I ended up in tears!
I SO want to go visit at least a few of my wonderful W@H friends, and desperately want to hug one of them in particular right now.
And I was telling God, how I want to go, but that even if I took someone up on their buddy pass offer, that there is still passports, and getting to and from the airport and all that stuff to deal with.
And I felt like, that MAYBE God challenged me with a question. "How will you ever know that I came through with JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT of money unless you know how much JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT actually is?"
So today I am working on some figures!
IF I went via using someone's buddy pass,
- Passport - £72 In order to travel to America without a visa you have to have one of the new passports, I have an old one and a new passport is cheaper than traveling down to London to go to the embassy to get a visa.
- Have to fly from one of the London airports AND need to be there first thing in the morning in order to stand as much chance as possible of getting on a flight. Sooooo
- Nearest I can get to my friends in Florida on American Airlines is Miami, and that flies from HEATHROW, so an early morning train to Heathrow is . . . . good grief . . . there isn't a train that really gets me there early enough, and even the first train is £86 because of the time of day.
- OR, train down the day before at cheapest time of day - £38.50
- And an airport hotel for the night - Probably somewhere around £50 or £60 for one close to the airport.
- Transfers to the airport - Probably around £10
- The buddy pass itself is I think $50, which at the moment is about £25, but it might have been $100, and I think that's each way, so at least another £25.
- Sooooo, Buddy Pass will be at LEAST £72 + £38.50 + £60 + £10 + £25 + £25 = £230.50 plus any further expenses occurred (such as meals) in waiting at the airport for a space on a flight. Plus I think I'd still have to pay airport taxes which currently run at around £40 at this end and I have no idea at the other end. PLUS getting from Miami to the right part of Florida at the other end and I haven't got a clue how much that would cost!!!!!
- Passport - £72
- Flight from Manchester to Orlando International - £316.80 inc all taxes etc
- Total - £388.80
- Much less stress, much easier on everyone involved, and once you add the lower costs at the other end probably not that much more expensive.
Wonder how long it would take me to earn that if I got a 2nd part time job?