Question and Answer session for Europe
Why I am here?
This trip was actually a Mediterranean cruise/ business trip that has been in the works for over a year.
One of our top clients at our travel agency has a group here and I agreed last year to help my dad last year with the group. Our client travels every year with us and I have escorted him to NYC, Dubai and Egypt. He has has about 30 people with him.
The group grew and included 8 of my parent’s friends that I knew growing up in our neighborhood who want to travel exclusively through Italy prior to the trip with both of us.
Knowing that they wanted to do a private Italy tour really tempted me and I agreed to lead the group.
How long is the trip?
For me 21 days total, for the people I am with some are 23-30 days.
Why is Noah here with me?
Because I homeschool, I want to have all of my children visit Europe for what I consider to be the “GRAND TOUR”. This itinerary is similar to what Hillary and Chase did and really covers the renaissance and ancient history like no other.
It was also an excellent opportunity for Noah to spend time with his grandfather who lives in Utah. Each of my kids have done one Europe trip with him.
The answer is I could kill two birds with one stone.
Am I here FREE?
Absolutely not! We invited my only sister who is 7 years older me and has never been to Europe to join us. Where my father my pick up many of my costs, she benefitted this time around.
I did use Marriott points for many hotels…God Bless my husband who made that possible.
Has it gone smooth?
Without a hitch to this point. I was a tad bit nervous in Italy at some points. hoping that our suppliers would show up or that a transfer for luggage would arrive, but everything went great.
I outdid myself on my Italy itinerary and I am darn proud of it. Oh the possibilities!
Have I spent a lot of money?
Yes? Usually when I travel, I do it as cheap as possible without killing myself, meaning I ride the trains or subways as opposed to transfers etc. I probably wouldn’t hire a guide in some areas. In Rome, I did the guiding myself. In Florence, we hired. We hired transfers, we have seniors with us and it was just easier.
I could have saved probably 2000.00 if I wasn’t traveling with an over 65 crowd. The other side is, the trip has been first class! I have to say it makes a lot smoother when some one is doing everything for you. It is a trade off!
Will I come again?
Yes, I am going to regularly start bringing groups to Italy next year. For who ever wants to come with me. Will it be this expensive? No way! Will it be a blast? Absolutely! I love it and could come every year!
What if you want to come to Europe but not in a group?
Let me book it for you through my travel agency!
Do I feel guilty for leaving the rest of the crew at home?
Absolutely not! I would have taken every single person who could of gone and at this time of the year,the only one who could do it was Noah!
Plus, I get the opportunity to spend time with my father which is a rare treat every year!