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Going BIG in 2022!

artnbarb

1000+ Posts
We'll have almost 3 years worth of travel $$ for 2022, and I'm determined to make up for lost time. Add that to my "if this is the last year we can travel" mindset and here's what I'm thinking:
  • mid July - Fly to DC to see our granddaughters. 2-3 nights. - Fly to Dublin, stay 2-3 nights, then rent car and drive to Galway, then north/northeast into Northern Ireland. End up back in Dublin
  • late July - Fly from Dublin to Edinburgh. Rent a car or join a small group tour - not sure of length of tour - at least 8 days, Return to Edinburgh in -
  • early August - stay in Edinburgh 2-3 nights, attending the Royal Tattoo. Fly to London, staying at least 4 nights.
  • mid August - fly London-Perugia on the new British Air flight (hurrah!!!). Stay in Umbria for 89 days. During this time I'd like to spend a few days in Florence, and I'd like to spend our last few days in Rome before returning to the states in -
  • early November
So - we both have to stay healthy and fit. Art will be 76 in 2022, and I'm not sure if that affects his ability to rent a car - or if it might cost more. If I have to drive it'll have to be an automatic, but we already do that in Ireland/England/Scotland. It would probably cost more for the 3 months in Umbria, but it is what it is.

I don't feel as if the planning will take a lot of time, which is what I want. I want to see the high spots and still have time to discover some off-the-beaten-path sites as well. We could even end up taking a small group tour in Ireland. The timing of those tours would be critical, but I know Art would really appreciate being able to sight-see - and if I end up being the one driving, I'm not sure I'm willing to give up just enjoying the scenery and letting someone else plan my day.

Having a few extra dollars really eases my mind about added expenses we may face - taking more taxis instead of schlepping thru public transportation with rucksacks and a rolling bag, Or hiring a driver to take us to/from the airport. Or staying in a 2 star hotel instead of a one star. I might even splurge on a 3 star!!! Our time in Umbria will be a continual feast of porchetta and gelato and pizza and pasta and wine and olive oil - and friends!!!!! It seems so far off, but I really need to see a light at then end of this tunnel.

Anyone else planning big for 2022?
 

Pauline

Forums Admin
I’ve been thinking big too. Your trip sounds fabulous!

I know you don’t drive in Europe, but in this plan you are driving. Was it driving a manual that held you back before? We’ve always rented automatics. For our first few trips Steve always drove but finally I started driving too. It is nice to share the driving.

Your splurges sound good and will make the trip easier.

My possible big travel next year is also to do a longer trip. We are talking about Israel or France or Switzerland - doing a longer trip to one of them. But I think places may be very crowded next year with all us boomers loading up on travel.
 

artnbarb

1000+ Posts
Yes, since I don't drive a stick I've never driven in Europe at all, even when we rented automatics in Gr. Britain. Art really isn't a good passenger (or navigator) so for us it really works out best for him to drive - but now we might have to change, and it makes me nervous!

Places being crowded is a concern for me too - but we also have age working aginst us, so I don't want to wait another year.
 

KathyH

10+ Posts
Your trip sounds wonderful. I'm planning fairly big for 2022 - hopefully at least France and Italy for 4 weeks in the spring. I have some friends who will be moving to southern France once they can get their visas, so will have a place to stay some of the time. Then, Rome, Florence, Bologna, and other towns in Tuscany and Umbria. And, if it works out with my daughter, we want to take a Rick Steves tour of Poland later in the summer, provided of course the tour is available next year.
 

Alwina Bennett

New Member
2022 will hopefully be a big year for me too! A week or so on a boat in Narbonne, a leisurely meander through Provence (7-10 days), 6 weeks in a Paris Airbnb, and perhaps a week in Switzerland with another week side trip to Belgium and Amsterdam. Did I use up my 90 days yet? No? Then probably Italy or Spain; haven't decided yet but intend to spend a lot of next year over there!
 

SMJ

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2022 will hopefully be a big year for me too! A week or so on a boat in Narbonne, a leisurely meander through Provence (7-10 days), 6 weeks in a Paris Airbnb, and perhaps a week in Switzerland with another week side trip to Belgium and Amsterdam. Did I use up my 90 days yet? No? Then probably Italy or Spain; haven't decided yet but intend to spend a lot of next year over there!

Hello Alwina.
I remember your wonderful trip reports from Paris on Slowtrav; I referred to them a lot for my two trips there in 2016 and 2017!
I wonder if it's possible to have them reproduced on here?
Pauline might know.
 

Pauline

Forums Admin
Hello Alwina.
I remember your wonderful trip reports from Paris on Slowtrav; I referred to them a lot for my two trips there in 2016 and 2017!
I wonder if it's possible to have them reproduced on here?
Pauline might know.
I have all the trip reports from SlowTrav and can copy them over if I get permission from the writer. I will send Alwina a message to see if she is interested.

Here is the list. The ones that have been moved to SlowEurope have a link to the report.
 

cindyldoe

New Member
I have all the trip reports from SlowTrav and can copy them over if I get permission from the writer. I will send Alwina a message to see if she is interested.

Here is the list. The ones that have been moved to SlowEurope have a link to the report.
That list of names brings back so many memories. I wonder where they are now.
 

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