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Old 01-05-2013, 11:29 AM   #31
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What a plan! I don't know you personally, but based on your TRs, it sounds absolutely perfect for you. That is a lot of plane travel, but oh, it will be worth it to see the animals in their natural habitats. And cheetahs on the runway???? Do they chase down the planes thinking they are prey??
LOL... I don't know what would make the cheetahs go onto the runway, but I'll definitely look both ways when I de-plane!

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This sounds like a trip of a life time. What an amzaing time you will have. I am so looking forward to reading your TR on this one!!!!
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Great plans Laurie! It sounds like an amazing trip!
I'm looking forward to so many things. The hotels/ lodges themselves are pretty amazing.
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Wow that is a long flight similar to my flights to Australia for work. Hope you are a good sleeper on the plane. Sounds like a really wonderful trip
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Oh I'm insanely jealous and happy for you! I'll be along for the TR and adding things to my bucket list too. Exciting!
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Great Plans Laurie!! You're making me want to go to South Africa !!
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Wow that is a long flight similar to my flights to Australia for work. Hope you are a good sleeper on the plane. Sounds like a really wonderful trip
The travel time includes an almost 8-hour layover at Heathrow. I have trouble sleeping on planes, but am sure I'll sleep a bit along the way. It depends on how comfy I can get-- I'm flying economy, so probably won't have much room!

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Finding the Funds!

From reading reports of my long trips, you’d think I was a trust-fund baby. I’m not! Like many of us here, travel is my priority and I happily do without in my daily life to save for them—then, when I go on vacation, I really live it up. I don’t drink, don’t have a car, live in a tiny apartment, rarely go out to eat or buy prepared foods. Also, I don’t have kids, so don’t have to save for college or for their needs and treats. Even so, this trip would require more than I can save. The airfare alone is way more than I spend on a typical 10-day WDW trip. The only way I could think of to raise more money was to sell something…. But what do I have to sell? Books!!! My apartment has bookshelves on all available walls. I’ve been collecting books on the Antarctic since the 1970’s. I love the diaries written by members of the Scott and Shackleton expeditions and have a few first editions. I never spent much on any of these books—probably the most for a single book was $30—but I know there’s a small but strong group of specialty collectors for polar books. I contacted a seller I’d purchased from in the past (this is SO much easier now with the internet) and asked if he wanted to purchase some of my books. He did, and offered very good prices for them, too! I was amazed at how they’ve appreciated. I didn’t purchase them as investments, but they certainly have been. So I sold some of my treasures, getting over $1000 for just one of the illustrated ones!

I love that books on travel are paying for my trip!
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That is so cool about your books! I'm really looking forward to this trip report.
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Signing on for this most-anticipated trip! So happy you found a way to make it work! I get chills thinking about the Freedom Trail and can't wait to hear about it.
Cool way of financing the trip! Seems perfect for travel books to fund it.
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Solo-on-a-Scooter on Safari, Pre-Trip Report South Africa, March 2013

Greetings!

My husband and I are Peace Corps volunteers living just south of Kruger. If I can answer any questions about Kruger or this area, I'd be happy to. Look at our blog below for wildlife photos we took last October!
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I think that is a wonderful way to finance your trip!!!! We live very furgal and think saving for our travels is very important.
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Yay! You've started your PTR. Your plans sound wonderful.

Well done with your books! While sad to part with them, so good to know they are helping fund the trip.

On a side note, we saw an exhibit in New Zealand on the Antarctic expeditions that was one of the best we've ever seen.

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