Mike and I have been talking about wanting to go to Europe for a couple weeks for a long time. I went to England and France with my parents WAY BACK in 2000, and we
were stranded in flew through Skipbo? airport (apparently, it’s Schiphol, those Dutch!) on our way to our Mediterranean cruise last year. Mike has not been to mainland Europe other than the Schiphol, Barcelona, and Paris airports. We’ve made it our goal to go to Europe next year.
We’re hoping we will get mad money back on our taxes next year with the CA and federal tax credits that we qualified for. We are hoping we can use this money to go to Europe.
Costco has a travel portion of their company wherein they offer packages of flights, hotels, breakfast, transportation, and a one day tour in each locale. It does seem a little more expensive but I am attracted to the idea of it all being taken care of and planned. Mike is more inclined to get everything separately. I agree that it would be cheaper, but so much more complicated. I feel anxious just thinking about tryign to coordinate everything.
In addition, I really try not to be high maintenance. I know I have a lot of dumb toiletries, between contacts, face wash, braces, migraine meds, blah blah blah. I feel a lot of anxiety about taking the long, overseas flights and being able to sleep while horribly jetlagged. I’ve had horrible anxiety attacks on both overseas trips (I didn’t know that’s what it was when I was 17) after not sleeping and being tired and cranky and headachey and hungry and everything was in Dutch and stranded in the airport and still having a several hour flight to Barcelona to fly and the cruise was leaving at 5p and the plane was ARRIVING at like, 4:30p (original flight was due in at 8a).
tl;dr I want to go to Europe but am overwhelmed by the details and anxiety.