Europe 2014?

Since taking our daughter on a European adventure in 2012 (right before she turned 2), we had thought about taking another trip sometime after having our second child, assuming we were brave enough to try it with two small children. Recently, I was thinking that maybe it wouldn’t be such a good idea, but whenever I think about all the places we’ve been in Europe and all the awesome experiences we have had, I just had to look into it a little more. Even though Anya was so young, she still talks about our vacation and the things we did and asks when we can go again.

So, I have spent the last few days looking at possible itineraries. A cup of coffee, a map of Europe, and my laptop on a Saturday night is a little dangerous! Assuming this little trip actually happens, I will be blogging about the planning process. A lot goes into a big trip like this, especially when there are small children involved!

So first things first. Where will we go and when? We are thinking September because the high season is over in Europe but it’s not too cold or rainy at that point. Also, the weather tends to be perfect for walking outside. Deciding where in Europe we will go is a little more complicated. There are so many places on our list that we haven’t narrowed it down just yet. Here are the possible itineraries so far:

1. Bucharest, Romania; Sofia, Bulgaria; Athens, Greece

2. United Kingdom: Edinburgh, Scotland; Wales; some smaller places in England

3. Brussels/Ghent, Belgium and Amsterdam

4. Lisbon, Portugal; Andalucía (some smaller cities in southern Spain)

5. Scandinavia (Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen)

The next step is to do some research on flights to see which of these itineraries will be cheaper. Also, I am doing some research to see how kid-friendly the cities are. Hopefully we will make a decision soon and can start working on the details!

Have you been to any of these places?

What itinerary would you take with two small children?

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