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Old 05-26-2010, 02:38 PM   #21
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I just want to work a little bit, so I can gloat. "Yeah, what did you say, the TPS reports are 2 days late? Sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of the waves lapping here on the Italian Riviera. Hey, hold on a sec, I just got some of this beach sand in my skype headset. Hey I gotta call you back, the scantily clad local ladies keep trying to serve me frosty beverages".
I see your point!! That kind of gloating would be fun.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:15 PM   #22
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I managed a 2 month cross country bicycle ride (California to Florida) with a friend when I was 38 (then had to work 10 more years before retirement). We stayed at cheap motels every night, rode 50-60 miles most days, took a few days off for bad weather. It was great.

It was very strange for a few days coming back to work.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:49 PM   #23
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I auto-traveled with my family when I only had one child, for 6 weeks within the US, Canada and the neaby parts of Mexico. It was a medium amount of fun, and I didn't ever repeat it. I think children do better with more routine.

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We did four months in Europe in a VW van and two months in North America in another VW van. Many years ago. I highly recommend it to anyone who asks about it.
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We're doing it now, albeit domestically in an RV. So far we've been traveling for a month and a half, but our plan is pretty open ended. It's going to take us a year, at least, to explore the east coast. So covering the entire US, Canada, and Mexico might take five years if we stick with it.

My opinion so far . . . six weeks isn't nearly as long as it seems. Time is flying by and we're not covering nearly as much ground as we'll need to if we want to get everywhere. On the one hand, "what's the rush?", but on the other "Oh my God! There is soooo much to do, how are we going to fit it all in?"

Our travel mode is to set up little "base camps" for a week or so and explore an area from there. When we exhaust a particular area, it's time to move on to a new one. It's a slower, more deliberate form of travel. And we like that

Once we're done in North America, we plan to do something similar overseas. We don't know where exactly. Europe, Afirca, and Asia all hold specific appeal. We might try RVing in Europe, or we might go the hotel route . . . I've found that I like RV travel better than public transportation and public accommodations.

I probably wouldn't do one "around the world trip", unless it lasted for a couple of decades, because it would barely skim the surface of this big old world. Slow travel is the way to go, for us.
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A couple of years ago we spent four months driving to Vancouver and back. It was great. We never drove more than five hours in a day, and stopped when we felt like it. We only had one reservation, to board the Zaandam in Vancouver for a week long Alaska cruise.

On the way there and back we visited the famous national parks, and those were the only times we regretting not having reservations. Staying in the park lodges would have been fun, but those require booking log in advance. All in all though, the freedom to spend as long as we wanted visiting places was super.
Oh look, here is a national monument we have never heard of. Let's stop and hike through it. That was cool. Let's spend the night and do the other loop tomorrow.
We made the trip in a Honda Civic, and it made a surprisingly good road car. Comfy, and fuel efficient. A couple of times though an SUV would have been nice.

We tried to keep our expenses low by staying in mom-and-pop motels. We ended up averaging about $75 or $80 a night. If we we to do it again, I would loosen the purse strings and stay in better places. Our rule for accomodations is clean, safe, and convenient, which in big cities put us in more expensive name-brand chains.

We generally started looking for a place to spend the night right after lunch. We relied on the AAA travel guides and our cellphone to find rooms and make reservations. No sweat.

Four months flew by. The only thing we tied of was resautant food. An RV would have fixed that and the motlel problem, but we have worry that driving a big rig would be stressful.
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