How I Chose My First European Vacation

As most of you know, I will be traveling to England in June — which means the adventures will be limited until then to help my wallet. So I decided to do a post here and there on the trip itself — why I chose England, how we planned, how we saved for it etc. Many of you have probably traveled a lot before, the past year is really my first time traveling any place new so while our Europe trip is exciting it’s also a little stressful.

I have only been out of the country twice before (Costa Rica and The Bahamas) not counting Canada. Each time though I didn’t plan it myself or have too much of a say in where we went. That’s okay, trust me, but it did make choosing and planning England a little more difficult. Especially since I’ve never been to Europe before.

So Why did it take so long?

Well for one, I was never really financially stable enough before to truly make the ‘jump’ on a big vacation. I’ve also been afraid of flying (thankfully this last yr helped me get over it) so going across oceans didn’t really appeal no matter how much I wanted to go. Lastly, I just couldn’t pull the plug. I always found reasons to put it off — school, money, fear, anything you could think of, I thought of.

So Why now?

Well, for one — I’m financially stable and two I decided to finally just do it. I will be 30 in April and this just seemed like the perfect excuse to go to Europe.

How I chose:

Let’s be honest, there was no real competition. I thought maybe Ireland thinking that’s where my boyfriend would want to go but once I realized he didn’t really have a desire to go anywhere, I knew I could go where I really wanted. There are two countries I’ve always wanted to go to — England and Spain. But other than the language barrier with Spain, England has always had a special place in my heart.

The unbelievable history has been the first and main calling I’ve felt with country, living in the United States, this country is so young compared to England that I find it so fascinating.

On top of that, I have to go with the authors and books that have made me fall in love with the country even more — Jane Austen, Winston Graham, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien to name a few have inspired me beyond belief. Whether it be the start of my love of reading or my continued enthusiasm to read a story from such a different time period, my love for England as grown.

Therefore, this upcoming June, I will “embark” on my first ever European trip to England. It’s a challenge for me to take more than a week off of work at a time so for 9 days I will see as much as I can and cross some things off my bucket list. It’s not all of the places I want to go but it’s a start and I cannot wait.

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