We're back; full bellied, slightly pink and completely inspired by our wonderful vacation to France and Spain. If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen a lot of the places we visited. I'm not shy about sharing my experiences and if you're wondering there's actually a lot more that I didn't share. I often fall victim to #wanderlust and love to expose others to the amazing places this world has to offer to us. On the blog I thought I would expand on the details about the places we slept, ate, visited and some of things we learned. It will be a quick series - one post regarding hotels and places to stay, one on food and drink, and lastly one detailing a few activities or sights that we found exceptionally special and noteworthy. Hopefully, if any readers are planning a similar trip, our resources will provide you with useful information.
For a little background behind this vacation. Each year we try to plan a 'big' trip to celebrate our lives together and usually it takes place close to our wedding anniversary (it just happened on Monday, 6/1/15). This year, due to unique opportunity France was the front runner for destinations. Jack's animated thesis film was awesomely accepted into the Cannes Short Film corner (a special thanks to SVA for submitting it)! We may have planned to go somewhere else, but this once in a lifetime opportunity gave us the push to plan to travel through the south of France. Luckily, due to airfare being much more affordable in Spain, we were able to slip that in too!
I'm not a travel writer and I'm definitely not sponsored, so any and all of these experiences were paid for by us. Although, I do really wish I could write it off, R&D anyone? Which means, they're possible for the everyday folks if you plan well and save a little. Overall, I would say this trip was reasonable. For two people, including airfare, car rental, and hotels for a full 15 days we spent less than $4k. For food, gas and activities, we kept to a pretty strict budget of less than $100 per day.
For the first installment of this series, I'm going to talk about the places we stayed, the places we didn't stay and lastly, the ones we wished we could have stayed in! Check back soon for the next installment.