Want to visit England and Germany this summer
April 30, 2010 11:35 AM Subscribe
Is it too late to take a trip to Europe this summer from the US?
A friend who lives in Europe has been urging me to meet up with him for a vacation in Berlin for years. I like the idea in principle, but am extremely nervous about traveling. Scared of it. Never go anywhere. So although I keep saying "yeah, we should totally do that," I keep putting off doing anything about it. (I did look in my files and verify that I have a valid passport.)
People who travel a lot probably can't understand my dread. Just as it would be difficult for me to understand how anyone could be afraid of, say, horses, which I find utterly unintimidating. It's just one of those things. Even a day trip in the car makes me a little nervous.
I'd like to get over this blockage and actually take the trip. Travel makes you a better person. It challenges you and increases your intelligence. I'm getting older and I don't want to look back on my life and say I never went anywhere. I must do it.
Can I still do it this summer, or have I procrastinated too long? Let's say I wanted to spend four days in London (I've been wanting to visit England for years) and five or six days with my friend in Berlin. Is it possible to do that for under $5,000?
I understand that August is the peak month for vacationing. For that reason, I'd like to go before August. Perhaps late July.
In order to do this, what steps do I have to take? Where do I start? Look at plane flights? Hotels? Where do you look?
Maybe if I just had a well-defined first step to start with I could get some momentum going and overcome my hesitancy.