I'm taking a RS tour for the first time. I would appreciate some advice from those who've been there.
I'm taking two tours for my first time. Just signed up for the 10 day Italy (Venice-Florence-Rome) tour at the end of Mar then 3 days later the 7 day Paris tour. I expect I'm going to be pretty easy to please since this will all be new to me.
I do apologize for the length below. Feel free to pick and choose anything that interests you. I will be scouring the forums (and reading the FAQs) for advice on these (and other) questions so feel free to point me to answers/resources there.
Q: I've got more diving into Rick's site to go but any advice on airlines? I've heard ~ 90 days in advance was best to book international flights. And should I do one way flights to get me to Venice first and back home from Paris later? Or book everything as part of one trip.
Q: I've seen the advice to get a money belt. Is an (American not English!) Fanny Pack, worn in front, under a loose shirt acceptable?
Q: I have a basic nerd preference for simple dark clothes and comfortable athletic (New Balance) shoes. I've seen Rick's site's advice to wear other clothes and shoes at least sometimes (though athletic shoes might be good sometimes). Anyone want to add to it?
Q: Anyone have any favorite travel clothes (male)? I probably should get some in cotton/non-mix that's easier to rinse and dry overnight. Any favorites?
Q: I have 3 extra days between the tour that ends in Rome and when the next starts in Paris. Rome will be my first tour so I will have minimal travel/language skills by then but I would appreciate advice. Of course I may be collapsed and recuperating from the Italian tour but I have hopes. :)
1. Do I spend the extra 3 days in Rome or Paris (or mix)? (Yes, there are a huge number of other possible places as well and if they are in reach of minimal travel/language skills I will consider them. :)
2. If I'm in Rome/Paris on my own I would appreciate suggestions on possible activities that's not in the RS tours.
Q: What kind of ID do I need to bring? Credit/Debit Cards? Seems like I should pare it down to the minimum with maybe copies of others.
Q: I have prescriptions. I assume just bringing more than enough in the original bottles would be good. Plus maybe backup copies of my prescriptions.
Q: Any suggestions for the free time on the Venice-Florence-Rome or the Paris tours? I'll probably be collapsed with exhaustion in the free times but I'm feeling ambitious. :)
Q: Any unknown unknowns people think are worth throwing out? :)
update: added details in Profile which set my home location/home airport.