It’s 1PM on a Wednesday in Florence, and you’re on your way to pick up ingredients for lunch. Warm cobblestones under your feet. The smell of fresh espresso in the air. You feel like you’re truly living la dolce vita.
But your newly discovered deli, run by a charming couple in their 50s, has pulled down the blinds and hung up a new sign on their door: Chiuso.
Some frantic thoughts racing through your mind might include:
“Oh my god. How inconvenient.”
“What will I do now?”
The subject of where to go in Italy is a hot topic, especially if you ask an Italian.
One of the best things about Italy is how many incredible places there are to see in such a concentrated area.
I mean, think about it — Rome, Florence, Venice, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast, the Tuscan hills, Sicily, the Alps, all packed into a country less than half the size of Texas!
And those are just the top-of-my-head obvious destinations, the ones most people will have on their bucket list or itinerary. In the spaces between these heavy hitters are innumerable other gems, the off-the-beaten path places most people don’t know about.
So how do you choose? You only have so much holiday time, and you want to make the most of it.
Wanna know what I do?
Do you get a little weird before setting off on a big trip?
You’re not alone.
I almost cancelled a trip I had planned through Southeast Asia and Australia one year.
When the date of departure crept closer, a heavy dread crept in that replaced the excitement of planning and dreaming and saving.
Excitement turned to anxiety. I was fixating on the bad stuff that could happen.
Some common pre-trip anxiety soundbites: