I should have saved my post for spring break for this week—haha—but netherless I have plenty of struggles to share. I think the most burdensome struggles I’ve had to face was my travel bookings and the subsequent financial strains. By the time I return to the states, I will have traveled to eight countries, including England (currently writing this from Wales). As exciting as traveling is, it’s taxing physically, emotionally, and financially. My wallet thinks I hate him.
My first big lost was for a trip I haven’t been on yet. I’m going to Madrid for Bank Holiday in May, and I ended up finding a good ticket for about 60 pounds. But I ended up buying the wrong ticket, so I had to pay another 30 pounds to change the ticket. So I ended up paying about 90 pounds for a round trip ticket. Then I planned on taking a one-day trip to Paris via the Eurostar which cost about 60 pounds. Unfortunately, I booked my trip on the Wednesday that I have registration (this week). I have my priorities straight, so I canceled the trip (hopefully this is the first year that I get all of the classes that I want). The third struggle, and the most devastating, was for Prague. I was supposed to go one weekend in the middle of March. Unfortunately, I ended up having to cancel the trip, because I was unable to get the weekend off from work (and I found out the week before—I put in the request at least a month prior). Instead of losing the entire ticket (over 200 dollars) I was able to switch it to the last weekend I had left (the weekend before finals). I’m preparing a funeral for my GPA—haha. And lastly, as I mentioned in my last post, I went to the wrong airport when I was going to Athens so then I had to pay over 200 dollars to get a new ticket.
So roughly I’ve wasted about 600 dollars on careless mistakes. I’m glad I’m writing this, because just seeing how many mistakes I’ve made really puts into perspective what I won’t do next time. I’m glad I’m traveling a lot, but I also wish I wasn’t traveling as much. Planning is stress and I feel like I don’t know enough of London. With the couple of weeks I have left I’m trying to do as much exploring as possible, but it’s hard! London seems much bigger than Manhattan, and just finding enough time in the day to focus on HW, work, and Me is a task. Plus I’m on the water and cracker diet now. All of the frivolous mistakes I’ve made really put a dent in my budget, and I think it’s one of the biggest travel trials I have—surviving! I’ve recently started cooking big pasta meals that will last me three days, eating the 3 pound lunch combos from Tesco and Sainsbury, and have been eating the free curry from Hare Krishna about three days a week to get by. If I learned one thing, it’s not to overcommit and less is always more—forsure. I don’t see England being my last time going abroad, so I definitely have some tips for myself in the future.
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