I have spent more time than is necessary clicking on every “Traveler’s Wish List” that pops up on Twitter. Everyone loves these lists even if they won’t openly admit it — it’s window shopping without the window; cutting out the middle-man. One thing I haven’t really seen yet is how to make your wish list work specifically towards fulfilling your travel budget for an upcoming trip — in other words, asking for help with specific expenditures that you’ll encounter during the trip, instead of just general travel-trastic things that look pretty, do something cool, or warm your heart.
I am lucky to have been born into a very generous family. Christmas is always a fun time for us because we all love to give each other presents. The making of wish lists and picking out of presents are always meticulous, and we have a system for opening gifts that allows us to appreciate everyone’s facial-expression-tastic reactions to full effect.
This year, since I will be traveling for a while right after the holiday, I decided to try to make my Christmas wish list work towards my budget for that trip. Instead of filling my wish list with things I am going to fill it with places and experiences – a hostel room for a night, or a ticket to a certain museum, or maybe my bus ticket to Gibraltar.
Not only will this help with my trip, but it will also help me with the weight of my luggage. I’ll be in Los Angeles for Christmas, but after my trip I’m heading straight back to Chicago instead of stopping again in LA, and so I can’t afford to have anything extra to carry with me all throughout Europe and then back to Chicago. My biceps will refuse to cooperate.
My dream budget-saving wish list is currently as follows:
1. Hostel room for a night in Lisbon at this lovely place, or maybe this one
2. Bus ticket from Sevilla to Gibraltar
3. Hostel room for a night in Barcelona
4. Joan Didion’s Blue Nights (because who doesn’t want to be depressed on the train?)
5. A night here: the only hostel in Gibraltar, apparently
6. A lovely tapas dinner in Sevilla! Girl’s gotta eat.
7. Cable car to the top of the rock in Gibraltar OR entry to Gibraltar museum
8. I was here: a travel journal for the curious-minded. This journalis adorable and I want it.
9. Bike rental for a day in Porto, Portugal
10. World map shower curtain (Not for my trip. For my soul.)
Dry shampoo: in the past I tried to be cheap and use baby powder, but it turns out that that makes you smell like baby powder.
Nourishment. [Carrot cake?!]
I will not be bringing comfortable shoes. I never learn.
All forms of moleskin.
(I am bringing about 364554 pairs of tights on this trip, roughly)
I have a post about duct tape coming up. I play for team MacGyver when I travel.
So that I look nice when I’m waving goodbye to the US from my plane window [find them here]
Of course I do not expect to receive every thing or even most things on this list (does anyone ever expect to get everything they write down on one of these?). Even just getting the moleskin for my blisters would help with my travel budget and make me one happy lady (with very happy feet). What do you think, should I “accidentally” forward the list to all of my relatives? Or would a note casually slipped under each person’s door be more subtle? Maybe I’ll rent a billboard, like Mary Kate and Ashley in Billboard Dad. You’re lying if you say you’ve never wanted to do that.
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