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Gah... I so badly want to plan my next Europe trip, but I don't know where, or when.

Gah... I so badly want to plan my next Europe trip, but I don't know where, or when.

Nov 1st, 2007, 02:39 PM
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Gah... I so badly want to plan my next Europe trip, but I don't know where, or when.

DH and I spent a wonderful 3 week "honeymoon" (3 yrs after our wedding!) in Switzerland and France in May. I am dying to get back to Europe. Just somewhere, anywhere. I'd love to go back to the BO region of Switzerland and spend a week instead of 3 days. Love to visit Paris again. Provence was magical and our B & B in Thor was our favorite spot of the whole trip.

But I also want to get back to Amsterdam, visit Italy for the first time, and Croatia, London and Ireland are on my list too.

The funny thing is, it took DH and I SO LONG to earn the miles it took to fly business class... I think it took us about 4 years to get up to 80,000 miles each. But as of right now I have over 150,000 miles and DH has just over 80,000. So we have the miles for our next flight all set, which makes the urge to get back even more difficult to overlook.

The thing is, we spent quite a bit of money in May. Accomodations were top notch since it was our honeymoon. I've tried to assure DH we don't need to spend that kind of money the next time we go to Europe, that we can get by "on the cheap" if we want to. But DH doesn't think we should plan another "big trip" until 2009, and I can't really rationalize using 80,000 miles to Europe if we're only going for one week.

I think I'm just feeling melancholy, not knowing when I'll be going on my next vacation... and missing Europe.
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Nov 1st, 2007, 03:02 PM
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Do you have to go business-class? If not, maybe you could justify a week.

Maybe pick one spot, so as to save inter-city transport costs, find a good-value lodging choice, and go.

Example: Rent an apartment in Rome and stay there a week.
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Nov 1st, 2007, 03:57 PM
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I "need" to go to Europe about 3 times a year. We fly coach, on paid tickets during the off season, and FF miles for summer trips. B&B's run about 50-80 Euros and in France we're renting gites for 350-450 Euros per week.

We were in Croatia last summer and if you stay in Sobe's it's inexpensive. Sobe's are B&Bs. It's a wonderful destination.

You could "plan" a 2 week trip on paper, finding places you'd be interested in staying, and add up the costs. Maybe you'll find a way to make it afforable so the trip can be a reality!
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Nov 1st, 2007, 04:05 PM
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I understand. We have been fortunate enough to travel to Europe 2/3 times a year and I still long for it when I'm not there. Our last vacation was to Japan, and we just got back on Saturday, and I already miss traveling.

We used miles to go to Japan and were only gone for a week. And we are going back to Europe (Austria and Czech) next year for just a week on miles. Do you have to travel business? We always consider business but in the end we would take two free coach trips each to Europe over one free business class trip...it means we can go more often!

From one Europe lover to the next, happy travels!

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Nov 1st, 2007, 04:06 PM
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Jenblase-I know how you feel! I, too, am missing Europe. We haven't been since 2005 when we went to Provence & the French Riviera. We planned to go this year, but purchased a business, so travel was not in the cards for 2007, and 2008 is uncertain at this time. We don't fly on miles, but I really want to find a way to do a trip next year, even if it's a week or 10 days instead of our normal 2+ weeks. I figure if we pick destinations that are a little less expensive for us to fly to from the midwest (like Ireland or Germany) and stay in a little more budget accommodations, we can probably do it.

Good luck with whatever you decide, but as Images said, plan it out on paper and figure all the costs (that's what we do as well) and you may be surprised to find it can work!
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Nov 1st, 2007, 04:34 PM
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I say go and enjoy!I don't know how old you are or if you have kids or plan to have kids, but go now while you don't!!
I would take the trip, fly coach using miles or use the business miles and go for it! You can stay in moderate priced hotels and spend at least 10 days and enjoy.
I am not sure of your situation. Kids did not halt travel altogether, but changed it for a while. We were more focused on other things, costs, etc... We are now going for the first time together (we are married 20years and have gone many other places) to Europe with our teenagers! They have traveled around the US, Caribbean, Hawaii US, but now they are going to experience different cultures and hopefully use some of their newly aquired foreign language skills . I just say go and enjoy, enjoy it while it is just the two of you and you are young and can afford it (lucky!) When we were younger, we definitely could not afford it.
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 08:25 AM
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I'd plan to go sooner, plan to fly coach, and choose less expensive hotels. It will be just as much fun (well except for missing business class on the plane ride over -lol!).

I'd also allow for at least 2 weeks because I agree I would not spend the money/miles to go all the way to Europe for only 7 days myself.
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 08:45 AM
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It sounds like you are making some obstacles for yourself that could be resolves, and maybe you just need to get some figures on paper, as suggested.

I agree as I don't fly that often that I would never use 80K miles for a one-week trip. It takes me too long to earn them. But the issue seems to just be money as to why you are making that a one week trip, and that seems to stem back to how much money you spent on your honeymoon. Otherwise, why would your husband refer to a two-week vacation as a "big trip" if he didn't mean so expensive. What are your alternatives? To take a vacation in the US or Hawaii or something? Those can cost just as much, so that's why I don't understand what the real issue is.

If he means you cannot ever take two weeks off for a vacation, that's another issue and would affect any vacation, Europe or not. If it's just another bias that since you spent 3 weeks in Europe last time and tons of money, then any vacation to Europe must be 3 weeks and very expensive -- well, it obviously doesn't. So it sounds like you haven't been very convincing that you can do it cheaper, or he doesn't want to. If it's a time thing -- I can't remember the last time I took a three week vacation, as I just can't due to my work. YOu can easily do a 10 day to two week one, if you want.

My sister just did a 10 day vacation to Europe and had a great time. That's a nice amount of time if you concentrate on one area, which she did.
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 08:45 AM
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OTOH, I fly coach from the west coast, stay at two star hotels and can only stay 7 or 8 days max on the ground. If I waited to be able to stay 14 full days, I'd be waiting a lot of years.
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 09:14 AM
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jenblase, what is it you like to do on vacation? Do you want to just lay on the beach or are you into scenery? History? Art?

Personally, having just returned from first trip that included Rome, I'd go with previous poster suggestion and rent an apt in Rome for one week or 10 days. Less expensive than hotel and you can save money by cooking some of your own meals. Search on this site for rome apts to rent.

You can then if you wish take day trips to Orvieto or even FLorence (the Express can get you to Florence in about 1-1/2 hours). Pompeii. There are lots of possibilities.

Don't wait! If you like history and art, Rome awaits you!!! It is awesome!!!

Bon voyage!
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 10:19 AM
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My husband's told me that he doesn't think he can tolerate the flight overseas in coach. I've done it once before, and thought it was fine, albeit not ultra comfortable, but certainly tolerable. But this was his first trip outside of the states, and he insists he could never do that kind of trip while flying in coach... he'd not sleep, couldn't handle the space constraints, etc. We've been to Florida and Vegas since the Europe trip and both times he's commented to me, "see, I couldn't handle this on a flight to Europe."

I think now that he's flown Business he's spoiled for good.
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 10:30 AM
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Thanks for everyone's insights, by the way. We did talk about this a little last night and we think we might do a London trip for 4-5 days and then tag it with a visit to our B & B in Provence that we love, for another 5 days. So a 10 day trip total. And we won't have to spend money on accomodations in London since his old boss moved there and he has invited us to stay with his family.

The only problem is pinning down the dates for the FF flights... All of the dates I've checked are booked for up to June travel, so we may have to go in Sept. or October, if I can find anything then.
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 10:42 AM
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Jenblase, it might not seem fair, but maybe he could go in business and you in coach, to save miles and possibly make it easier to find tickets.
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 11:27 AM
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lucky you with friends in London. Actually, I can see his point about the business class thing. If I had my way, I wouldn't fly any other way, either. But I think 10 days is a good compromise. I feel the same way he does about flights to other places than Europe, actually. I would love to go to some place in Africa (like Kenya) and just cannot face it due to the time on the plane. Once I flew coach to Egypt and that total flight time was more than 12 hours, as I lived in Los Angeles at the time. Now, I don't think I could do that -- of course seats are closer together now, also.
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 11:40 AM
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Girl, looks to me you guys have gotten yourselves in a box and need to get out of it! Why in heavens somebody would wait FOUR years to go to Europe just so that they fly business class...!!?? and when does a trip to Europe has to be a "big trip"?? If you really wanted to go badly you would find a way; Europe is done every day in non-shallow ways, too, you know...?
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 11:51 AM
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Viajero. The thing is, we don't have kids yet. I keep telling him we need to travel as much as we can now, because if we decide to have 'em in the next few years our traveling days will be over for a while!!

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Nov 2nd, 2007, 11:54 AM
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And it wasn't just that we waited 4 years to fly business class... we wanted to go on a nice honeymoon, so it took that long to save up the money too. It was sort of a "dream trip."
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 11:55 AM
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Another approach is to figure out how you can earn some more money in the next year, thus making the trip more justifiable. (I know this is sort of duh obvious, but it often seems to be the last thing considered.)
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 12:23 PM
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Business class is for wimps, degenerate softies and social poseurs. Tell your husband to suck it up and fly in the back with the rest of us! ;^)
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 01:13 PM
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I've never been in business class, and I don't want to because I don't want to spoil myself where I won't fly coach!

I don't think coach is that bad. I just pop am Ambien and I'm good to go. And after our 14 hour flight to Tokyo in coach Europe is going to feel like cake!

I am 28; DH is 30. We are planning on having kids in a few years so we have been traveling as much as possible. No way would I hold off on a trip to Europe because I would of flying coach, but different strokes for different folks...

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