Friday, September 25, 2015

Possibly changing travel plans

Hello, my name is Kristen and I love to travel. Even more than actually travelling, I love to plan it and talk about planning it. Wanted to share that, just in case you didn't know that about me, because it's not like I've shared it before or anything.


KC and I went to Australia in 2014. A few months ago, we went to Europe. These were the 2 big trips that I wanted to do, the 2 biggest things on my life list. KC made me promise that Europe would be the last 'big' trip for a few years, though we could do smaller trips like Disney (ha, our bank account laughs at calling Disney a 'small' trip), and I promised.

Then he made the mistake of saying how much he loved Europe and we should totally do it again. So I got to planning. But the reason he didn't want to do another big trip is because we need to do other things with our money, and Europe pushes those things further and further away. Our house needs new windows, we need a new bed (we only have a full, feel sorry for us), we want to pay off cars, etc etc. Things that don't seem pressing but the further they get pushed away, the less likely they are to happen.

As much as I would love to go to Europe again, and I know we could technically afford it, the other night I think I came to the realisation that we shouldn't.

So. Because I love to share my thoughts and can't make a decision on my own... The options for summer 2016 are:

1. Europe.

The original choice, one I'm not quite ready to let go of yet. Once I get something in my head, I'm not good at letting go. Example: I can be sitting on the couch, fine and dandy, happy as can be, not thinking about ice cream. KC says 'let's go get a blizzard' and I'm like 'OKAY' and then he says 'nah, we shouldn't' and I say 'bitch please, you know you can't put it in my head and then take it away'. So we go get blizzards. I haven't told KC that I've come to the realisation that we probably shouldn't go to Europe because I'm still not ready to let go, and once I tell him, it will be real and he will be all logical and whatnot.

The plans were: Munich, Berlin, Bruges and Amsterdam. I was actually able to get the budget down super low and it really won't be that expensive... But of course, it will be more expensive than other options.


2. The British Isles.

I haven't looked into it too much, but I wonder if staying within the British Isles would be cheaper. We could see more of Ireland that we didn't get to see last time, Scotland, go back to England and I could do Jane Austen related stuff. I'm sure KC wouldn't mind that...

Chatsworth House
3. The West Coast.

The plans would be San Fran, Seattle and Portland. Maybe I'd throw in Disneyland to make KC really sorry that he made me ditch Europe. Haha jk but not really. Honestly, this trip could be just as expensive as Europe (believe me, I priced it). Although, we could use miles for flights...


4. A cruise.

I'm kind of slightly terrified of ships. But we could do a cruise. I think. His mom mentioned it, because we actually invited her and my brother in law on the Europe trip and when we were talking about it possibly not happening, she suggested it. I wouldn't know where to start, or where to go. I do know that I would want to go somewhere in the Caribbean so I could make Kay come and meet me.


^^ I am not kidding when I say when I look at that picture, my stomach drops, my knees go weak and I want to cry. Hasn't anyone else seen Ghost Ship or Poseidon or I don't know, Titanic?! WTF there is nothing around that ship JUST WATER and I need to move on before I vomit.

5. Hawaii.

I've been to Hawaii, KC has not. It's halfway between the US and Aus, so I could maybe make my mummy meet us. But, it's certainly not cheap. I only visited Waikiki and didn't love love love it, so I'm weary of going again but if we went, I'd want to see more.


6. Canada.

We could go to Canada. I've heard it's pretty. Martin Short always makes me want to visit when I watch the O, Canada thingy at Epcot. Flights are surprisingly affordable.


7. Somewhere else in the US.

I have been to almost half of the states, but honestly, a lot of that was during my first trip to the US and it was a crazy whirlwind that I barely remember. Plus, I'd love to go places with KC. But when I think about where else to go in the states, I get overwhelmed. Partly because I've already been so many places and I want to go somewhere new, partly because there are so many places I haven't been and I just don't know where to start.

The thing is, I still want it to be a 'big' trip because I like big trips. I like taking 2 weeks and planning a fabulous holiday. The reason I really want to go back to Europe is because I think that it will become less feasible as we get older or have kids. That might not be true for everyone, but I think it will be for us.

Also, the other thing is I don't even know if I want to go to Munich, Berlin etc. I mean, of course I want to go, but I don't know if I want to go as much as I wanted to go to Paris and Rome. You know? Does anyone understand my brain, when I don't even understand it? Help me.

Obviously, I am quite aware how lucky I am to have such a problem, when many others are unable to travel. I am lucky (and thankful) that my husband goes along with my dreams even though he does not have that wanderlust soul. I am lucky I work hard and am able to save my money to have the choice to go to these places. I am aware of that, and I am grateful to be able to travel. I will never not be grateful. But I will also be conflicted on where to go, apparently.

Suggestions?

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  1. My husband and I are the exact same way! He's more rationale then me but I'm more fun than him ha jk! I would love to travel every year but after the trip I planned for us this past summer, he said I need to take a break from planning and focus on our budget #wahhh #why
    Linds @ Not A Mom

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  2. Oh I love talking about travelling too! And planning it! Can definitely relate to you there! As much as I love Europe, I do agree - it can be crazy expensive. As cheap as some parts of Europe can be, we can never ignore the cost of flights from Aus - craaaaazy expensive! I highly recommend Canada! Ty and I travelled across the country in 2013/2014 and absolutely loved it (even if it was during the bitter winter). Also, I have cruised the Caribbean and it is AMAZING. We visited Haiti, Mexico and Jamaica and it was absolutely incredible. I worried a bit about sea sickness but I had no problems at all - the ships are seriously so huge, you could be on land and not know the difference. It really is a difficult thing to get your head around though! Can't wait to see what you guys decide :) x

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  3. I think all of those sound like great options, and I can tell you from my own personal experience (like you said - not the case for everyone), we have done hardly any fun traveling (i.e. Internationally) since having kids. And I am also a bit biased but I think you would love Canada...we're a lot more like Australia than the US is! hahaha ;) fortunately you have some time to narrow it down!!
    (PS - I'm with you with the cruise ships...I get anxiety just picturing Titanic)

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  4. Planning vacations is the most fun! But I do understand the battle between practicality and travel. That being said, in April we went to England and visited the Jane Austen's House Museum. It was so amazing. And we went to Bath. I spent the whole time imagining myself in a Jane Austen novel. It sounds a bit ridiculous...

    And I agree, once you have kids it is harder to travel. It is only now that ours are older that we are able to travel again.

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    1. it does not sound ridiculous at all! it sounds amazing haha.

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  5. My vote goes to either Canada for outdoorsy stuff or Hawaii for all the beach stuff! Mainly because those two are on my travel list as well lol

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  6. A trip closer to home so soon after your European Extravaganza makes a lot of sense. The West Coast trip would be super fun, but like you said, it's not cheap out there, either. But if you have flight miles you can use, that might be the way to go (and if you can throw in some groupon deals/air bnb/other stuff, it might end up costing less). If you're not SUPER excited about visiting a place (i.e. Berlin, Munich, etc.), I think that's a good standard for judging whether or not you should plan a trip there.

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  7. not all of canada looks like that; maybe 1/4 of canada looks like that (west coast, part of the territories, banff national park). the rest of canada either looks like southern US or NYC LOL. but toronto is the best, so is vancouver so if you're going to visit canada, vancouver or me are your only 2 options, duh

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  8. I totally encourage Europe and England. I have never been but want to go SO very badly. Unfortunately, the husband and I have the opposite mentality than ya'll. We're all about getting things done right away (house projects, mainly) or buying STUFF we don't really need, and then not be able to do a big vacation! -Dorrie @ Rt 1 US 1

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  9. oh goodness. Yes. I do this, all the time. Except for I don't budget, I just say it wouldn't be that bad right...? And we are planning this someday in the next few years Europe trip, and saving money... .but it is so not planned. and it is so far away... not even a date picked... and I cannot not travel in between! You know? We are already planning on visiting two more places before 2015 ends. We're crazy people. Luckily I guess, we have friends and family all over the flipping country now. So our next few trips will be cheaper just by staying with them sometimes, and using PD time from work. Still... I'm the worst. Um yes, Ghost Ship is freaking terrifying. We did a last minute cruise a few summers ago from Boston to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The longer ones also go up to PEI and Quebec. You should look into those! Cruises are the cheapest, ever. Room + food + transport all on the same low tab. It's great. Now, I am not a "cruise person"... like everyone on board seems kinda wasteful... like food wise, and throwing stuff into the OCEAN. Plus we aren't always good mingle-ers... but we really enjoyed what our cruise allowed us to see. That's important. But in another sense... you could also go to Seattle and take a ferry to Victoria (what we did) or Vancouver (what we didn't have time for), or both. It's so beautiful and Victoria was the friendliest place. I would love to go back! We combo-ed our ferry fares with accomodations through their site and actually paid less than we would have just doing the ferry. Ridiculous! I think we are going to do a Phoenix/Vegas combo in December. See my fam after xmas, and head to Vegas for New Year's our Anniversary. :) Anyhow, we can talk travel any, any, any time... because I'm obsessed.... and I'm starting to feel like I've looked into trips all over the country baha! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  10. I love the thought of traveling, but I get car sick and I'm a total homebody.

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  11. I have been bitten by the same travel bug as you gurlie and the struggle is real! Right now we're debating going back to Europe next year (so many cities we still want to see) or going to Hawaii. We keep U.S. trips to the smaller long weekends since it's closer, and do longer trips to outside of the country (I count Hawaii as that since it's so far). My vote is to go with the cruise or Hawaii and switch it up a bit, but if KC is already on the train of going back to Europe you may want to take advantage of that.

    Can't wait to see you when you're here at Disney! And it's crazy that people spend more to go to Disney than it costs to go to Europe. A full on Disney vacation is no joke to the bank account :-P

    Happy Friday gurlie <3

    Green Fashionista

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  12. I went on my first cruise right AFTER Titanic came out and I was terrified! But actually it's super enjoyable and relaxing and after the first day you really don't even notice you're on a cruise. Plus the things I like about it is other than your excursions everything else is all inclusive!

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  13. I love travelling too and I always feel like you need to get the big trips out of the way before kids because 1. kids are expensive and 2. it's harder to travel with kids. I think another Europe trip would be perfect! Or Hawaii! If you go back to Hawaii I vote going to some of the other islands. I went to the Big Island and Kauai and LOVED both! So pretty! Good luck planning girl!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  14. Giiiiiiiiiiiirl, you know where my head is regarding a travel post! If not Eurpoe, I think a cruise, Canada or Hawaii. I've always wanted to go back to Hawaii [went as a kid, so DOESN'T COUNT], but Le Husband doesn't the like price or the travel time. The only way I'll get him there is doing a race, oh boy.

    Canada is GORGEOUS in the summer. We went to Banff, Revelstoke, Vancouver and Calgary for our honeymoon [which I still haven't recapped] and had the best time. I'll give you the info if you want.

    Honestly, I think a cruise is your best bet because you can do fun ones for dirt cheap if you check out prices and websites and stuff. We've done a few Carnival cruises but I'd stay away from them. They are great if you want a cheap vacay, but they do feel CHEAP. I'd suggest Norwegian or Royal Caribbean. I'd suggest an ALASKAN cruise too, if you were interested. Oh man, now I wanna go on vacay!

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  15. Is choosing all of them an option? F) all of the above kind of thing? Ha! West Coast! Yes, it would cost a lot, but it's sooooooo beautiful. And I've said it a million times and I'll say it a billion more, but our Weat Coast trip just...changed my life. It was amazing.

    Freddie's been to Hawaii and I haven't, but he says when he goes to Hawaii again he is never coming back so I have to be prepared to stay whenever we decide to go. Oh, okay. Right.

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  16. ohhh man i feel your pain about the dont get something in my head thing. h allllways does that to me -- want to go out for dinner?! jk changed my mind. DUDE i will nag you until it happens!! anyhoo i say travel! especially before you have kids. as for the place --- greece was surprisingly really affordable once you get there, so was istanbul. BUT with the war going on in Sierra that might not be the smartest place to visit. We have talked about going to Germany too but I think I rather go to Southern France, Italy (again!), or Austria (I really want to go to switzerland but that's apparently insanely expensive). there are a ton of options in the US but i agree -- domestic trips really arent always cheaper -- especially when you consider hotel costs vs. hostels. wish i could help more! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  17. Yes! We have the ultimate travel bug over here too. Cruises can be fun and a great way to see a lot of places. The best one we took was in the mediterranean since we stopped at a port each day and were there all day long.

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  18. I love your travel posts because I'm the same way! Half the fun of a vacation is planning/talking about it! These are all like seriously good options and you obviously can't go wrong with any choice, but I say if you aren't crazy excited over a destination (like not sure if you care that much about seeing Berlin etc) than skip it for now. I'm biased but I say Hawaii just because we had the best time ever on our honeymoon there haha. We did Waikiki which was nice but then spent a week in Maui and LOVE love loved it. It's a bit of a mix up from your last few trips, too!

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  19. Munich and Berlin are amazing! The past few years, I've taken a trip out of the country at least once a year, and it's definitely put a damper on our housing fund. It's tough to weigh the options and decide if you want to explore and travel, or save up money. For us, that's what worked, but now we're taking a break from traveling to save up. Then again, we're getting married in Belize and I'm going to Vancouver for a race next year, so that kind of went out the window!

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  20. Adam and I were planning on taking a California trip this fall and we cancelled because it ended up being almost as expensive as our honeymoon to Europe. We wanted to do it right and not skimp, so we just cancelled for a later date and we're going to NYC instead. I agree with Pamela, if you all are considering having kids anytime soon, I'd try to do the far away places now. We use Airbnb all of the time when we travel and it really helps us save money for other things.

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    1. Also, you could look into travel hacking if the flights are crazy expensive! It might be worth signing up for a travel credit card to get a miles bonus.

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  21. West Coast! West Coast! West Coast! I adore Seattle and I'm dying to get back there (to the point that I would consider even honeymooning out there next summer). You need to go!

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  22. I totally feel your pain!! I totally want to go back to Europe asap. I haven't really planned anything because my mom wants to go on a big family trip to Italy. I have already been twice and she hasn't so I have sort of left the planning to her. Personally, I am not a fan of cruises, the big boats freak me out even though I have never been on one. We are thinking of doing the European cruise but being on a boat just freaks me out so I'm not sure if I can do it. I have so many fears about big boats.
    While I would love to go back to Disney, it has gotten so expensive that I feel like going to Europe is cheaper. Disney prices are so out of control.

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  23. I love your travel bug and the way to keep all of us in the loop on your adventures! I'm hoping your travel dreams all come true!

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  24. I've heard great things about Canada too, and a lot of it was from Martin Short at Disney World! And you're right, you could easily spend as much on a Northern California vacation or even a Hawaiian vacation as you could on Europe. That being said, we loved both our California trip and our Hawaii trip, and already want to go back. Both of them are just so beautiful! I would suggest visiting Maui or Kauai if you go back to Hawaii though, because Oahu is apparently the Vegas of Hawaii. And maybe instead of going over the summer, you could go during the fall to Europe and hit Oktoberfest in Munich. We're planning on doing that next year when we go to visit our friends that are stationed in Italy. Sorry, i don't think I helped at all!

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  25. My vote is 100% for Canada!

    I tightened up my budget and took on a part time job to be able to boost my operation down payment savings faster but I'm 99% sure that any extra money I'm making is just going to go to traveling because life without traveling is just no fun!

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  26. OMG I could not go on a cruise! You're STUCK out there ahh! Plus I saw the old black and white version of Titanic at my grandparents' house when I was way too young and my mom said I had nightmares for weeks. Never could bring myself to see the Leo version..

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  27. NO matter where you go- just go! My husband and I are big travelers and save really hard to make it happen- but it just means so much. We are hopefully going to Thailand this March... no more Starbucks runs for me!

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  28. I want them ALL! I really want to do a Eurotrip soon.

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  29. Whatever you decide, do you mind throwing me in your suitcase? Thanks. These are all great options and all on my list but I would have a hard time deciding too because they are all definitely WANT to go but not DYING to go places (but seriously, how lucky are we to have this problem?!). I never had an interest in going to anywhere in the UK until recently, but now I kind of want to because I think it would be so different from anywhere else I've ever been. I've been to Oahu also and it was fine, but I really want to go to Maui. Ben has no interest in going to Hawaii (he's also been to Oahu), so boo. I really want to go to Canada but kind of only Vancouver (also Montreal and maybe Toronto and maybe Nova Scotia but since those aren't on the opposite coast they seem more feasible to me?) so I think we're going to throw that in a future PNW trip. San Francisco was cool but definitely not the highlight of our West Coast trip, only because of Big Sur obvi. We planned it the way we did because of baseball but if I had it to do over again and baseball wasn't a factor, I think we'd do what you're planning. Also Disneyland is like 6 hours south of SF :( I have no interest in going on a cruise, just doesn't seem like my jam. If it were me I'd probably pick....I don't know! Too many choices! Maybe try to figure out what type of vacation you'd like (city, outdoorsy, historical, etc.) and then narrow down from there?

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  30. I love you travel the world... it is a feat if I just make it to Florida for Disney World :) haha

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  31. My Jane Austen loving heart votes the British Isles ; )
    Kelsey
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  32. A trip to Canada would be fun. Your wallet with thank you. ;)

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  33. Yeah so you've basically described the inside of my head most days....! I will hereby fail to improve the situation by telling you that I absolutely adored Canada, and found it surprisingly similar to Australia (only more pine foresty). Germany I love, and it's so easy to hop around places once you get there. I have to say something nice about Britainland seeing as I live here (it's very green?), and we're actually planning on doing a bit of a Seattle then cruise up to Alaska scenario next Autumn. So. Shall I just throw some more options at you and be done with it?!
    P.S. Big trips before kids. Even if you do manage to travel with them, it's a great excuse ;)

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  34. I'm proud of you for already pricing out some of these options! We tend to "travel" (like the beach for a week-long family vacation) but without a budget. Not great, I know. So, props to you! Getting new windows, a bed, and paying off your cars are important, but like you said, so is traveling before you get older and have kids. Believe what you hear, only a very small percentage of people with kids travel the world because (1) it's annoying, (2) it's more expensive if you have to buy them seats on planes, and (3) most kids don't appreciate traveling to other countries and cultures as much as adults do (no surprise, right). That said, when kids come along, they have their own associated costs, so I say travel, pay off that stuff you want to pay-off, then have kids. But that's just my 2 cents.

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  35. Deciding on travel is seriously one of THE toughest things to decide. Jared and I debate/price/plan SO far in advance when we go places. It's tough to narrow it down when ya wanna see SO much and only have so much money, too haha! Cruises scare me as well, but I'm always tempted by them because it seems really affordable a lot of the time! We are leaning West coast (+ a day or two at DL!) personally since there is so much here in our country we've never seen. Sure, I'd love to fly all over the world and see it all, but why not skip on over to a part of the US since it's attached and all ;) Haha! I can't wait to hear what you guys decide.

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  36. If you decide to do a cruise, you know I am happy to walk you through everything! :) I love the idea of Canada-definitely cheaper but so beautiful! If you want to feel like you're in Europe, you could go to Quebec! Also, I don't know how you two are surviving on a full bed!

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  37. I could just go to Europe over and over again... BUT since there is a whole big world out there, I HIGHLY suggest Costa Rica as a fabulous option. Plus you could then fly into Charleston and come play with me before or after ;) Deal!?

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  38. Oh girl, that's tough! I totally hear you on the whole travel-now-while-you-don't-have-kids thing. That has totally been our plan. I know you are a little skeptical of the cruising thing, but I have to tell you - we love it. And the Caribbean is gorgeous. Cruises have been some of the least expensive trips we've been on (because we either did Carnival which is super cheap or booked last minute and got a discount with Princess). So it's a great way to get away and travel and be in a beautiful place... at a much smaller cost. But really all these options sound great! I look forward to hearing what you end up deciding!

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  39. Life is short - go on ALL the vacations. You can pay off those responsible things when you are old and frail and unable to travel. Tell KC I said that. #dropsmic

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  40. Planning a vacation is probably one of my favorite things to do. Next destination we're heading to is Barbados next month but it's more for a wedding. I hope we can get some relaxing in there too. I would love to go to all of the places on your list.

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  41. *Cough* New Jersey *Cough* Don't mind me.
    I super want to go to literally all of these places and I have no idea when or how sooo I'll just be coming along with you guys. Obviously. I haven't been anywhere you've mentioned so I can't help you decide one way or the other, but I will just say I think it's awesome how you and KC make time (even if KC has to be persuaded a little bit haha) to go on these amazing adventures. And then come here and show us all the amazing pictures and travel tips :)

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  42. AH, every option is a great one! Seriously. If you can't make Europe work, I do not think you will be too sad to do any of the other options. Canada is SO pretty and for some reason that one stands out to me right now. However, the west cost is the best coast (joke out here) so I always vouch for that one :) I'm excited to see what you pick!

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  43. All of those trips sound fabulous, except for Canada because that's boring :P but I'm biased so ignore that haha. #1 sounds excellent, next on my European list are Germany and surrounding countries. San Francisco sounds awesome too, after I move to the US I really want to explore more states because I've only been to a couple of places. Overall I just like the whole process of planning out every single detail, it's pretty much half the fun.

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  44. Ahhhh so many great choices!!! I would love to visit Europe or the west coast! Or HI!!!! I dont think I could ever do a cruise. I cant get past the thought of being stuck out on a boat or like a Titanic situation lol. Ridiculous, I know! I vote for a trip down south! More specifically ALABAMA! COME SEE ME AND LAURA! :D

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  45. I have never been to any of those places but they all sound and look amazing! I don't think you can make a wrong decision!

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  46. I'd cut Hawaii. Maybe it's because I've personally never been and never been overly enticed to go. I just feel there are other beachy places to see.

    I love Europe. I never think Europe should be cut from a wishlist either, but if there are other travel adventures that are a fraction of the cost, understandable for Europe to be cut.

    I've been on a cruise. I wasn't a fan. Others love it. Maybe go on one to make your own decision. Me, the only one I'd really be interested in at this point is an Alaskan cruise because of the scenery and animals.

    I've actually never done a West Coast trip that you described and always wanted to. So, that's something that we interest me too. And, speaking of West Coast...Steph's pics with MFD look spectacular as well. I have done a road trip across Texas to New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. It was about 10 days or so, and I'd recommend that too. Or since you've been to Texas, you could probably do New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming. Something like that. Mountains, lakes, pretty scenery, wildlife. Totally different experience to Europe, but a travel adventure nonetheless.

    Lastly, Canada. Never been. Want to go.

    So, I don't think I'm much help at all. Or maybe I am. You be the judge.

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  47. I love every one of your ideas. However, as a true California girl and lover of the PNW I highly suggest the West Coast, especially if you've never done it. It is different from the east coast and the Midwest and it's just awesome. Plus if you did the west coast you could include British Columbia and cover part of your Canada travel too.

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  48. Is there such a thing as a cheap trip? I don't think so. Flights within the US are almost the same as flights to Europe in a lot of cases. It's crazy.

    I think all are great options...if you're trying to save, anything you guys would want to see that's within a 10 hour drive? Road tripping can be fun.

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  49. Oh man. I say Hawaii! The exotic-ness of it intrigues me! Even if you've already been there... can you ever really get enough of that?!?!

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  50. I have no suggestions aside from "go everywhere!" and that's totally not helpful :) I haven't traveled in so long and I seriously feel like I'm experiencing cabin fever so every single one of these trips looks exciting to me. I think you should totally go to San Fran though! I've heard it's such a chill city.

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  51. Every single on of the places you listed sound great! I wish I could travel all the time. Too bad work gets in the way. Come to think of it work gets in the way of everything lol

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  52. So many fun travel options! I have to say anything Jane Austen related gets my vote :)

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  53. Whyyyy is the west coast so expensive?! Every time I think about going (I've never been) I decide against it because the flights alone are so expensive and we could go somewhere more "exotic" for a lot less money and stay at a lot nicer places! I've heard cruises are a lot of fun-- and on the cheaper side? But I've never been and I'm with you on kind of being afraid of being on a boat like that. I can't remember if you guys have been together or not, but if you want to do a small trip I would recommend New Orleans-- we found it surprisingly affordable.

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  54. My vote is for the west coast! Although Seattle & Portland are so similar so I would skip Portland and do the Oregon coast or San Diego instead!

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  55. Oh I change my mind all the time. Currently my options for my vacay next year are Europe, Australia again, or Canada. Im leaning towards Oz though ...

    For you I vote the Caribbean which is not on the list but should be hehe

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    1. And now I see it under cruise.... swear I read this. PS I would totes come visit you whichever island you chose to visit :D thats my top choice!

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  56. Haha My boyfriend does the same. I'll just be chilling and he'll be like, "Let's get pizza tonight!" I was originally thinking I'd have like a smoothie, but now there is nothing that will satisfy me but pizza. Then he's like, "But I am trying to get in shape for our trip to Jamaica, so maybe I shouldn't." And I'm like, "Dammit get in the car. We'll order on the way. It's pizza night!"

    Anyway, I know how you feel about Europe. I feel like if I plan a Europe trip that I should visit places I've never been, but I don't know if I want to visit them as bad as some of the places I've already been. I sort of want to go back to a few places, but then feel that I should branch out since it's probably all super amazing and who knows when I'll get back. Hmmmmm....decisions!

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  57. All of these places sound great, but I vote for Europe! I have the Europe travel bug bad too :)

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  58. First of all, my heart goes out to you that you two are still sleeping on a full size bed. The day Ryan and I upgraded to a queen, I'm pretty sure I shed a few tears of happiness. It's not a ton of extra room - especially now that we have the dog sleeping between us - but it's something! Second of all, I know the feeling of second-guessing everything when it comes to traveling! I agree with you that Europe can get harder as you get older and kids come along, etc. My vote would be the second option for the British Isles - I remember you saying you guys wanted to see more of Ireland than you were able to the first time, and plus - HELL YES TO JANE AUSTEN EVERYTHING. For that reason alone, that has my vote.

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  59. FULL SIZED BED SAY WHUT??? Girl. King sized beds save marriages. For real. I'd take that over a trip any day! But we're 5'10-6'2 of limbs up in this marriage so that's a must. Anyway, travel! Totally agree, the west coast will cost you as much as Europe. When we did Carmel and Big Sur, we spent a fortune. Add in Disney and you're better off crossing the pond, even with the exchange rate! And Canada?! Who the heck goes to Canada? What's in that strange cold land beside cold and funny accents? ;) I'm not very helpful on the travel because it all looks good and I'd take any of it for a quick break from all these babies I keep popping out...

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  60. Wow, I just read through some of the comments and am now confused about my original opinion (Europe) because everyone is so passionate and convincing! I do agree with the idea of going to the far places pre-kids. I also agree with someone up there who said you don't need to do Seattle and Portland. Seattle wins over Portland by a lot. If you want a third West Coast city I'd say Vancouver, and then you can say you've been to Canada.

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  61. yes, atlanta! ;) I vote for disneyland bc it is my fave and that way i can drool over your pics and things.

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  62. I'm exactly the same way with traveling. I've been torturing myself looking at vacation destinations I know we won't visit any time soon, and it's gotten really bad. We've already almost booked trips twice this year (once to Greece and once to Spain), but then one (or both) of us get cold feet and say, "Well, we really need to be saving money for [insert important thing here, like buying a home or getting a new car for Eric since his Jeep is getting old and beginning to require lots of expensive repairs]."

    It's so frustrating, though, because we both love to travel and experience new things. We also wanted to try to take a trip every year on our wedding anniversary, but we've been so indecisive about where we want to go, how much time we want to take off work, and how much money we want to spend that we have nothing planned. (Our anniversary is November 9, so it's coming up fast.) At this point, we'll probably just take a road trip and stay in a B&B or cabin ... Something relaxing.

    My vote for you (especially if you want to save some money) is to either take a cheap U.S. trip to a state (or states!) you've never been to. If you want it to be cheap, I'd say the West Coast and Hawaii are probably out ... Though I did go to Seattle with a couple of my girlfriends a few years ago, and we split everything as evenly as possible and I think I only spent between $800-$1000. We were only there for about 5 days or so, but it was enough time to do everything we wanted to do. (And it was a blast!)

    My other vote for a cheap trip is Canada. Eric and I went to Montreal in 2010, and it was so much fun. I'll admit that I talked him into going there so I could see my favorite band in concert, but we did a lot of other stuff too. It was a beautiful place, and it has a very European feel (especially since everyone speaks both French and English).

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  63. you should probably head over the west coast, stop by Seattle, and say hi to me :)

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  64. I wish I could give you some sort of wonderful advice... but I've got nothing! All of the places you want to go sound amazing! I am a lover of traveling, yet we don't travel at all. Kind of silly right!? Life is short.. I say since you already went to Europe, go somewhere new :)

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  65. I want to do a cruise and we live in cruise central so it makes sense to do one but my far of getting sick and being stuck or having something bad happen on the cruise is terrible. Plus I know a guy that came back with a life altering disease after his cruise, so there's a reason to be leery BUT everybody down here loves them, ahhh!

    Europe, Europe. I know you've been to other countries over there, but we never traveled internationally as kids like we did in the US. I'm not a big fan of living in Cali because of the cost of living there, but visiting was fun. I have a friend in Hawaii that I still need to visit before she moves back to the mainland so I feel like I have some of the same toss ups! We are tentatively traveling to Europe next Summer/Fall BUT we haven't' even booked flights yet and I just don't know if we should put it off a year so I can go to HI. Decisions, decisions.

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