I get a lot of questions about how much it costs to travel in Southeast Asia. I’ve written about how much I spent in two months in Southeast Asia, but because I get so many country-specific searches and questions from people working on a travel budget, I thought it would be helpful to give a breakdown of my expenses by country. My time in Indonesia was by no means extensive, but I spent two weeks between Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands, and Java. Here’s how it all worked out.
Aside from Santorini and the ruins of Athens, Delphi was the other place I absolutely wanted to see on my trip to Greece. Yes, it’s another set of ruins, but ruins with an interesting story behind them. So I decided to sign up for a tour so I wouldn’t have to worry about transportation, and the day after I saw the Acropolis in Athens, I hopped on the tour bus to Delphi.
Dubrovnik is one of my favorite cities I didn’t spend enough time in. I seem to have a bad habit of visiting a place for a day and falling in love, like with Lisbon. I arrived in Dubrovnik around 8AM on a ferry from Bari, Italy. A girl I met in line to board the ferry ended up getting a room at a guest house about a minute away from mine, and together with a guy from my guest house who overheard us talking, we spent the day exploring the Old Town. It was a hot August day, so even waiting until late afternoon to walk the walls didn’t keep us from sweating. But the views were amazing! I’d love to go back and spend more time there one of these days, and hopefully combine it with seeing more of Croatia.
Athens is one of those cities that just exudes history. The big modern city of today didn’t interest me so much, but I loved that in just minutes I could walk from modern shops to ruins that have been around for thousands of years. My trip to Greece was the first time I traveled alone, and even though Santorini was my favorite part of that trip, I did really enjoy the ruins in Athens. Looking back at what I saw, I can’t help but laugh at myself about my approach to the day of exploration.
I don’t remember exactly when I became aware of study abroad programs, I just remember wanting to go. I took my first trip abroad when I was 14, and I was hooked on traveling, so the idea of going to another country for a longer period of time was really appealing to me. When I finally went, I experienced things I never imagined, and it changed me in ways I didn’t even realized until much later.
Today is Thanksgiving in the US, but here in Germany it’s just Thursday. While it is a holiday to celebrate being thankful for all the good things in your life and a time to be with friends and family, the food is also a big deal. This year Andy and I are having a German friend over to make a mini Thanksgiving dinner. We probably wouldn’t have bothered, but when our friend asked me how to make stuffing because he wanted to try a Thanksgiving dinner himself, I decided we should just do something at our apartment. But it also got me thinking about all the great (and not so great) food I’ve eaten around the world while traveling, and how big a role food plays in our memories of holidays and travels.
Have you ever thought about traveling but you don’t know where to start? Are you a female afraid to travel on your own? Do you want to see the world but you think you can’t because you’re not 20 years old? Leyla Giray from Women on the Road can help! I met Leyla a few months ago at a conference in Portugal, and after talking to her I was excited to hear she had a ebook coming out about how to travel. Her site and her ebook are aimed at baby boomers, but I’m 32 and I think almost all of the advise and information is helpful for women of all ages.
That’s right, this is my 200th post! So instead of my normal weekly photo, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane with some of my favorite photos. A lot has happened in 200 posts (especially since I didn’t post very often when I first started blogging) and I’ve seen many more places than I could’ve imagined when I decided to start this blog.
I’m not one to gush about celebrities, but finding out that Andrew McCarthy from the film Pretty in Pink is now an avid traveler and travel writer (editor at large for National Geographic just to name one) makes me admire him even more. So when I was recently asked to review his book The Longest Way Home, of course I said yes. Luckily they were able to send me a Kindle version, so I didn’t have to wait to get started.
I’ve been back from my round the world trip for almost six months. It was a dream I held onto for years, and I’m so glad I was able to make it happen. But it didn’t look like what I imagined it would. I traveled through 13 countries in 136 days, and that taught me a thing or two about myself and about travel.