It’s been a couple weeks since the GoFundMe met its goal, so I thought I’d give an update. We raised almost $400 more than I was looking for, which is great, because there were some unexpected expenses. I got my plane ticket, and instead of $1400 it was about $1570.
I also didn’t realize ahead of time that I’d need a visa, and that’s about $400 total once everyone involved gets paid. There’s also the issue of time for the visa. I’ve already started the process, and it’s supposed to only take 5-7 business days, so I can’t imagine it’ll be a problem. I’m glad I figured it out now though.
For those going through something similar, I found a local travel agent who is helping me talk to the embassy in Chicago and make sure all my papers are right for a VERY affordable fee. I was quite surprised, and I highly recommend it.
The only thing I have left to do is get a hotel. I’m looking pretty hard at the O Hotel right now.
It’s all coming together and it’s very exciting!
UPDATE: Got my hotel room!