As you may have seen spammed all over my Instagram, Nic and I recently went to Germany, Switzerland and France for a quick tour of some of the spots we’ve been dreaming of. It was an incredible trip – and more to come on the days in each town! – but I wanted to share some tips I had from going through the planning process over the past few months.
I planned this trip on a strict budget with time constraints, but it was the trip of my dreams.
Finding a Flight
Google Flights is my best friend. No, seriously…. it’s probably my most-used website. That’s how I found my $400 RT flight deal for this trip on a random Thursday night searching between different airports.
Additionally, I’ve seen success with Thrifty Traveler. This Minnesota-based travel website posts good prices and all the dates you can go so you’re on alert for a good deal.
The thing that was hardest for me to understand while planning was how we should go place to place. Train travel throughout these different countries confused me, and I wanted to make sure we weren’t overpaying. Two websites I found especially helpful:
- The Man in Seat 61 – this website lays out train travel and exactly what you need to know about traveling within Europe. I found it super helpful to understand how each countries’ train and ticket system works, the benefits of buying a rail pass, and more.
- GoEuro – this one helped me find the best mode of transportation at the best price. By far this was the best travel-booking site I used during planning.
My packing and organization is what saved me on this trip. That super flight deal I mentioned came with a super caveat: I could only bring a 22lb bag. Plus, since we were going between multiple cities, I wanted something smaller I could carry on my back.
I bought the Mother Lode TLS Weekender Convertible from eBags and I was so impressed with how light and comfortable it was. From there, I got extremely organized with what I wanted to bring – even going as far as using sticky notes on the wall to put together my outfits. I also used these compression cubes to be able to pack more.
In the end, I credit my trip being a wonderful and less stressful because I spent the time to plan well, check the budget often and pack carefully. I hope you find your next adventure soon!