I should be back home by the time you read this. My wife and I have been on an extended vacation again this year (we went to French Polynesia last year) and have been away since November 24, 2017 returning on January 13, 2018 This year we decided to take a 30 day cruise (actually two back to back cruises) on Holland America which started in Auckland, New Zealand, down the coast, over to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia to Sydney, then the second part from Sydney, on to New Caledonia, Vanuatu Islands and then back to Sydney. We stayed in AirBnb's north of Auckland for 10 days before the cruise and are presently in an AirBnb south of Sydney (in a small town called Bowral) for 8 days after the cruise. We rented a car in both New Zealand and Australia.
As part of the expansion of the ACFamily Network, I am planning to write a "blog" with accompanying articles on a step by step procedure of how I booked airfare, car rental, travel insurance, AirBnb and the cruise in order to open a dialog of how airline employees and especially retired airline employees travel. We will then invite others to share their travel experiences as well if they wish in the hope to discover options for those wishing to do the same. There are a lot of travel sites out there and we don't intend to even try to duplicate them, just to show it from an airline retiree's viewpoint. We certainly have an abundance of knowledge to tap into as there are hundreds (thousands?) of airline retirees travelling each year and we've all picked up a lot of knowledge along the way.
I'll let you know in a future NetLetter when my blog and the travel discussion area is ready on the ACFamily Network. We are making good progress in rebuilding the site but it had to be put on the backburner while I was away.