I’ve only just started to build our trip to Europe, but I’ve already got a ton of things to figure out.
1. Where: Flights: where do we fly into Europe? what airports are least expensive?
2. How: Flights: how do we pay for flights? dollars? credit card points? dollars plus points?
3. Where: Hotels: where do we stay while we are there – hotels in specific cities? night trains between cities?
4. How: Hotels: how do we pay for hotels? dollars? credit card points? dollars plus points?
5. Where: which cities do we visit while we are there? how long do we stay in each?
6. What: which events or attractions do we want to see while we are there?
7 – a bajillion…. what do we do about food? language barriers? packing? our bags while we are out day-tripping? my mom’s propensity to take 5x as many shoes and outfits as necessary? how do we protect against thieves? what sort of electronics do we bring? how do we avoid looking like stereotypical tourists (and prime targets for scammers)? what sort of cash should we bring – dollars/euros/travellers checks/credit cards/debit cards???????
Holy cow… that is a lot of unanswered questions! It looks like I’ve got a lot of research to do! And it primarily on me, because my mom is one of those “big picture” thinkers – she is very visual and artistic but not big on logistics and details. I’m the one who has to take care of the nitty gritty.
I suppose we can thank my dad for that – when we went on all of those vacations within the US when I was a kid, my dad wanted to teach us how to read maps/navigate/give directions, how to plan schedules and activities, etc. Somehow, we managed to fit in a crazy amount of activities – I didn’t realize just how jam packed our vacations were until I was in college and went to Florida with my parents. We had been to Florida before, but did the crazy “visit all Disney parks in one day”, watch the space shuttle the next day, etc. When we went back when we were older, we pretty much spent a week in the pool or ocean, with only one or two scheduled events for the week. It was the most relaxing vacation I can recall.
But since this will be my first time in Europe, I want to lean a little more towards the action-packed vacations of my childhood and see as much as possible, rather than the single-location, slow-pace, carefree vacations I’ve done recently.