02.03.2013 - 02.03.2013 16 °C
Last evening Muriel and I put the finishing touches on our upcoming road trip to Istanbul. It takes a fair bit of effort to book accomodation in six different locations and figure out the logistics of car rental pickup and drop off as well as getting flights in place for our exit from Turkey. All of this is really just the warm up for the logistical planning we need to do for the final four and a half months of our trip. If you are not partial to planning, a nine month trip may not be for you. Our research is showing that Europe in the spring and summer is not a place to just roll into town and look for a self-catering place to stay for a family of four. If you do, you will soon be out of cash and packing your bags for home. Finding affordable accomodation needs the same time and patience invested by gold prospectors.
Before we left on our grand tour, we had put together a fairly detailed plan of where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see. We knew things would change as we learned more about pacing and our interests as a family. We have learned a great deal from three months of travelling and from three weeks of staying put. In our last week in Kas, Muriel and I will be putting in quite a few hours reworking our itinerary and will start booking many of our accomodations. Until now, we have only booked a few weeks in advance so we could be flexible. Unfortunately, we don't have that luxury for much longer as we see the rest of the world is getting ready for spring travel. If we hope to keep within our means (extended though it is!), we have to trust what we have learned and reserve a good deal of the rest of our trip. This is a huge undertaking. However, we aren't fishing for any sympathy from our readers.
Muriel and I set up our travel office today on our veranda. We have moved a large table out into the sun and run a powercord for our laptop. We can just look up, gaze at the sea, feel the breeze and enjoy the warmth of the sun whenever we feel like what we are doing is anything like work.
Abby finished all her social studies coursework today and needs to only take two exams to be finished her studies for grade nine (except for that pesky French 9 course when she gets back). Hannah is progressing on her English assignments and will finish up while on the road.
And, now, back to planning!