Overwhelmed, Flustered, Giddy, Excited, Stressed, Longing, Frustrated, Joyful…
Somehow, I think I’m experiencing these feelings all at once.
Background – It has been a lifelong dream of mine to travel to Europe. I came very close at the age of 20, but my best friend who I was to travel with got pregnant, and the trip never happened. Fast forward 29 years… My awesome husband is taking me there for my 50th birthday! It’s in May, but since I work in a school, we will go to Europe in mid-June, when school is out. I’m so excited (among all other emotions listed above) You see, this will more than likely be our only trip to Europe ( I know I’m not supposed to think that way, but we are blue collar middle class, and it’s just not in our budget.)
We’ve been watching Rick Steves for years- we love his travel style and everything just makes sense and matches how we think a trip to Europe should be. I bought his Italy book and his Germany book, a Michelin map of both those countries, and one of Europe. I thought I had this trip planned out, but I have changed my mind 5 times. And I know it has to change again to figure this all out. Here’s what I want to do/see most of all…
Italy – Especially Rome and the Vatican
Germany – Mainly to see where my great great grandparents came from, and I’ve wanted to go to Haufbrau Haus in Munich for years!
We have 21 days, might be able to squeeze in a few more.
The original plan:
Rome, Assisi, Padua, Venice, Munich, Liechtenstein, Bavaria, Romantic Rhine, Cologne
The 2nd plan:
Rome, Assisi, Florence, Padua, Venice, Munich, Rothenburg, Rhine Valley, Mosel River, Koblenz, Burg Eltz, Luxembourg, Cologne, Brussels, then fly out of Amsterdam, Paris or Frankfurt, (nixed Liechtenstein, turns out I have family in Luxembourg not Liechtenstein)
Realizing this couldn’t be done in 21 days, and feeling like there was no way to figure out all the transportation, reservations, etc. I decided to give up and go with
The 3rd plan:
Rick Steves’ best of Venice, Florence and Rome in 10 days, and try to get a Germany tour in there too…
But none of Rick’s tours in June/July coincide with the dates I need, or where I want to venture in Germany, and it doesn’t look like he has a “Germany your way tour”
When researching Germany tours, I came across Germany, Switzerland, Austria, which sounds mostly amazing, but I don’t have much interest in Austria… but it starts with Burg Eltz, and I could fly in early and do the Cologne and Romantic Rhine area ahead of the tour…. But it doesn’t coincide with an Italy tour on the other end…
I kind of feel like “When You Give a Mouse a Cookie..”
but instead it’s “When you give Stacy a trip to Europe…”
Plan 5 –
Best of Europe in 14 Days… but it doesn’t go everywhere I want
I know that if I want to go where I want to go, I need to plan it myself… but I’m so intimidated and going with a Rick Steves tour, just seems so much more hassle free…
Looking for advice, suggestions, and tips