How do you plan a two week trip? Wait, let’s back up for a second. How do you even get two weeks off from work? For those of us in the U.S., vacation days are hard to come by which is why we should make the most of our days off. In writing this post I understand that getting two weeks off is a struggle in itself but once you get past that hurdle let the planning begin! Here are 5 quick tips to help with your planning process.
1. Use Frequent Flyer Miles or Reward Points
This is a great way to save money on flights. My flight to Italy was $0.00 (yes, zero dollars) thanks to reward miles I earned from previous flights and purchases. I wrote a blog post here breaking down how you can do the same thing.
2. Pack Super Light
It may be tempting to pack for every single day that you’ll be traveling but trust me when I say you should only pack for a week (or less). Heavy luggage will weigh you down as you travel around the country. You can always find a laundromat or dry cleaner in Italy to wash clothes during the trip.
3. Take the Train
Trains are an easy and inexpensive way to travel between cities. It’s also much more relaxing than a flight. You don’t have to worry about security lines or checking luggage. To top it off, train rides provide some of the best views of the country side.
4. Leave Time to Enjoy the Food
Don’t forget to make time to eat. The food in Italy is unmatched and you don’t want to miss out on it. I’m still reminiscing on the goodies I ate while there. The food was so good I wrote an entire blog post about it here.
5. Plan to Come Back!
Italy has a lot of great cities but don’t feel like you have to visit a new one everyday. Take time to enjoy a few. Two weeks may seem like a long time but it’s not nearly long enough to see all of Italy. Focus on 3-5 cities. You can always come back to visit the rest.
BONUS TIP! – Milan, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre and Rome are great cities to start with if this is your first tour of Italy. 🙂
Good luck with your trip plans!
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