Friday, September 24, 2010
I know, it's not weight related, and I know, it's only September, we shouldn't be mentioning yet the "C" word! But I'm really happy and I had to tell someone. I realised today that I didn't book my holiday in Italy for the beginning of next year. I went on and on in work the last few days asking for the days off because I had booked the tickets in May... and instead, I didn't!
So I went quickly to the websites for Ryanair and Easyjet and had a look at the prices... and MIRACLE! The prices for the tickets were still VERY cheap!
Thus, I booked my stay in Rome for New Year and because of the bank holidays and my day off, it comes out that I only "spend" 3.5 days holidays (which I am owed from this year) but I stay in Rome with mum and dad until Sunday the 9th of Jan, and it only cost me less than £65!
Besides, I was feeling really bad because I had booked my Dublin flight to return on Tuesday the 28th, when in reality I have a day off on Wednesdays now so I would have had one less day with DF and his family and I would have been here getting bored on my own. Instead, I checked the prices for the flights from Dublin to Stansted on the 29th of December (Wednesday) and I found out that the flight would cost me only £28 including Ryanair's awful fees! To think that just to AMEND my ticket for the 28th I would have needed to spend £35 in "administration charges"...
So I've kept the ticket for the 28th AND I got a new ticket for the 29th. This way I spent LESS money, it's crazy isn't it? It also means that whatever bad idea my bosses will have about Christmas, I will still be able to come back at a suitable day (for example, if they force me to work on that Wednesday, I can still use the ticket I booked for the 28th... I don't see why they should, but you can never know with my employer! :(). I know it's silly to return here on the 29th and work 30th and 31 to then fly to Italy on the 1st, but unfortunately I can't get all that time off at Christmas (see previous comments about my employer!) and at least I can take advantage of the best of the two things!
Overall, it cost me roughly £85 to go to Dublin for Christmas and £65 to go to Rome for the New Year. Hardly an expense you would think "worth" of a Christmas holiday :-)