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Suprise trip for my hubbie in Dec (from Sydney)

Travel Forums General Talk Suprise trip for my hubbie in Dec (from Sydney)

1. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member, 142 posts) 12 Oct '10 23:34

Hi guys,

I have so many times got some great tips from this site so let's try again.
My hubbie has a birthday 1/12, so I would like to take him somewhere either a few days around that time or when our holidays start around 18.12, then could stay longer. Thing is there are all sort of cyclones, hurricanes God knows what around. I wouldn't like to spend much more than $2000 per head (less if possible) flights and accommodation.
New Zealand is off the cards have recently visited both islands. Any ideas would be great Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand South Pacific????? Also thought somewhere nearer like Lord Howe, but sooooo expensive.

I would love to hear if somebody has been somewhere not too quiet (restaurants and shopping nearby) but not very rowdy backpackers places either.

Please please help, H

2. Posted by Walker12 (Budding Member, 6 posts) 13 Oct '10 11:30

Hi H,

This might not be an idea that you originally thought of but how about going to Cape Town for 4 days and then a 3 day safari in the Kruger National Park? Being in the bush is an experience of a lifetime. Cape Town doesnt have cyclones or any of that extreme weather. December is summer in South Africa so the beaches will be awesome!

Let me know if you want more information.

3. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member, 142 posts) 13 Oct '10 13:53

Thanks Walker,
Idea is awesome, but would totally blow the budget....and we do have a trip planned for next year to SA.

Any other ideas....

4. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5411 posts) 14 Oct '10 18:11

I'm a little unclear on how long you plan to be away? If you're thinking only a few days around his b'day, then your budget is generous. If a bit longer, then it will be slightly trickier, but still - anywhere in Asia would be manageable.

My choice would be Japan. Airfares can be had for around $1200 pp, leaving $800 per person. That $1600 that's left could cover 2 weeks accommodation in Japan without too much trouble.

Only major extra cost would be train travel around the country. But then, I could think of worse things than settling into Kyoto or Tokyo for 2 weeks :)

Obviously, not a *warm* destination like the other ones you have mentioned, but definitely should be a memorable one!

5. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member, 142 posts) 14 Oct '10 23:05

I don't think I would like the winter weather, love Japan in spring. Sorry to be difficult ;) I am from Finland and if the destination would be winter one would probably head home....

6. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5411 posts) 15 Oct '10 02:16

Fair enough if you're not up for the cold. I'm sure any of the South East Asia places you mentioned would work great for the price though. Money would go a lot further too in SEA. I haven't been, but Vietnam seems to be a popular pick of the moment.

7. Posted by ErinLogic (Budding Member, 6 posts) 15 Oct '10 21:36

Hamilton Island could always be a good option? It is still in Australia but they have some absolutely stunning resorts. Plus, you wouldn't have to travel for hours on hours for only a few days.

Qualia is a great resort there - plus I believe they have just opened a new spa/resort there too.