Last week I came up with an idea for a trip for Brett and I, when the girls are all off at college or on their own. I was so excited about my idea that I immediately started looking into seeing if we could pull it off.
The almost immediate answer? No way. Time wise it was very doable, but the cost would be astronomical, nothing we could afford unless a five-pound box of money suddenly dropped in our laps.
The swift disappointment got me thinking though of other trips I would love to make if money were no object. Lots of places I came up with initially seemed to be out of the question or anchored in the realm of pure fantasy, but then I realized that we could make those trips if we saved and planned carefully. They didn’t have to be fantasy. Still, after a lot of thought I came up with three trips that I would love to make, but doubt I or we will ever be able to afford.
- A grand tour of India. I have been fascinated with India for more years than I can remember, and have dreamed of being able to travel around the country, from north to south, east to west, to see and experience as much as I can. I want to see the Gate of India in Mumbai, ghats along the Ganges, the Taj Majal, tea plantations, temples, the soaring peaks of the Himalayas. Brett does not share my enthusiasm for this journey, so this is something I would have to do on my own, although WenYu said she would like to go along if I ever go. If I were a younger person, I would probably feel confident to plan a journey on my own, but these days, for this kind of trip, I want a guide, nice hotels and comfortable transportation. It might not be as “authentic” a journey as a younger me might have undertaken, but I’m not young any more, nor do I imagine the experience would be as easy-going as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or Eat, Pray, Love made it seem if I tried to do it on my own. I’ve researched lots of tours, compared prices, etc. and this is the one I would make if I ever get the chance (at the first class or deluxe level – I’m not an ‘opulent’ type of gal): 22 Day All India Tour, with Easy Tours of India.
- A photo safari in Botswana. I’ve read all of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books by Alexander McCall Smith, and as was probably his intention, I fell in love with Botswana. I have dreamed of visiting there ever since I read the first book. This is another trip Brett has no interest in making, so at least the cost would just be for one. But what a cost! This package would be my dream vacation, but as you can see, it starts at over $6500 and goes up from there, and then there’s airfare to and from Botswana as well as other expenses. But, if money were no object it would be a dream trip for me.
- The Western National Park Loop. This is the trip I began researching the other day. Time-wise it would take Brett and I about two months to complete, which is doable, but . . . when I added up the cost of a long-term car rental, lodging for two months, our meals, etc. I quickly discovered the cost would be exorbitant. I also looked at the possibility of renting a RV for the two months, but Brett is not interested in a two-month camping trip, or driving an RV all over the west, and the price would still be very high. However, we did figure out that we could probably afford to split the trip into parts, visiting five or six parks in several one-month trips. It still would be a grand adventure to do the whole loop at once though.
I don’t keep a bucket list of trips I want to make because I’m always dreaming of places to go, places I’d love to see before I die. I’ve been more than fortunate to have been able to see and do all that I have so far in my life, but there is so much more out there to experience. If only money were no object . . . .