Evie is a certified PMP by day. Reading has been and always will be one of her favorite pastimes, but she also enjoys sharing her thoughts about other interests. A romantic at heart, she’s an eclectic music junkie and wine lover. Checking out nearby restaurants featured on the Food Network is a must, and HGTV is usually to blame for all the decorating and redecorating in her house. Travel is part of her life agenda, and the beach is her own personal space to dream and relax.


  1. Sophia Rose
    June 10, 2017 @ 9:16 pm

    Wow! Clever! Thanks for the tip, Evie. I want to do a tour of Sicily at some point so I’ll use your ideas.


    • A Quaintrelle In The City
      June 10, 2017 @ 11:41 pm

      Hi Sophia! Sicily sounds like a fantastic place to go and I hope you get to visit soon. Leveraging the AAA itinerary (without booking through them) saved me half what I would’ve spent had I signed up to go with them. Hopefully it works out for you too. 🙂


  2. Jeyran Main
    June 12, 2017 @ 6:11 am

    What a beautiful post. I am going to save this for my next trip to Europe. I have actually been talking to my husband about starting to travel more and this will come really handy. Just one question though, when you say take the train, do you mean for transportation to get to the sites? Because I thought just renting a car would be easier?


    • A Quaintrelle In The City
      June 12, 2017 @ 6:18 am

      Hi Jeyran,
      The train is for long distances. So I had to take it because we toured the south of Spain. I went from Madrid to Córdoba, then to Seville, then to Malaga. So I bought 3 (bullet) train tickets. Then in Malaga I rented a car to drive to Marbella and Gibraltar. This was easiest for us. In regard to transportation in the city, you can do the metro and the bus, but I didn’t because where I stayed all the main attractions were at a walking distance. It’s kind of though driving a car in cities like Madrid, Córdoba, and Seville because their streets (where the main attractions are) are super narrow and there is no parking. And if you find parking it may be a bit pricey.

      I’m excited for you and your travel plans 🙂


      • Jeyran Main
        June 12, 2017 @ 6:21 am

        Perfect okay so I will look into other means like a train. You are right. Parking would be hard and the roads are pretty tight there.


  3. amaryllisturman
    June 12, 2017 @ 6:20 am

    Good tips! I will keep this in mind when we plan our next intl vacation. In the past, we have just settled for going to a resort or cruise but I have been feeling more adventurous.


    • A Quaintrelle In The City
      June 12, 2017 @ 6:24 am

      I was surprised how I pulled this off. We didn’t get lost at all and got to each destination without any trouble. It went as smooth as could be. I figured if we stuck to the AAA plan we couldn’t go wrong lol. I’m sure AAA doesn’t appreciate I leveraged their itinerary though ?


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