We’re off to Europe today for 18 days and hitting up 5 major cities. It’s always been my dream to travel Europe, however the reality seemed so far off in the distance because of cost. As you know, we started saving for a down payment, but then Jon got a new job and I got accepted into grad school. Basically, the worst position to be in to a buy a place.
We both really wanted to go to Tomorrowland; Jon for the music and me for the experience. So that got us talking about doing a big Europe trip. Plus, if I got into grad school, this would my last summer to travel somewhere far for the next three years. When tickets to Tomorrowland fell through (we had three people trying to buy for us ’cause we were at Winter Camp, but still no luck), we decided to wait until I heard about grad school. The day I received my acceptance letter, we purchased two one-way tickets to Paris. From there, we planned the rest of our trip.
First, we compiled a list of major cities we wanted to visit. To maximize our travel, we chose cities based on location. For example, we decided against Spain and Greece because it was out of the way; I would still love to visit Greece one day. Another factor that influenced our decision was that our landlord, who lives in Europe, offered us accommodation in Austria and Croatia. Jon wanted to travel for two weeks, while I wanted to travel for three; we settled on two and half weeks. So with everything in mind, we narrowed it down to 5 cities: Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Premantura (Croatia), and Berlin. Then flying home from Frankfurt.
I really wanted to visit Rome, but it would have compromised our entire trip, so we eliminated it from the list. Instead, we’ll do a separate trip in the future and travel all of Italy: Rome, Milan, Florence, and Venice. We also want to travel England, Ireland, and Scotland eventually in life.
To save time, we’re flying to every location, except Frankfurt. We’ll be taking a four hour train ride from Berlin to Frankfurt on our last day. Although taking the train is usually cheaper, you can lose an entire day in your trip, and since our time is already limited, we wanted to make the most of our travel. Two hour flight versus eighteen hours on a train? You decide. We also saved up enough money so that we could travel relatively comfortably, but to keep the trip low maintenance, we’re going to be backpacking, which means I’m leaving my makeup bag at home.
This is a pretty big trip for us. Traveling Europe is expensive, so having the funds to do so, I think, is a pretty big deal. Especially, when we could or “should” be spending it on other things. But life is all about experiences and opportunities, and this one came at the right time. Will elaborate more in another post when I get back.
Unfortunately, I will be taking another break. However, if I find time to blog, I will definitely update you guys. I’ll leave you with some of my favourite photographs of Paris by 8 Rue Caffarelli.