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  1. Christian P
    April 21, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    I agree. Do not put too much on your itinerary if your visiting from place to place. Research, research, research, then streamline to only what’s important. You can make lists of your top 3s or top 5s. Also distances should be realistic. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    • Ali Garland
      April 21, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

      Thanks Christian!

  2. Damon and Jo
    March 7, 2015 @ 10:33 pm

    You’re right with constantly feeling like you’re “losing” time when traveling, and we tend to the feel the same way – which is why we prefer busses and trains for the exact reason you mentioned – to not waste time in getting to the airport, security, transfers, etc.

    We’ve done EuRail twice and made the mistake the first time to see a city’s main tourist attractions, and then get on a train to the next city. It was super stressful feeling like the clock was constantly ticking and we had to BE at the airport or train station at a certain time. We’ve now learned to spend more time in less amount of cities, to really get to KNOW those cities!

    With all that being said, good post! 😀

    • Ali Garland
      March 10, 2015 @ 2:46 pm

      Thanks! Slowing down is really a great way to see a lot more of each destination and really enjoy your trip.

  3. Caroline
    February 21, 2015 @ 4:56 am

    Minimize flights and trains and you open up more time for discovery … great post!

    • Ali Garland
      February 21, 2015 @ 9:51 am


  4. Alix
    January 28, 2015 @ 5:20 pm

    Yes, I agree if the transit is flying, but !
    Train journeys are wonderful and very much a part of the trip. Travelling around Italy and Sicily by train is a feast to the eyes !

    • Ali Garland
      January 28, 2015 @ 8:50 pm

      I do have to agree with you on the train journeys, they can certainly be a wonderful part of the trip! But I think if your intention is to travel to 5 cities in 12 days, and they’re a decent distance from each other, you’ll spend a lot of time sitting in trains instead of seeing the cities you wanted to see. With the right mindset, that could be fine, but I think a lot of people don’t really take that time into account.