I'll just jump right in and say it. I'm going to the U.K. and France this Fall. The plan is to spend 9 days in London, 1 day at Stonehenge/surrounding areas and 1 day is Paris. To say I'm excited is and understatement. : )
This all came about last Monday - and last Monday I had $0.00 saved towards this trip. Today I have a substantially greater amount saved - all in a week's time! I have a savings goal of $3,000 for the trip (including everything I need to pay for; flight, room, sights, transportation, food, shopping, etc.) and I'm well on my way to making that goal within a few months.
My friend Nikole had a planned trip in place and asked me if I wanted to go. I was hesitant at first because I thought it would be a huge financial undertaking - but when she asked again, I jumped on the chance. The trip isn't for another 6 months so I have plenty of time to put away the amount of money I need. Let me just say that I'm in full-force penny pinching mode. I've even considered cutting out eating. Kidding. I have, however, cut back on my spending A LOT. I'll stick to a budget from here on out and I'll be saving more money left and right!
I'm at the perfect place in my life to start doings BIG things for me. I have slipped into the mundane and it bothers me. I get up, I go to work, I go to school, I go to bed. I repeat the process. Boring. And I am NOT boring. I am really looking forward to this trip for many reasons. I'm looking forward to going to a place I have wanted to go for as long as I can remember. I'm looking forward to the new experiences and emotions felt. I'm looking forward to actually visiting a place that is outside of the United States. (Sure, I've been to Hawaii - but that is still technically a U.S. State.) I'm looking forward to the 12+ hour flight! (Seriously! I could read an entire book in that time!) I'm looking forward to the complete and utter independence. This trip signifies me coming to a point where I might actually be considered an adult afterward. (Here's hoping I return home unscathed.)
I am so, so, so, so, so, so excited. To the point of obsession.
More on this later I'm sure.
*Thank you Warren Zevon, for inspiring my post title with a line from one of your songs "Werewolves of London" - which happens to be a favorite of mine.