The first school term is over, the holidays have passed, and besides a week long break for Easter, I can’t help but think about summer vacation. To me, the best part about being a teacher is not exactly teaching– it’s the vacation time. Don’t judge, I know you’d say the same!
Now if I could just get some finances figured out.
Although I could work at a camp in Spain this summer, and hope to pocket a few hundred euros after paying for and transportation, this option doesn’t seem very desirable. My heart isn’t in teaching, it’s in traveling, and I want to see more of Europe while I have the time.
Besides, babysitting kids all day if I don’t have to? No thank you.
God, I sound like the worst teacher ever. I’m really not, I promise.
Being in Europe has opened my eyes to so many travel possibilities. Sometimes, I can’t believe actually how much there is to see. My eyes are bigger than both my free time, and my bank account. Luckily, there are a few locations around here that are still cheap in terms of a backpacker’s budget. Unfortunately, during my last trip I learned that I’m not always cut out for backpacking. I get sick of everything in my backpack and don’t like to be on the move every day.
Regardless, that long, bumpy, dirty, tiresome road beckons!
So, as long as I can get my plans and budget sorted out, here are a few places I’d love to visit this summer, and a few more which are dream destinations I’ll probably have to put off for another time.
The Albanian Coast
Where the heck is the Albanian coast? Why would you want to go there?
This is why:
Before I’d seen photos or read about it, I honestly had no idea about the beauty and the allure of Albania. Besides having a beautiful, untouristy, and cheap coastline, the rest is unknown to me. That’s a plus in my book!
Romanian people don’t get the best wrap here in Europe. Naturally, and sadly, the blame has to fall on someone for all those missing wallets.
Either way, I’d love to find out the real scoop. Besides, castles. And Transylvania. Need I say more?
ExpatEdna recently went to Iceland this winter, and surprisingly, didn’t freeze to death. I was stunned by her photos, and would absolutely love to do an Iceland road trip of my own.
Besides, she ate puffin and that sounds quite interesting in itself.
“It’s like Italy, but much cheaper.” That’s a good enough reason for me. Oh yeah, and it is conveniently placed near Romania and Albania.
All I used to know about Jordan was that it had a princess and Petra. Then I read this post, and started noticing a lot more favorable articles on the country and became tempted to go myself.
I also feel like it would be a good intro to the Middle East before visiting other countries. Unfortunately, I’d have to fly in and out (love me some overland travel) and flight tickets aren’t exactly cheap. This one might have to wait.
Riding a scooter around winding island roads, exploring Ancient ruins and watching the sunset over the Mediterranean. Who wouldn’t be tempted by Greece?
What would deter me are the prices during the high season, which is the only time I’d be able to go this year.
Istanbul is supposed to have a fantastic foodie scene, and besides exploring what used to be Constantinople, viewing the Hagia Sophia and hopping from Europe and Asia…. I’d just eat everything in sight.
I’m too afraid to check, but it would be amazing if flights from Istanbul to Los Angeles happened to be cheap. Then I would have no excuse but to go there before flying home at the end of August to visit family and friends. Oh, decisions!
Okay, so, help me plan please? Have you been to any of these places? Were they affordable…even during the summer?