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An amazing new goal

An amazing new goal

I love to travel. I’m not the kind of person who does the “if it’s Tuesday it must be Paris” tours either. Instead, I like to go places and poke around for as long as possible. When people ask me where I’d like to travel, it’s easier to tell them the few places I wouldn’t like to go: places with active wars or genocide. That’s it.

But there are some places that I want to go more than others. When I was a little kid, someone gave me an old stamp collection that had a first day cover in it. That envelope had an explanation of Admiral Byrd’s expedition to Antarctica. That was all it took. I wanted to go to someplace that remote and beautiful. Just think! Antarctica! I looked up Admiral Byrd in the encyclopedia. I imagined trying to outfit an expedition of that sort. I daydreamed about penguins and huge sheets of ice. Heck I was thrilled to see penguins at Sea World in San Diego. I pretended we were really in Antarctica.

But it wasn’t until recently that I realized it was actually possible for non-explorers and non-scientists to go to Antarctica. We could really go! The only thing was, for even just my husband and myself to get there, the trip would start at about $15,000. $15,000!

That’s uh, a lot. Really a lot. And a few years ago I didn’t see how we could possibly save up that kind of money. But now I know that we can. Even on top of our other goals.

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You see, I want it badly enough. So I’m setting up the Antarctica account, and will be doing other things that will help us get there. Reaching a goal is easier when something really captures your imagination.

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  • I think that is an exciting goal. I read an article about Antarctica recently in one of the airline magazines and the photos were absolutely breathtaking.

    Travel is my favorite way to indulge. Forget clothes or fancy dinners, I would rather save and have an experience.

    My “dream trip” is Australia and New Zealand. However airfare alone is upwards of $3000 (who knows how much it will go up in the coming years) and I have decided that when I go I want to get to know the country. I don’t want it to be a quick stint in Sydney. I want 4-6 weeks to really explore. So that’s going to take quite a bit of saving. That’s my big goal.

  • Oh my goodness, that sounds amazing. I feel the same way about traveling, there are too many places I want to visit and when there, I want to explore and really get to know the area when I visit. What fun you’ll have!!

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