Rick Steves showed up in my mailbox today. I received a catalog of his 2012 tours and I think I am in trouble. There is a 21 day tour that includes the best of Europe. I would get to see Amsterdam, Haarlem, Backarach, Rothenburg, Reutte, Venice, Florence, Rome, Cinque Terre, Lauterbrunnen Valley, Beaune, and Paris. I would get to see two places that I am in love with and get to visit tons of other sites that I have always wanted to see. The price may seem a bit steep, but it includes so much and the best part of all, it is all set and ready to go. The brochure comes with a DVD and this DVD is dangerous. You get to see all of the destinations and meet some of the travelers and host.
So it has come to a point where I need to make a big decision. I would leave on the 24th of June and come back the 14th of July. Then I would leave the 15th to go to New Orleans with my dad :). It sounds so crazy, but I can't help but think that I should go. My dad and I are really big on living our lives and doing what we want. That is why he is jumping from a plane on Saturday (crazy man). Anyway, when we were talking, he said, why not, you may not be around next year. I'm not exactly in the best place financially, but I have enough that I can make it work. I would have to cancel a few things, but I can make this work. Some may think it is odd to travel solo, but I think it is so exciting. Being alone forces me to converse and meet the new people. With a travel group of no more than 28, I get to possibly meet new travel partners. I just don't see enough negatives to discourage me from going. There are way too many positives. My aunt Linda says, "seize the moment." I think she is right.
I'd love to hear all of your thoughts. I am going to sleep on it tonight and decide tomorrow. It is only 11 days away, so I better decide fast.
Here is the link if you want to see: http://tours.ricksteves.com/tours/europe-21-days
Update: I didn't sleep on it. I'm going! How crazy...