I’ve been obsessed with London since I was a teenager, since the days when my school friends and I would get the train up at the weekends to chase pop bands around. Back then London was a place of absolute wonder and excitement; a place where you could realise your dreams, no matter how crazy or ridiculous. It’s so difficult to explain the exhilaration the 14-year-old me would feel getting off the train at Waterloo, a stranger in a city bigger than I could fathom with so much to see and do. I love London and always promised that teenage version of me that one day, I’d live there.
Booking the flights for our trip was a huge deal. We knew that once we’d clicked that confirmation button and our hard-earned cash had left our accounts there’d be no going back; no changing our departure date or destination, no backing out. Everyone would realise that the trip we’d been talking about for so long was actually going to happen – and so would we.
Like most aspiring travellers, we’re trying to find ways to get rid of our possessions so that we can travel as lightly as possible when we’re on the road. However, while we’re in the process of packing up, giving away and selling our stuff, we’re also having to buy all the gear we need for our trip; which includes the most important piece of kit – the backpack.
If you’d have said to me five years ago that Andrew and I would be able to save nearly £30,000 in around two years, I’d have never believed you. Even just three years ago we were both penniless ex-students with overdrafts and mountains of student loans; we haven’t exactly been living on bread and water, forgoing holidays or staying in every night either. So how have we managed to save money for travelling?
There are so many things to see in Rome, Italy, it can be difficult to know where to start. When we were planning our trip we pulled together a list of the most famous Rome tourist attractions we wanted to visit. Surprisingly though, it was many of the places and areas we stumbled across by accident that we loved the most. Here are our top 10 things to do in Rome and information about Rome entrance fees.
At the moment I feel like I’m measuring the time we have left before our trip in ‘Lasts’. We’ve just had our last British summer (thank god!) and now we’re on the verge of our last autumn and all the things I love that go with that; halloween and bonfire night, frosty dark mornings and watching the parks turn golden and crispy. This weekend marked another ‘last’ – our last London Frightfest.
13 days of sweltering hot sun and blue sky - one afternoon of thunder, lightning and being soaked to the skin. Oh well, a day in Rome, even if it's a rainy one, is still ten times better than a day in the office! Check out the Roman rain...
Travel bloggers often warn not to plan a trip too far in advance, pointing out that your route will probably change once you’re on the road and that anything can happen when you’re backpacking round the world. Unfortunately, I happen to be a bit of an Obsessive Compulsive Travel Planner, so ‘going with the flow’ is going to be a bit of a challenge for me. It would be silly not to do any travel planning though, right? So, here’s what our itinerary looks like so far:
Normally when we go abroad Andrew will eat anything, I, on the other hand, am much pickier. I knew I wouldn't have a problem with the food in Rome though as Italian food is my absolute favourite cuisine - in fact we probably would have put on a few stone had it not been for all the epic walks we did! Here's some of the best dishes we had: