We’ve been home for a few days now after too long in the air. Milan to Dubai is about 7 hours and then Dubai to Melbourne is another 14 hours, That’s a long time to be enclosed in a large metal container with lots of other people. At least I got to see four movies!
Jet lag has never really been a problem for me but this time it has really affected me so I have had plenty of sleepless nights to reflect on this holiday, what we did and what I wore. I am going to spread this out over two blog posts because no-one wants to read an essay from me!
What we did is the easiest part to consider. Five and a half weeks is a long time to be travelling and although I am glad we only went to to Italy (instead of Italy and Croatia as we had originally thought) we still did quite a lot of travelling (especially internal air flights). Next time I’d take the train. Not only because Airitalia are very inefficient, but also because there’s a lot of time wasted getting to airports early, going through security and waiting. A train in contrast usually leaves from somewhere in the central city area and does not require the passenger to be there much more than 30 minutes before. It also arrives in the central part of the next city.
We stayed at airbnb apartments in Milan, Sardinia and Rome. Whilst I like the philosophy (and prices) of this sort of accommodation we did feel a little isolated. There’s no concierge to ask about where to shop or eat, or to advise regarding the best sites (and what to avoid). An up side of these apartments however was the washing machine.
Our first ever organised tour (by Amber Road) in Puglia and the Amalfi Coast was a big highlight of the holiday. However I think it was partly luck that we were on a tour with so many like minded people all around the same age. It was also a small group tour with quite a good balance of free time and organised and guided tours. We also visited places slightly off the general tourist route (such as beautiful Trani and Ostuni) and stayed at smaller independent hotels. There were no early morning starts either, and we always stayed at least two nights in every place. Sicily with a car and driver was also a good move although we did try to see too many things in not enough time!
Trani in Puglia on the Adriatic Sea was such a lovely peaceful town.
Ostuni – picture postcard perfection.
Two organized tours one straight after the other was a mistake too. We would have liked some time for R&R in between.
These are however good problems to have!