Today is my first of three days off and I’m headed to Austria for a mini ski adventure in a few hours. I can’t wait to be back in the Alps, this time sans norovirus (Dolomites flashback). In other news, I just booked flights back to the US in May for a work trip. It will be my last visit back to the states before I officially return at the end of July. Cue the final countdown song. Before I get too far ahead of myself, here’s what kept me busy in February.
I took a solo day trip to see the beautiful white cliffs of Dover. It was an easy train ride and a peaceful retreat from the tall buildings and smog of London.
Big Ben & Jen
My friend and fellow American in London Jeannette is a planner extraordinaire. She is behind the scenes of “Lady Relocated” booking exclusive visits to everything from the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London to her latest feat, an exclusive visit to see Big Ben up close and personal. The tour lasts about an hour and comes with a knowledgeable guide, lots of stair climbing, and earplugs so you don’t go deaf when you arrive at the top to see Big Ben strike 10AM. If you’re a London resident, you can do this too. Details on how to set it up here. Snaps for Jeannette, everyone!
The England by Rail series was on fire in February due to my train ticket booking bonanza I came to terms with earlier this week. As a result, I saw some amazing English destinations in February. Stratford-upon-Avon was one of them. Known as Shakespeare’s hometown, it’s worth at least a half day of your time.
Between my England adventures I traveled to Lisbon, Portugal for a long weekend with three wonderful travel buddies. I absolutely fell in love with Lisbon. It won me over with its kind people, delicious food, mouth-watering pastries, legit coffee, warm weather, affordable prices, and historical sights. I could go on and on about Lisbon, and I definitely will when I sit down to write about our trip in more detail soon.
Oh look, one more train trip squeezed into the month. This one was the trip that made me check myself before I wrecked myself. En route I realized I had made a careless planning faux pas, but we still had a great day exploring the quaint town of Lincoln.
My lesson learned in February was to slow down and enjoy the trip planning process rather than let it cause me anxiety. Easier said than done. There’s just so much to see in the world that sometimes I get overwhelmed. I know I need an attitude adjustment to appreciate all that I have seen, so working on that in March. Wish me luck remembering how to ski this week, it’s been almost two years since I hit the slopes. Yikes!