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I've had the itch to travel recently. This isn't anything new. I get it every once in a while. Sometimes it's strong, sometimes it's not.

The time it was the strongest, I bought a 33-day roundtrip plane ticket to Paris.

I don't think I'll be doing that again.

And then earlier, I found a really sweet Trip Planner for "student" (read: under age 26) travelers (for Zoe)...it's frickin' sweet. I was playing around with it earlier, and you can hop around the globe for pennies. Seriously...I made an itinerary hopping to 11 countries on 4 continents for about 2 months, and it was quoted as costing $2000 (I'm pretty sure that's just the flight, but still...).

Unfortunately, that added drastically to the urge. (I want to go to Auckland so badly now. I don't even know what's in Auckland.)

And just now? My travel song came on.

John Mayer's "3x5." It's the epitome of road trip/tooling around Europe solo song. Perfection incarnate. I listened to it often when I was by myself in France and Spain.

My passport is in order. Anyone want to buy me a vacation?


The upside is that planning Winter Break is helping to alleviate the itch. Dates are too tentative to expand upon now, but it seems that Chicago and New York will be two separate trips, and not the city-hopping I was hoping for (which would have saved me about $200, too). Alas, I cannot hop to NYC if Candace is still going to be in Chicago.

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