I’ve got 2009 already planned as the Year of Travel. The second semester begins January 19 and finishes at the end of April. We’re going to the Dominican Republic during spring break for my brother’s wedding. I’ve got a few exams – maybe two days? – to proctor in May & June, but in the meantime, I’ll be visiting Milan, Lisbon, and all the southern cities of France with Michelle, my roommate from Flint whom I haven’t seen since early 2006.
I’m also going to Istanbul to see Martha (she of Freiburg fame), probably at the beginning of June. Then in July, we’re going to Quebec City, Montreal, Michigan, Virginia and Washington D.C. for my sister’s wedding. August will be my month to recuperate before going back to work mid-September. I haven’t decide yet where we’ll spend Christmas. I’d love to go back to Michigan, but it all depends on how much I can save over the year.
Since I’ve always been really good at saving money, I believe I have enough saved already for these trips. And luckily, travelling in Europe can be so amazingly cheap. A roundtrip ticket to Lisbon from Geneva is only 60 €. I can fly to another country for SIXTY EUROS. That’s how much we just paid for an electric fondue pot. And I hope the TSA really does end or at least amend the ridiculous liquid ban in 2009 so that flying won’t be such a pain (especially for those of us who only take carry-on). It’s usually cheaper to fly in Europe rather than take the train, but at least there’s no liquid ban on trains!
And to help me get through the long flights across the ocean, I decided to buy myself a Sony Reader with my Christmas money and gift cards. I didn’t have to pay very much for it, and it will allow me to be an even better light packer with my personal rule of carry-on only (except when going to Michigan of course, so I can bring back more goodies to France.)
And now I’m looking on to 2010. Unfortunately, it will bring the end of my job in September, but I also hope it brings us one step closer to immigrating to Quebec. I still have so many places to see in Europe before we leave for good though. Strasbourg, Munich, Prague, Krakow, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Athens, Edinburgh, Belfast, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Tallin… and I can’t forget Lille, the D-Day Beaches, and Mont St. Michel in Northern France…
Living in Europe certainly has its perks when it comes to travel. I don’t want to regret missing out on all of these places because we never know what will happen or where life will take us. Maybe we will move to North America within 2 years, maybe not. Either way, I want to take advantage of what I can do now in case it becomes impossible in the future. I’m not going to put things off any longer. I need to start living for today instead of next month or next year. Anyway, that’s my attitude going into 2009!