Post # 16
That price sounds cheaper than I would expect. I think you are underestimating.
I would caution you about moving around so much. We were originally planning an Italy honeymoon for 2 weeks and I was worried it would be too hectic— and we were going to do almost 5 days in each place. Also, it’s a crazy busy time of year there. We ended up switching to a different honeymoon completely. But, we were planning for August in Italy- when it’s particularly crazy busy.
Post # 17
That sounds good to me. We’re fairly budget travelers, fly economies, no 5 star hotels (but always private room and bath), not Michelin star dining, etc, and always end up at around 3k/week no matter where we go and for how long.
I agree with PP that you probably don’t need or want a car in Italy imo. Trains are on time, fast, frequent, and inexpensive, save the money on car, gas, and parking, all of which are *not* cheap there for something else. Scale down the luggage helps too, there’s just no reason to pack that much, you really don’t need 3 outfits a day, we managed in a 40L backpack and it was awesome just strolling carefree down the street with that and watching ppl struggle with their giant rolling suitcases.
Post # 18
Everything is relative. You can travel on almost any budget. Unless you specified the specific hotels, restaurants, the prices you are paying, and the time of year, there’s really no way to tell you whether that is unreasonably low or high.
Post # 19
- Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse
Our honeymoon was traveling to 4 different cities in Norway. At least there, a car was completely unnecessary.
Also, like some PP have said, I would highly suggest to pack as light as possible. Rick Steve’s Europe is a great website that also has YouTube videos. He says there’s no reason to check a bag and his best travel advice is to pack one carry on and one personal item. We went to Norway in the dead of winter (hello puffy and abnormally large clothes) and I thought it’d be impossible to pack that light. After a little research and cutting back, we didn’t check a single bag! I know people might call me crazy but I would highly highly suggest trying to do that. It makes airports so much easier and public transportation with one bag is so much easier and accessible.
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Post # 20
bowlingallie1989 : Looks good! I would suggest against car rental in most spots.. major europan cities are a nightmare for cars .. driving/parking etc
When we were in Portugal we rented car to drive from Lisbon to the Algarve for 5 days and back to Lisbon and it took us over an hour to find parking walking distance from hotel.. and then it got hit overnight a small bumb..luckily we got extra insurance.. it was such a hassel we returned it a day early
All these cities will have good public transit/taxi/uber
Post # 21
- Wedding: July 2020 - Ireland
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for all your responses. I’ll condense my comments here to the common inquires:
- We would not have a car in Paris – we would pick it up flying in to Rome and drop it off in Milan before flying to France. There would be no more rentals for the rest of the trip.
- All of the hotels in the budget include free parking except for Venice where we’d have to garage it. So there would be no extra parking costs. Our approach would be to use the car for city to city driving and then keep it parked at the hotels. We’d do the cities themselves by foot.
- In re luggage – so, factoring in arriving in Ireland a week before our wedding due to required interviews for our marriage license, the wedding, the honeymoon etc. we’ll be gone for almost a month. I’m just not convinced 2 adults can be away from home for a month with NO checked bags. We could consider mailing some stuff back to ourselves from Ireland. I’ll likely leave my wedding dress there at my in-laws house because we are moving out there next summer.
I agree with all of you that a rental car is a PITA. My FH is pretty anti public transporation, but I’m hoping I can talk him in to doing trains etc. instead if I do the research. I’m not sure what his aversion to public transport it – I think it’s primarily his inexperience with it! I’m all for it, personally. I think if we remove the rental car it would balance out our budgets for daily spending and still keep us around $5-$6k, so we’ll see!
Thank you all again for your input! Also, if anyone has suggested places to see in these cities please chime in. So far, we’ve planned on Vatican City/Coloseum etc., Pompeii, Pisa, and Verona day trips from respective nearby cities, and art in Florence. We are also hoping for a cooking class in both Italy and Paris. Amalfi will be our “relaxing” portion of the trip lol. We are the type to never sit still and run ourselves into the ground on vacation, and for some reason we like it that way! 🙂
Post # 22
We’ve done 4 weeks in Australia and new Zealand (glaciers to summer, so all sorts of clothing) and each only had a 22″ carry on and personal item, it’s definitely possible. Normally I hate public transportation, but in Europe, it’s so much easier and cheaper, and reliable – you could set your watch to it, there really is no reason to get a car just top go from city to city especially those major one that have a ton of trains going between them all day.
Post # 23
bowlingallie1989 : the great secret to travelling indefinitely with only one bag is to do laundry and buy where the locals buy. Every four days, spend 20 minutes hand washing your clothes (or hire it out to hotel laundry service) and if you run out of… shampoo for example, you hit up the local store to buy some.
If you’re worried you won’t have the right outfit to wear packed in case the Queen invites you to lunch, well, if you’re staying in a place where such an invitation would happen then there will also be a place to rent or buy appropriate clothes.
Post # 24
I travel pretty extensively (often for 4+ weeks at a time) and nearly always manage with one carry-on. And I nearly always come home with somethng I never got around to wearing!
What works for me is to stick to a basic color palette with a few accent color/accessories. For example, my last trip, I did navy blue and yellow. I’ve often do black/grey with bright pink or turquoise. If you find them comfortable, Tieks are also a great way to bring in a pop of color without adding much to your luggage. I have a metallic gold pair that I love bringing with me because they can help dress up an outfit – for example, black maxi dress plus gold Tieks and a pashmina = easy dressy outfit.
Pack clothing that can be easily washed in the hotel sink or bathtub and that will dry overnight. I travel with a few inflatible hangers that help clothing dry more quickly (you blow up the hanger and it holds the shirt open so it can get more air circulation). A few clothespins are also handy, and the single-use packets of detergent (the size of a ketchup packet). If you’ll be in the same location long enough, you can utilize the hotel laundry service, but it sounds like you are planning to change hotels every few days.
I also like to travel with some pieces from Icebreaker (thin merino wool designed for travel) and the Chico’s Travelers line. Wrinkle free, easy to wash/dry.