Educational Adventure?

12 Dec

T-minus 4 days until Rose and I sit down and have our first official planning session for our trip.

Here is our newest goal for the trip:

Act like we are lecturers at specific destinations!

What do I mean by this???  Well, since we (me way more than Rose) are so unfamiliar with the history of the places we will be visiting, we would like to work together to teach each other.  We will not be each others tour guides, but we will act as professor teaching our student.

I think this will work by us each choosing certain places, works of art, etc. to research (YAY Wikipedia), printing this material off, and bringing it on our travels with us.  We will rotate being student/lecturer.  We will of course be overly dramatic in each role.

Breaking News:

We have just been informed that our overly caffeinated, energetic, sugar buzzed and loud personalities may not make us travel friends after all.  According to our Dutch friends, we have been informed that most Europeans do not like to be bothered by loud, crazy Americans.  They have recommended we stick to our hostel mates, and avoid the locals.  I guess I should leave my “Free Hug” sign at home.  I also need to buy that filter for my mouth or hope that most locals cannot understand me.

However, we have learned some Dutch to help us with our travels in The Netherlands.  Here it goes:

  • Waar is het toilet?
  • Waar is de bar?
  • Waar is het station?
  • Waarom?

FAQ that I need you to answer…

30 Nov

I think it is important that I post the things that I need to do for an international trip and allow you to guide me on how to get things done (cough..cough…talking to my international family/friends or avid travelers here).

  • What do I do about phone calls?  Should I choose a phone card or a cell phone?  I believe AT&T, my phone carrier, charges me even when I use a phone card.  Or just Skype?  DILEMMA
  • What do I do about health insurance?  I have HAP in the States, but do I need to purchase separate travel insurance?
  • MONEY.  Travelers checks are safe but cost more in service fees.  Cash is easy to exchange but scary to carry around.  My credit union does not allow my credit card to be used in some countries AND there are still ATM fees I believe.  Do I open a new bank account with someone else in the states?  Or do I open a bank account in another country temporarily?  Or do I become a gypsy and either beg or steal money?
  • I am not planning on bringing a laptop.  Is this a bad idea?  If I bring my smart phone, will my Wi-Fi work still and will websites be in English?  If someone gets me a tablet…
  • Do most train stations have lockers in case we arrive to a new destination before we can check into our hostels?
  • Backpack or rolling suitcase?
  • Any hostel suggestions for the Netherlands and France?
  • Any bars/disco-techs/tourist attractions we NEED to see in the Netherlands and France?  Rose wants to see a Castle, recommend us one here:
  • Tomato or Tom(ah)to?

Planning the trip shall begin shortly…

29 Nov

Welcome to a new travel blog that I hope to keep updated (this doesn’t seem to work out very well for me, but at least I keep trying)!  If you know me well, you know that I love to travel.  If I had the choice to spend my money on new technologies or to spend it on travel…I choose TRAVELING!  My dreams of traveling have been pretty much limited to going along with my parents on ‘their’ vacations.  Although I suppose I could have traveled solo, I have not and my friends do not seem to share the same passion and/or dedication I have for new travel adventures….

…until now!  Thanks to my buddy Rose Branstrom, who I met while I studied abroad in Italy last February (2011).  We are both blessed to have some source of income, families that support our travel desires, and jobs that will allow us to be absent for longer than normal periods.  For the time being, we also live very close to each other, and duh…attend the same school, which creates an ideal environment to plan this trip together (relatively easy).

Right now we have NO PLAN, but we have a FRAMEWORK for our planning session in December.  Let me share:

  • We will travel in May
  • We will fly to Europe in an airplane (versus swimming across the Atlantic)
  • We will fly in to Amsterdam
  • We will be travelling for at least 2 and 1/2 weeks
  • We will be operating on a shoestring budget
  • BUT we will NOT be couch surfing with strangers (thanks to Rose’s better life choices than mine)
  • We will NOT be driving a car (but a moped is not a car)
  • We will TRY to avoid hostels with bedbugs (but no guarantees here)
  • We will choose 4 places we want to go, cities, countries, museums, etc to discuss in December
  • We will communicate with each other our feelings and try our best to compromise with one another
  • We WILL drink espresso as much as possible without having a heart attack

To be continued in December…