Part of the fun of taking any kind of vacation in the process of planning it ahead of time. While you want to make sure and plan all the details, it’s always best to keep an open mind and allow for all different kinds of scenarios to be thrown your way! When one door closes, it only opens up a new one!
Now granted, one of my closest and dearest friends happens to work for Rick Steves (https://www.ricksteves.com/) and is a Travel Guru Extraordinaire, and most people do not have that resource at their disposal. However, what people do have is the Internet, library and book stores. If you plan to travel, make sure and do your research and make your reservations. Also, while Rick Steves books and maps are a valuable resource (you can careful cut them up to make them weigh less) you can also download Audio Europe playlists and customize them to your specific trip. You can listen to them before you go and while you are there. There are even specific tours that you can listen to while perusing your favorite museums, exhibits and monuments. Take advantage of these audio guides!!! https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/audio/audio-europe
My sister and I also read different websites and recommendations for the specific towns that we planned to visit, so that we always had an idea of what we wanted to see while we were there. We had exactly two weeks to travel France. While we had the had the trip of a lifetime, I would recommend someone else do the same trip in three weeks, with adding a spot or two to stop at, while spending an extra day in the places that we did visit.
What I did NOT plan for was fracturing my tibia five days before our trip. That put a spin on things, but I was bound and determined to go anyway and make the best of my situation. The orthopedic surgeon put my ankle in a brace and my dad loaned me his walking stick. I was good to go…