I just got an email with an invitation to Cinque Terre (aka the Italian Riviera just above Tuscany) from June 3rd-9th... If you've been reading this blog with any regularity in the past six months, you understand my absolute need for a vacation. Of course, this email comes one day after I locked in my new apartment and two weeks before a month that includes two Colorado trips and a work trip back to LA. But as wanderlust is literally my middle name, I have to share all of the gory details with you...and mull over the pros and cons in my head.
A company called Italian Fix plans intimate group trips to Italy and was started by three Texans who are all really awesome and have become the quintessential insiders in Cinque Terre... They've designed these very unique vacations with the only goal of making people fall in love. They want you to fall in love with yourself, with Italy and with that pasta dish that you can't pronounce. This is all achieved by living in a seaside village for six days, taking morning fitness classes, swimming in the Mediterranean, and an Italian cooking class in a 17th century villa. You can take the trip alone (nah), with a travel buddy (definitely) and they fold you into a group of up to ten people.
This trip is all about meeting awesome new people and enjoying an amazing new place... This is NOT one of those tour-bus-with-50-random-old-people-from-Ohio sort of situations. Come on, this is a decadent vacation, not purgatory.
For $2470 (not including airfare, vacation trinkets, and additional cocktails) you can disappear for a few days and worry only about making yourself happy. Leave your BlackBerry at home, set an out of office on your Outlook and just....be. I'm crossing my fingers and toes that there is another trip later this year because while June 3rd is logistically impossible, I don't think I could say no to an Italy trip in the fall.