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D'oh - is what Homer Simpson says when he finally understands something that is should have been obvious, often an injury is involved in his realization of the situation.

I just had a D'oh moment on this.

I was thinking of what the total cost would be to be on the road for up to eight weeks, but I was forgetting something that should have been obvious.

That is that all the time I am on the road I will be getting vacation pay automatically deposited into my checking account every two weeks while I am on the road!

Since I have pretty moderate fixed costs at home this means that most of this vacation money is available to cover my travel expenses. Pretty much other than the big ticket items like airfare and occasional splurges I won't need to dip much into my savings for a long trip if I am careful.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Here is where I am at so far;

I had not thought of Argentina but I will look into that. At first glance Buenos Aires looks interesting and a lot safer than many places in South America.

Croatia sounds interesting too but we went to Italy last spring and I will need to look into how different Croatia is.

A agree that Greece can be a great budget travel destination. We were there about five years ago during the shoulder season in mid to late September. Out on some of the less popular Greek Islands we were able to find nice midrange hotels for around $60 a night and the weather was still wonderful.

China and other oriental countries are a possaability too. We probably don't want to spend a lot of time in large cities so this will take a lot of research.

With realization that by budget is not as tight as I thought it was it looks like Australia and New Zealand are pretty doable and they are a likely choice. Maybe five or six weeks there and a road trip in the US for the remainder of the time during a different time of year.

I found out that a guy that I work with will have to take twelve weeks vacation in 2013 because he had a lot of vacation already accrued. Pretty much everyone will be taking at least double their normal vacation. It will be interesting to see how this works out since the department I am in has gone through some downsizing and was pretty lean already and now the managers are trying to figure out make things work with so much vacation time being taken in one year.

I think Dilbert would fit in here.
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