Trip Planning

trip planning

Hi everyone, we’re actively organising our first trip since starting the blog. I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally be able to do some trip planning and then record our experiences through posts such as this one!!

So, this is where we’re going to go soon: New York, Washington, Naples and surrounding area, the region of Puglia (Apulia) in the heel of Italy, then Rome, Athens, Singapore and back home. This will all take about 6 weeks from the moment we leave to the moment we come back. We’re going to fly from Brisbane to New York via Honolulu, but unfortunately, we won’t have time to stop in Hawaii this time. We will spend about 1 week in the U.S., around 4 weeks in Italy, a couple of days in Athens and 24 hours in Singapore.


Times Square in New York
Times Square, New York

As you can imagine, we’re looking forward to the trip immensely. Last time I was in the U.S. was in 1994, and many things have since changed in my life and with the world. Last time I was there one of the highlights of the trip was visiting the World Trade Center and go up one of the Twin Towers but we all know the skyline is very different today. I’m looking forward to visiting the 9/11 Memorial very much. I’ve never been to Washington, so that’ll be a new experience for all of us.


Mosaic in Ercolano (Herculaneum)
Beautiful mosaic in Ercolano

Leaving the U.S. we’re going to fly to Rome and immediately take a train down to Naples. Being originally from Italy I can’t believe I’ve never been to this beautiful city full of history and tradition. This will change in a few weeks’ time. We have decided to make Ercolano (Herculaneum) our base for the week or so that we’ll spend in the Campania region. This seemed logistically to make sense as we will visit areas in the north and south of here. Ercolaneo is the less known city that was completely destroyed by volcanic ashes along with Pompeii. We’re going to visit both archaeological sites and write an extensive blog post about it, with lots of pictures. After Pompeii we will go to Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano and, if we have time, Capri.

Ruins at Pompeii
Ruins at Pompeii

The next leg of the trip will see us driving down to Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Matera lies in the Basilicata region of Italy. We will spend a couple of days here walking through the “Sassi”, its unique dwellings carved inside the calcareous rock formations. Needless to say, I can’t wait to be there.

Sassi di Matera


After that, we will drive to Lecce and we’ll spend a few days there, also visiting the coastline all around the heel. I’m expecting fantastic beaches, natural reserves and pristine water from both the Ionian and Adriatic seas. I’m also expecting absolutely mouth-watering homemade delicacies, like the burrata and orecchiette, among others. From there we will then drive up to Alberobello, a town unique in the world where visitors can see and stay in Trulli, conic-roofed buildings which have a very interesting, totally Italian, origin. We will talk more about that when I’m there. I’m sure you will appreciate knowing the history of these dwellings.

The Trulli in Alberobello

Monopoli and surrounding areas will be next and then Bari, where we will stay for a couple of days. After all this travelling we’re going to need some rest and relaxation: the beautiful Gargano will see to that! We’ve booked a B&B in Vieste and I’m planning on enjoying every single moment whilst there.


Colosseum in Rome
The Colosseum

At this point, according to our trip planning, we will leave Puglia and drive back to Rome, where we will spend about 5 days. I’ve been to Rome a few times, but my children have never been there. It’ll be awesome to show them around the eternal city and its many touristic spots, such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna and so forth. I am sure I will take many photos here and I will share them in blog posts and on our social media channels.

In Rome we will meet with some friends who will just be starting their Italian holiday. Together we’re going to take a train to Crotone, in the southern region of Calabria. That area is another place that I’ve never visited before, so I’m looking forward to seeing this new area which I’ve heard so much about.


Acropolis in Athens Greece
Acropolis in Athens, Greece

After a few days in Crotone it will be time to get back to Rome for our flight to Athens, Greece. The plan sees us spending two days here. Archaeological sites and good food are on the list for this section of the journey.

From Athens we’ll start flying back into our direction, by going to Singapore first, where we will have about 24 hours to spend.

Finally, it will be time to fly back to the Gold Coast, after what I hope will have been an epic trip.

So, here is what we’ve done so far as trip planning. We’re organising things non-stop at the moment. We’ve booked all hotels and accommodation, made a car reservation and purchased some attractions tickets already (not many though, as you never know if you’re going to have delays or other unforeseen hiccups, especially with two children). I will write another post with a detailed list of things we think you need when travelling as a family with tweens.

What about you? Have you been to the places I’ve described? Please feel free to comment below if you have and there are places we absolutely must see, or even if you have not been there but have some trip planning tips we can use. Thank you so much in advance.

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5 thoughts on “Trip Planning

  1. Washington is great for families! Most of the museums are free or pay by donation so there’s a ton to do for little to no cost. Safe travels!

  2. Looks like a great itinerary, you’ll have to visit San Francisco sometime also if you haven’t already!

  3. Thanks for that! Yes, we’re planning on visiting lots of museums whilst there and we can’t wait!!

  4. Thank you. San Francisco is definitely on the list for the next trip to the U.S. This time we only have time to go to the East Coast but in the future we’ll be visiting California as well. 🙂

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