Europe, Travel for Adults, Trip Report

Trip Report: Our First European Adventure

Image courtesy of Jens Fricke

     For me, Europe has always seemed like a magical land of castles and fairy tales. Visiting France, in particular, had been high on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. When we found out my husband’s work would be sending him to Munich for training, we jumped at the opportunity to visit Europe with his flight already paid for.

     Those who know me know I’m a planner by nature – which is why I plan vacations for a living! I’m used to planning Disney vacations several months in advance and booking dining and fastpasses and the like. The idea that I had less than 2 months to plan a vacation to a place I had never been was a bit stressful! I dove into my research, but agreed to my husband’s request that this trip be less planned and more spontaneous.

Photo courtesy of: Charles Clegg

     First, we chose our route. My husband wanted to visit a friend that lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She was going to be travelling the latter part of our trip, so we decided that would be our first stop. The absolute #1 item on my bucket list was Disneyland Paris, so we added that as a stop. If we were going to pass through Paris on our way to Disneyland, you have to stop and see the Eiffel Tower! Finally, we would end our trip in Munich a few days before training was scheduled to start. By happy coincidence, Oktoberfest ending the weekend we were scheduled to arrive, so we added that to our must-do list.

    I researched top attractions, best restaurants, cool neighborhoods, and read dozens of blog posts about each city.  While I didn’t specifically book anything, I wanted to have an idea of what was available so we didn’t miss something amazing because we didn’t know about it.  I approached this trip with the philosophy that everything will be new, so it’s okay if we don’t do that absolute best thing we possibly could for the lowest price possible.  I worked hard to adopt a more “go with the flow” attitude toward everything we would see and do. We would squeeze what we could in to 8 days and the rest would have to wait for the next trip we’re sure to take.

   To read about our experiences in each city, click the links below!  I’ll update the link as I write each post.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Arrival in Amsterdam   How I Fell In Love With Amsterdam

Paris, France: My Mistakes in Paris  Two Americans in Paris

Disneyland Paris

Munich (München), Germany

Even when you’re traveling the world, never grow up!

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