Well, that sure feels good to say! Hopefully one day I can say, that our IPO is next week, but I won’t get ahead of myself. I can dream big though. Any good stalkers out there probably already easily figured this out, but the last few weeks I have been working like crazy building a brand Web site, blog, social media accounts, etc. for my new business, EuropeItinerary.com!


It is a project I am SO excited about. The company will provide personalized Eurotrip planning services based on people’s specific travel preferences, budget, travel style, must-dos and must-sees, and more. After helping several people plan European vacations, I realized all the time that goes into organizing how to see all these places in an allotted amount of time within a particular budget. Trains, planes, hotels, where to eat, what to see… it’s a lot to think about. While some people (like myself) find trip planning to be half the fun, others rather just get there and enjoy themselves. I’m here for group B.

There is still much to be done, like finalizing major aspects of the business model. I’m also looking forward to a huge Web site overhaul from a generous designer in the upcoming months. However, today I am just really excited to finally reveal to y’all what I’ve already created. I’d love it if y’all would check out the pages and follow along!

EuropeItinerary.com : dedicated homepage to find out more about my company’s trip planning services
Pinterest boards : Get inspired for your European adventure by browsing incredible travel photos by country. Follow your favorite countries and more!
Europe Awaits : A new travel blog covering all aspects of European travel. I haven’t been everywhere (yet), so I’m looking for contributors. You can contribute posts that you’ve already published on your blog, or original content. Looking for information on places, events, hotels, festivals, packing, and more! Please email submissions plan@europeitinerary.com. An author description will be given along with link backs to your blogs and social media sites.
Facebook : Find latest updates from us and travel deals.
Twitter: News from all over the travel industry, special deals, and more.

Lastly, if you know someone (or a group) looking to come to Europe that needs help planning, I’m looking for a couple of people to provide these services for free. All I ask in return is a testimonial for my new Web site. Please forward this information on to anyone who might be interested.

  • http://World-traveler-in-training.blogspot.com Claire

    ooooh! Great idea! I’d love to contribute something about Hamburg

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Thanks Claire! That’d be fantastic. If you already have a post, you can just send the HTML to europeitinerary (at) gmail (dot) com. Otherwise, just whenever you have time I would love the contribution!

  • http://www.fromtheretoheretheblog.com Jay

    Wow! Fantastic idea!

    You’re welcome to use a post from my site – depending on what you need I have posts re: Spain (Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Granada), Paris, Prague, Berlin, Brussels, and of course, Norway!

    Best wishes as you pull everything together!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Yayyy thanks so much! I will definitely use a few posts – so helpful!

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com bevchen

    Oooh, exciting stuff!

    I would be happy to contribute any of my posts about places I’ve been, but I’m not sure if they’re what you’re looking for.
    This one might work (with some editing), but I don’t really give any tips it may not be detailed enough: http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/calw/

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Thanks Bev! I’ll def use that post – can’t believe I’ve never heard of that town it looks so charming!!

      • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com bevchen

        It really is charming – you should definitely go! (If you can’t get hold of a car, it’s only an hour by train – one change in Pforzheim).

        • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

          So you can go by train too, not just car?

          • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com bevchen

            Yes, they have a train station. We went by car because my boyfriend offered to drive 😉

  • http://www.travel-babbles.com Kym

    Congrats and best wishes for your new adventure! How exciting!!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Thanks so much! Everyone’s support means a ton!

  • http://Heleneinbetween.com Helene

    This is amazing!!! I am so proud of you! If I know of anyone I will absolutely dorect them your way. I think this is incredible and I want help spread the word in any way shape and form!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      You are the best! I’m very excited about it all – even with the crazy crap ton of work ahead. Thanks so much!

  • http://Www.pinkparliament.wordpress.com Hanley Russell

    I should have known! Haha actually, if you want a practice run.. My mom and grandma will be here march 11-19th. I haven’t planned and dread planning it. Want to have fun? I’ll I’ve done is the flights! Haha

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Hanley – would love a practice run! If you send me some info (form at http://europeitinerary.com/packages when you select a package) I’d love to help!

  • http://gravatar.com/sbuttsie Daddio

    Excellent & congratulations!

    I suppose you still have your day job and are easing into the travel gig in the evenings and in your other spare time?

    Excited for, proud of, and for, you.

    Noted a typo on your website, I believe you intended to say ‘joy in’, but ended up with ‘join’.

    Love always,


    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Thanks Dad! Still have the day job, of course.

      Couldn’t seem to find the typo – could you direct me to the page and section?

  • Landi

    Sooooo excited for you!!!!!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Thank you Landi!!

  • http://cocalores.blogspot.com Anja

    What a cool idea! I can really see you doing that as a career =)

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Thanks Anja! I hope I can turn it into that!

      • wanderindelight

        Alex, love it!! Good on you and what a great way to share your tips with others and make a business for yoursel!

  • http://browniediaries.blogspot.com Kaity

    this is really exciting Alex! now if only I were actually going to Europe sometime soon…

    • http://treasuretromp.com Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

      this is so incredibly exciting!! congratulations, lady!

      • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

        Thank you thank you!!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Thanks Kaity!! Sure you don’t want to pop over to France soon? 😉

      • http://browniediaries.blogspot.com Kaity

        haha, if I could I would be over in France in a heartbeat! but alas, I’m stuck in this thing called school…

  • http://heathergoesdeutsch.blogspot.com Heather

    That’s awesome and congrats! That’s the dream right there :)

    • http://oneroadtraveler.wordpress.com haileyhiggs

      so exciting, Alex!!! Congrats!!!! This will be huge!

      • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

        Thanks so much Hailey! I’m excited!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      yayyy thank you!

  • http://www.highcottonblog.com Staci

    Yay! Congrats lady! I have some friends thinking about Europe for their 1-year anniversary…I will send them your way!

    • http://meetmakelaugh@gmail.com Stephanie @ meet.make.laugh.

      Congratulations! It’s always exciting to get a big project off the ground!

      • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

        Thanks! Still ways to go but I’m excited!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Fantastic!! Thank you Staci!!

  • http://www.seehaysnap.blogspot.com Hayley

    Congrats girl that is so awesome! Cannot wait to check it all out! You rock, seriously.

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts


  • http://lostandfound-bailee.blogspot.com Bailey

    This is awesome!!! Congrats! I would love to contribute posts from my Asia travel- plus, fingers crossed, I should be heading to India in the next few months. I can help in that area too. Now, I just need to get my ass blogging again. CONGRATS again! This is something you will be so great at!

  • http://lostandfound-bailee.blogspot.com Bailey

    i’m really dumb…I just realized it’s EUROPE itinerary. whoops, LOL!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Hahaha thanks Bailey! I can’t wait to hear about India – I’m still dying to go and visit Ankur there. I wish I could do WORLD itinerary but unfortunately my knowledge is far too limited right now, oh visions of expanding the company I’ve barely begun haha. Thanks so much though! Maybe I can snag some of your other Europe posts :)

  • http://sunshineandsiestas.com Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    So great! I need to just take the leap and quit my jobs and do as you…you’re great!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Ha, well unfortunately still have the day job. But oh do I hope someday this could be full-time! Thanks Cat!

  • http://twitter.com/adodds Alyx Garner (@adodds)

    You go girl!!! How awesome!!!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      THANKS LADY! Means a lot!

  • http://itsabouttakingthejourney.blogspot.de Dena @ It’s About the Journey

    Congrats!!! Not only will I use you, but promote you. Any button yet?

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Wow thanks so much Dena! Button in the works, will send it to you shortly!

  • http://stevenglassman.de Steven

    This is outstanding! If I ever have a trip where I want to outsource the planning, I will definitely keep you in mind. Good luck with the new business!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Thanks a lot Steven!

  • http://MySwissChocolateLife.blogspot.ch MySwissChocolateLife

    Congratulatons! :))) wish you a lot of visitiors, fun and passion!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Vielen Dank!

  • http://svenja-happybluebird.blogspot.com/ Svenja Schoening

    ALEX this is simply amazing!!!! I just checked out your EI website and it is so good!!!!! I am sure you will soon need to hire more staff 😉

    Wishing you all the best!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Thank you so much Svenja – it really means a lot! Excited to see where I can take it!

  • http://www.chasingheartbeats.com ashley // chasing heartbeats

    How exciting! I think this is a fabulous idea! Owning your own business is so rewarding, but SO much work- your new site looks great! Looking forward to seeing what big things come your way :)

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      Thanks so much Ashley – it means a lot! I can already tell that I’m borderline in over my head, but hopefully I can figure out a way to manage it all!

  • http://pinkparliament.wordpress.com pinkparliament

    YAY! I sent in all my stuff. If you can’t get to it, seriously just let me know!

    • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

      What email did you send it to? I don’t think I received anything .Do you mind sending it again to europeitinerary (at) gmail (dot) com? Thanks lady!

  • wanderindelight

    Alex, love it!! Good on you and what a great way to share your tips with others and make a business for yoursel!

  • http://www.meganstarr.com Megan

    yayyy how exciting alex! if you have a badge or something ill throw it up on my website 😉

  • http://landofcandycanes.blogspot.com Katrin

    Congratulations, Alex! What a great idea! I am so excited for you and I know it will be a huge success because you kick ass!

  • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

    Thanks so much Megan! I will definitely send you one soon, you are incredible!

  • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

    Thanks so much – I’m very excited!

  • http://tinaingermany.blogspot.com TinainGermany

    congrats, that’s awesome!

  • http://ifsandsandbutts.com ifs ands & butts

    Thanks Tina!!