|The London Shard...|
We (my wife, I, and a friend) ventured to sunny - sorta - England to visit some friends. We stayed in the UK for a week seeing parts of England and Wales. Afterwards, the three of us hopped a flight to Italy, then met back up with our friends in Pisa and scooted around that part of Italy. Our total time in Italy was around 7 days, for a total journey of around two weeks, and now my wife is staying she wants to travel again. Traveling once makes you want to go again (having perfect weather helps too).
My favorite part about this journey is that we were able to go at all. Our flights cost (my wife and I) $360 round trip. That included flying to the UK from the US, to Italy from the UK, and back. This was done using points transferred from my Chase Sapphire credit card to my United Frequent Flyer number. Had we just purchased tickets it would have been over $3k.
When we went to Wales, I used hotel points through Hilton to acquire us three rooms in a hotel for three nights, with the final cost being $20 - just taxes. Plus we stayed with our friends in England. In Italy, we used AirBnB and found some real steals in the heart of a bunch of cities. I am not promoting those products, but merely stating if you look hard enough (not that hard), you can find these deals are rampant. The point here is most people can travel, if they are willing to listen and learn from pros online or in person who do this all the time. I am far, far from an expert - so don't just take my word for it.
The United Kingdom:
Well for now it is anyway. We went to two parts, England and Wales. Also we benefited from a deep monetary discount, thanks to the Brexit. 30 year low in the Pound to USD. Simply stunning.
|The view from Pen-y-Fan, Southern Wales' highest peak.|
We arrived in Venice, made our way to Pisa, saw the Cinque Terre, and ended in Florence. So many wows, oohs, and ahhs. Places I likely will never see again. My favorite drink was red wine: specifically any house wine and definitely those 'Supertuscan' wines. Though there was a microbrewery in Pisa that was excellent, so look for that if you are ever there.
|A view of Venice from the Tower of San Marco.|
|The Tuscan Countryside.|
|Manarola, part of the Cinque Terre.|
Wrap up: The biggest mistake of this trip is that we are no longer on it, am I right? Truly, all of these places hold their own unique charm. I would gladly venture to any of them, just to get a fuller experience.
I hope everyone has had or is having a great summer!
- Long all beers and wines drank
- Sadly Short Pasta Carbonara right now.
*All pictures taken by me or someone riding shotgun.