Have circumstances ever had it to where you went somewhere or did something spontaneously, that you otherwise didn’t plan beforehand? Sometimes things happen out of the blue that ultimately push you in a direction that was previously unforeseen to you. Typically those occurrences tend to be memorable, be it for good or bad.
What if we told you that you could plan and create the good ones?
While many of these surprise instances occur in general life, many happen within the realm of travel that ultimately you cannot foresee, like meeting new friends and being invited to their house for local traditional cuisine (which just isn’t the same in a restaurant). Experiences like these are great and are truly what’s wonderful about traveling.
But especially when considering getting from one place to another, the power of circumstance is really in your hands. If time and schedule permit it, areas in between your planned destinations can add an enriching, unexpected adventure to your trip.
While searching for bargains, don’t overlook the areas in between your departing city and destination. Literally look at the map and see what’s in the middle and you may end up getting a bonus jaunt that you never would have even thought of.
We’ve been fortunate enough to take advantage of this method a few times on this trip, but the one most rewarding is our current, which happened out of brainstorming how we were eventually getting back home in the Spring.
We originally had it in our minds that we were going to leave from Malta and venture to either Paris or London for a short sit before flying back to the East Coast. This was especially the case as these cities were the cheapest to depart from; so we thought...
Not only was the flight from Malta to Dublin substantially cheaper than to London or Paris, it was also more cost-efficient for flying back home. And to put the cherry on top, two fantastic house-sits enabled us to turn a few days in Dublin into a month-long adventure around the island.
As you can imagine, this within itself has brought amazing experiences that we otherwise would have missed out on, including Melissa being able to reconnect with relatives in Galway after 13 years, and you just can’t put a price on that.
So now, unfortunately, we are at the end of this originally-unexpected trip across the Island of Ireland and it’s time to book the tickets to leave from here to home.
After looking at flights from Dublin & Belfast back to America, we again conversed and decided to break out the map, as we had a slight wonder about what the feasibility of a stop-over in Reykjavik might be.
Lo and behold, a flight from Belfast to Reykjavik ($44!!) and then Reykjavik back to JFK combined to be cheaper than Belfast straight to JFK. Unfortunately, with only a handful of days left in Schengen Territory (more on that later), we have yet to find a short pet-sit, but nevertheless are thrilled about this very unique opportunity.
So if the time permits, don’t be afraid to peruse the map and explore some options between points A & B; you never know what you might find.
To all of our friends and family: Yes, we are (gradually) making our way back home. But for now, we are enjoying these final, unexpected opportunities! :)
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