When I first got involved in anti-adoption activism, I became friendly with several women in Australia. The Aussies are actually quite progressive when it comes to things like family preservation, guardianship, and preventing adoption, and it was easy (and educational) to make friends with people from there. To this day, I still have many of those friends, and I am frequently compelled to visit places like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane so that I can visit them.
Hotels in Sydney look beautiful and are so much less expensive than I would have predicted! Hotels in Melbourne and hotels in Brisbane aren't bad either. I'm thinking if we planned to spend two weeks there, traveling around, visiting friends, and staying partially in hotels and partially in peoples' houses, it might be affordable enough. I'd like to wait until the kids are old enough to remember the trip, though. I'd also like to get back in touch with a few of the friends who have faded away over the years (due to poor health and sporadic internet access) before we go. I would hate to miss meeting them!
For now, here's a picture of one of the places my heart longs to be: