I am a 28 year old African American female who is writing a proposal to get funds to travel to Europe next summer. I have to travel for at least 8 weeks between May and the end of July and have the opportunity to be awarded between $5-9,000 based on my itinerary and budget.
I have never traveled beyond the east coast of the US, so this will be my first international trip and first solo trip of this size. I'm interested in visiting France, the UK, Amsterdam, and Spain with a possible day trip to Tangiers, Morocco (via Tarifa). The focus of my trip is visiting Black historical sites within these countries. I want to visit the Moorish architecture of the Andalusia region, sites in France visited/inhabited by the writers & entertainers of the Harlem Renaissance like Josephine Baker, Baldwin, Wright and Hughes, the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, and taking heritage tours in London and Amsterdam. Beyond that, I am also interested in fashion, music, and food. I don't drink, so nightlife isn't a huge concern, although I would love to take in some jazz or poetry along the way.
Since this is my first time traveling abroad, I'm not sure how to plan my trip out day by day. Should I travel from Spain and work my way up or start in Amsterdam? How much travel time should I account for in between countries/cities? As a side note, I plan to spend the least amount of time in Amsterdam, if that helps.