Italy was never part of the plan but when opportunity presented itself in the form of mind-blowingly cheap tickets to Milan via Emirates, I took it as a sign that our milestone birthdays, mine and my husband's, had to be celebrated differently.
We only had a week to spare and we wanted to explore as many nooks as possible so planning every second of this trip was crucial. Here are some things that helped me pull off one the most adventurous trips in a while. May this be a useful guide to my fellow travelers who are doing a city trip on a time crunch.
1. Make a list of the places you want to visit in that Country.
Our itinerary: 2 days in Milan, 3 days in Rome, a day in Florence then back to Milan. That meant getting up early and experiencing these cities before everyone’s awake. Worth it!
I used airbnb to book places that were either a convenient walk or a 5 minute train ride to the tourist hotspots. I talked about it on my Milan post. My OCD alter ego took charge and mapped the major sights from point a to b.
3. Take pictures but…
make sure you’re making the most of it and time isn’t mostly spent on selfies. Listen to the city’s sounds, feel it’s pulse, take mental pictures that only you can go back to - sort of your own personal experience vault.
4. Plan one unexpected less touristy route.
It can be daunting but there’s no better way to gain insight into a city than in the style of a local
[ See my post on Milan’s local spots here ].
5. Have fun!
Plans can sometimes go awry, the weather can be a bit temperamental and your favorite pair of shoes may get ruined in the process (true story) but those make for good stories later on. Don’t let anything stand in the way of you enjoying a new city. It’s your vacation - focus on making memories that will last a lifetime.
Here are some of the shots in Rome. Make sure to come back to see other pictures from Firenze!