Sunday 27 May 2012
Sunday Salon: The Travel Bug Edition
In our house we are saving hard towards the goal of buying our own home in 2013 (we rent now). At the moment we are on track to have our target deposit by Christmas, which will be fantastic. We are tied into our rental contract until April 2013, which would give us four months to get approved for a mortgage, house hunt and exchange contracts. We already own all of our own furniture, so it's all theoretically possible.
Except that I've been bitten by the travel bug, hard! Almost a year ago we went on an amazing honeymoon to America (we're Brits) and travelled around ourselves, completely free of any itinerary. Before that, I had only been on European city breaks and I loved the freedom of being in charge of what we would do and when, acting on a whim. For the past year, I've been daydreaming of spending the current savings on another holiday of a lifetime.
What I would absolutely love to do this summer is travel around Eastern Europe, especially Bucharest/ Romania. I'd love to visit one of those small Transylvanian towns and see the Borgo Pass in the Carpathian mountains, as well as Dracula's castle of course. Some of our friends actually did this a few years back and had an incredible time. It's completely out of budget, so will remain a nice daydream.
So that's my first choice but I do have some more affordable ideas. All of the following would be possible if not the strict saving we are trying to do this year:
1. Reykjavik, Iceland - A city break plus whale watching and the Northern lights. Sign me up!
2. Istanbul, Turkey - We have wanted to go here for years. We had planned to go in summer 2011, but then we got engaged and married and Istanbul faded into the background.
3. Prague, Czech Republic - It's supposed to be gorgeous.
4. Krakow, Poland - This is really my husband's choice, although I am by no means opposed to it. He studied Jewish history whilst at university and wants to see Auschwitz, even though it won't be a pleasant trip. We saw Sachsenhausen when we visited Berlin and it was very affecting.
So that's the short list of destinations we would both like to visit. I've kept off Rome, because only my husband wanted to go there and Marrakech and Fez, which are my choices but he vetoed due to being paranoid about safety. I've also kept off European destinations we have already visited (Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam).
If you were me and money were no issue, where would you go?
Do you know of a cure for the travel bug, besides copius reading of travel books and memoirs?