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Cheapish ideas for winter in the sun

Discussion in 'Living Room' started by ellejay, 30th Jul, 2015.

  1. ellejay

    ellejay Well-Known Member

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    I'm planning a break next winter and thinking about cheapish ways to spend 3 months or so in the sun. The thing is I want to take our dog so it probably needs to be Australia. It looks super expensive to rent units in q'land for example for the whole summer, understandably. Don't think I want to buy a camper though it is an option. Maybe a block of land around Mission Beach somewhere and build a liveable shed on it for now? Any other ideas?
     
  2. ellejay

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    Hey Gockie, I'm potentially interested in that. I'll chat to the other half and come back to you. Lets keep in touch.
     
  3. Gockie

    Gockie I'm an ISTP-A female, so I might be a bit quirky! Premium Member

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    Hi Ellejay. I'm checking the true status of kitchen deductibility for the house... it's a 1950's house. If it turns out the kitchen won't be deductible then I will install the kitchen now. If it does turn out to be deductible then I may come to a deal with you. I'll let you know! :p
    ps. I've just spent the last 2 weeks up here. Amazing weather. Its been low-mid 20's everyday. Couldn't be better. :)
     
  4. Jamie Moore

    Jamie Moore MORTGAGE BROKER - AUSTRALIA WIDE Business Member

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    Check out options on air bnb - some QLD places aren't too expensive. Prob try to go to at least Sunshine coast and above.

    If you could venture outside of Australia then 3 months in SE Asia wouldn't break the bank.

    Cheers

    Jamie
     
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  5. jafeica

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    3 months in SE Asia could be very cheap. When we were in Ban Krut on the Gulf of Thailand, we got speaking to a Dutch couple who were renting a beachfront villa for under US$300 a month.

    Then you can get your standard Thai food for $1-2 a meal, $1 beers...

    Living the dream.
     
  6. Jess Peletier

    Jess Peletier Mortgage Broker - Australia Wide Business Member

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    There's a really cheap council caravan park in Mission beach, right on the beach. Bliss - MB is one of our favourite places. The park is not flash, but it's super cheap - I think it was about $23/night for the 5 of us.
     
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    Damn. Sounds like paradise.
     
  8. Azazel

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    Some of the Greek Islands are surprisingly affordable. Could be even more if their economy keeps tanking. You could rent an apartment near Perissa Beach for 3 months. Freshly grilled Greek food with Mediterranean views... I'm getting hungry. 2 euro for a little gyro, 6 euro for a real Greek salad, 99c tall beers from the supermarket or about 3 euro at a bar. The other bonus over North QLD is you can swim in the water.
    If you put your dog in quarantine early enough you could probably take it overseas - easier if you're Johnny Depp.
     
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    Exactly. The whole how much do you need to retire on debate gets put into perspective if you are willing to travel for extended periods, rent cheaper villas in resort towns, sit on the beach, eat local food, drink $1 beers!
     
  10. Jamie Moore

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    Right!

    Here I am waking up to minus 5 mornings, eating $30 lunches and drinking $8 beers.
     
  11. The Y-man

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    Yes, but the dog.................

    The Y-man
     
  12. Ed Barton

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    A sunbed?
     
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    You can swim in Nth QLD during the winter. The summer is the problem for stingers and other nasties.
     
  14. willair

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    Campervans with 2 panel solar are good just pull up ,put the poptop up and listen too the sounds of the bush,and some start at below 10 bucks per night walking distance to the beach,apart from crocs
    snakes and marine deadly stingers very cheap way to travel..
    http://www.exploreaustralia.net.au/
     
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  15. Ed Barton

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    The meals get even cheaper when you supply your own meat!
     
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    Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Even cheaper than Thailand, less crowded, and nicer, well IMHO. Dogs may have to have an extended sleepover at a family or friends place.
     
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    Not a fan of the saltwater crocs any time of year.
    Saw a croc was recently spotted at Tiaro!?! That's pretty far South. Scary.
     
  18. Lacrim

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    Without sounding ungrateful and unpatriotic, I think the beaches in NQLD (mainland not islands) are pretty overrated eg Palm Cove, Mission, 4 mile etc. Water is murky, then you have to worry about crocs and bull sharks...in winter. I don't like water I can't see through. Add the stingers in Summer. And to be frank, it's not hot enough for me in Winter. You get 21-23 degree days sometimes.

    For my money, I'd head straight to Bali or Thailand, or even Tioman Island in Malaysia - absolutely beautiful and serene.

    Dog has to go to a kennel though :(
     
  19. Westminster

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    Maybe see if there is a house sitting gig where you look after someone's pet and you can take your own dog with you?
     
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    Gets his own holiday being boarded