Europe 2014…Moving Right Along!

Wow! We have been super busy later trying to get things in order for our trip. Since weEurope 2014 have moved it up several months, it did not leave us much time to book our flights and hotels. I had no idea what to expect when booking these for only a few months out. I am glad to say that we have the following finished:

1. Airline tickets. We got them for $920, which I happen to think is a great deal! Also, the times are pretty decent and we have the right amount of layover time in each place.

2. Accommodations. We have all of them, which is amazing! It took a lot of work, but I’m glad we went ahead and did it, because some of the places in Granada were already starting to fill up. We have a bed and breakfast type place in Lisbon, apartments in Seville, Tarifa, and Granada, and an airport hotel with a free shuttle in Madrid the night before our flight back to the US. The best part? All of these are under $100, except for the airport hotel that is about $102. I feel really good about our choices. Look for an upcoming post about! It is my new favorite trip website!

3. Travel Insurance. We have purchased insurance for all the nonrefundable parts of our trip that we have already paid for. This is a big sigh of relief! We will probably be adding to it as we purchase more tickets, etc.

4. Tickets to the Alhambra. Apparently the Alhambra is the most visited site in Spain. Who knew? There was already a day in May that was completely sold out, so we thought we better get to it. The timing of the tickets is really complicated so we did some research first and we feel like we have a good ticket time slot. The good thing is that we won’t be missing out on this awesome site!

So what’s next? We are researching transportation between cities and already have much of it figured out. We just need to start booking the tickets. Unfortunately, the Renfe website (the Spanish rail system) is a pain to deal with, if I remember correctly from the last time, so I’m not looking forward to this part, but it must be done!

I am also starting to research Lisbon, including tours and things we would like to do, and I hope to come up with a tentative itinerary soon.

May will be here before we know it!


  1. Sounds like fun. My mom and I are going to Panama in April so we are also so busy on getting the last details done.

  2. Echo says:

    How exciting! I can’t wait to see and read more about this European Vacation! I am super jealous! Great deal on the airline tickets!

  3. Kirsten says:

    So excited for you and your trip. Please let me know if you have any questions. I lived in Spain and have visited many times since. We also went to Lisbon on a different trip. Send me an email and I’ll help you out!

  4. Krystle Cook says:

    I would love to go to Europe some day! It is on our to do list. What month are you going? Have you been planning it for a while?

    • Rachel says:

      We are going in May. We were originally planning to go in September but moved it up when we saw that prices were a bit cheaper in May…the problem is that it cut our planning time in half!

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