After Europe, we were desperately seeking some downtime. We moved non-stop in Europe, changing cities and apartments every 3-4 days, so all we wanted to do was nothing.
Ahhhh, Venice. The last stop on our European adventure! I can’t believe I’m finally writing this post! (Actually, I can because I should have written this months ago… but the craziness of travel mixed with laziness got the best of me).
The only thing that made leaving the beautiful city of Florence was knowing that next up was Cinque Terre!
Cinque Terre’s popularity has skyrocketed in the last few years, so honestly I was a little apprehensive about how amazing everyone claims that it is. But trust me, it is amazing. My recommendation would be to visit in the late Summer/early Fall. Visiting in October, we were a little past prime season, which is great for budget seekers. Not great for beach weather. Despite not being able to work on my suntan, we still had a beautiful couple of days and I wish we would’ve stayed a little longer.
Florence + Tuscany
We took the train from Rome to Florence. It was a really easy train ride- only takes about 90 minutes. The train station in Florence is walking distance to all of the major landmarks, so you are probably okay walking (as opposed to grabbing a cab) once you arrive into town.
The most common question posed to us throughout Instagram and this blog is pretty straightforward. “How do you afford to do this?” It’s a very fair question, and no our parents did not give us money for this trip (although, Mom feel free to send us some!). As mentioned in previous posts, we definitely had to save up for this, but we’ve also had money coming in while we travel.
Ahhh, Italy! The final country of our European adventure has finally arrived.
Rome was a bookend destination for our tour de Italy. The first two nights that we spent in Italy were in Rome, as well as the last five. The rest of Italy is very accessible by either plane or train from Rome, so it’s a great starting & ending point if you’re trying to map out your Italian journey. (I just realized that’s where the quote, “All roads lead to Rome” comes from. Mind. Blown.)
And to wrap up our Croatian tour… next stop:
Dubrovnik, was at the top of my #bucketlist places, right up there with Greece, for this trip. I had been dying to see Dubrovnik with my own two eyes ever since I found out I was Croatian.
Continuing our European tour…
Next up: Split, Croatia!
From Zadar, Split is about a 3hr bus ride (although, I would plan more like 4-5 hours based on the unpredictability of the Croatian bus system). Bus tickets cost around $20-30 and were easy to purchase ahead of time online, which I would recommend doing since the bus fills up fast.
After a couple of months in hiding, I’ve decided to come out of retirement to share with all the fellas out there what you need to pack for a long haul backpacking vacation in Europe. Long story short, bring lots of underwear. If you want to hear the detailed version then go ahead and read on…
Ahhh finally… the homeland. My Dad’s side of the family is Croatian and I’ve been dreaming of visiting the Dalmatian Coast for a very, very long time.