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Money (or lack of it) pushing back Dutch visit — CURT YEOMANS

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com. 

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com. 

You’ll have to forgive the excessive use of parentheses in this column.

My inner voice — otherwise known as the little devil on my shoulder — is being let out just this once, and its opinions and commentary are being expressed in the parentheses (the author is going to regret this).

So, it appears Amsterdam and Brussels are out for now.

It’s true that airfare can be had for cheap in April. You can fly to Brussels for just a hair over $1,000, to be exact. However, hotel rooms appear to be through the roof. A decent hotel in a decent location costs $200-plus per night in either city.

On top of that, this weary traveler’s financial situation is a little tight right now. There really isn’t the money available to go to Europe this spring (You should ask for a raise, but don’t admit it’s for travel).

Now, Canada is a different beast entirely. It costs just over $300 for a flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia, but we’ll cross that river when we get there.

It would cost anywhere from $4,100 to $5,000 to make the trip Amsterdam and Brussels.

You get only one guess as to who don’t have that kind of money right now.

By aiming low right now with smaller, more affordable trips, the money situation will have time to be taken care of and everything should align just right for a spring 2014 trip to the land of tulips and chocolate (If you say so, bud, but we’ll see about that).

A trip to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland could be in the stars now (Whoa lord, a trip to see an old fort and a lighthouse).

Perhaps a trip to Washington, D.C. or Boston could happen since neither has been in my travel itinerary in years (Beantown, please!).

At this point, everything is on the table (On the table? Yeah, Vegas baby!).

Therefore, there is no telling where this weary traveler will end up this year (It better be some place good).

Curt Yeomans is the Senior Reporter for the Clayton News Daily and an avid traveler. He can be reached at 770-478-5753, ext. 247, via email at cyeomans@news-daily.com or on Twitter at @CYeomansCND.