This trip has a special design. 2015 is 50 years since my family arrived from UK as British migrants. It seemed fitting to mark this occasion some way. This trip is that way. The trip is designed, by my sister and me, to visit those places we remember from 50 years ago as well as places that just mean something special to us.
It is actually amazing to us that anything could achieve a 50th anniversary. We know these things happen. It is happening to Singapore in 2015 also. So I hope to tell the stories of what we discover from the point of view of a brother and sister revisiting their heritage. I may also lapse into just plain stories of the weird and wonderful as I see it. My observations from a coffee shop 2015.
Since my jaunt through Switzerland in 2014 and my rave reviews of the Vodaphone Red plan, many people I know have used it as their comms tool for overseas trips. I have again chosen to use the Vodaphone plan. I wandered into the Marion Vodaphone store, on the ground floor, and described how I believed their product worked. I must have got it pretty right. The guys promptly asked me if I was interested in standing on their side of the counter. I chose not to but they did call me the most informed customer of the year. Interesting however to note how many people mentioned to me that their local Vodaphone store did know about the Red plan for overseas calls.
If you are hunting, do not be put off. The Vodaphone Red Plan does exist and it does work.
As I understand it, you pre pay $50 for a month Red Plan. This gives you unlimited local calls and texts and 3GB of data for a month. You can then head overseas to one of 47 countries and on any day that you use your plan you pay $5 to have all those features translated to the country you are in as well as back home to Australia. So for my 20 days in UK I expect to pay an extra $100 for all the features I want. There are many extra bits in the plan also but this is the gem I was looking for. All I can eat overseas for $150 a month.
It worked brilliantly in 2014 and this year seems just as good. In fact better since they have offered the second connection if there is more than one traveller, at only $35 for the month + $5 per day.
I will recap at the end when I have the final bill and mention if it is as good as I say. I am using it in Liverpool right now.