Monday will begin the 7-day countdown to MrsMJonTravel and I departing on the vacation of a lifetime.  We will board an American Airlines flight to Rome.  I booked our Business Class tickets with AAdvantage miles months ago, and the trip just seemed to far away then.  Now I can hardly believe it’s here!

Starting with a 5 day stint in Rome and Naples, our vacation will really begin on July 5th, when we (along with 4 of our closest friends) board Celebrity Equinox for an 11-night Mediterranean cruise including stops in Santorini, Mykonos, Istanbul, Ephesus, Athens, and Capri before returning to Rome on July 16th.  We have a couple of days post cruise to wind down, and we’ll do so with a train trip to Venice for one evening there before returning to Rome, and flying home on July 18th.

Mrs MJonTravel has been working hard planning a great vacation for us.  And yes, even I pitched in a tiny bit.  She’s much better at reading books and thinking ahead than I am.  And I can’t say enough good things about our travel agent, Michelle Bemis, at McCabe Travel in McLean, Virginia.  McCabe is a Virtuoso agency, and I highly recommend them and Michelle if you are in the market for a good travel agent.  Michelle was instrumental in arranging a private tour for us in Ephesus as well as helping me secure train travel from Rome to Venice, and of course, the cruise.

So yes, I’m jazzed!  But don’t worry, you won’t miss me much when I’m gone.  I’m going to have some great ‘Best of MJ on Travel’ content posting throughout our vacation, and I have every intention of blogging throughout the trip….so look for my posts, and you can always follow me on Twitter too.