Post # 1
I know I kind of been MIA on the bee but I got a new job and have spent the past 3 weeks away training. I only told one bee so if youre reading this feel special lol.
Anyway FI and decided long ago we wanted to go to Europe. I’ve only been toSpain and I’d love to go back but FI wants to go somewhere I’ve never been. Originally, I wanted to go toMalta Istill do but I couldn’t decide where else to go with a pretty slim budget for europe. We want to spend 5 days in 2 cities.
Heres the kicker: my new job…..is with an airline!!!! So the travel options sure have opened up. So here’s where I ask for your help. Our budget has increased with the free airfare. now we can go to a lot of places so where should we go? I know four or five days isn’t really a whole lot in one city. I was thinking Paris and Venice or Athens or anywhere really so suggest away!
Post # 3
@MASPA: Do you want big cities, or getaway type towns?
Post # 4
@love108: I probably want big cities but maybe with day excursions or so elsewhere. I guess I’m pretty open considering how small Malta is.
Post # 5
We’re going to Malta on our honeymoon but spending time in London on the way over and back, try looking for cities that have direct flights to Malta, like London, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona,Brussels, Budapest, Milan, etc. That would probably be the easiest and those major citie would all have the widest variety of flights available. There is also the ferry that runs from Malta to Sicily, so taking that could be fun.
Post # 6
@Bayoumaharajah: It’s not a common destination, but Bologna Italy is really beautiful, amazing food, and not a huge tourist attraction.
Post # 7
I’ve been around Europe a bit (born in Germany, now living in Spain) an I think the most magical vacation I’ve had here was a trip to Lake Garda in Italy. We basically went around the area for 5 days, including trips to smaller villages with virtually no tourists and and a great day in Venice, which was breathtaking. On the way back we also stopped for a day in Verona, which was really great to see.
If you do get to Spain again, I’d stop by Sevilla if it’s not in the middle of summer. I highly suggest you stay off the Costa del Sol (where I live lol) unless you just want beaches and drunk tourists.
Another city I really liked was Prague. Beautiful architecture, it sometimes feels like you’re in a fairytale.
In Germany I can recommend Hamburg. Again, beautiful city and lots of history along with great restaurants/entertainment. You can take daytrips into the countryside if you go in the right seasons, for things like picking strawberries 🙂 Also, Bremerhaven is not far away, which has a great museum called “Auswandererhaus”, about all the people that immigrated to the US via ship back in the day. Kind of like the other puzzle piece to Ellis Island in NY.
If you’d like to go further up north, Norway is great, I especially like Bergen. If you fly to Haugesund airport you can take a trip on a ferry along the amazing fjords of the Norwegian coast right up to Bergen, which is a popular destination for cruiseships, too. The city is small enough that you can walk around everywhere and there’s mountains all around where you can go up and overlook the whole city and coast. They have a great fishmarket right by the harbour and the seafood is amazing.
okay, that went longer than I thought.. haha! I think the only bad thing about your vacation will be the process of deciding where to go!
Post # 8
My favourites ->
I spent 5 months backpacking with my little brother in 2008. I wish I could go back to that time… some of the best months of my whole life! Enjoy your honeymoon <3 It’s going to be amazing!
Post # 9
With only 5 days I really think you should just stay in one place. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time getting from place to place and getting the lay of the land, instead of actually experiencing and appreciating where you are.
Post # 10
@crayfish: I’m sorry I meant that we’re going for 10 days. 5 days in 2 different cities. I guess I should’ve read that out little bit better
Post # 11
What are you into? History? Nature? Night Life? Art? I think that can help determine where you want to go. Rome is amazing, history glaore. Florance is an artist dream and full of incredible museums. I love all of Ireland, and out of Dublin there are lots of wonderful day trips. There are also lots of wonderful cities in Germany and Switzerland that I loved. So what kind of trip are you looking for?
Post # 12
Oooh fun. My favorites (in no particular order):
Also, I haven’t been to the Scandanavian countries but hear they’re wonderful so I’d look into that as well.
I would skip Athens in all honestly. We were there for a day and a half on a “layover” and I was really disappointed.
Post # 13
@chasesgirl: i just love to travel overall and really like to immerse myself into wherever I am. It’s hard to say what I’m not into I think that history art and nature are all big things when it comes to travel but nightlife is probably on the bottom of the list. Only because when I think of night life I think of clubs and parties and things along those lines versus cafés and plazas. I’m fully aware that my perception is clearly skewed.
Thanks for all advice so far I can’t wait to research them all
Post # 14
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Florence. Rome and Paris are beautiful too. And Delphi in Greece is one of the most amazing places that I have ever been!
Post # 15
@MASPA: With those in mind, I’d recommend:
Post # 16
Paris <3 I was recently there for a month and am convinced it is the most romantic city in the world.