So, I'm not going back to Asia. At least not right now.
Being my usual impulsive and FOMO-prone self, I booked a one-way ticket to Europe last week!
But I have a good reason- although 2014 will be the year I finally settle down, I want to go on one last trip to see friends and family in Europe. Plus, my little brother is studying in London – I'd be crazy not to visit!
Let's remember these are tentative plans- though a few are set in stone.
The other day I had friends in Chicago rolling their eyes when I innocuously said, “Oh, next month I'm going back to Europe. Just for a few months though.”
When you hang out with as many travellers and travel bloggers as I do, you forget that most people's vacations do not last multiple months. Oops.
Anyhow, this trip will definitely include England, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and France, but maybe a few more places – honestly I have no idea – remember I booked a one-way ticket!
For the next month I'll be saving up like a madwoman in Michigan to prepare for the wallet-drain known as Western Europe. (Even just thinking about euros, pounds and francs make me weep for the $4 massages and 50 cent beers of Cambodia.)
Without further ado!
Feb 19- NYC
My college best friend Alyssa and I will be stopping over in the city that never sleeps! (She's actually the friend I worked with at New York Fashion Week.) New York is one of my favorite cities on earth so I can't wait.
Feb 21-23 London
Next stop? London! In London we are probably Couchsurfing, so lord knows it will be an awesome, if out of control, weekend. I also want to catch up with lots of London-based friends, and of course, my little brother!
Feb 24-28 Venice for Carnivale
My friend Edna and her friends are renting a house on the canal for Venice carnivale! (Have I mentioned recently that my friends are amazing?) I plan on donning a mask, eating lots of risotto and taking about four thousand photos.
Feb 28-March 5 ???
This is a blank spot in my calendar, one that I'm debating how to fill up- if you know of some great towns in Switzerland, Northern Italy or nearby please do let me know!
March 5-8 Skiing in Switzerland
Remember that one time when I whined about being too poor to go skiing in Switzerland? (Feel free to slap me whenever.) Now I finally am going! I will be staying with a German family friend who owns a chalet there. As I'm a die-hard skim bum, I can't wait to spend a few days on the slopes. I'm also a huge, huge fan of après-ski and après-ski in Switzerland means lots of raclette and fondue. Yes.
Beyond that I haven't booked anything, but I'll be spending March visiting friends in London (including the lovely Amanda of Farsickness!), Paris, and the north of England, as well as heading to Madrid for a blogger girls' weekend – plans to be announced soon! Because who doesn't love a Spanish holiday?
While I definitely, absolutely want to settle down this year, I'm still really excited to head back to Europe as one of my resolutions was to spend more time with friends.