First step: Get a passport. Word of advice here: DO NOT get so anxious when signing your passport that you sign your maiden name and not the married name that is on the passport. – Yes, another one of my bloopers! Luckily, my trip organizer noticed it & there was enough room on the signature line to sign my married name after my maiden name.
Things to pack: travel documents (including properly signed passport), medication, sunglasses, rain gear, and personal items. Be sure to pack good walking shoes. And don’t forget your camera. This is the trip of a lifetime for most, and photos are priceless. We each packed a small journal and wrote in it every night before bed. I have read mine numerous times, as the journal obtains details of experiences I never want to forget.
Money: One member of our group had her purse stolen and another had her wallet removed from her purse. Be vigilant and don’t think that it can’t happen to you. Bring some cash but also your credit card. Be sure you tell your credit card company where you will be traveling. One lady on our trip was purchasing a birthday gift for her son who was with us and his birthday was that very day. Her credit card company denied payment because she hadn’t notified them. It ruined her day and she ended up in tears.
Souvenirs: if you see it and can afford it, buy it. When will you ever get the chance again? For me, the answer is simple. I do not expect to have the opportunity to go there again. Another word of advice: leave room for souvenirs while packing. I ended up buying a piece of luggage because I didn’t allow enough room in the luggage I had!
My first European trip was to Italy. We went to Verona, Venice, Florence, Assisi, Siena, Vatican City, and Rome. Women are required to wear dresses in some of the establishments (churches especially) and to have their shoulders covered. I wore a dress over comfy clothes and then peeled the dress off when finished touring churches. I am just not a dress-wearing-while-touring kind of gal.
Gelato: mmmmm.mmmmm.mmmmm. Get some. Every night.
My second European trip was to France. We went to Paris and saw the Eiffel Tower light up at night, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Bastile, the Louvre. We also went to Rouen, Etretat, Normandy, Omaha Beach, St. Malo, Chartres, and Giverny. Here is a photo of me & my sister on our last day at an outdoor café on L’Avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris.
Bucket list: My bucket list has Ireland & Scotland on it. If you have European travel on your bucket list, contact one of the friendly travel agents at Adventure Is Out There Travel, LLC and we would be happy to help you plan your European adventure.
Claudia Eggenberger Co-Owner/Agent Adventure Is Out There Travel, LLC