This is a map of our very early and preliminary itinerary. It started with just Brussels, Belgium and Antalya, Turkey. Checking the flights for those two cities, it was around $800 to Brussels, and then another $400 to Antalya (if we were able to book decent prices.) Then we remembered that Airtreks.com exists – but you have to pick 4-5 cities. No problem.
The next problem is that when you’re traveling to 4-5 cities – you don’t want to be out there for only two weeks. So we extended the length of our trip in order to make more time to see EVERYTHING. We added Rome and Athens in there because… well, we didn’t really need a reason.
For many people (particularly Americans), the money part of the traveling equation isn’t even really the most difficult – it’s having enough vacation time from work – and then also being in a position where you can afford the time off or convincing your job to let you go away for that period of time. I’ve worked at jobs where it would be difficult to take 1 week of vacation – you just couldn’t be gone for that long.
There are many things that need to happen for us to be able to do this – but it’s actually possible – and knowing that goes a long way towards doing what it takes to make this trip happen.
We’re talking a part time job for possibly both of us, hardcore saving, and of course negotiations for the time off from work – but again, it’s all realistically do-able. It might seem like way too much effort – but what else do we work for? A new car? tv? cable? clothes? that perfect set of… furniture? That’s all fine if that’s what you want – and there are things that we want… but there is a difference between consciously choosing those things and the usual ‘automatic’ buying/consumerism that many of us regularly perform.
Trust me, I know about automatic buying – keep me away from Amazon.com