Monday, January 5, 2015

Travel Planning Basics: Making Decisions

I have mentioned my trip to Europe several times now, but I've never elaborated on it.  While planning this year's blog posts I decided it would be a good idea to put up a series of posts about travelling, since its not something I normally do.
For the longest time (more than a few years) my best friend and I have been wanting to go to Europe. We wanted to go in the fall and then in the spring and it kept getting bumped further ahead.

I can't remember all the details but we finally decided on this spring. Dates got tossed around and we finally decided on this spring. Dates got tossed around and financial questions and we eventually settled to go for 6 weeks in February/March of this year.

I'm not sure that its necessary to explain why we want to go to Europe... with all the history and countryside and artwork. We won't get to see nearly everything we want to see, but we have quite the list!

We will be making our base out of south Germany, where my aunt and uncle live. From there we will be spending a few days in Paris, France, close to a week in the Vienna area, and almost a week and a half in Italy. In between those times we'll be exploring the area around my aunt's town.

We are mostly looking at things related to art, music, and horses. We'll be seeing some of the normal touristy spots, but since its not tourist season we are hoping for more of the cultural experience.

Have you visited Europe, or are you reading from Europe?!  How did you go about planning? What was/is your favorite highlight?


  1. I'm going to Belgium and France in March and I'm super excited. Never been to Europe before at all.

  2. hope you have a wonderful time traveling!! i've been to france twice and the uk once, but it's been over ten years.... france was with family who previously lived there and the uk was on a school trip. in any case, i LOVED those experiences and still vividly remember them. take lots of pictures while you're there!!!

  3. I've never been across the pond, so I'm excited to follow your journey and live vicariously through you!

    1. I'm going to blog as much as possible - we'll see! :D

  4. This is so exciting!!!! I hope I can go someday, but I don't know how I'll ever afford it. I'm looking forward to hearing all about your planning and your trip. :D

  5. I love Europe. I did a year abroad in France, and have also spent time in Germany, Italy, and England.

    I know France the best, and loved Normandy (after the area I lived in, which is nice but not a highlight area to visit, really!). I really liked southern Germany - stayed in Nuremberg and drove down to the border and saw Neuschwanstein. I wish I'd seen more of the German cities, we mostly wandered around Bavaria and then went to Lubeck - which was terrific fun, though!