i’m getting serious about the whirlwhind north american tour thing. c15 and i have our travel booked for india and now we’re just waiting for finalization of travel dates for america. i’m constantly making lists of people we need to see, places to go, where might we stay, etc… and until now, i’ve never bothered to put a number to it all. and by number i mean money. us dollars, not thai baht. it’s kind of put a damper on things.
it looks like the biggest expense is going to be car rental and there’s sort of no getting around without a car. plus, we’d intended to fly between texas and colorado, but we only have enough points for 4 tickets and it’s cheaper to rent a car and drive it than buy one ticket. but, if we drive it frees up some airline miles for visiting other people (and that means a side trip for me, alone, possibly to a beach. i can’t really complain about that.) we’ve also got stocking up to do. undergarments are in high demand as are shoes, especially for me (thanks dad for the big feet). and, of course, there are foods we won’t have had in 18 months that we just can’t live without. but before we even get out of thailand the expenses are piling up. there’s rent to be paid, our house help will need to be paid ahead of time for the entire time we’re gone, the dog will need to be put up somewhere – unless we can find someone to housesit. and souveniers to bring back with us. and i know there’s plenty more that i’m not thinking of, but it will come to me, i know it will.
the money isn’t a huge issue – we’ll most likely have 3 years to recover. (that’s how long it’s likely to be before our next visit back to the states.) and it’s possible we’ll find cars to borrow and, thankfully, it looks like we have plenty of offers of places to stay – so no hotel bills.
and besides that, as the mastercard commercial goes…
visiting family and friends… priceless.