Traveling to Europe was a figment of my imagination until January 2014. I had a blueprint of how my trip would go, but flights and hotels were not booked, so essentially it was just a dream. Finally, during the last week of January, I decided to purchase my $827 multi-city ticket that took me from JFK to London Heathrow and from Barcelona El Prat to JFK 11-days later. However, I still wasn’t completely satisfied with this trip. I wanted to go to Amsterdam! After much thought and careful consideration, I managed to find a 21-hour layover in Amsterdam for the same price as my original ticket. Thus, I changed my flights and booked the layover. In hindsight, it was the best decision I made.
We originally had plans to travel to Morocco once we landed in Spain but we realized it would be quite over ambitious of us since we were already planning to tackle 7-countries. I planned Europe with 2 of my friends from Penn State. I later asked one of my friends from High School if she was interested in going in which she obliged. Now it was four of us going to Europe which initially sounded like a terrible idea because of our princess personalities but it ended up being another amazing decision (more on that later as well).
We were visiting the following cities in less than 2-weeks:
- Vatican City
I soon became the point person for travel. Researching for Europe became my life. I couldn’t sleep knowing that I would be in Europe in 2-months. I sat in Barnes and Noble for hours every weekend, surrounded by travel books. I wanted to know everything possible about each of the countries I was going to. I also wanted to make sure we could have a fabulous trip on a budget.
- We booked 2 months before departure, which was great because I really didn’t have the patience to wait any longer…Europe was calling my name!
- Perfect Timing: We went to Europe during the off-season, just missing the price hikes during the European Fashion Weeks.
- Four’s A Charm: Going to Europe with 3 other people was a great decision. We split everything four ways including hotels, cab rides, and food which cut the actual costs of our trip immensely.