Hi everyone, after the year that 2020 was and all the world has been through, my wife and I have decided to embark on year long trip throughout Europe. We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to make this transition, especially when so many have suffered this past year. We really decided to make this leap due to the pandemic. It not only made us realize we should be living life to the fullest and not putting off our dreams, but also provided us the opportunity to save enough to step away from full-time work for awhile.
We don’t plan on leaving until the fall due to the pandemic and plan on doing two three-month stints throughout Europe (due to Schengen Visa rules). We would love to know what recommendations you all have for long-term destinations (1+ month at a time)!
We’ve traveled throughout Europe quite a bit and have some good ideas about which countries we want to go back to, and which new ones we’d like to see.
We’re both young, active and enjoy a mix of being in more rural areas (countryside/beaches) as well as bustling cities. Some of the countries at the top of our list include France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and the Netherlands.
Our travel goal is to feel as if we’re a local in each area and really get a good feeling of how people live in each there. We love art, history, outdoor adventures, snowboarding/skiing, hitting beaches, food, wine, some night life, and did I mention wine?
We appreciate any insights and recommendations you all have.