Ok, here goes.  3 months from today I will be on a Virgin flight to London and after my connection to Paris, I will officially start my year abroad.  I’ve been dreaming about it since I was a kid.  First, I wanted a year abroad in high school.  No money.  That dream came and went.  Off to UCI.  Dreamt about the year abroad.  Guess what?  Not enough money.  Still, I appeased my lust with 3 & 4 week trips in between school years.  I’d work really hard, worked at the travel agency and was able to make my summer dreams of going to Europe come true.  That was over, ahem, 20 year ago, and now I am finally going to make it happen.  In the past 20 years, I’ve lost count, but it must be about 40 trips to Europe.  I say I have averaged about 2 a year.  Would have been more, but I wanted to see other places, too.  Well, with more saving and hard working throughout these past 20 years – and a bit of savvy investing and some great luck – it’s finally time to take the plunge!

So, in preparation for this year-long trip, there is a huge laundry list of things to do and things I have done once I decided this past Spring that this is what I was going to do.  More on that next time.

Published by elliemulet

I've been traveling for over 35 years. Culture, food, photography and art motivate my travels. Where to next?

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