If you’re reading this, there is a pretty good chance you are planning a trip to Europe, and have no idea what to expect. Well my friend, you have come to the right place.
You have probably been skimming though guide books, spending countless hours on Pinterest, and watching travel Vlogs to prepare yourself for your trip. All while preparing an itinerary that is unrealistic. How do I know this? Because I did the same exact thing.
My number one most important tip for first time travelers adventuring to Europe:
Obviously, when planning your trip you want to see as many places as possible. I mean, travel isn’t cheap, especially though Europe. So, why not stretch your Euro as far as it can go?
I had the exact same mindset when I left for Europe a month ago. I spent 2 nights in Spain, 3 nights in France, 8 nights in Italy (went to 4 cities), and 2 nights in Greece…. You get the idea.
Looking back now I realize, I can barely remember certain cities, because I was so burnt out from constantly having to pick up and go. I never really had a chance to settle in and understand the dynamic of the city and its culture. Everything I took in was nothing more than surface level stuff.
No one is ever excited to sit on a train for 3 hours or rush to the airport to catch a flight ( as you can see below). IT SUCKS. Especially, with all of your luggage.
Back to my original point, just relax out and smell the roses. Give yourself a chance to truly experience each place you visit. What’s the point of saying you have been to all of these places when you can barely remember them? Europe isn’t going anywhere, you can always go back.
So, plan to take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Venice, enjoy a glass of wine for a few hours by the Eiffel Tower, and take that afternoon dip in the Aegean Sea. Why? Because you will regret it if you don’t.