Even my dad took notice. I had my itinerary for Portugal planned out to a T. Perhaps I should be a travel agent. I can’t speak for all travel agents, but I can say that I think the best travel agents are those who travel and those who travel extensively. How else can you talk about travel and truly sell travel if it is not something that you do on the regular?
So, how did I create my well crafted itinerary? It started with research and the acceptance that I only had a certain amount of time in Portugal. All in all, I only had 72 hours. What are the best things that I could do with that time? How could I make the most out of that time, and return feeling rejuvenated and like I got a lot out of the trip?
First, I purchased the Lisboa Card that you have heard me talk about and mention from time to time. That allowed me discounts to museums and activities, as well as access to public transportation and day trips to Sintra and Cascais. I also learned that I have been pronouncing Cascais wrong all this time.
I knew that a cooking class and the marketplace was a must. Additionally, I knew that I wanted to take the historic Tram 28. With only 72 hours, many articles that I read said to take a day trip to Sintra and a day trip to Cascais, that they made perfect day trips. These were perfect for me because they were easy to get to and allowed me to see more of Portugal and more of Lisbon than just downtown Lisbon and Lisbon proper.
My days started early. I have always been an early bird, and typically started my days around 8 am or 9 am. I never ate breakfast at the hotel. I did not want anything cutting into my day. I would always find a quaint little café shop or pasteleria where I could grab a custard tart or pastry and an espresso. I made sure to get to my destinations no later than 10:00 a.m. and often times spent the better part of the day at them.
It was easy because I never rushed through my days. Most of my days were spent exploring and walking. Believe it or not, there is a lot that you can do in 72 hours in a destination. Do not let anybody tell you otherwise.