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!’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One can only dream right?!
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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.
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