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Australia: Airfare, Hotel, and More for $999

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I have a confession: I often find myself getting lost in planning trips I may never take, especially to far-flung places like Bhutan, Fiji, and even Australia—the latter is mostly because of how expensive it can be to fly half-way around the world. But every once in awhile I discover that I can actually turn my daydream into an affordable reality. Today is one of those days, thanks to Qantas Vacations’ new Simply Sydney Vacation Package, which starts at $999 per person (without taxes and fees) for two people traveling together.

The promotion includes round-trip airfare from San Francisco or Los Angeles (add $200 for flights from New York City), three nights’ stay at the Menzies Hotel (upgrade to a five-star hotel for $99 more), a full-day Blue Mountains tour, round-trip airport transfers, and fuel surcharges. You must book by June 15, 2010, for travel between July 24 and August 15.

Though it’s not a lot of time to spend in the land Down Under—especially when you consider the length of the flight—it makes it a bit more bearable when you consider the entire package comes to less than the cost of most airfare. Plus, when you book your vacation, you’ll have the option to purchase one of nine activities, including the Harbor Highlights Cruise, the Sydney Aquarium, Taste of Sydney Sightseeing Tour, and Sydney Opera House Tour, for just $9 more.

Want to stay longer? Qantas offers several other package deals.

I know it will come as no surprise, but this offers is subject to availability, so act fast to take advantage of the deal.

Your Turn

Are you going to jet off to Australia? Or, are you dreaming of someplace else? Can I help you bring your trip to fruition? Leave a comment below!

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