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Copenhagen and Iceland 2011

HERE’S THE STORY

Nia and I planned a trip to Copenhagen to join our friend Dave as he competed in a week long poker tournament as a part of the European Poker Tour. Dave graciously invited anyone to join him on a poker trip and Nia and I jumped at the opportunity. Besides, what guy wouldn’t want two wonderful ladies traveling by his side? During our planning we found that we could add a couple day stopover in Iceland for the same airfare cost as going straight to Copenhagen when flying with IcelandAir.

We waited until last minute to purchase our plane tickets out of Boston for two reasons: Dave had to wait until tournaments were open online to qualify for an invitation to the EPT and I wanted to wait until a Tuesday afternoon to buy since studies show that is when you’ll find the cheapest airfare. Luckily we did end up getting a pretty good deal ($640 round trip Boston → Copenhagen  → Iceland  → Boston) but since we waited so long the airfare from CLT → Boston went up and put us out of our budget. Round trip airfare with baggage fees was going to be $300 – quite a bit more than the $100 flights I found while doing our initial planning and budgeting. I did some number crunching and mileage calculations and found that it would be about $150 each if we decided to drive instead of fly from CLT → Boston. Driving = 1/2 price of flying = we.are.in.

Nia and I have always talked about road trips and how fun they are (although I think Nia has changed her mind since our trip haha). Driving gave us more freedom in our travel plans and gave us the opportunity to spend a day exploring Boston and Harvard with our friend Caleb, a current Harvard PhD student. And as the best trips always turn out – not everything went as planned.

THE DAY-TO-DAY

Day 1 – Saturday, February 19th, 2011 – ROAD TRIP

Day 2 – Sunday, February 20th, 2011 – BOSTON

Day 3 – Monday, February 21st, 2011 – AIRPORTS

Day 4 – Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 – COPENHAGEN

Day 5 – Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 – COPENHAGEN

Day 6 – Thursday, February 24th, 2011 – COPENHAGEN

Day 7 – Friday, February 25th, 2011 – HILLEROD

Day 8 – Saturday, February 26th, 2011 – SWEDEN

Day 9 – Sunday, February 27th, 2011 – MORE AIRPORTS

Day 10 – Monday, February 28th, 2011 – ICELAND

Day 11 – Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 – BLUE LAGOON

Day 12 – Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 – ROAD TRIP HOME

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