I can barely believe I am saying this, but this time next week I will be on the way to Rome! I am so excited. I’ll be overindulging in pizza, pasta and wine, and absorbing as much of the city’s beautiful architecture and history as I can. But mostly the food thing, obviously.
The discussion of going to Rome came about last month with Liam, and originated as a trip to Paris. But I was all like Nahhhh, been there…lets go somewhere different!
I’ve been to Italy a couple of times before, once to Venice when I was quite young on a family holiday, and once to Treviso on a business trip which kinda sorta doesn’t count. But Rome is new territory, which is really exciting but also crazy nerve-wracking too.
This will be the first holiday me and Liam will be embarking on as a couple. We went to Prague with his family back in 2011, but now it’s all on us two to navigate our way round and not end up getting lost in foreign lands! Wish us luck, we’ll need it.
I find planning a holiday equal parts exciting and stressful. The stress comes from holiday admin…
booking the flights + hotel. This can be such a minefield! With so many holiday companies that offer flights and hotels, you want to be sure you’re getting the best for your budget. We ended up forking out a bit more for a 4 star hotel as we wanted a little bit of luxury with our stay without the hefty price tag of that extra star.
panicking that your passport has disappeared into the ether, and when you do find it, panicking again that it will be out of date. Luckily on both counts we were both fine, phew!
sorting out the holiday insurance. Admittedly this was actually pretty easy. We didn’t really shop round for providers, as Liam’s Mum recommended the insurers she always uses and the price was really good.
knowing what to pack. So apparently the weather is usually relatively warm in Rome in October, but I like to be prepared for any situation. Layers are always a good plan when travelling abroad anywhere, as you never know when the climate may turn!
knowing what not to pack. I will likely want to bring back one or two souvenirs from Rome, so as much as packing your suitcase is about being prepared for all eventualities, it’s also about having room for the duty free bits you buy on the way out there, and the goodies you pick up to bring home.
planning an itinery. Rome has lots to see and do, but we don’t want to run ourselves into the ground by trying to squeeze too much in. We narrowed down a wishlist of places to visit, and we even booked tickets in advance as you can skip the long queues that way.
Despite all the bits and pieces that need to be sorted in order to make the most of a holiday, it also adds to the build up of excitement. I am really looking forward to sharing what we got up to when we’re back.