5 Countries to Explore in Europe

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I have travelled quite a bit over the years, and Europe is one continent I have explored. There are still many countries I would love to visit and revisit at some point in the future, and European countries are high on my travel list. Europe is a beautiful continent to explore and there are many lovely countries to visit. Here are some of the 5 countries I have visited in Europe, there are also my top 5 countries to explore in Europe –

Italy

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I visited Milan five years ago for my and I loved it. It is such an amazing city full of lovely places to explore. We had a fantastic time. The Sheraton Hotel we stayed in was spectacular and the food was really good too!

I found the shops very exciting which is not surprising since Milan is the city of fashion. Visiting Milan again would be a dream come true. I would also love to explore other parts of Italy like Rome and Vernice.

Ireland

I visited Dublin, Ireland many years ago. It was my first time in the lovely country; we came in for a wedding so it was a quick weekend visit. I had a great time in the city. The food was good and the hotel was fab too! If you are considering planning a vacation to Ireland, my advice would be for you to go for it. There’s a lot to see and I know I will be visiting Dublin again in the future.

France

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Now Paris is one city I have visited many times. It is a great place to explore in Europe. On one of our trips, we were lucky enough to visit Disneyland Paris and it was epic. Although the theme park was really busy, we had an amazing time and I would love to explore the park again. Paris is definitely worth visiting and I know I will be exploring other France at some point as well.

Germany

We visited Dusseldorf many years ago. It was our first visit to Germany and we had a fantastic time. There was a lot to see and explore. The city was clean, peaceful, and not too busy, which was great for us as we were travelling with our twins who were still babies then. I would love to explore other parts of Germany in the near future and Berlin is at the top of my list.

Amsterdam

We enjoyed our short weekend exploring Amsterdam many years ago. Our trip was short but very sweet. We had the opportunity to see some fab spots. I remember us getting on a boat ride with the kids and it allowed explore the city really well. I would love to visit again and stay a little longer this time.

What do you think of these travel locations? Have you visited any? Which city/country would you like to explore next? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, let’s chat.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a good one.

 

Get Married at Lake Como

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Your wedding day may be something that you have been thinking about your entire life. With every relationship and celebrity crush, you may have thought what your outfit would look like, where it would take place, and who would be in it. Groomsmen and bridesmaids all changed with the ebb and flow of your friend group, and you may or may not have picked out names for your children. In the end, you have found the one, and you are going to be planning your wedding for real. There are so many places to choose from, but there are certain locations that just scream romance and beauty. One of those places is Lake Como, Italy, and if you are in the business of having your wedding be a destination wedding, here are a few ways you can make your Italian wedding dream come true. 

Don’t Expect a Huge Turnout

First and foremost is to know that you are not going to have a wedding so large that you will make the front page of the newspaper. With most destination weddings, the turnout will be smaller because not everyone will be able to make it due to finances, work, and responsibilities. Once you understand that, you can start to plan. Create a save-the-date so that you can alert everyone to your plan, and then people can start to figure out if they can make it or not. The save-the-date should go out one year before you are planning to get married. That is ample time to know who is going to make it and who is not going to make it, then you can send invitations to those who are seriously considering coming. That will save you money that you can use towards other expenses. 

Pick the Correct Season

A lot of times, Lake Como is chosen because that specific place offers something during the year that you want as a backdrop to your party. A specific time of year can affect what food is in season so you can have the food menu you have always wanted. The season, of course, affects the weather, so you may want to choose a time where the weather will be what you are looking for, and the season also affects what festivals or events are happening when you choose to book your wedding. Make sure you pick the time of year that will do the most for making your vision come to fruition and also will be the best time for your family and friends to travel. 

Choose a Photographer That Is Local

Not only is it cheaper to find a local photographer (mainly because you won’t have to pay for them to travel), but a local photographer also knows the best places to shoot your photos. If you are getting married in Lake Como, Vittore Buzzi wedding photographer is one of the best for knowing how to shoot Lake Como and at what time of day is the best for light. If you know one year in advance that you are going to be married at this location, then you will want to book your photographer then. Life changes fast, so if something comes up and you have to find another photographer, you will have time to find a backup in case you need one.

Visit Your Destination First

Yes, Lake Como is gorgeous all year long, but it is worth it for you to travel there first to make sure it is exactly what you want. You may want to get married there because so many people talk about how great it is, but if you go there and see it for yourself, you will get a better understanding of what your wedding will look like and how you can make it work. A trip there also allows you to check out the local accommodations so that you are not sending your guests into a bad situation. Your first hand experience will answer a lot of the questions you may have and will help you plan everything flawlessly.

Help Your Guests Turn This Into a Vacation

Since your guests will be traveling to attend your wedding, help them make a vacation out of it. Some of your family and friends may be using saved up vacation time to attend your nuptials, so let them use their time effectively. While at Lake Como, there are several things for your guests to do. If you are staying in the city of Como itself, there are great restaurants to see as well as some of the greatest sunsets in the world. In other towns around the lake there are museums of great art that have been found from excavations of the area. There are also small villages to walk through of narrow alleyways and stairs. Inform your guests that they may want to look into renting a car so that they can freely travel from town to town taking in the culture and the food. They will have to fly into Milan, so renting a car will give them the freedom to explore as they see fit. 

Have Fun

Weddings can be stressful, but take a moment to soak it all in and have fun. Remember, you are going to be in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Take your time and enjoy one of the most poignant days of your life. One of the reasons to have a destination wedding is to take a lot of the stress off of having to do a lot for a lot of people. Instead, you get to bring the closest people in your life to a magical place. Take in the history, take in the art, and take in the grand splendor of the lake and the surrounding towns that are so charming and will give you memories that will last a lifetime. If you need to hire an Italian wedding planner to make it more enjoyable, then go ahead and do it.

 

5 Budget-Friendly Destinations for a Weekend Trip

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Going on a trip doesn’t have to be expensive. Sure, you can go somewhere and splurge on a luxurious hotel room and dine out at the finest restaurants, but you can also go on vacation and have just as nice of a time and spend a fraction of the price. You just have to choose a budget-friendly destination.

Certain cities are more expensive than others, so if you’re traveling on a budget, you have to keep that in mind. Don’t let the fear of the cost of a trip stop you from treating yourself to a much-needed weekend getaway. If you’ve been wanting to travel but don’t want to break the bank while doing so, check out these 5 budget-friendly destinations for a weekend trip.

1.   Cancún, Mexico

You might think that a trip to Cancún has to be expensive, but that’s not necessarily the case. You can actually travel to this gorgeous island at reasonable prices, especially if you go during slow seasons. Travel during late spring, summer, and fall and you’re likely to find some great travel deals. Then once you’re there, all there’s left to buy is food and drinks and you can spend the rest of your time lounging on the beach.

2.   Charlotte, North Carolina

Going on a weekend getaway to Charlotte, North Carolina and looking for some affordable things to do? No problem, there are tons of cheap and even free things to do in the city. For only $5, you can enjoy live music at The Evening Muse, and for only $6, you can go on a hike at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. You can also find flight deals from Charlotte, NC starting at $115 round trip, making it the perfect destination for a short weekend away.

3.   Finger Lakes, New York

If you want to spend your weekend getaway relaxing in a cabin overlooking the hills, check out the Finger Lakes in New York. The Finger Lakes is only a four hour drive from New York City and is the perfect destination if you want to get away from the city but don’t want to travel too far. You can easily rent a car from New York City to get there and be on your way to a relaxing weekend in no time.

4.   Gulf Shores, Alabama

Located at the southernmost tip of Alabama, Gulf Shores is the ideal vacation spot to relax on the beach. Whether you go for summer vacation or for spring break, the weather at Gulf Shores will still be good for sunbathing and swimming. As for accommodation, you can find tons of affordable hotels or get a vacation rental and go with friends and family.

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5.   Las Vegas, Nevada

Although Las Vegas is known for its glitz and glam, you can absolutely go and not spend all that much money. There are plenty of free things to do in Las Vegas. You can check out The Arts Factory and the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, both of which are completely free. Just make sure to not spend too much when you go to the casinos.

Treating yourself to a weekend trip away doesn’t have to be expensive. You just have to pick a destination where you can explore and have fun without spending much money. Any of these cities are great budget-friendly destinations for a weekend away. Whether you want to lay on the beach in Cancún or walk around the Las Vegas strip, you can’t go wrong with any of these places. So go ahead and treat yourself to that weekend trip that you’ve been dreaming of.

 

 

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