I don’t even know how it got this crazy. I just kept adding and adding destinations until finally I had to tell myself the truth: I couldn’t do it all. There just weren’t enough vacation days; or money, for that matter. I suppose there are people out there who have had crazier itineraries but this was my first time doing a sort of faux ‘backpacking through Europe’ trip so it was crazy for me.
I was just so excited by the proximity of all these countries to each other and the myriad of possibilities that brought to the table. And then that awesome thing called the schengen visa– which meant I didn’t have to apply for and pay for several visas in order to visit several countries in Europe. Now you see why the temptation to keep adding and adding destinations was so tempting?
I did a lot of research. I looked up train and plane schedules, of course looking for deals. I looked up which countries were easier to get to from each other. I looked into the best way to plan the order of countries visited. The research process was very time consuming. But, I had only 10 days to make it happen- including travel days- so I had to maximize the time and squeeze it all in. Here’s what I did:
- Friday afternoon- Leave the US
- Saturday morning (local time)- Arrive Paris
- No sleep/nap to help alleviate jetlag
- Saturday afternoon/evening- Roam around streets of Paris. Visit as many famous sites as possible.
- Saturday night- Sleep/nap/fight jetlag
- Sunday morning- Church service (in French with English translation)
- Sunday afternoon- Train to Den Haag aka The Hague, Netherlands (3 hours)
- Arrive Den Haag Sunday night
- Monday morning- Train to Amsterdam (1 hour)
- Tour Amsterdam all day. See some famous sites, including a diamond museum where they reportedly give free samples
- Monday evening- Return to Den Haag, Netherlands (1 hour)
- Tuesday morning- Train to Brussels, Belgium (3 hours)
- Tour all day
- Tuesday evening-Return to Den Haag, Netherlands (3 hours)
- Wednesday- Tour Den Haag, Netherlands
- Wednesday evening- Plane to Rome, Italy (2.25 hours)
- Wednesday night- Arrive Rome Italy, find hotel, sleep
- Thursday morning- Bus to Rome city center
- Tour Rome (and Vatican City) all day. See some photos I took here. Not professional by any means, but enjoy anyway. Haha. Photo up top was also taken in Rome, just before I headed back to my hotel. The view just seemed so magical to me and I wanted to capture it and remember it for a long time. I will have to do a post on my day in Rome (and Vatican City) at some point.
- Thursday night- Return to hotel. Sleep.
- Friday morning- Train to Turin, Italy (4.5 hours)
- Friday Afternoon- Find hotel/tour Turin
- Friday night- Sleep. Almost tempted to go to a bar though 😉
- Saturday morning- Train to Paris (6 hours)
- Find Hotel. Tour Paris some more. Visit places I didn’t get to the first time. Almost got arrested. Post about that later.
- Saturday night- Sleep
- Sunday morning- Get on a plane back to the US
- Sunday night- Arrive home
- Monday morning- Back to reality! (aka work and stuff)
Hours indicate actual travel time and not time for train changes or time it takes to get to train station or airport or time waiting. I didn’t even include time spent in the more local modes of transportation- for example, from Den Haag train station to accommodation via tram was about 20 minutes, at least.
I really wanted to do Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal. Maybe even Austria. However, I had to be real with myself and tell myself I’d be back. Maybe even revisit some of the places I already went just because I didn’t have enough time to see and experience things properly.
So tell me, what’s the craziest itinerary you’ve ever had? Do you prefer whirlwind itineraries- visit as many places as you can in one trip? Or more chill ones e.g. spend the whole of the time in one city or just one country or at most 2 cities? Leave a comment below to let me know 🙂