Oh how I would love to win 60,000 Nectar points to spend. Well, Confused.com is offering just that…all they want bloggers to tell them is how they would spend 1 million Nectar points – this is equal to about £5,000 if my calculations are correct. They have asked us to do a pinterest board with our ideas on, my pinterest board is here.
My destination is very relevant to me because in 2010 I traced my dad. I last saw him when I was 2 months old (38 long years ago). Anyway, to cut a long story short, I made contact with my half-sister, and she got us together on the phone, within a few days I had booked our flights out there to meet them all (that was back in 2010). We had a lovely emotional reunion, and I also met my step-mum and my 6 half-brothers and sisters too.
I am not sure where the time has gone but my sister is now expecting her 3rd child in May, and I would just love the opportunity to travel out there and meet the new baby and see all my family again. For me the idea of Western Australia is an obvious one, last time my step-mum was kind enough to put us (me and hubby and our four children) up in her house. Last time we went it cost us £3,500 in flights, it has gone up slightly since then but I think we could get the 6 of us there within budget.
So, now we have accommodation sorted out for next to nothing, really it’s down to where to visit.
The Pinnacles – cost $11 per vehicle
I would love to see the Pinnacles which are near the Nambung National park, North of Perth, these are lunar-like tall limestone spires and would be great to photograph, and they are along a scenic drive too, so would make a fantastic day out . The cost of this is just $11 per vehicle
Rottnest island – cost $16.00 per adult
This is stunning, I went here last time and it is breathtaking. It’s an island just off Perth/Freemantle which has its own wildlife unique to Rottnest, it has 63 white sandy beaches, 20 beautiful bays and many coral reefs, it has no cars so is perfect to let the children just run around. This was one of my favourite places we went last time, one beach we went to was made up of tiny, tiny shells.
The Wave Rock – cost free
The Stone Wave is a natural rock formation located in Western Australia. We didn’t get this far out last time, its a few hours’ drive from Bunbury, but looks well worth the trip. There is no charge to see this as it’s a natural open attraction. It also looks very interesting as I don’t think I have ever seen anything on this scale before.
Margaret River – cost $30 per person
A beautiful river and piece of coastline, I would do the bushtucker tour which you take on a canoe, you explore the bush, walk to the ridge of a cave within the cliff-face. The Bushtucker lunch gives you the chance to taste a variety of bush tucker (includes witchetty grubs!), and learn about the medicinal properties of plants found in the area.
Boat trip with my sister dolphin watching – free
We did this last time and ended up seeing lots of dolphins close up. I would love to brave swimming with them this time!
Albany – Meeting my dad again, priceless
My dad lives down in Albany which is right at the bottom of western Australia, I would love to spend more time down in Albany seeing the beaches and the rocks, they are amazing. This time I would like to try snorkling, the water is so clear and the fish so beautiful it would be well worth doing.
I think the Nectar points would last about 2 weeks which is a lovely length of holiday for going this far, and because of this I could have a lovely family reunion with my hubby and children, they could meet their new cousin and I could see my dad again, and drive around the local landmarks (most of which are free), there would be plenty of breathtaking scenery, walking, swimming in the rivers and Indian Ocean – and even some kangaroo watching. I would just love to win this and see everyone again. If this worked out too expensive for the points, an alternative is to pay for my Dad to come over to England, which would be lovely as so much has changed since he left England on a £10 pom boat in 1971. He could see our house and even see the children at school and generally get to know how we live here in the UK. We could accomodate him in our house and he could also see his brother who he has lost contact with. This would be a lovely reunion.