Two Countries without Twice the Cost

Trying to fit two countries into one trip meant coordinating and compiling the cost of several flights, multiple hotels, and a variety of transport venues....or did it?

When planning a trip, the basic building blocks .are:

1.      Mode of transportation - going to, while at, returning from - the location

2.      Lodging

3.      Food

4.      Activities

When it came to flights, the total amount being spent on tickets grew when trying to figure out which airports to use and what flight route to take.   Starting in Germany and flying to Scotland, then to Iceland, then back to Germany was the first logical choice.  However, the lack of regular flights and the price of all of those one way tickets was a bit much.  We were initially looking at around $720 USD per person.  Yikes!  Round trips were the way to go.

How did we cut the flight costs?

We booked a round trip from Germany to Scotland and then from Scotland a round trip to Iceland.  This brought our flight cost down to about $420 USD per person.  

*Stay tuned for post on Affordable (aka Cheap) Travel*

How did we cut transportation & lodging costs?

Campervan in Iceland

One word for you, campervan

I may have lost some of you right there, but if you are still reading on let me explain my reasoning.  A campervan is your vehicle AND your hotel wrapped into one.  You have the mobility and freedom to make your own schedule.  No additional train, taxi, or Uber costs.  

*Stay tuned for post on Campervans* 

How did we cut food costs?

By having a kitchen in your campervan, you reduce the $ spent on dining out by buying groceries and preparing your own meals.

 *Stay tuned for post on Campervan Meals*

Any other cut costs?

In Iceland, wild camping with your campervan is available which meant you could "camp" on any land that isn't privately owned.  Meaning, no added camp site cost!  Winning!

*Stay tuned for post on Wild Camping*

Why Scotland and Iceland?

Whatever gave me the idea to go to Scotland and Iceland?

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Scotland & Flag

For Scotland it was for three reasons:

1.       I had been to Scotland before and only saw a small bit of the Highlands and Edinburgh for Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve celebration) in 2012.  The landscape was beautiful in the dead of winter, so I pinky swore to myself I had to come back during the summer.

2.      The show Outlander…need I say more?

3.      I love nature and needed some serious 1 on 1 time with it to recharge.

For Iceland:

I gleaned bits and pieces of Iceland from movies, shows, Instagram, and my general curiosity of what this foreign land looked like during the day.  I had actually stopped in Iceland years ago during the middle of the night as a layover back to the United States.  Due to my sleep deprived mind at the time and lack of sunlight to see anything out of the window, I only have a magnet on my refrigerator to memorialize the fact I was actually there. 

Random OriginaleeMe (OM) fact: I collect magnets of every place I’ve visited.  If it’s a magnet and it’s on my fridge, I had to have been there or now I have to go there.  That’s the rule! 

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Iceland & Flag

So, the fact I had a magnet saying I had been to Reykjavik needed more than a memory of a barren airport, right?    


**Update** Upon my return, I added my new Iceland magnet on the fridge next to my old Iceland magnet…. that’s when I realized I had been displaying Iceland a quarter turn off for years.   My apologies Iceland, I know better now!