Tag Archives: Planning

Why are we going to Scandinavia?

We didn’t mean to visit Scandinavia – it was sort of by accident.  Originally, Katie and I planned on attending Oktoberfest in Munich and sightseeing around Germany.  I guess we enjoyed the country so much last summer, we couldn’t wait to go back.

One thing lead to another; Matt and Lyle decided to accompany us and then flight prices ballooned across mainland Europe.  We already planned on taking the vacation days and as September was approaching we started to get desperate for an alternate destination.  Matt jokingly checked the flights to Copenhagen and they were reasonable.  So in the words of Hunter S Thompson, we decided to just “buy the ticket, take the ride”.  Because of that, this trip might get a little weird.  We didn’t do a ton of planning and our expectations are a little vague.  All we knew was that Vikings used to roam in that area, but they haven’t been around for hundreds of years so it shouldn’t be a problem.

On top of that, we have a new addition to our group.  Matt’s friend Chris decided to go globetrotting with us.  He helps run an amusement park in Kentucky and had been wanting to visit some of the parks in Denmark and Sweden.  It seemed perfect so he had to come.

Chris is coming with us
Chris is coming with us

New Zealand + Australia

In a few weeks, we will be departing on another trip.  It’s been 1.5 years since our last group globetrotting expedition, so we’re long overdue.   Here’s a rough itinerary –

  1. New Zealand North Island – 5 days
  2. New Zealand South Island – 5 days
  3. Cairns, Australia and Great Barrier Reef – 3 days
  4. Sydney, Australia – 2 days
  5. Fraser Island and Sunshine Coast – 5 days

Continue reading New Zealand + Australia

Total Expenses

I’ve had a couple people ask me how much I spent on my 55 day European tour.  Here’s the breakdown.

I spent quite a bit on food.
Airfare $1362
Railway $1171
Lodging $2032
Rental car + gas $165
Everything else:
restaurants, groceries, entrance fees, etc
Total $8047


It was definitely worth it.  Obviously, there are hundreds of ways that I could have saved money throughout the trip.  Stay tuned for a follow-up post on my “lessons learned” from the summer.

Where I’m going

I’ve had several people ask where I’ll be travelling.  Here’s a breakdown:

10 Countries:

United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, and Germany

20+ Cities:

Amsterdam, Netherlands; Bacharach, Germany; Bern, Switzerland; Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Florence, Italy; Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Fresnes, France; Galway, Ireland; Keswick, United Kingdom; Killarney, Ireland; Larkfield, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Prague, Czech Republic; Riomaggiore, Italy; Rome, Italy; Salzburg, Austria; Venice, Italy; Vienna, Austria