Two parents and their two children are in Scotland. They wish to travel and experience the world for the next few months. However, if they spend less on travel, they can see and experience more and for a longer time.
Through some friends they have free lodging available in Lyon through Jan 29.
The family also wants to go visit friends in Melbourne, Australia, with potential free lodging and transportation there for a limited time.
In short, they have more time than money but want to maximize the travel dollar. They need your help!!!
- All four must travel together
- Travel must be reasonable and must not involve more than 8 hours on a land travel day and no more than 31 hours to Australia.
- The family can spend only 16 more days in the Schengen countries until March 7, 2017.
- For calculation purposes, assume $85/night in the UK and Paris and $75 in Lyon and other European locations.
- Flights, buses, taxis, ferries, and trains are all allowed.
- The family can walk at most 40 minutes with backpacks (the rail station to/from their lodging, for example).
- The family can walk 90 minutes one-way without backpacks (to navigate cities and see sights).
- For sanity and safety purposes, no travel should begin before 8am or end after 9pm.
- Currency fluctuations over time can be ignored. Convert all answers to USD.
- Some flights from Paris are cheaper than from Lyon, but travel and extra lodging may negate the air savings. Apply similar logic for travel to Sydney vs. Melbourne.
- Flights from the UK to mainland Europe can be cheap, but ferries and the Eurostar may be cheaper AND take less time than airport transport, security, and check-in lines.
- Friends and family discount rail card applies to most UK trains.
- Child discount card works on most French rail trips.
- Some airlines give child discounts, some do not.
- The SUPER cheap airlines charge for seat reservations and even for carry-on luggage, so they are not always a deal.