My wife and I are both seniors, having wanted to see some of Europe ever since we were married the time had come.
As with many senior we had are reservation and considered a bus tour as it looked so simple and with little worry. Having said that we are both a little adventurous, given this nature we began to look at places we wanted to see and how difficult it would be for us to undertake our own travel plans; the Internet is amazing!
It all started right here on Tripadvisor, looking at destinations, reading reviews about Hotels, Restaurants, transportation and so-forth. It seemed at first the more we looked the less likely it was that we could do this ourselves and the better looking was the bus tour.
In our attempt to be safe and have some sense of order we needed to take our time and plan carefully. Starting in November of 2011 with our travel places for April 2012 we started our many pages of notes.
Tripadvisor and thanks to all those whom pass along reviews we felt as if the information was out their and all we had to do was carefully read, look and plan.
Starting in February we began to book hotels based on everything we had reviewed, limits we put in place and destination chosen. By the end of February we had booked Miami, Barcelona, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, Paris and London.
As the months passed by Trains passes were ordered seats booked points of interest noted and expenses planned.
I am not normally the most organized, and likely over thought parts of this trip but given the time away 6 weeks, the costs involved $$$$$$, and all we wanted to do planning was critical.
I was watching the news this am and with the Olympics in London there are many stories; it was funny to here how people were arriving in London and did not have British currency and all the issues they were facing not able to pay bills.
Any trip big or small needs planning and through Tripadvisor and balancing reviews we had a memorable trip, call it luck, good planning or what ever term fits we had no problems with ever aspect of this journey. There is more to see than is possible in one's life time, far to many places to go and never enough money.
Read everything you can balance all reviews as what is good for one may not be for another same goes for food. Be open minded as YOU are the guest in their country it is up to you to adapt to time, places and people. Not every hotel room will be perfect nor every meal ideal but the experiences of meeting new people struggling with language issues and compiling about your sore feet are what make the memories. If you do your home work carefully travel with an open mind and most importantly be open to change you or anyone can make their own plans.
Read through all the information you can balance it all carefully as there is a lot of conflicting stories, Train stations and train travel is far safer and easies than some reviews state,costs were less at differing sites for entrance fees, line ups were never an issue ( April-May) and everyone we met was more than willing to be helpful even if neither-one of us fully understood the other.
Make the effort, read the review and go ahead you can do it.
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