By now you should have
- Taken a random vacation day, Day 1
- Made a list of your travel destinations, Day 2
- Found a travel agent, Day 3
- Taken a one tank trip, Day 4
- Gotten your passport photo taken, Day 5
- Came up with a plan to save money towards your trip, Day 6
Your assignment for this week? Take one of the travel destinations on your list and plan as if you were going. How else are you going to know how much you need if you don’t sit down and plan?
Google airfare from your city to the place you would like to go. Research cruises and plug in the numbers as if you’re going. Drool over that brochure advertising two weeks hiking the Alps, or climbing Mount Kilimangaro, and calculate how much it would cost. Tour providers are always willing to talk to prospective customers, so call them up and ask about the fine print and potential hidden costs.
Personally, I’ve calculated that it will cost two arms and a leg (plus a kidney or two) for me to take my dream trip — traveling on the Orient Express from London, all the way to Istanbul. If I had to pay for it now? Fuggedaboutit. However, in the words of Luniz, “I got 5 on it.” Meaning, I have an arm that I could put towards it right now.
After you complete your assignment this week, let me know what you come up with. I want to hear where you’d like to go, and how much it might cost.