I pretty much just got back from Belfast and it’s already time to start to counting down to the next adventure!  In exactly 11 weeks, I’ll be on my way to Europe with Tim and my mom.  We initially planned the trip to meet up with my aunt, but now it looks like she may not be able to join us.  And that mean we have to re-plan everything!  We’ve got to decide on an itinerary, figure out how to get from place to place, book hostels and hotels, research places to eat and shop, and buy backpacks and travel equipment.  There’s a lot to think about and not a lot of time to do it in!  I love travel research but whoa.

My #1 most anticipated place on our itinerary - Cinque Terre as photographed by Felipe Beiza on Flickr

My #1 most anticipated place on our itinerary – Cinque Terre as photographed by Felipe Beiza on Flickr

So here’s what I already know.

We’ll be going to:

  • Brussels
  • Bruge
  • Luxembourg
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • Cinque Terre
  • Freiburg
  • Munich
  • Amsterdam

We may need to put a city in between Paris and Rome, and one in between Munich and Amsterdam – we haven’t decided yet!  We’ve got only 20 days, we don’t want to put too much stuff in, but since it’s likely the only European trip my mom will take, we need to make the most of it.  It’s a tough balance.

I’m excited to get started with the day-to-day planning!  I’m also looking forward to digging into information for a true traveler, not just a casual vacationer – like travel backpacks and shoes, easy rinse clothes, rail passes, cheap eats… things for the wanderer.  It will good practice for next year, when I wander through Spain, and hopefully for wandering through Thailand and Vietnam in the future, too.  Yep, I’m really going to make a dent in my 10 countries goal!