Wednesday, February 27, 2013

London and Paris this Spring!

My life has been in a stressful state the past two weeks, and while I patiently wait for word if I got a new job or not, I need to proceed on with life as usual. I was hoping that I would know by now if I have procured a new a job that would pay me well enough to avoid applying for financial aid for my final semester at grad school in the fall. The application deadline is March 1st, so I went ahead and processed my application online last night. It's best to err on the side of caution than to let that deadline pass and add more stress for school in the fall. If I am able to pay for it out of pocket, I'll just decline the aid offer in September.

In addition to doing that, in the month of March, I will continue on with my planning my trip to London and Paris, May 30- June 9. I'm willing and able to adjust the dates that I plan to go if offered a job soon, but once I buy the ticket, it's done and I cannot modify that. The ideal time to purchase my ticket will be in mid-March because as that time approaches the 60-day departure window for my trip, the ticket price temporarily slightly dips, and I can purchase it. I learned this trick last year for my Ireland trip, but I made a mistake. After weeks and weeks of watching the airfare hover around $1450, it dipped to ONLY $1250ish for two days, then went back up to $1460 and never dropped again. So, I need to be in a position to snag that lower price ticket asap, on the very first day I notice it drop down a couple hundred. Airfare to Europe is so ridiculous now - I could pay for two domestic first class tickets for the price of one flight to London in coach!

Taking the Eurostar from London to Paris.
My hotels, all three, have been booked since early January, so once I book the flight, I'll then book my Eurostar, and start buying my other little touristy saver packs for my trip. So far, I will be meeting up with two friends, one in London, and one in Paris, and I'm very excited about that. And this trip isn't just pleasure, I'm also going to be collecting information for my graduate project report article about GMOs in the UK and Europe and compare those grocery store products to American grocery stores. So in between taking pictures while out and about these fabulous cities, I'll be visiting grocers to compile consumer food buying data to incorporate into my research report.
So in regards to the job interview, I keep telling myself, if it's meant to be, it will. I did all I could do, I went beyond the normal to put a good foot forward, and if I'm still not selected, I'll have to learn from this and move on.


  1. I pictured Bilbo Baggins "running on an adventure" while I was reading the post ))))) I love this preparation for travelling mood. Gives you the direction and determination.
    And by the way this is a useful observation about plane tickets!!!! never noticed it before.I wonder if it works for inter-european routes as well.

  2. Vera, you can test the system yourself. Create a fake trip itinerary which will occur 90 day in the future, and watch the fluctuation of the ticket price during those first 35 days. You'll see a pattern, especially on a popular route, and perhaps you can use this as a guide for future airfare purchases.

    And yes, I'm very much looking forward to this trip.