I have always dreamt about going to Europe, but it all depends on money and timing, especially when you have a kid(s). Here’s what happened that helped us decide to go.
Should We Go?
Ever since my husband and I got married, we often talked about going to Europe. When my husband was still in school, we always backed down because we were hesitant about putting down a big chunk of money. The another concern was safety since we never been and don’t speak their language.
Fast forward two years, my husband graduated and we moved to Texas for his job. We thought about Europe again, but our daughter arrived and I was determined to keep nursing until she turned one. So we figured… well, we will just travel when my husband’s retired. It’s too hard to travel abroad when you have kids.
A year later… my daughter was done nursing. We weren’t planning on getting pregnant with another child anytime soon so Europe came up again. We thought, “Why not!?”
In October 2017, we got together with a travel agent. She was showing us different itineraries and tour groups. We were excited about doing a tour group in Italy. We thought tour groups would be very nice because it’s all planned out for you and the tour guide would take care of communicating in different languages. we decided against it… Again. It was a bit over our budget and we didn’t feel good about the timing.
But unfortunately, we decided against it… Again. It was a bit over our budget and we didn’t feel good about the timing.
Then in January 2017, my sister and her husband mentioned that they were looking into traveling to Europe. We immediately hopped on the train because we couldn’t pass up the chance traveling with them. All of us did some research. A LOT of research, actually. We looked at cruises, tour groups, flight costs, etc.
Finally, we decided to do everything on our own. It was A LOT cheaper than tour groups or cruises. Granted, it was a lot of work, but good thing we had four months to plan. Here is what we did.
Our Europe Itinerary
My sister and her husband just graduated from BYU so they were on a month break. They were able to travel Europe a bit longer so their itinerary was different than ours. I’ll share a 10-days itinerary and 18-days itinerary with you.
10-days Europe Itinerary
Day 1: Fly to Paris, Day 2: Paris, France Day 3: Paris Day 4: Versailles, France Day 5: Lauterbernann, Switzerland Day 6: Lauterbernann, Switzerland Day 7: Cinque Terre, Italy Day 8: Pisa, Italy/ Rome Italy Day 9: Rome, Italy Day 10: Rome, Italy/Paris, France Day 11: Fly home
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My husband and I flew from Rome to Paris to catch our return flight back home while my sister and her husband stayed in Rome to continue their journey.
The first 10 days were the same as above.
Day 10: Rome, Italy Day 11: Venice, Italy Day 12: Munich, Germany Day 13: Salzburg, Austria Day 14: Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany Day 15: Neuschwanstein Castle Day 16: Numerburg/Rothenburg, Germany Day 17: Moselkern/Cochem, Germany Day 18: Paris
What Did We Bring?
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All of four of us bought backpacks that convert to luggage off Amazon and we loved it. We didn’t bring much, but we were glad that we didn’t haul big suitcases all over Europe.
My sister and I got this one. ibagbar Canvas Backpack Travel Bag Hiking Bag Camping Bag Rucksack Khaki Large
My sister got khaki one and I got the black one. We loved this because they zip open on the side so it’s easy to access to our stuff. It was really easy to carry on our backs and comfortable. It has plenty of room for 5+ shirts, 2 jeans, sweatshirt, rain jacket, books, bathroom stuff, and more.
Our husbands got this one. KAKA Backpack Knapsack 40L Hiking Travel Climbing Camping Mountaineering Daypack Black 2070
This one acts like an actual backpack, but it does have tons of room for their clothing. It also has lots of pockets, which was nice.
My sister and I also brought Eddie Bauer daypack. I used it carry my stuff for entertainment on the plane and during the day throughout our trip. This sling pack is not the exact ones as the ones we have because we got ours couple years ago. We use sling pack ALL the time! I love them. Great gift for anyone. Eddie Bauer Unisex-Adult Convertible Sling Pack, Black ONESIZE
A money belt is also a must to bring on international trips. Pickpocket is real. We first handed experienced it. and it’s just perfect because it has a good amount of pockets and one pocket designated for your passport. I recommend just getting one per couple.
For some reason, I can’t find the specific one we got, but this one is very similar. Hopsooken Travel Money Belt: Waist Pack for Running and Cycling, Rfid, Comfortable, Durable and Lightweight Hidden Travel Passport Wallets. (Black)
It’s perfect because it has a good amount of pockets and one pocket designated for your passport. I recommend just getting one per couple.
I hope this will help you decide/plan on going on the trip of your dreams!
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