Finding happiness in retirement

Traveling Easy

It makes me laugh to imagine touring Venice, Florence, and Rome on my own without any command of Italian language and navigating the many transportation systems that are needed in getting through a European country without a car. As my daughter will attest to, I did a pretty poor job when I took her through Ireland as a young teen. So I’ve entrusted my travel to GoAhead Tours. My friend and I used them last summer to visit Spain so it was an easy choice to book a trip to Venice, Florence, and Rome recently for my daughter and me. The tour director stays with the group (there were 32 of us together in Italy) and connects the travelers with local guides in each destination. We were taken care of as well as kindergartners on a field trip. The tour companies provide the equivalent of the Disney fast-pass. We bypassed the long wait for a boat to scoot us over to our hotel in Venice, as well as the wrap-around the building  line at the Vatican. There’s always “time on your own” scheduled in the tour and the director will make arrangements for advance tickets so you can scoot ahead of the line even when you’re not part of a tour group.


About a month before we departed for Italy, I compared the itinerary to the “must visit” list on Trip Advisor and filled up some of our unscheduled time. I added a walking food tour of Rome and a small group trip wine tour of Tuscany. Each had 5 star reviews and didn’t disappoint.


I’ve added some highlights of our trip to Italy in the travel photo gallery. I don’t have a plan for my next trip and would love to hear some suggestions.

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