly.

And then it hit me. It was true. I had given up talking to Dave. I had given up talking to my husband. Because, you know, who has time for that?

Okay, can somebody slap me please?

We usually have a 10 minute chat when he gets home and then he sits in front of the TV with his dinner and I sit at the computer with my dinner.

Not cool, people. Not cool.

We are desperate for some time out to reconnect. We had a glorious week away in October at the beach, which was bliss, but I’m aching for some decent well-earned time together away from the kids.

Last weekend, we agreed that we’d have a date night at the next opportunity we get. Excited with this prospect, we started planning.

We initially decided on a movie. We both wanted to see Everest and I had a hankering for a Raspberry Ripe Boost juice. Movie and a Boost juice without the kids nagging me for a sip sounded perfect.

Okay, can somebody slap me again, please?

Surely we can do better than that for our first date in God knows how long.

Before long, we were on a roll with ideas and began to blue sky. Big time.

‘What would we do if we had one whole day to ourselves and didn’t have to worry about money?’ I asked.

‘What would we do if we had a truckload of money, like, $50,000 dollars’ worth of money to spend in that day only?’

Can I hear a hell yeah?

‘We’d chase the sun,’ Dave declared as his mind went into overdrive.

‘Let’s make this day together, the longest possible day. Let’s follow the sun around the world.’

‘Yes!’ I fist pumped the air.

‘Dave!’ I shrieked. ‘Best idea ev-er!

‘We’ll keep travelling across the world extending the day as we go while we play with the international timezone,’ he said.

‘Let’s milk this day for all it’s got!’

spend $50k in one dayFor the next three days, I am not kidding you, Dave and I stayed up into the wee hours planning our imaginary trip.

We worked out (or Dave did. He’s the brains of this outfit) that if we departed from the Southern Hemisphere in winter, we could make the most of the Northern Hemisphere’s longer days.

After days of searching through Webjet and various airlines, researching flight transfers, flight costs, airport transfers and things to do, we came up with a Chase the sun trip that would impress even the Amazing Race.

Our proposed itinerary is based on real dates, real flights, and as close as we could get to real costs.

Spend $50k in one day

Here’s what we came up with.

Depart Brisbane 12.50am on Monday 6 June 2016

Arrive Hong Kong 7.35am local time

Allow approximately 15 minutes to disembark the plane in transit.

Dave will hang out at the Aviation Discovery Centre in the Airport, while I spend up big with duty free shopping at Coach, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, and the like, buying friends and family presents, which I would ship home to Brisbane.

Approximate expenditure:

Flights = $1,200

Shopping = $10,000

Postage = $500

Total = $11,700

Depart Hong Kong airport 9.10am on Monday 6 June 2016

Arrive London Heathrow 3.10pm

Allow approximately 45 minutes to clear customs.

Catch the Heathrow Express, which leaves every 15 minutes, to Paddington Station.

Arrive Paddington approximately 4.15pm.

Take a five minute walk to the Victoria pub, where all of our friends from our time living in the UK, including our besties from Hertfordshire, are waiting for us to par-tay!

We’ll hire out the pub for the most epic party we’ve had with this crew since we last saw the majority of them 10 and a half years ago. We will put on all food and drinks and will party, dance and laugh the afternoon away.

Approximate expenditure:

Flights = $1,300

Heathrow Express return tickets = $302

All expenses paid party for friends, including hiring out the pub = $6,000

Total = $7602

Deaprt Heathrow Airport at 8pm on Monday 6 June 2016 to board a Private Jet

Arrive Reykajavik, Iceland at 10pm

Take a car from Iceland Airport to the Blue Lagoon arriving at approximately 10.30pm.

We have pre-arranged for the Blue Lagoon to open later for us.

I will indulge in a silica mud mask and we’ll both have an in-water massage. Dave can enjoy a beer and I will sip on champagne, while we soak in the steaming lagoon and tilt our faces to the skies ready for the sun to set at approximately 11.40pm.

After we’ve watched the sun set on our one-day extended adventure away from the kids, we’ll head back to our hotel at the lagoon for a well-earned rest.

Approximate expenditure:

Blue Lagoon luxury package including airport transfer = $500

Cost to open the Blue Lagoon privately = $2000

Private jet = approximately $25,000

Accommodation = $550

Total cost = $28,050

Total Chase the sun expenditure = $47,352 give or take.


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How would you spend $50k in one day?

This post was written as an entry into Mortgage Choice’s creative writing competition, where I have a chance of winning $5000. Thanks for the invitation to enter, Mortgage Choice.

Linking up today with Grace for Flog Yo Blog Friday.

32 comments on Chase the sun with $50k in one day

  1. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    November 13, 2015 at 6:07 am (3 years ago)

    I love that an imaginary trip helped you guys reconnect- lovely! Hope you get a chance at a holiday soon!

  2. [email protected]
    November 13, 2015 at 6:08 am (3 years ago)

    What a brilliant concept – chase the sun! Well that certainly got you and hubby talking and planning and what a plan! Brilliant! I would be very happy to spend my $50,000 exactly as you’ve planned. Good luck with the competition! 🙂

  3. Di from Max The Unicorn
    November 13, 2015 at 6:31 am (3 years ago)

    Good luck – hope you win the competition! My dream trip would be visiting Paris, Rome, Venice… I’d eat my way through Europe basically! 🙂

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 14, 2015 at 5:53 am (3 years ago)

      Lol. Sounds perfect. I’d love to do that too!

  4. Bec Senyard
    November 13, 2015 at 6:56 am (3 years ago)

    Great post. I love the concept of chasing the sun. I’d go to London and Paris and spend time shopping there. Or is go to America and have a day in Disneyland. Hope you and Dave get to have a date night soon. X

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 14, 2015 at 5:54 am (3 years ago)

      A in Disneyland would be awesome fun. Thanks Bec 🙂

  5. Josefa @always Josefa
    November 13, 2015 at 7:03 am (3 years ago)

    What a fantastic adventure Renee! Love the idea of chasing the sun – how awesome would this be if it could come true!

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 14, 2015 at 5:54 am (3 years ago)

      Oh my God, it would be epic, wouldn’t it?! 🙂 x

  6. Mumma McD
    November 13, 2015 at 7:39 am (3 years ago)

    Sounds exhausting!! I love that you both got so into the planning, great entry Renee x

  7. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    November 13, 2015 at 7:39 am (3 years ago)

    I love the way you think (and plan holidays) – what an adventure! Forget the 50 grand, perhaps you and Dave could make your first million, planning one day “Chase the Sun” holidays. Haven’t you always wanted to be a travel agent?!

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 14, 2015 at 5:56 am (3 years ago)

      Lol! Now you’re talking. What a brill idea 🙂

  8. Andrea Phillips
    November 13, 2015 at 8:04 am (3 years ago)

    Bugger the Heathrow Express, I’d pick you up myself! I always thought you guys would make epic travel agents 🙂
    Hope you win, maybe you could use some of the winnings to meet us half way – Hong Kong perhaps? Got everything crossed that you win xxxx
    And I would like to book a chase the sun holiday, at present chasing somewhere with less wind! (Bit too windy here for my liking 🙂 xx

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 14, 2015 at 5:57 am (3 years ago)

      Lol! Thank you darling. How epic would it be?! Would love to meet you halfway somewhere 🙂 xx

  9. Lara at This Charming Mum
    November 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, it’s so awful when you finally get a date night and you can’t even think of anything interesting to do! It’s so easy to get complacent in a relationship when you have all the daily rush swimming in your head. I love your holiday plan! London’s always been a special place for me, too, and I would love to visit Iceland. The landscape looks so unique and I’d plan to be there for the Northern Lights if I had loads of dollars in the bank!

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 14, 2015 at 5:59 am (3 years ago)

      I would very much like to see the Northern Lights too!

  10. lu @looking for mama me
    November 13, 2015 at 3:01 pm (3 years ago)

    that sounds fun!!! I’d love to go to Iceland (in the summer of course when its light all the time)… but I hate flying so I’d be iffy on it… I may have to fly first class 🙂 Reasons I’m not entering the comp.. I’m too practical and boring and would really just have to pay off my mortgage, I’m so lame 🙁

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 14, 2015 at 6:00 am (3 years ago)

      Ahh Lu lol. I think that’s what most of us would do in reality 🙂

  11. [email protected]
    November 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Just think Renee, when you land that lazy 50, you have your itinerary all sorted! Sounds like a perfect getaway x

  12. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    November 13, 2015 at 5:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Man I’d be exhausted after doing all that in one day! Would be worth though. Although back in reality I’d be happy with a movie and boost juice as a date night lol.

  13. Emily
    November 13, 2015 at 7:26 pm (3 years ago)

    I love that you both stayed up researching together and talking about this! Better than a movie and Boost Juice date night, for sure.
    Your $50k spend sounds MAGICAL. Perfect. Love the whole idea. Are you flying first class, too? x

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 14, 2015 at 6:01 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Em 🙂 It’s all actually economy. I couldn’t find business class for the times I needed 🙂 x

  14. Grace
    November 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, that is an awesome plan! And you know sometimes, just planning it together as a couple is almost just as good. Sure, who wouldn’t want the real adventure (and I hope you win so you can do it!) but 3 days of talking about your dreams with your loved one? Totally priceless.

  15. Heart
    November 22, 2015 at 12:32 am (3 years ago)

    “Chase the Sun” is an awesome idea! Kudos to Dave! I know that trip will really be a great help to you, guys. It’s important to take a break and rebuild your relationship once in a while.


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