So… how much does it cost to travel the world? We’ve gotten this question plenty but haven’t given you hard facts and numbers yet. But finally, here they are! We’re overviewing our first five months of full-time travel in Western Europe.
I’m going to break it down for you in a couple ways.
1st I’ll lay it out based on categories of spending. You’ll get to see how we set up our budget, and the total amount we’ve spent.
2nd I’ll break it down again by month, where you can see how much we’ve spent depending on where we’ve been and what we’re doing.
When traveling overseas, you’ll have the wonderful opportunity to plumb the depths of your own disappointment and frustration. What a joy. I knew this already as I had traveled as a child and still distinctly remember the kind of things that came as crushing disappointments at that age. (And… it looks like some things never change.)
I come back to that tired phrase– the experience stretches you and makes you a better person! Well, it’s true. It can. But it can be a thoroughly unpleasant situation to sift through the disappointment and frustration and turn them into self-reflection-fueled change.
Today’s installment in the Traveling Under the Threat of Terror series is super special to me because it’s the story of my younger sister.
For those of you who know us, we are incredibly close. Man, I love that girl! I don’t know any sisters who are as close as us– I’m sure you guys exist out there somewhere— but I wouldn’t change it for the world. We still have intense fights from time to time but I am so proud of the interesting, intelligent, driven person that she is. I love her so much! It is perhaps much harder for me to face the question of her safety while traveling than it is for her! haha
I am a lover of history. Whenever Linda and I arrive in a new country, I obsess over the past events that made that nation what it is today. Was there a civil war here? What type of governments has this country had? Has this society ever completely altered the course of world history? To answer those questions (among many more), I usually talk to the locals, read way too many history books on my Kindle, and of course, study Wikipedia.
So when we arrived in Germany, I immediately bought The Second World War by John Keegan and started learning as much as I could about the events that helped to literally shape the very ground I was walking on. Unfortunately, many of those events that took place in Germany during World War II carry a dark shadow with them. And most of the physical evidence of these atrocities no longer remain. However, a few of them have survived to serve as memorials as well as reminders to not allow history to repeat itself. When I found out that we had the opportunity to witness one of these memorials during our weekend trip to Berlin, I knew we had to go.
So about this travel lifestyle…
There are times I think I’d like to do this forever. Like when I’m sitting on a plane, munching on my Corkers crisps and pretending to like that tomato juice I ordered on a whim. I guess it’s only
classy bearable when you make it a Bloody Mary??
There’s something alluring about being a jet setter. Deciding on a Tuesday that you want to fly out Saturday. Booking a ticket to another country for a four day trip.
Who wouldn’t want this life??
Now for the second half of our weekend in Berlin! Be sure to start with the first post if you missed it (;
Like I said before, we really enjoyed our weekend in Berlin, as short as our three days seemed to be. It was such a unique city and we didn’t experience anything else like it during our whole four months in Western Europe. I don’t think it felt like a settle-down-and-spend-years-here kind of place, but we’d return in a heartbeat to soak up just a little more of this fascinating city!