In April 2014, my Mum's husband sent me some money and said, "Be home for Christmas Day and surprise your mother. If you have any money left over, put it towards your travels."
I lived in Australia and they live in the Bahamas. Not the easiest of journeys.
I took it as a challenge and, using the same money, decided to try and get back to the UK to also surprise my Dad, Grandma and Aunt.
After a weekend of searching every possible flight combination, I arrived at the following plan:
December 19th - Sydney - Bali - Jakarta
December 20th - Jakarta - Amsterdam - London
December 23rd - Birmingham - Dublin - Chicago - Atlanta
December 24th - Atlanta - Grand Bahama
December 29th - Grand Bahama - Miami - Los Angeles - Fiji
December 31st - Fiji - Sydney...
... just in time for New Year's Eve at the Harbour!