One of my most popular posts was How to See Seven Cities in Europe on One 12,500 Mile Award.

In that post from June, I explained how to use the 23-hour layover trick to see seven (or more) cities on one United award for only 12,500 miles plus taxes (of $155 in this case.)

I am in Rome, heading to Brussels tomorrow, so I am already done with three of my goals for the week.

  • party in Zagreb–check!
  • cliff jump in Dubrovnik–check! (see below)
  • see the Colosseum in Rome–check!
  • hang out at the Grand-Place in Brussels
  • check out a fjord in Oslo
  • get into trouble in Amsterdam
  • and get to Munich in time for the end of Oktoberfest.

Here’s the route I’ll be taking visually:

I was apprehensive when I started this week of travel that it would be exhausting and I would see nothing except airports and hotels. I didn’t want this to just be about checking countries off a list to impress people later. I really wanted to do the best one to three activities in each place that I could fit into 23 hours.

So far Dubrovnik and Rome have been complete successes, and I have high hopes of having an over-topped waffle tomorrow in Brussels. I may be exhausted in a few days, but for now, I am very happy with this crazy award.

If you have any tips for fun things that I can do in one day in each city, please share them in the comments.

And make sure to check out How to See Seven Cities in Europe on One 12,500 Mile Award.


Here’s a video of my cliff jumping today at sunset. I apologize for the videographers’ shrieks. There’s just something about a man cliff jumping apparently.

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