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Have a burning travel question? I’d love to help.  Send me an email and I’ll answer your question on the blog.

This week’s question is about affordable, Europe, solo, summer  travel:

Hi Katie

I need some travel advice, have 10 days in june that I’m taking off.  I want somewhere in Europe that’s quick, cheap and warm.

I don’t want to spend a lot of money, but I do want a new, interesting, fun place where I can chill, and it needs to have a yoga retreat nearby.

Suggestions? 

-Sofia

Hi Sofia,

How fun! To stay within your budget and expand your options of where to go, I would consider downloading a great yoga class or two and blocking off time each day to do your own practice.

As far as location, here are some suggestions:

Lucca, Italy

Lucca in Tuscany is super cute, and calm and peaceful and best of all not too expensive! And they have a yoga studio.

I have been researching going to Milan for a short trip , and I have actually found some nice looking hotels for cheap. Since you love fashion, look into Milan.

Evisa, Corsica

I am always partial to Corsica – its just such a beautiful place. if you want seclusion and relaxation, go to Evisa in the island’s interior. It’s not on the beach, but the gorgeous hiking, walking, and crystal clear rock pools make up for it.

You can take a train from the coast near Evisa, but renting a car or arranging a bus might be easier – there are only a few gites and restaurants there – I stayed at Hotel U Mulino (no website) and it was soooooo cute and they have a pool.  Things do book up in the summer though might be a good idea to calla head to book.

Rock Pools in Evisa, Corisca

I haven’t spent much time in Spain, but I would love to -Malaga looks gorgeous.

I just got back from Istanbul which was amazing. I found it really easy to get around on my own – great trams and ferrys and things. There is SO much to do and see there. I found really cheap flights form France, I’m sure you could find good deals from London and once there you can get by on not very much.

View of the Bosphorus Sea from a ferry in Istanbul

The Guardian has a good piece (from a couple years ago) on great summer solo travel that has some good ideas:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/apr/20/10-best-trips-solo-travellers

Good luck! Tell me where you end up and send pictures!

Katie

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This weeks’s question is about choosing a honeymoon destination in Europe:

Hi Katie,

My fiance and I are trying to plan our honeymoon and are planning on traveling around Europe (or close surrounding areas) for about 3 or 4 weeks this summer. We have a few thoughts on where we want to go (possibly Italy, Greece, France) but are not limited to those places. We keep seeing your posts and thought, why not ask you your opinion on can’t miss spots or interesting, “unknown” spots/things to do or see that maybe we didn’t think of? Any tips, ideas. recommendations, thoughts, would be amazing if you have any. We’re diving into this planning process a bit blindly and wanted to get some feedback so we get to some great places. We’re always talking about how we’re in awe of your adventure-filled lifestyle and just thought you might be able to share your wisdom. Thanks so much!  Theresa

Hi Theresa,

Congratulations! Wow a month in Europe in the summer sounds like a fantastic honeymoon.  I’d love to help in any way I can!

I guess my first question is where you have been already? I always think its best to go to new places (rather than one person showing the other a place they already know) so you can explore together and share the new experiences. I haven’t been to Greece (although I am dying to go!) but here are some ideas for Italy and France:

Italy:

Rome

Morning market in Campo di Fiori, Rome

I have spent some time in Italy – in Rome which I absolutely love – It is just vibrant and fun and feels young and kind of cool with great fashion and things and of course the food. but then there are the ruins and the Vatican and so much history – its like the perfect European city.

The Amalfi coast in Italy is gorgeous – just absolutely dreamy and perfect for a honeymoon. Its more scenic than cosmopolitan, so think quaint old towns, romantic restaurants and beaches. it can be touristy and a bit hard to get to, you need to take a bus on a windy hillside – but it is a spectacular place. unbelievably beautiful and if you want to just chill out this is a good spot.

Positano

Positano, Italy on the Amalfi coast

One place in Italy I haven’t been to but want to is Sardinia. it is an island off the coast of italy very near France and it looks amazing. I would look into it if I were you!

Tuscany is also stunning and not too hard to get to. You could do all three weeks in Italy and not get bored of it

France:

If you haven’t been to Paris, go. It is everything people say it is. Living in Nice, I am partial to the south of France… it is such a gorgeous part of the world. it might be fun to rent bikes and tour some vineyards in the Bandol region down on the south east coast of France below provence.

I adore Corsica, the French island right above Sardinia – it is rugged and beautiful. great beaches and hiking and at the end of the day you are still in France!

Corsica

Algajola, Corsica

My advice would be, try not to bounce around too much. I think if you can spend more time in fewer places you get more out of a trip. Europe in the summer can be touristy so try to stay off the beaten path a bit – corsica has great cheap campsites (I bet sardina does too) which would be a cool alternative to a hotel.

Have such a fantastic time! let me know if I can help and tell me where you end up going!

Katie

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