You know I planned this Adventure: bike riding and rafting in Austria and Slovenia, with some extra bolted-on adventures I planned for myself in Venice and Trieste, and a grand finale in Salzburg with the Vienna Philharmonic. It's been the bolt-ons that I've been most worried about, because I will be completely on my own, with no tour company to smooth the way. This is why I'm studying Italian and a little worried about money: in my experience, most travel woes (lost luggage, missed train, no reservation) can be handled with enough money, so I want to have open lines of credit for every stage of the trip.
I've actually been anxious for the Adventure Tour company to charge my credit card for the final payment so I'd be committed - no chickening out. But seven days before the final payment is due, there's been an unforeseen setback: it appears the tour company may have to cancel the trip! My tour guide said Friday that four people might back out, and if so I would be the only person left for this particular Adventure. It seems my single supplement isn't enough to get them to put on the tour just for me.
My niece/travel agent called it a "serious bummer." I think it's pretty funny.
Thing is, I'm always the one who screws up, and then have to throw myself on the mercy of the airlines or whatever. So I have been trying to stupid-proof my own pieces of this trip, without a single worry about what the tour company was up to. That was supposed to be the EASY part! Hahahaha!
Now I have a flight reservation that can be changed, and a ticket to the Salzburg festival, which can't. I could fly over just for the concert, which would amuse me; or I could find something else to do for a few days in Austria.
The tour company actually offers another Austrian Adventure that same week, in the Austrian Alps, ending in Salzburg. This would be ideal, since it puts me in Salzburg in time for my concert, but my forlorn tour guide wasn't sure if it was still open. She's checking. Or I could go for the concert first, and then depart on a bicycle/beer tour of Germany the following week.
... I guess I could still go to Venice and Trieste, but now they're pretty far out of the way, since I'm not meeting the tour group in Ljubljana.
There's also an Italian adventure - South Tyrol and the Dolomites - for the week after the concert, but it's rated "Moderate" as opposed to "Moderately Easy," with at least 5 miles/day hiking alternating with 30 miles/day bicycling. Not sure I'm in good enough shape for that.
I dunno. I think it's awfully funny, because I NEVER make plans this far in advance. For once I was trying to do things right!
I have enjoyed the planning.