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Planning A European Vacation #FamilyTravel

This summer as soon as school ends, we are heading to Italy & Greece for 2 weeks. This will be our 1st time in Europe. We are starting at Rome, then down the Amalfi Coast. We head to Athens and Santorini for some birthday celebrations and up back to Venice before we head home. Since Andre will be 11 this year, we felt it was finally time to venture past the Caribbean and on to other continents. We are so looking forward to it. I can’t believe it’s less than 2 months away. I still have so much to do.

Planning a European vacation is not like booking a room at the Atlantis. There is so much to consider such as locations, flights, trains and tours. Through social media & chats with friends, I have been able to get so many recommendations. I realized after several searches that most hotel rooms do not offer 2 double beds in the rooms for a party of 3. Most are single twin beds or 2 pushed together. Can you imagine my 6’4 husband sleeping in these accommodations? It will really be a sight to see! I finally decided on booking our stays at either an AirBNB or through HomeAway. I have never used either so I was a bit hesitant at first but it does seem to be the new way of travel. Also they are way more affordable. I am trying to stick to a budget for this trip. Thankfully I found 2 places which were recommended by friends that were available for the dates we would be there. Since it is high season, most hotels are booked. However I did manage to book at the Wyndham Grand Athens which I am thrilled about. It boasts to be a 5 star hotel at an affordable price. I’m sure it will be a relief to stay in an actual hotel after a week in apartments.

We won’t be backpacking through Europe. Mama can’t handle that. We will be taking a train or flying within. The ferry seemed too long a journey and would cut into our time. So flying was our best options. Even booking those took alot of careful planning. I hope I got it all right!

Now I have to start looking at tours and food recommendations. If you have any I would love to hear them! So please share. Be on the lookout for hashtag #VitalsinEurope to follow along on our adventure.

<3 Denise


  1. Can I just say that I am SO excited to follow along on your trip this summer?! I know you guys are going to have an amazing time. I’ll be stalking all of your social!!

    • Thanks love! I can’t wait to share the journey!

  2. Oh wow, that’s going to be an amazing trip!!! Hubby and I went to Athens and Santorini during a 9 country 1 month long trip I organized 6 years ago. All your hard work researching and planning will pay off, you’re going to love it!!

    • I wish I could take a month off from work! 2 weeks is the longest we have ever taken a trip for.

  3. Kim Kim

    I can’t wait to hear and read about your trip! We love using Airbnb for our vacations these days, especially for family trips. We recently rented out a house that accommodated 10 ppl in London. It was beautiful. Good luck on trip planning.

    • It’s our first time using them but we based it off of references from friends. Im most excited by the one at santorini. Private roof top pool!

  4. wen budro wen budro

    Those pictures are gorgeous and your trip sounds exciting. Trying to navigate all of the travel methods can indeed be challenging.

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