You know what’s dangerous? Having travel tour brochures lying around the house. We have a couple from IntrepidTravel.com – and they have the intended effect – they make you want to take a month off from work to go wandering around south east Asia, or spend 51 days making a circle of India, or trekking through Nepal and Bhutan. Of course they do that! (we have the booklet covering Asia) – I ordered the one for South America but that one hasn’t arrived… I think it got lost somewhere in the mail. That’s probably a good thing.
While waiting for our flight to Mexico – I bought a National Geographic Traveler and Adventurer magazine. I’m not sure if there’s a clear difference between the two – but they have the same effect. And while it’s a form of self torture to be this envious, and to want to just pick up and go… aside from not being able to pay for it – Leah’s in school right now, and we’re paying down debt. So no flying away until we can go next year… because if anything, unlike many Americans – we’re doing everything we can to leave the country at least once a year on vacation.
However, until we’re debt free and we have another round of ample vacation time – we’re going to have to settle for extended weekends (or regular ones) and the roadtrips we take around the deep South. It’s obviously a challenge – because it’s dumb if we spend money on hotel rooms traveling around the south when we’re trying to save up to go to Brussels and Turkey and Nepal. Luckily – there are actually hostels around here – and there are enough cities that are half a day’s drive away that it’s feasible to get there and have a day looking around before we drive back.
Because we never did believe the hype in Staycations. Staycation? Staycation!?… Why?! There are so many places in this world (and the South) we have to visit and see.
(if you wanna join us – let us know, we’ll split the cost of fuel – but we’ll probably only give you a week’s notice at most – life’s better that way – trust us.)
Savannah. New Orleans. Asheville. Charleston (again)… and that’s just the road trips. With some of the really low airfare deals – the whole east coast is open as long as we have someone to stay with for free. Staycations suck, we’re against them and we think you should be too.
(Hey Jill @VacationExpress.com – have any flights to Cuba?)