So I haven't said much about this because I didn't want to get all excited and then disappoint myself if it didn't work out, but I've been looking into cheap flights/hostel stays in places where it's the travel off-season right now. At first I was seriously considering going to Guatemala to volunteer short-term with some building projects at Casa Guatemala
(I'd love to volunteer/work somewhere like that long-term too, but it's not really possible at this point in my life for a variety of reasons), but even though I found some really cheap flights, it's still hurricane season until late November, so I ended up abandoning that idea. Thennnn I started looking into Europe, and ended up choosing Iceland, which has flights that are only a little more expensive than some of the Central America ones I found. Today I was finally able to finalize things, and unless something unexpected and horrible comes up, I'll be heading off to Reykjavík for eight days in late October/early November. I'm really, really looking forward to this; you have no idea. I plan on keeping in touch/hopefully doing day-by-day updates the way I did on my train trip-- the hostel I'll be staying at has wireless in the common rooms, as well as some internet-enabled computers if for some reason using mine doesn't work out.
I'm also going to try to get some pictures of Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that erupted in 2010, for my sister (she likes the name, has named a music composition for school after it, and is proud of the fact that she can pronounce it correctly). I have a couple people friended on here who know her, so don't tell her! It's a surprise. :P