It was about 18 months before the start of this trip that I decided to go. Most unlike me, I tend to come up with an idea and do it ASAP.
Found bargain flights on Air Asia. About $AUD550 return from the Gold Coast. But I have been paying for it since as they bombard me with emails offering insurance, hire cars, food and paying $19 for the privilege of moving to the seat next to the one allocated to me.
I figure that flying on September 11th will mean that there will be enough empty seats to stretch out on. In my case, two is plenty 😛