Well here we are December 1st and the holiday season festivities are underway. We are also just weeks away from leaving for our travel adventure in Europe. First destination, Lisbon, Portugal.
It’s only been a few months since we stopped working and doing this extended European trip will be the no.1 item on our “retirement bucket list”. I had read once (which has always stuck with me) “when you stop moving, your dead”. Travelling will hopefully keep us on the move! 😊
When we first thought of booking this trip we said to each other, let’s not overthink this, let’s just do it! Often dreams are abandoned as quickly as they are thought up. Something will come up and plans will be put off to another day as you wait for “that perfect moment”. So… having said that, last March 2018, we saw a really fabulous deal on a flight to Lisbon in the new year 2019 and we just said, “let’s book it!”
This will be the first time that we will be away for several months, as usually we only had a few weeks of vacation to plan for. I must admit I do get the jitters a few weeks before I leave. However, I know that as soon as I get on that flight the jitters will all go away. As well, having access to FaceTime is going to make it easier as we can stay connected with our family & friends. I wish they could all come with us.
The biggest challenge for this trip was deciding where to go. Having been to Europe before we decided to focus on the countries we have not yet been too. As well since we’re leaving in January we somewhat considered the winter temperatures at the places we would visit.
So here goes, this is the itinerary (see list below ) we ended up with. We’ve done quite a bit of reading up on these different countries and now we’re so excited to discover them!
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Porto, Portugal
- Kotor, Montenegro
- Dubrovnik, Croatia
- Zagreb, Croatia
- Budapest, Hungary
- Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Split, Croatia
- Istria, Croatia
- Venice, Italy
- Ljubljana & Lake Bled, Slovenia
- Lucerne, Switzerland
- Zurich, Switzerland