So, now that the cat is out of the bag and I have had a chance to be questioned by everyone I know and love, let’s figure out where the hell we are actually going next Spring.
One of the most common questions we have received since we disclosed our plans is “where are you guys going?” Well, we are still in the early stages of planning and nothing has been booked as of yet; however, we have a pretty good idea of the lineup for our upcoming exploration. In fact, before this whole Europe trip came to light, Aaron and I were already planning a trip to Italy next year as our ‘big’ yearly vacation. Once we decided that it was time to throw caution to the wind and live a little, we basically just expanded the ‘big’ vacation a bit.
He are the spots we will for-sure be exploring:
We figure that landing in London is a good way to kick off any European trip so while plans are still up in the air regarding exactly what cities we will be staying in, London is a guarantee for us. I am excited about London because A- I have never been and B – I just listened to my best friend gush about her few days in the city. Some people find London overrated, but those people suck (if you ask me) and I have a feeling they are not giving London a fair shot. Sure, it’s one of the top cities in Europe attracting tourists, but it’s also beautiful in every way and I am determined to make up my own opinion.
Next up on the list is France. The lovely gentleman that I am dragging through Europe with me (Aaron) speaks French to some capacity so I am excited to see how much he can impress the locals. More so I am hoping he can just get them to direct us to the nearest bakery on just about every street we walk through. The game plan has us settling into Paris for a few days and then making our way to the south of France, specifically the French Rivera. I cannot get my feet in that beautiful French sand fast enough!
My homeland! Seriously though, how can we not go here? As I mentioned earlier, Aaron and I were already planning to roll into the Amalfi Coast next year and those plans are still very much alive. They just happen to include a few more countries and a few more weeks. We have also decided to take on more than just southern Italy. We will be adding on some time in Rome and Naples because…pizza. In all the research I have been doing surrounding this trip, I feel most in love with the idea of Italy. The history and the culture and of course, the food. It’s almost too much to take in all at once. This is why I assume we will take our time trekking through this beautiful country.
Okay – hold up.
After Italy is where our trip gets tricky. Our original plan was to migrate into Spain and then end our two months on the beaches of Portugal. While this is still a possibility, my obsession with Greece has made its way into the itinerary and heading East is becoming more of a possibility.
Here are the “we’re still deciding what the hell to do” places:
There is no question that I want to get my ass into Spain at some point in my lifetime. I recently spent weeks listening to a co-worker of mine go on and on about the adventures he and his lady had there. They went to a ton of cities and all that talk made me eager to start booking Airbnb’s for us. However, finishing our trip in Spain/Portugal means we will not be able to visit Croatia or Greece (see more below). Therein lies the problem. When your travel bucket list is as long as ours is, it can be tough picking where to place yourself. Maybe we will get to visit all four of these spots; maybe only one. Only time will tell and as far as I am concerned, I am okay with making my way to any of them.
Let it be known that if we are going to Spain, we are going to Portugal. This country hugging the corners of Spain was never really on my radar, that is until one of my favorite bloggers Mimi Ikonn went there this past year. Her footage of their time there captivated me and I immediately added it to the #bucketlist of places I had to visit in my lifetime. What better way to find myself there than ending the trip in Lagos beach? I guess we will have to see if that happens.
Call me crazy, but I feel like if we’re going to Greece, we have to drop into Croatia along the way, right? To be honest I don’t know too much about this lovely little country other than it has some stunning natural sights (open a new tab and google Plitvice Lakes National Park now.) However, reading posts from other travel bloggers and their time spent in Croatia has me feeling like not going here would be a mistake. Every review I have read had great things to say about this place and culture/people that come with it.
If you know me, then you know that I have had this crazy love affair with Greece for many years. It’s interesting because I have never been there, yet I feel so passionate about what Greece has to offer. I can only assume that this is because every picture and every video of people frolicking through Greece looks like a vision cut from a dream. It’s known that Greece’s economy has suffered tremendously, but the people and their culture are stronger than ever. I also feel like paying to spend time in their beautiful home is the best way to help give their economy a good boost. The more I talk about this little slice of heaven, the more I think I am convincing Aaron that Croatia and Greece are where we should end our journey. Therefore, I will spend the next few weeks whispering sweet Greek nothings into his ear while he sleeps so that he is convinced this is the way to go. Is that creepy? Oh, who cares. This is Greece we’re talking about!
So there you have it kids. This is our game plan and every single time I look at the outline a rush goes through me. The more we talk about it, plan it, and save for it, the more I am sure that this journey is a necessity for our lives. Thank you all for tagging along and supporting us as we embark on the next chapter of our crazy ass lives.Pin It