Okay, so here is the beginning of our “to do” list for getting ready to travel off to Europe… (I cannot wait!)
- Set a monthly budget
- Figure out best way to fly – once we are there it looks like there are pretty inexpensive flights to different countries
- Plan a loose itinerary – we want to be able to make changes if necessary but understand we should book lodging and air
- Car rental
- Animals (European Pet Passport)
- Cell phones and internet
- Storage costs for our furniture and cars (should we sell a car or two?)
- Travel and health insurance
- Set up all bills on electronic banking
There will be more things that come up, I am sure, but this is what I have for now. As we go through these items I will blog about how we work it out.
We are planning on visiting several countries; France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and England.
I feel so lucky that I have a chance to do something like this, oh boy! Here we go….
2 responses to “Europe trip “to do” list”
Having lived in Europe myself, I would recommend you start the winter months in the South (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece) and work your way up as spring sets in (France, CZ, Germany, Austria, UK). It’s not much, but it will allow you to be outside a lot without freezing to death (it can drop down to 0°F in Northern Germany for example).
You may or may not be used to cold temperatures, depending on where you are from in the US. Also, maybe it’s what you’re looking for…
I’d recommend you check out yearly temperatures for the places you are going and decide when you’d rather go to each place in your time lapse. There is this site for example: http://www.weather-and-climate.info/
Travel-wise, you could also consider the train. European countries have a very good train infrastructure (between countries and inside countries) and depending on your destination/season, prices can be low. There is the SNCF (sncf.com) in France, Deutschen Bahn (DB bahn.de) in Germany, etc.
Hope that helps.
Yes, thank you so much for your comments! We were thinking on those lines as well. We are from Southern California so the warmer winter areas are definitely appealing, although skiing in the Alps does have a certain appeal too! I will look at the websites you suggested. Hope you enjoyed your time in Europe!