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Old 03-01-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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Italy or Two Smaller Trips

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I am 32 (33 in a week or so) and my husband is 33. We have been married 8 years and have no kids. We are considering having 1 child.

My husband and I love Napa and have traveled there 3 times. We enjoy traveling in general. We were considering going to Italy at the end of 2013. We have been saving for the trip. After returning from Napa a few weeks ago, we are considering "ditching" Italy and going back to Napa and another destination. We can do two trips for the cost of one trip to Italy. Airfare alone to Italy is going to run us $2400.

I was speaking to my friend about this who already has children. She recommended going to Italy if we are even remotely considering having a child because she said she wont be able to travel to Europe now until her kids are out of the house. We are really torn because we love Napa. Did I mention that we love Napa? Any advice?
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:07 PM   #2
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In summary:

You've been to Napa 3 times.
You've never been to Italy.
You want to go to Italy.

Conclusion: Go to Italy
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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...She recommended going to Italy if we are even remotely considering having a child because she said she wont be able to travel to Europe now until her kids are out of the house.....
Ummm, we took our kids to Europe when they were 7 and 5.... Don't base your decision on your friend's advice. Or that you could do two US trips vs one to Italy--you could also do ten weekend trips by that logic, but you won't see Italy.

Go to Italy.

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I've been to Napa, and I've been to Italy. Go to Italy.
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I've been to Napa, and I've been to Italy. Go to Italy.
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Napa is nice--Italy is fabulous!
Stay as long as you can as there is so many, many parts to enjoy.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:38 PM   #6
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I'd go to Italy. Napa is nice, but after 3 visits you've probably seen it all.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:59 PM   #7
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Italy was always my top bucket list destination, and I deferred going there for some 10 years. Went last summer with DW and LOVED it. By the way, previously we vacationed at the same luxury hotel for 25 straight years, so I understand that love you have for Napa. But, you just HAVE to go to Italy.
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I'd say go where you think you'll have the best experience. To do so really think about what you like about Napa and how Italy will meet those expectations.

Italy isn't my first choice but lots of people love it there.
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Go to Italy; you won't regret it. Yes, the airfare is steep, but the cost is worth it. We have made a habit of going to Italy once per year. Unfortunately, due to the nasty weather destroying the school calendar, we aren't going this year. It will be the first time in more than five years that we haven't and I am suffering from withdrawal.

I would be happy to suggest places to go and things to do, as would many others on the board, I'm sure.
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go to italy!...make sure to include Florance...take the bus tour to tucany area and leaning tower with wine country and lunch at winery...blows napa out of the park..


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Another vote for Italy
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DW and I spent 10th anniversary in Rome. Absolutely phenomenal! Don't pass up the chance and if you have Hilton Honors points, check out the Cavalieri. Unbelievable views of the city.

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Italy. That's a no-brainier.
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Italy is fun, maybe go when it isn't summer? You should be able to find cheaper airfare.

My son's first trip to Europe (Sweden) was at 1 year. He's now 3.5 with 8 stamps in his passport.

You can travel with kids.
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I have been to Italy four times and loved each trip. Go for it. Then next year try Sonoma. Nicer than Napa. And take bikes.
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Go to Italy! We went last year, the trip to Pompeii alone will blow any memories of Napa
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I've been to Napa and had a wonderful time.

My j*b sent me to Naples last summer and I must say I loved it even more. I really want to go back when I don't have to be in m**tings all day and can take DW with me. I also want to see more of the country.
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I've traveled ALOT - all over the world. ! But have one favorite trip of our lifetime and that was our "Free at last" bike tour in Italy. Dropped off our youngest at college and got on the plane. I'm not a big city fan, so went spent most of our days biking the hills of Tuscany. Flew into Venice ( stay at a Best Western right outside and take the train in, much cheaper) and flew out of Florence - you could stay weeks there. Sienna, Lucca, Montepulciano, all of them outstanding. And the wine and food will make you weep! May need to plan another trip......
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Italy. Definitely. I've lived there off and on (teaching) for two years. . .always fabulous. Too much to see; art, landscape, charm overload. Do your homework before you go to decide what to do and see, because you will be back for more.
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