I leave for Italy in 40 days.
Everyone keeps asking me if I’m excited. Don’t get me wrong, I am, but it still feels so far away and like I have so much to do.
I was talking to a friend about this very topic last night and she asked me, “so what do you have to do?”. The funny this is that after she asked, I couldn’t really think of anything.
I have all of the big things covered….
- Vacation days booked
- My flight is paid for
- I registered for Italian school and paid my deposit
- I booked a hotel for my first 2 nights in Florence (before school starts)
- I have some Euro pocket change
- Talk to my bank and change my plan so that I don’t get dinged on international ATM withdrawals (with my current plan I think I get charged at least $5 + / withdrawal)
- Contact the bank and credit card companies to notify them that I’ll be out of the country for 6 weeks
- Talk to my cell phone provider about my options for international service – at a minimum I’d like to be able to use text messaging
- Strategically plan out my travel wardrobe for carry on only (with space for new purchases!!!)
- Collect addresses for post cards (if you want one, send me your info)
- Start a Florence must see/do list
- Investigate health/travel insurance options
- Find/ buy travel sizes of everything
- Pick 1 or 2 books to take with me
- Print off / photocopy my travel documents (in case of emergency) and leave them with a loved one
- Study Italian and learn a new verb every day for the next 40 days before I leave
- Buy a nice pair of sandals for everyday use that are both comfortable and fashionable
- Buy more Euros
I’m sure this list will grow as I get closer to departure.
If you have any ideas or tips (for traveling or sites to add to my Florence list) let me know.