Europe: Easy Flight/ Tough Drive
Sharing the costs for a trip to London and Europe is a great way to travel.
Sure, the airfare price has soared and the seats are cramped sitting in steerage for 7 hours, but the beauty once you arrive is unsurpassed.
Did I mention the huge variety of tasty beer?
Splitting hotel costs was a big factor in deciding to go.
London was a natural first choice destination and roaming through the Netherlands and Belgium was a photographer's dream.
The real surprise was parked in front of our hotel one afternoon in Bruges, Belgium.
A car with Russian license plates. Yikes.
And it was a Mercedes "Viano." A gas-guzzling SUV.
Some quick Google research shows a drive across Europe from Russia would be about 3,489 miles - one way - and gas would average $7.62 a gallon.
In Belgium, gas was selling for $10.38 a gallon but it's cheaper in Russia.
In US Dollars, a pint of cask ale costs about $6.50.
That would be $44 a gallon. But, if you're trying to save money, just stay at home.
Hope the Russians had a few beers on the way back.