1. Hey Matt,

    I've been going over your blog a bit, and appreciate how much time and effort you put into this. Did 2.5 weeks with my family just in Italy last spring, and want to return, possibly moving between countries as you guys did. I planned and reserved everything myself as well, so I fully understand how much effort you put in, and also how easy it is to get into the weeds! I hope you won't mind my pilfering a lot of your ideas for our next trip. This blog is a tremendously fun and helpful read. Take it easy, and good luck on your next adventure.


    1. Hey Geoff!
      Thanks so much for your kind words, and I’m glad you found my family’s story helpful and entertaining.

      Planning everything yourself is a daunting task, but it’s also the only way to make sure you don’t get sucked into too many tourist traps. I wrote this because I was forever changed by the cultures and challenges we experienced and wanted to make sure that as my kids get older, they never forget the experience (even though they still haven’t read this I hope they find it someday when they’re older).

      We’re upping the ante and going to Australia for our next adventure and I’m currently in the middle of churning the credit card points for that trip. We’ll definitely return to Italy someday soon though. I’d love to retire in Riomaggiore, and hopefully my son will be big enough to carry me up and down all the stairs by then.

      Thanks again, and feel free to shoot me any questions you have while your planning.


  2. Ginny Fisher. Aka LadyVivace on RedditMay 25, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    Hi Matt! Love your Paris travel journal! You obviously had a great time, and though I've been to Paris many times, I learned new sights through you. Thank you! I plan to visit Lafayette's grave when we go in Sept. Loved your romantic Opera evening! Congratulations on your promotion ....! Another American ofyen in Paris

    1. Thanks Ginny! We can't wait to go back, I completely fell in love with the opera.