Got this idea from one of “my blogging sisters” here … that do some kind of pre-trip diary – she are going to Africa and it’s really fun to read about her pre-planning of her trip – so I will do something similar here and put it under progress – how I don’t know yet plus I want to add a map from MAPme (website problems just now – have my doubts about the map thing now – haven’t heard anything from them yet) – where I can write comments as I go along. So this are not completely finished yet.
27 days in July will I be away in US & Canada – and I’m travelling alone. No girlfriends of mine felt the argue to come with me, so I’m going on my own. Have travelled alone so many times and for me it’s more than okay.
Have been thinking about this trip for many years, but there has always come some other trip in the way. Then when I gone through my cancer treatment and they told me that I be under 5 years close surveillance – I made up my mind – now is the right time to do the trip while I’m kept an close eye on.
A year ago I started really to play with the thought and a couple of months later I made up my mind … November I start looking and booking. Now it’s only 3 months left.
01.07 – take off from Copenhagen airport to Chicago via Toronto.
08.07 – leaving Chicago for Seattle
11.07 – train from Seattle to Vancouver
15.07 – arriving Victoria, Vancouver Island
25.07 – back to Seattle – a night by the airport
26.07 – leaving US via Toronto
27.07 – morning landing in Copenhagen.
This will probably be my last really long journey, the way I feel today – special with the problems my body has after the treatments; numb feet’s, more or less constant urine infection, lymphedema in my right foot and ankle plus a leaking bladder – it’s going to be very interesting to see how I will manage doing a long trip like this with my “aftermaths” – but I’m sure it will be fine, anyhow it’s not going to stop me this time.
So how fare has I come;
• Flights – all booked with Amex & Continental award points, total cost $57.20 (Jan-12)
• Hotel, Chicago; 7 nights booked (Nov-11)–Regency Hyatt, $125.10/€94.00/£78.50 – direct booked
• Hotel Seattle, 3 nights booked (Nov-11) –Warwick Hotel l, $152.10/€114.00/£94.25 –booking.com
• Train ticket, Amtrak Cascades– booked– First Class/single, $51.30/£32.90/€40.45 (increase $7.00)
• Hotel Vancouver, 4 nights – booked (Jan-12) – Executive Vintage Park Hotel, CAD$ & US$136.00/€102.00/£85.00 – direct booked
• Ferry ticket,Victoria Clipper – booked 22.07 CAD$99.00/£63.00/€75.60/$100.40
• Sea-Tac hotel –1 night booked (March-12) –Radisson Seattle Airport Hotel, 910SEK/£85.50/€102.00/$136.00 - hotels.com
• “VISA” for US, done online and accepted – cost me $14.00
The purpose with my trip is that I want to go back and see my friends that I left behind in 1990 in Canada – and I want to visit my favorite cities in the world, Chicago, Vancouver and Seattle. Instead of doing maybe 2-3 trips I decided to do them all in one go. It’s the time spent on planes that I don’t really agree with anymore. 14 hours is a long time.
Will be flying Canada Air, but with a stopover of 4 hrs in Toronto, but that’s okay – need to stretch my legs, specially my right *smile
My return flight back from Seattle will also be with Air Canada – but only 2 hours in Toronto. Would have liked to do some nights in Toronto on my way back, have friends there – but the award program didn’t allow more stopovers. So next time ????!!!
Last time I was in Chicago I missed “Taste of Chicago” by 1 day – this year I will will miss it too. CAN’T BELIEVE IT – it’s normally always in the first week in July. Now they moved to 11-15th. Their fireworks has been cancelled for a couple of years and looking at the event list this year – it’s not that exciting anymore, from 10 days festival – now only 4 plus none of the best restaurants are on the list. Still I would like to spend one day. Chicago is one of the best restaurant cities in the world in my taste buds, London second. So I will still keep myself busy.
For years I have wanted to be in US over 4th of July (maybe they will move this too in Chicago) and this year it will happen – quite excited about it all. It’s the same with – 11th of September (my birthday) … want to be in NYC for the remembering – even if I’m not able to be down at Ground Zero. So on my 65th birthday next year and I will be there. Won 2 first class tickets with BA to NYC on Facebook – how lucky was I????!!!
So I have been checking out restaurants to pay a visit in Chicago, Seattle and Vancouver. My old waterholes are mostly gone – in Chicago they are all there, but the other 2 cities not to be found. Not fully true – “Metropolitan Grill” in Seattle is still going strong and still one of the 10 best restaurants in town, amazing … after 22 years, but I’m not going back there – so many new exciting places to try out.
If I’m going back to any restaurants in Chicago – will it be “Blackbird” – where I had one of my best meals in US, beaten by “Aquavit” in NYC.
The planning and research for a trip like this – is 50% of all the fun with travelling.
Started off booking a couple of hotels on each destination and keeping an eye on others, then cancel as others got cheaper –my favorite websites for hotel are – Quikbook for US hotels and booking.com. Then I compare with the hotels own websites, like with Hyatt the room where a lot cheaper on their website. Booked very early too – now my room will cost me around $250.
What will my trip cost me in total?
Baggage fee’s; $210/€157.50/£131.50
Restaurants; $2.000 – as above
Taxi & Airport transport; $300/€225.000/£188.00
Train & Ferry; $144/€108.00/£90.00
In Victoria I will stay 10 nights with friends.
Hope that the trip will be worth every penny and I will make sure it will – haven’t done a trip that has been worth what I been paying.
So I’m nearly there …. in the preperation.
“If you look like your passport photo, are you too ill to travel”
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