(Closed) Where would you go…

posted 9 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Where would you go if you had 2 weeks and a blank passport?
    Italy...please tell me where to go! : (10 votes)
    17 %
    New Zealand and Australia...this is the furthest down on the list due to all the flying : (2 votes)
    3 %
    France...we'd probably do Paris for a couple of days then head to wine country and maybe the coast? : (6 votes)
    10 %
    Maldives/Bali or some exotic beach...again, such a long flight! : (17 votes)
    29 %
    Greek Islands : (9 votes)
    15 %
    Multi country trip through Europe...sounds fun, but where all should we go? : (11 votes)
    19 %
    Other {please explain} : (4 votes)
    7 %
    Other {please explain} : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    5399 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would check out a few countries in Europe.  Since you have blank passports it would be a great way to get multiple stamps at once!  I would possibly check out Spain, Italy, France, and Greece.  Then, you could spend around 2-3 days in each country.  Not a lot of time, but at least you could get a little taste of each that way.

    Post # 4
    2144 posts
    Buzzing bee

    hmm, i first voted exotic beach (MY dream :p) But after reading more about what you like, the Greek Islands might be nicer (also some where i’d love to go lol) lots more history and culture there I think

    Post # 6
    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I’d totally do the Maldives/Bali option.  It’s the one I probably know the least about though.  The beaches just appeal to me – I never get vacations like that so they always sound wonderful!  Depending on the type of couple/travelers you are, 10 days – 2 weeks in Europe can get REALLY exhausting.  I’ve done multiple countries in that same period of time before and we ended up just wishing we had split it up between just two places so we could experience them a little more. 

    Post # 7
    1045 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2008

    Ooooooh, I think Italy sounds perfect– you say you like food and wine, relaxing, shopping, and lots of art… what better place than Italy??  You could fly into Venice, and spend three days touring through the palazzos, St. Mark’s Basilica, sipping wine and eating yummy pizza in the piazzas, touring along the Grand Canal in a vaporetto and hopping off wherever looks interesting, stopping over on the islands of Murano and Burano to learn about glass and lace making, taking in an opera or other performance during the night, taking in the art of the Accademia…

    Then, hop on the train and travel down to Florence! See all the gorgeous sights such as the Duomo and the Santa Croce, and spend hours marvelling at the art in the Uffizi, being sure to take many coffee and gelato breaks in some of the many piazzas. Take a day trip and visit the towns of Siena and San Gimignano, or book an excursion to tour a couple of the many wineries in the Tuscan countryside.

    From Florence, you could then take the luxury train further south, and spend a couple of days in Rome, OR, travel further south, and spend a few days relaxing along the beautiful Amalfi coast, in towns such as Positano, Ravello and Amalfi.  With Italy, there are just so many options…

    Post # 8
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    If money was not a problem…i’d go to the Greek Isles, which sounds more exotic than Bali to me. Bali is heavily advertised….and i LOVE LOVE LOVE Greek food. They seem like such a warm and festive culture, I think it’d be a blast. I’m already daydreaming about where my Fiance and I can celebrate our 10 year anniversary =]

    Post # 9
    5 posts

    Although it was a few years ago, I went to Bali and it was AMAZING! My sister recently went and said the same. It may cost the most to get there, however once you are there everything is dirt cheap! You can get really nice hotels for great prices… not to mention the beaches are breath-taking!


    I have also been to Italy and think that would make a very nice, romantic honeymoon. If you are set on going to the beach I would say go somewhere else though because the beaches are not that great… they don’t have the tipical sand beaches…they are pebles and rocks. But if you are more interested in traveling, Italy is a wonderful option! You can get train passes (buy before you go) and you can see most of the country in two weeks! Rome, Florence, Vince, and Cinque Terre were my favorites!


    Hope that helped a little πŸ™‚

    Post # 10
    1428 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would totally do Bali & the Maldives. That to me is a once in a lifetime trip. One of my oldest friends was in the Miss Universe pagent a few years ago in the Maldives and she brought her mom. Viv said it was the most amazing place she’s ever been.

    Post # 12
    665 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    With that amount of time, I would pick one European country and use the time time to explore the historical and modern worlds! … I’d pick Italy or France myself!

    Post # 13
    233 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale

    I say go to France and Italy- keep it simple. There will be so much to see. And have a blast!!

    Post # 14
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    For what you said you like to do, I would absolutely go first choice Italy, second choice France. I’ve been to almost everywhere on your list, and many of those are pretty much beach-only destinations, so though they’re really beautiful, if it’s not what you’re looking for they wouldn’t be good. You could definitely hit the major cities in Italy AND France in 2 weeks, or take longer in each place and be more leisurely about it.

    If it were me and I was in your position, I’d go Florence, Rome, Venice, and maybe Milan in Italy, then Paris and surrounding areas in France. 

    Check out Ryanair.com and easyjet.com for really, really cheap flights within Europe. Like you seriously might be able to fly from France to Italy for like $20 if you get it on a good day. 

    Or in Italy, there’s also the coast (Cinque Terre, etc)–or the Riviera in France– if you’d like a little bit of the beach-style thing in there… Italy has SO much to do!

    I have traveled extensively in the area and lived in Italy, so if you need more suggestions or help with it, PM me! πŸ™‚

    Post # 15
    1276 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    From what you say I’d say Italy and France (though FWIW we’re going tot he Greek Islands for our HM).  If you love modern art and haven’t been, then I think Nice is a must (which is why I add France).  And Italy for more historic art…Rome, Florence, Venice (with day trips to Verona and Padova…a must for the Giottos).    The Adriatic coast is lovely for some beaches and relaxation.  In Venice spend a few days, In My Humble Opinion.  It has a bad reputation for being touristy, I think b/c no one ever leaves San Marco Plaza. But it’s one of my favorite cities, and it’s got such a unique history and feel to it.  Once you start wandering through the rest of teh island I think it’s one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been.

    So if I were planning your trip I’d say mostly Italy and then maybe a couple days in Nice (unless you don’t want to travel too much).  I’d kind of say skip Paris if you only have 2 weeks and are planning other things…unless you have one specific thing you’d like to do and know you’ll come back.  Paris deserves at least a week (even more in my opinion), and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment if you only give yourself a day or two.

    Post # 16
    178 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    KateMV – if you do decide on Italy and need recommendations on anything, send me a PM… I’m more than happy to give you any advice/recommendations I can. Buon viaggio!

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