Hi there! I made a crazy decision a few days ago and instead of taking a short trip to the US in September, like I said was part of my financial goals for 2013, I’ll cross the ocean for the second time this year, and spend a couple of months in Europe!
I often randomly browse for flights and had been comparing the cost of going to Miami or NY to the cost of a last minute flight to Europe, when I saw a $150 flight from Cancún, Mexico to Madrid, Spain. There was just a slight problem… it was less than 48 hours from that moment, and I need 24 hours to go to Cancún without stress. You have to take a microbus to the Belizean border, cross Belize, cross the Mexican border and take a 6 hours bus to Cancún.
It was doable, but when I told BF who hates last minute surprises, he was not really happy. And in retrospect he was right, that was not enough time to leave arrangements for the house to be watched, the animals to be fed, and most importantly, a substitute to go check with my bureaucrat friends if there is any advancement on my attempt to subdivide our 90 acres land in 100. So I let the offer go, knowing there would be another flight a few days later.
When I saw another one 5 days later I tried to book it, for some reason my credit card didn’t work and the flight disappeared again! Now I don’t have a flight, but like last time may pay the high price and travel from Guatemala City.
Update: I made it to Paris! how and how much is for another post!
Going to Cancún costs about $120 round trip. You have to cross two borders which is the worst part of traveling but otherwise it’s not that much longer than going to Guatemala City. Then a $150 flight to Spain, and a $150 flight to Paris, $300. It is as expensive to go from Madrid to Paris as it is to cross the ocean from Madrid to Mexico because it is a last minute flights and European low cost companies have really high rates at the last minute. Assuming that on the way back you get the same deal, $600. Or a total of $720.
BF paid $1,250 to fly from Guatemala City to Paris, with a stopover in Miami on the way out, and Madrid on the way back, plus $100 to go to Guatemala City, $1,350.
BF is joining me mid September and we are driving my motorcycle to Morocco!!!!! I am so excited I can barely stand myself! He is coming for 6 weeks, landing in Paris, we go off to the South of France directly, visit Bordeaux, the Basque Country, cross over to Spain, go to Santiago de Compostela on the North coast, go South to Portugal, put the bike on a ferry to Morocco, check out the Sahara and the amazing imperial cities, then go back to Spain on the other coast all the way to Barcelona, and up to Paris by the end of October.
As my usual disorganized self I have almost no posts in queue but still have two weeks before BF arrives to find something to talk about during that time, and you can expect some travel updates as well. If you would like to guest post here, on Make Money Your Way, or host the carnival of Financial Independence, just let me know, info at this domain dot com. See you!
What was the last crazy decision you made?
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