An old dream is being dusted off so it shines again. Traveling is always a welcome prospect. It is a privilege that helps widen the horizons of perspective. The novelty of a break in routine appeals to me the most, especially when checking my Tripcase updates.
It took over a year of coordinating to be able to see my brother for 2 whole weeks. I would trade 20 of these trips without a thought if I could choose to have him in LA instead. But, hey, you gotta take whatever chocolate’s in the box or what have you. Still, its going to be a test spending time with each other since we both prefer to independently lead. I mean I get that I need to respect and support the man but when he gets a little full of himself it’s my job to knock the bugger down a few pegs, ya noe?
High season London round trip ticket, airfare between Euro countries, rooming, and money to walk around takes about 3K.
My philosophy in finance is stay out of debt or else everything falls apart. I’d rather not deal with back payments and have never used credit cards. Since I had no savings to begin with, I picked up a few shifts to save up ahead of time.
Past self – these last 3 months of overtime better be worth it, you hear me!
I’m seriously glad for the existence of toothbrush covers.
And also the internet for its answers on packing efficiently.
Last but not least, what to expect when it comes to bringing/spending/withdrawing money.
The World Traveler
Props to my brother who was very considerate whilst planning flights, lodgings and sites. We determined that we would spend a few days in Paris, from there to Venice, and finally a week tour of England. I only had to take care of picking up some French and Italian phrases out of consideration for the natives and advantage points (merci, Travel Linguistics on YouTube!). A benefit I’m not keen on admitting is that I feel better traveling with him around. Because safety. And having him carry all my stuff.
The Sights List
Freestylin, unscripted, off schedule.
Seeing the main landmarks is nice but dealing with the crowds not so much. I’m one of those hipsters who think little of famous attractions (tourist traps) in favor of authentic experiences. More curious what it’s like in a Euro church/ post office/ salon/grocery store/movie theater. Since my brother’s in the jolly former group, we will have a mix of both it seems.
Friends: Find pubs, eat crepes, bring snacks.
Parents: You’ll get kidnapped into a prostitute ring but you’ll probably become a maid because that’s what happens to the plain ones.
Coworker: Dress fancy otherwise they’ll look down on Americans.
Cousin: Don’t sit in your room watching tv all day, go see what’s out there.
Strangers: Getting lost might be a good thing.
The Potential Problems
1. My biggest challenge would be the amount of walking, because I’m decidedly inactive every day where I can drive anyplace I wish. I dread injury as my friend fractured her foot a few months ago in France.
2. Another obstacle is dining, which was the hindrance that dampened my enthusiasm for ever going on this kind of trip. I figured gluten free fare would be an unfamilar concept in Europe but much to my surprise and delight they are quite prevalent. I found Gluten Free Worldwide which details places to eat by country. Happy food dance!
3. Time zone differences will be tough to battle. My departure from LAX is 5:45pm PST so by UK zone it’ll be almost 2am when I take off. I figure I should catch some zzz’s if I can to fast forward the 10 hour flight.
It’s been a stressful process getting to this point and being naturally negative am sure my first trip to Europe will be a headache in several ways. Even so I look forward to spending some quantity time with the sibling.
All right, got sorted at LAX…let’s go!