Europe defines Western Culture in a very unique way. You think amazing architecture, incredible art, interesting history, commendable fashion, cuisines to die for and generally just the beauty that surrounds it.
As you think of how majestic Europe is, we all agree Italy stands out as one of the travel destinations I mean it is rich in culture and has a lot to offer not to mention how pretty it is. After falling in love with Paris, I was lucky enough to get a chance to visit Italy and let me tell you this: every experience was worth it! My hometown Malindi, Kenya has a touch of Italy so it was like a homecoming moment.
It may sound bizarre but the whole of Italy is stunning. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a city or a village, the views will definitely amaze you. I wish I had the time (and money of course) to tour the entire country but I was blessed enough to visit a few places and on this blog I will share the two places that stole my heart: Milan and Venice.
I spent a few days in Milan and it was everything I had imagined it to be. It has this urban feel creating a modern ambience which juxtaposes well with the art and historic side of the city. Milan is a whole mood on its own and it gave me such a sense of belonging until the language barrier snapped me back to reality.
Lucky for me, a very good friend of mine, Samali, hosted me. She is from Milan and not to fuss or anything but she defines the cool scene of Milan and she proved me right by giving me the best tour.
Milan may not be Italy’s capital but it is internationally recognized as one of the fashion capitals in the world. I have always been a fan of the top notch Italian designs and seeing everything in front of me was all so surreal. The street style was giving me all kinds of fashion fusion it was like feeding a beast. I appreciate good style and just walking the streets of Milan made me drool. I fell in love with almost everything and discovered I could have a shopping problem it’s just that I can’t afford it hihi!
I remember flipping through Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ and being amazed by this floating city. It directly went to my bucket list so getting the chance to visit was a dream come true. We took a train from Milan which took us approximately 3 hours and the journey was worth it immediately I set foot in the city.
The canals with cute little bridges joining them, gondolas sailing around, houses with little balconies adorned with flower pots… I immediately understood why Venice is a major tourist destination. It has this historic aspect giving you a peak of ancient Italy and history that has been preserved through centuries and generations. I am an old soul so I was digging the whole vintage vibe.
We had lunch at this cute little restaurant right next to the canal and I really felt like The Tourist with no Angelina Jolie of course. Honestly, Venice was much more than what I had envisioned. You can tell the people are more laid back compared to Milan but the city is quite developed with cool shopping bazaars and beautiful hotels.
Italy Travel Guide
I traveled to Italy on a budget and I must say I did not think it was possible until it all came to reality. Anything is possible once you have a plan and execute it well so pack your bags already and make it to your dream destination because I’m sharing some tips and guidelines to travel on a budget and have an awesome experience.
- Go Local
Connect with the locals of the place before hand and if you happen to know someone from the place even better. I had such an amazing experience with my friend Samali. She showed me all the cool places to shop, eat and take all those cool photos for the gram. What more did I need?
- Have an Itinerary
Make a list of all the places you want to visit and things you want to do prior to your trip and everything will run smoothly.
- Make a Budget
Come up with the amount of money you want to spend and plan your activities around it. Make sure you put some extra cash aside in case of emergencies.
- Get Affordable Accommodation
Book a nice place to stay but make sure it goes well with your budget. We all wouldn’t mind staying at a luxury 5 star hotel but it needs to make sense with your budget. You could soend a weekend in a nice hotel and a book an air bnb for a few days. Just balance it up like a G.
- Do your Homework
Familiarize yourself with the culture and even learn a few words from their language just to be able to ‘fit in’ and be polite.
Lastly, do not be afraid to explore. Try out some local street food, go to a party and just gear up to have lots of fun. Cause that’s all about traveling, am I right?
Till next time Gs. Have a good one!