It was fun while it lasted but between the dollar’s devastation against the euro and the ever-rising cost of airfare we’re calling a hiatus on Europe. Sure, we could go further east, but we don’t have enough skymiles for free airfare so we’ve turned our sights north and south.
The dollar doesn’t enjoy the strength it used to in Canada, but at least it’s still worth a dollar. And the buck goes even further south of the border so we are plotting trips north and south in the next couple years.
We’ll head first to Montreal this winter with a voucher from American Airlines — their parting gift for the Friday night I had to spend in Dallas last week instead of at home. They speak French there and I hear good things about the food. That’s enough to pique my interest. The flight is also half the time of going to Europe, and the jet lag will be non-existent.
Going north first gives us some time to wring a few more thousand miles out of Delta to get up to the 30,000 miles each needed for Mexico or 35,000 for Central American or northern South America.
(Suggestions for the south welcome! 35,000 miles will get us to: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname, or Venezuela.)