Travel on a Tuppence

I got to the bottom of my list and had to choose between “managing my budget” and “travel more” for New Year’s Resolutions. Frankly, these two don’t coexist.

In a perfectionist quandary, I thought fast.

Naturally, I’m trying to have it all so I chose…traveling on a budget!

I am a very happy homebody. I love to be home. Give me my comfy couch any day.

If I had to choose a place worthy of getting off the couch, I would choose either England, Ireland or Italy.

If I end up choosing Italy, I’m getting on a cruise ship so I can knock about the place during the day but still have a familiar couch to crash on each night. Italy made the list because, A, everyone else got to go, B, history rocks, and C, of the movie “Roman Holiday” with Audrey Hepburn.

She rocks, too.

If I go to Ireland, I want to stay in bed and breakfast castles. I hear that the doorways are built for short people, possibly leprechauns. In a land that rains incessantly (hence the green country) you’d think that doorways would be tall in case of flooding, and everyone would live on the second story. Guess I’ll have to go find out why not.

I want to Riverdance with the locals and walk dramatically on a real live moor. I will use the Guiness, however, for beer can chicken. Don’t shoot me.

England may have to be my first stop.

If you know a chap who knows a chap who lives somewhere in England, couch crashing is the way to travel on a budget.

You’ve got to love those silly English.

I give them IQ points for having an awesome accent. I think a British accent makes even the street urchins sound like Harvard graduates, and I would instantly take their advice on matters of finance if they offered it, tuppence and all.

Sadly, I also think that you are smarter if you wear glasses. I don’t care what they look like but I assume you use them to read novels like Moby Dick and I admire your literary taste automatically. Even if all you’ve read lately is Dave Barry.

But…present them with a typical American dinner and all bets are off. Turn your back for a moment and they are spreading lime jello onto their cornbread. They thought it was mint jelly.

Ask me how I know this.

Sleep on their couch. Do not offer to cook. Head for the nearest pub.

This is another money saver, as I can feast like a queen on nothing but scones and tea.

Unfortunately, this fact presents a reality check. My head is full of romantic notions borne of reading everything from Louisa May Alcott to Charles Dickens, James Herriot to Agatha Christie.

I’m afraid of getting there and being sadly disappointed because I studied my fiction and not my travel guides. I’ll look for Sherlock Holmes in every dirty alley and Mr. Darcy marching across the meadows and Harry Potter flying across the sky and running over Mary Poppins.

Mr. Bean will be riding the Tube.

To create some balance I read the headlines on the glossy magazines super fast while I wait to pay for my groceries. You want a few facts thrown in there, just in case.

I am so excited to maybe run into Duchess Kate. I could give her baby advice and she could give me some glam wardrobe tips. I’m sure we would be besties.

Need I say more?

I’ve watched just enough Downton Abbey to tease me into wanting to leap off my couch and dash into the wild unknown.

If I dig under all the cushions first, I should have just enough change to pay for it.

Comment (5)

  • Pat Tunnell| February 4, 2015

    Hope you can take that trip. I think you would enjoy England, the history is fascinating and lives up to Charles Dickens, Daphne du Maurier, and J. K. Rowling.

  • Barb Abel| February 2, 2015

    enjoyed reading your blog 🙂

    • Julia| February 2, 2015

      Love this one Jolie, really good! Lovely! This is said with a really good English accent.

  • Kiki Dulaney| January 30, 2015

    There is nothing like traveling-on a budget or not. I have been to Ireland-beautiful country-stayed in bed and breakfasts as well as castles and only once got stuck in rain… we were walking….about a mile from our destination….it was very messy….but it makes for a great story and the country is amazing. Everything I thought it would be. I have been to England-all different parts and you can’t help but take in all of the history because it’s everywhere you are. I’m sure you would be besties with Kate and you certainly have plenty of info on motherhood. Such a great country even when it rains…or snows. I have not been to Italy although it is most certainly on my bucket list…..a list which keeps growing and growing and growing.

  • pamela schlottman| January 30, 2015

    Very funny. In would like to travel if I could get there by just wriggling my nose. I guess I would like to go to Italy because I have relatives there and sometime it is warm. England and Ireland are wet , damp, and cold most of the time but also very beautiful and full of history, especially England. I hope some of YOUR wishes come true this year.

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