I was exhausted just writing my travel planning post last week! And if writing the post was exhausting, what does that mean for the actual trip???
I faithfully follow Susan of un femme d’un certain age and have mentioned her blog a number of times. She and her husband traveled to Italy, France, and London last fall. It looked like a great trip, but she said it was too much moving around.
She just returned from a two-week apartment stay in Paris, with a side trip by train to the Champagne region. They flew in and out of Heathrow and spent a few days in London on their way home. No rental car and only 2 hotels to manage.
I told my husband that staying put in an apartment sounded like a slice of heaven!
He came up with what I consider a brilliant idea for our upcoming trip! We have an apartment lined up in Italy but had 2 additional hotels reserved in different Italian cities near the end of our stay. He suggested we cancel those and extend our apartment stay instead.
We already planned a trip to Florence to see friends in Florence while we are there and will stay in a hotel there. But we are still down two hotels which is a win and a cost savings to boot!
He did the deal with the apartment and I had a lot of satisfaction cancelling the hotels!
We haven’t been to Italy since May 2019 and it is easy for me to get carried away. So, I need to remember what I enjoy most:
- Having a cappuccino at our favorite hangout(s)
- Picking up the New York Times at the local train station
- Lunch at our favorite beach café
- Walks along the water
- Shopping at local spots for food and vino
- Exploring nearby towns
- Seeing our Italian friends
- Afternoon naps in our apartment
- Tons of reading
- Ending the day with an aperitivo, also at our favorite hangout(s)
I think our simplified itinerary is going to be just the ticket. End of!
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”Lao Tzu