For my first international trip, I was lucky enough to have a travel partner. She was planning a trip to visit her friend in Germany and I was planning my trip to just get out of America for once. The timing worked out and we outlined an itinerary together. The cool thing about traveling in Europe is that once you’re on the continent all the inside travel is relatively cheap compared to the international ticket from the U.S. So we had the main destination, Germany. From there we came up with cities that we thought we could squeeze into 12 days. Even choosing the number of days took some deliberating. We finally came up with Dublin, Amsterdam, London, Rome, Florence, and Pisa as our extra destinations.
It was not easy or quick to prepare for this Eurotrip. It takes time, money, and establishing a groundwork. The idea of the trip came about in January but the ticket to Germany wasn’t purchased until months later in April. We almost messed up and waited last minute for the tickets to Italy and London but it worked out and those were purchased in August, one month before we took off. So to reiterate, give yourself time to plan. We didn’t even finalize on the cities we would visit until the month before we landed in Europe. To help us prepare a bit more we asked our friends from overseas for advice, researched online, and watched Anthony Bourdain’s travel show, Layover, on Netflix (Definitely go peep that). It took nine months of prep; though in the end our work paid off and we got to visit seven cities in four countries for less than the price of a new Macbook. Yeah, we did that.
So the price breakdown goes as follows.
The ticket to Germany was purchased with the help of Google. Yes, Google will be an ongoing theme in these posts because it’s such an invaluable tool. You would be hard-pressed to find lower prices than the ones Google finds for you. Don’t even think about calling a travel agent unless you got it like that and if you do you really don’t need to read this (Just give me the money, I’ll help ya out). Since I live in Milwaukee and my travel partner lived in LA we decided to leave from LA since it would just be easier and cheaper to do. It was an extra $330 Milwaukee-LA roundtrip plane ticket for me but I just had to eat that cost, no biggie. The ticket to Germany was only $593 each plus taxes and fees that added an extra $200. I foolishly purchased travel insurance which was unnecessary and I would never do it again, that was 37 bucks I just threw away. I made that mistake so you don’t have to. In total, the tickets were $1,661.66 for two people.
Next up were the plane tickets to fly from Germany to London, London to Italy, and Italy to the Netherlands. We thought we would have to shell out another grand but with Google’s assistance, we settled on choosing Ryanair as our airline of choice. Ryanair is great, no, it’s amazing. Let me show you why below.
Bremen, Germany- London,UK | $134.
London, UK – Rome, Italy | $53.
Pisa, Italy – Eindhoven, Netherlands | $70.
And that wasn’t just the price for me, it was the price for both of us together! RyanAir was a miracle that allowed us to go to so many countries and the quality was just like any other plane. Three safe plane rides for two, totaling less than $260. No rusty wings or bad smells here. I can go on and on about RyanAir and their brightly covered seats, but I’ll save that one for later.
Of course , there was more to the trip than plane rides and I’ll go into costs in the next posts as I take you from city to city. If you have any questions feel free to ask them and I’ll compile them into a future post.