Next year, I qualify for a month off with pay from my work.
I’ll probably take my month off during the Northern hemisphere winter.
I want to visit museums, listen to classical music, and explore history while I’m there. I also want to visit restaurants, hang out with locals in bars, and watch sports.
So, now is the time to start saving up for my trip of my lifetime. I’m looking to spend around $5000 US. I don’t want to spend it in overpriced hotels.
I’m going to spend a few days in London, taking a day or so trip to Liverpool to fulfill my Beatles fantasy. London from Chicago O’hare airport is an inexpensive flight. The train system can easily take me to Liverpool. I’d also like to see an EPL football match.
After that, I want to go to the continent. Right now, I’m leaning towards Berlin. 20th century history fascinates me. I can explore both world wars there as well as the cold war. I think I’d love the beer there, although I can’t get excited at all about the food, unless I’m going to pay top Euro for other cuisines.
I could easily be talked into other places to vist. I’d love to visit Sienna, Italy, but it seems very much out of the way and the climate in Italy probably sucks in the winter. Italy has been on the top of places that I’d like to visit, I think I’d really like the food there.
I’m also attracted to Paris, which is easy to get to from London. I’m sure the food in Paris is excellent. I’d spend some time learning French so I wouldn’t be the ugly American. There is a lot of history in Paris as well as great music and the museums are excellent.
Of course Amsterdam should be an option as well. From what I know, I’d be the worst English speaker there!
Since I’m not looking to do 30 countries in 30 days, and assuming London is a must, where should I think about? I’d love to visit Athens, but I think Greece is too far away to consider on a trip that must include London.