Well we’re back in Sydney, and back at Pat’s parent’s place, and let’s just say that I’ve got a little case of the post-travel blues. I didn’t even turn my phone on until yesterday, and even then, I waited until today to actually put my Australian SIM card back in. Oh woe is me.
It’s a struggle after nearly 4 months abroad to try and cope with realities of your normal life. However, I will say that having a proper desk and quiet workspace again is quite nice. One of the main ways I tend to get over the post-travel blues is to quickly set some future plans into action, but this time…
Flight prices are kicking my butt!
I’m torn. Australia is a remote country — so remote that getting anywhere takes time and money. And, if you want to get to the USA to visit your family, to Europe to crash a blog conference, or to your next random country in your plans to check off all former Soviet countries in the world, then it is going to come down to making some hard choices, and pretty much choosing one over the other… which I hate having to do.
It’s even worse when you repeatedly receive the news:
- We’ve sponsored several bloggers before, but never from Australia.
- We’d love to support your trip through our country, but we don’t cover flights. (And flights are costing in the area of $2,300 right now from Sydney.)
Let’s just say that Australia and I are not on good terms right now!
So I think I have to make a decision. Here’s what I’m tossing up:
Europe in September. I can hit up one or two travel blog conferences, and hopefully make a better impression than last time when I felt both overwhelmed and underprepared (and sick, surprise surprise).
- Looking at Travel.com.au, flights to Europe (Italy) from Sydney can be bought for around $1342.
This does not include the transport fees that would be involved in getting to the conference from Italy.
USA in the fall. I can visit family (overdue), get my fill of American food, and maybe even throw in a road trip of the south.
- Looking at Travel.com.au, flights to the USA (California) from Sydney can be bought for around $1150 to $1250 depending on when you fly.
This does not include transport to Illinois from California.
And I know that the best option of the two is to probably visit the USA, but it gets difficult because Pat would want to come, too. Only, he probably couldn’t go in September, or October. We talked about going over the holidays, but those flights are always more expensive, and it wouldn’t really leave the door open for a road trip in nice weather. If I went by myself in September, I’d have to road trip alone, and I’d miss out on Europe.
But if I went to Europe, I’d probably spend too much money and then not be able to afford travel to the USA until early next year… which seems like a long time away, right?!
MY BRAIN HURTS.
Consideration also needs to be given to the ways of maximizing flights with layovers/stopovers in fun places. For this, Europe would probably be the winner as I could most definitely get a stop-off along the way in Asia.
What do you think guys? Where should I go next?!
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