We’ve got an adventure coming up, and today we’re giving our blog readers the inside scoop on our next wanderlust destination.
In just a few hours, we’ll be on a plane to Italy! Land of gelato, ancient architecture, tuscan villages, the Dolomites, and all the carbs we can eat.
Every September, we block off 2 weeks to go on an adventure. No business agenda, no work travel for Joel. Not even our professional camera – just our favorite mini Canon. It shoots in RAW and fits in our pockets. Win-win all around right there! This all started with a trip to Europe a few years ago. That’s when the wanderlust bug bit us for real and September became our favorite month to travel. That Europe trip also launched our idea to blog our travels.
After Europe came our September Wild West Adventure through Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and all the national parks that came with it. Next up was Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Maine last September.
If you talked to us a few months ago, you thought we were going to the Pacific Northwest. (We did, too). We figured it was high time we visited the mecca of amazing coffee and hip shop vibes. In between all the coffee shops, we had scheduled in days for Mt Rainier, Olympic National Park, Mt St Helens, 2 more state capitals, and a drive along the Oregon Coast.
How do I know all this? I already bought the guide book months ago. I read them like novels and love every second! We literally had our trip planned out on paper, AirBnB options saved, and it was on our to-do list to start booking everything.
Then 3 things happened that made us completely change our destination and decide to plan a European trip in less than 2 months.
The first precursor to the change was our June trip to British Columbia and Alaska. It was a last minute decision of a trip (I’m starting to see a pattern here…) to head to the great white North instead of Caribbean waters. After that, it felt like the PNW was a little bit of a repeat.
And then!! We found out Baby Palmer was joining our team in January. While we couldn’t be happier, we also know our traveling will start looking a little different for a few years. We decided to make our last kid-free trip something that we would be less likely to do with a stroller in hand.
The third thing? Huntsville Traveler. I’m just a little obsessed with them, even though we can only buy but so many plane tickets at a time… We had just had a conversation about looking for a different destination when they started posting all these great European travel deals from Google Flights. Trust me, it was hard narrowing it down between places like Amsterdam, Italy, and Spain.
Italy won the vote (and we could work in the dates between weddings), and Palmero Italiano became a reality!
Jumping ahead 2 months: we’ve now officially booked some super cute AirBnBs, read (most of) Rick Steve’s guide book (that thing is a beast and one of the best guide books ever), and dreaming of spaghetti.
If you know us, you also know we probably added in a couple extra stops! We also scheduled in just a little time for a taste of Switzerland, Lichtenstein, and Austria.
Follow along on our Instagram stories (@joelandamber) to come along as we explore the culture, sights, and food of Italy!
If you have any Italy travel tips for us, we want to hear about them! We’ll be exploring northern Italy: Milan, Cinque Terre, Florence, Verona, the Bolzano region, and Lake Como.
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