Europe Early Summer Trip 2014: The Plan and the Process
The plan to go was taken after our umrah trip in February and tickets were paid before my trip to Vietnam in late March. My daughter who studies in Dublin arranged and created the travel framework that covers the length of stays in each city, booking of flights, buses and trains. She was also responsible for the itineraries in the Spain and Ireland trips. My other two daughters here in Malaysia prepared the itineraries for the Italy and Greece trips. I was in charged of the accomodations and train schedules. My husband was forever the Big Boss and Finance Minister. It was agreed that the main transportation costs would be shared equally as my daughters are already working and have saved. All bookings were under the Big Boss's name and thus, any monetary transactions were done with his credit card. Confirmed documents would be sent to the BB too. All he did in the end, was printing all the documents sent to him and arranged them systematically according to dates of activities. He was also the one who kept all our passports.
Accomodations are plentiful, from backpackers hostels to comfortable hotels. We chosed ones within our budget and convenient locations near the train terminals or near main places of interests. I also looked for ones that could accomodate the four of us in one room with private bathroom as taking 2 double rooms are more expensive than 1 triple room. However, there are times when you don't have any other option. The night we arrived in Rome, we experienced difficulty in locating our 'hotel' which is near the central station and when we finally did, we were told that something was under repair and we would be accommodated elsewhere. '10 minutes' felt like half an hour to the better hotel having to lug the luggages along the way. Thus, we did have the experience staying in uncomfortable rooms for the night but we accepted our fate with positive mind and gratification. Alhamdulillah.