I'm Going Back to Europe

... counting very carefully and frequently. 

In just 10 days, I'll be on my way to a two week trip through London and Spain. It is the first international trip that I've taken since I studied abroad in college (in London), and my first long vacation since I started working. Needless to say, I'm ecstatic.

London Circa 2011

We're getting into the single digits of the countdown now, and I'm in the final stretch of making last minute plans with old friends in London, booking travel between cities in Spain, and sorting out coverage details at work. It's familiar territory, but with so many more resources and technology tool available to me since I've last traveled, I'm overwhelmed with options and opportunity to get "the best" experience possible.

In my opinion, the best vacations are ones that are planned to your comfort level, or travel style. If you are a Type-A-list-making-itinerary-sharing traveler like I am, anything short of a meticulously curated trip can feel stressful and rushed upon arrival. Or if you subscribe to more of the relax-and-go-with-the-flow camp, the word itinerary can immediately feel like homework and restriction. Both are styles are perfectly suitable for travel. You just need to decide which one you prefer for your vacation, and make realistic plans to accommodate your travel style. 

Whatever your travel style, a bit (or a lot) of planning in advance will help ease your mind and set you on your way to a more relaxing and inspiring trip. With the 10 days that I have until my trip, I present you with my first blog series. I'll be sharing some of my time-saving, sanity-preserving travel tips that have come in handy in the past as a strictly budgeted college student and present as I plan my first "grown-up" international getaway.

I can't wait to share my stories with you and I definitely can't wait to get on that plane. 

xx Gina