I’m not one to plan trips… I leave the dirty work up to my husband, who actually does an excellent job! I feel as though, in a past life, he may have strangely been a luxurious travel agent… which would explain a lot! Needless to say, thanks to his exhaustive attention to detail, we have a pretty robust open-ended itinerary.
We want to keep an open mind as we travel. For example, if we end up meeting locals (which would be awesome!) who have stories and suggestions of places we never thought to visit, we would absolutely love to take that opportunity to move our plans around and explore those covert spots. So, although our plans are set (in an excel document), they could change depending on what goes on while we are there.
We have hotels booked in Rome and Capri, but after that, we are going to play it by ear. We decided to do our research and have a handy list of 3-5 hotels that we like in each of the cities we plan to visit. So if there is no availability in our first choice hotel, we can go to the next and so on. We also found while doing our research, that traveling through Europe between the months of April and July is actually a fantastic time to go. Most “back-packers” and summer tourists travel between the months of June and August. That said, finding a hotel shouldn’t be as hard in April and May… our only extremely busy month might be June. But who knows…We could be surprised!
Below is a helpful map we were provided with after purchasing our EuRail Passes (the train passes we bought to get us from city to city for the three months we are traveling around Europe). We may also be flying Ryanair (a super cheap European airline — for folk on a budget, like us!) depending on how far each destination is. These maps give us a great sense of direction in terms of how we are going to get from place to place.
Below line lists what our open-ended itinerary looks like — for now, at least!
- Tuscany Region
- Cinque Terre
- Bellagio / Como
- Karlovy Vary
- Bavaria / Fussen
- Other undecided city… Open to suggestions!
And then back to the United States!
Off we go to drink a lot of wine and eat lots of pasta in Italy! Wish us luck!!
Until next time, ciao!
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