The first two weeks of April saw us completing two
Our last two house sits in Oz
We still had house sitting commitments to finish in April before leaving Australia. One was for our friend Andrew with two sweet little dogs in the growing South Eastern suburb of Cranbourne. You can read about it on our house sitting website here. The other was at a house in Mount Martha with spectacular views over Port Phillip Bay caring for two cats and a Golden Retriever. You can read about that house sit here.
Following our niece’s
Back to Europe in style
Our travels by plane are usually the cheapest we can find and always in ‘cattle class’. However, whilst searching for flights google suggested another option. There was a Business Class flight being offered by Oman Air for a very reasonable price. After speaking with Jacqueline (the financial manager!!!) we decided to pay the extra and see how the “other half” travel.
There were three legs for the journey – Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur (KL) with Malaysian Airlines. KL to Muscat (the capital of Oman) and then Muscat to Frankfurt, both with Oman Air.
The Malaysian Airline flight was an afternoon flight and quite comfortable in our individual booths. During my research I had read reviews stating that on this particular Malaysian Business Class flight the lay flat beds were not great and you may feel like you are in a coffin. The footwells become narrow and there is not much space for your feet (under the video screen area). This was absolutely correct, I didn’t like it but Jacqueline thought it wasn’t too bad. I’m only short (with small feet!!) and I felt quite confined once the seat was converted into a bed. Fortunately, this was a daytime flight so we didn’t need to sleep!
The next flight (overnight for 7 hours) on Oman Air was out of this world. The seats were massive with only 4 per row and very wide. The video screen was also huge and when the seats were in their lie flat mode it was like sleeping in a comfy bed. The food and service were impeccable and the head flight attendant made a point of introducing herself to each passenger individually. This was my favourite flight. Even though it was after midnight I still took advantage of the beautiful food provided.
The final leg with Oman Air, from Muscat to Frankfurt, was in a totally different aircraft to our previous flight. As such, it had a different seat type and configuration and not as much space but was still very comfortable. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos on this flight.
VERDICT – WOULD WE FLY BUSINESS CLASS AGAIN?
The experience of being up the “pointy end” of the plane is definitely worth it. However, we cannot justify the cost of a standard Business Class ticket which can sometimes be 3 to 4 times the cost of an economy ticket. If a special deal is available then I think we would have a serious discussion about doing it (particularly for long haul overnight flights).
Europe’s financial centre
Our 3 days in Frankfurt, Europe’s financial capital,
Flying over the Alps
Valencia – a favourite place
As mentioned earlier, we absolutely love Valencia. We can’t put our finger on why – we just do. We had spent a week here two years earlier and hoped to return one day so when we picked up a house sit here it was a bonus. You can read about our time that house
So, let’s take a look at our expenses for April. You’ll see by the graph below that it was our most expensive month for the whole year.
APRIL expenses – $6,517 AUD
April was well over budget primarily because we decided to spoil ourselves and fly Business Class from Melbourne to Frankfurt. If we exclude this extravagance then our costs would have been about $4,000 which is still an expensive month.
Attending our niece’s wedding and going out with friends and family before we left certainly added to our costs as well.
NOTE: Cash expenditure includes groceries, eating out, tourist attractions, entertainment, public transport, parking fees, fuel, local SIM, etc. It does include alcohol (though Jacqueline doesn’t drink) and we eat out perhaps once or twice a week.
We did an article back in August 2018 that covered our first full year of travelling for the period April 2017 to April 2018. If you’re interested in reading that then click here – Travel the World full time for less than $100 per day
If you’re retired (or not) there is a way to have an exciting life with the world as your oyster. We’re proof that it can be done.
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