Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dream Vacation

Your Travel Personality Is: The Adventurer
For you, travel is how you learn about the world. And you like to learn the stuff that's not in guidebooks.
You truly have wanderlust. When you're not traveling, you're dreaming about where you'll go next.
And your travels are truly legendary - they leave you with stories you'll be telling for the rest of your life!


I guess that is the ideal traveler me. So far it’s all in my head! I so want to travel, see the world. Go backpacking in the Amazon, climb the pyramids, walk on the beach, explore a castle. *dreamy sigh*


Our vacations growing up were never big ones. Can’t afford to go far with a family of nine kids. I got to go to San Francisco my senior year in HS, for our choir tour. That was a lot of fun. But we weren’t allowed to go to the beach, and there’s only so much we could do outside the itinerary (though what we did do was awesome). I want to explore, though.


Even in video games I’m the explorer. I love discovering new areas, revealing the map from the fog. Whether it’s an MMO or Civilization game or RPG.


Maybe that’s why none of my stories take place near home. I’m exploring the world through my characters. And I’ve always been fascinated by the world’s wonders: Easter Island, Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Egypt and South America. My dream vacation would have to include a trip around the world. My very first novel attempt (I was eleven or so) was called The World Wide Contest, about a group of kids who won an educational/diplomacy trip around the world.


Anyway, a bit sidetracked? I came to write about my dream vacation. Though all out dream is unrealistic, so we’ll go with an uber-vacation that’s doable within the next five years.


Evil Liana for making me spend a big chunk of the day buried in cruise websites.

So today, for your workout, plan your dream vacation.
- Where are you going?
- Who will you take? - What time of year will you go?
- How much will it cost?
- How long will it take you to save an earn for your trip?

Going on a cruise. I will take my husband only. (Son can stay with his grandparents.) Most likely go in fall, just before school starts. Costs below. Will take a while to save up.


All out dream trip? World cruise. That’s a 106 day voyage though. Don’t think that’s happening until after my son graduates high school (aka 13 plus years from now). Oceanview room would be $63,189.88 for two, including fees. Heh. Anyone have a winning lottery ticket they’d be willing to give up? That’s more than two years salary… By the time we saved that much, prices would probably even higher. *sigh* Let’s see… if we round that up to $70k… saved up $200/month… that’s 350 months of saving… or 30 years. $250 a month would drop that to 23 years. Either way, not any time soon. There’s probably cheaper world cruises, but likely all equally out of my budget. Well, I just wasted a big chunk of my day drooling over that.


Okay, let’s settle for a much cheaper cruise. A 7-day Caribbean Cruise is more in the range of $2,000 for two. Plus money for the round trip flight to the port. Plus souvenir money. Plus passport money. Gosh, no wonder my husband doesn’t like the planning. Umm. We could probably save up, set aside some of our tax return money each year, and plan on a cruise for our 10 year anniversary in 2012. That’s not terribly far away, and would be a great event.


Okay, my head hurts. Time to play Sims 3 (and look forward to the newly announced expansion pack World Adventures, which comes out in November). Wow, that post got long… Lemonade, anyone?

1 comment:

  1. I think I just drooled on my keyboard. I'd love to go on a world cruise too. *Sigh*

    Maybe when you're a bestselling author earning millions, you'll be able to go on the cruise =)