When Travel Styles Collide
Posted on March 9, 2012
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Now that we are in Weiden, we are busy thinking of when and how often we can leave it. Kidding Weiden, kidding. You are lovely. And small. We just need to exploit your geographical location as frequently as possible otherwise I will go quite mad. Our list of mini trips to take within the next 3 months includes Italy’s Lake Garda, the Czech Republic’s Prague and Pilsen, the nearby Munich and the neighbouring state of Baden Wüttemberg (I have some family history to look into).
As a traveller, I am not an enormous planner. I tend to leave things to the proverbial last minute and such a system has served me well thus far. I am like a travel cat, I always land on my feet. Now that I have said that I have likely completely jinxed myself and next time something will blow up in my face. As a German, SG is a planner. He has already expressed a desire to book 2 nights in Prague for the end of May. I suggested booking now may not be entirely necessary and perhaps something we can do further down the track.
Often, when we are planning things together, SG opens the discussion with, ‘I know you don’t like planning, but I am a Germ, so please remember this. I am going to need to be German about some things.’ This is the way we avoid the discussion devolving into slinging mud over each other’s ‘Australianness’ or ‘Germanness’, although, to be fair, I am usually the mud slinger.
Currently, in quiet moments, conversation turns to our TRIP TO AUSTRALIA in December. Both of us are sick with excitement (and, seeing as poor SG will be thrust into the bosom of my dynamic family, sick with nerves) and whilst I initially envisioned day after day spent by our backyard pool with a bottle of New Zealand wine and the smell of something barbecuing, SG has asserted he cannot return to Germany without having snorkelled in the Great Barrier Reef. He specifically needs to tell people this occurred. There also needs to be an Asian stop in there somewhere plus I have insisted on Melbourne and somewhere up North I have never been to. Then there is the NSW tour – Sydney, north coast, south coast, central coast, Blue Mountains, ohhhh yes.
Enter the need to plan. Enter the need to budget. Enter the need for good, money saving planning resources. Enter discount codes. There are literally thousands of discounts out there waiting to be applied to your goods. There is a coupon for everyone. If electronics are your thing, go wild. Planning a wedding, need new glasses, can’t stop shopping online, knock your socks off. Personally, I will be frantically searching for hotels, restaurants and travel packages, and, if it comes to and if the German in SG really comes out, camping equipment.
Because our time in Australia is limited and it is a bloody big country to drive – as much as I would love to do the campervan thing – it looks like SG and I will be flying a lot. He wants to drive the East Coast. I gently reminded him we don’t have a spare 48 hours of straight driving, 4 days with Stop Revive Survive time. So we shall be flying. Enter Expedia online codes. Discounts on flights within Australia and to Asia, flight and hotel package discounts and hotel discounts (Australia and Asia). This is where I shall be booking from, when the time comes and SG throws down the planning gauntlet and says, ‘enough Australianess, we are booking now!’
That’s fine. It seems like our Australia planning just got a whole lot easier.