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The company I work for is consolidating the company HR policies and they are converting me to be on a calendar vacation schedule that starts January 1st. I used to be on an anniversary schedule. The details are not important but since I recently passed my employment anniversary date this means that in 2013 I will have a bit more than eight weeks vacation that I must take in 2013 instead of my normal four.

Wow ! That is great but the bad news is that I normally travel on a budget but even on a budget going on that long of a trip would add up so I am looking for some creative ideas on how to travel that long relatively inexpensively.

I just found out about this so I have not had much chance think about the details but off the top of my head I have;

1) I've stayed in hostels and budget hotels in Europe so that is a possibility especially in the shoulder or off season.

2) Going to Australia is on my list of places to go, but it seems sort of expensive especially in the large cities but I am looking into that.

3) Camping road trip in the US, maybe rent an RV.

4) I have heard of some college dorms renting rooms when school is out.

For background this would be;

1) For a couple in their late 50's, generally good health but not real athletic, we only speak English.

2) We are Atlanta so we would be starting from there.

3) When I say budget I'm thinking at most averaging $100 to $150 a day for both of us for everything but airfare. There will always be some days in expensive cities so some low cost days would be needed to average this out.

4) We have been to Europe several times; my wife has been to the China years ago.

5) We could break it into several smaller trips instead of one large one.

At this point I'm looking for more general suggestions than detailed itineraries, especially any "thinking out of the box" ideas.


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