I LOVE to travel. I would travel 365 days a year if I could. I also really enjoy the planning aspect of our vacation- like really enjoy it. Not only do I want to be as efficient with my time abroad as possible, I also want to be sure to leave no stone unturned. My wife thinks I’m a little nuts with my hourly-guided spreadsheets sometimes done up six months before we leave, but everyone needs at least a little direction, right?
She and I were married in October of 2015 and started out travel companionship with an amazing honeymoon on Maui. We stayed at the now-shuttered Makena Beach and Golf Resort (though, admittedly, the resort lacked a golf course). In 2016, we gallivanted across Europe with a group of friends for two weeks. We spent a day in Dublin, two in Madrid, Barcelona, Nice, one in the Cinque Terre on Italy’s Mediterranean coast, and then two each in Florence and Rome, before wrapping with a second day in Dublin on the way back to Chicago.
I’m not typically one to spend a lot on lodging, opting instead to stay at budget-friendly Airbnbs. While we’ve stayed at a few less-than-amazing spots, our experience as a whole has been very positive. Our European vacation was spent strictly in Airbnbs, and it gave us a better ‘feel’ for the culture, letting us see how the locals live in their off-the-beaten-path residences, as opposed to sharing a chain hotel with 100 other travelers.
I planned the whole trip for eight of us (adding and subtracting a few in different stops along the way) and everything went off without a hitch. We had a few days we just wandered around and popped into a place that looked interesting, but we also always had targets in mind so we didn’t miss any of our ‘must see’ spots along the way. We averaged over 20,000 steps per day on our trip, so it was very important to streamline our footed adventures.
2018 has some big trips (Iceland, Los Angeles) and some small ones to see family (Columbus, Tampa), but I’m excited to tell you all about them!