Andy, just wondering, why fly back to America? Why not just fly to Europe.
Most travelers travel fast because of fear of boredom and loneliness, not all, but many.
I can buy a ticket from Peru to Ethiopia for less than about 2000-4000 dollars.
To Europe direct is 1500 then another 700 to reach Ethiopia, and the cost of living in Europe.
This trip cost me 600 to USA and 750 to Ethiopia or about 1400 Dollar.
I must stop the trip, and start the trip to save money. Stopping in Europe is like throwing money up in the air. I am truly a budget traveler. 10 days with the parents saves money. I do not like money, it is big money trap or tourist trap...
I could have stayed in London for a week or two for an extra 68 dollars on layover, this would have been great, except London is not easy and it is winter. Winter doubles the cost of travel.
Money money and more money, a traveler always things about money.
Secondly, I need to prepare for Africa, South America is a cake walk for me, I need some special equipment for Africa and I need two guidebooks.
Africa is expensive, I have to take care.
I use a Air Consolidator to buy tickets in the USA, so I get a great deal sometimes. I saved about 500 dollars by using him this trip.