Hey there. Am planning a trip to Europe round Aug/Sept for approx 1 month, depending on what leave arrangements i can organise from work. Have traveled OS a little in the past, but never on my own. Have thought about a tour, but would prefer to just take it as I go, meet new travel companions and have loads of fun (am pretty easy to get along with and don't mind the odd drink of beer or wine). I know a month is not long, but we'll see what happens. Have been scanning a number of web travel forums and i'm starting to feel as though i'm getting to old for this stuff. Anyone remotely interested, just give us a hoy on this here thread.
You're definitely not too old
You'll meet plenty of like-minded folk along the way
You are never too old to travel. Just don't give and do one of those bus tours. Ick. Everytime I've been to Europe (except one where I foolishly rented a car) I have always gotten a Eurail pass and usually just go to where the next train is leaving. You will find the crowds starting to thin out at the end of August and through September. This is a good time to go, just as May is. Good weather and fewer people. Europe in July and August can get pretty crazy especially in the tourist hot spots like Venice, Rome, and Paris.
If you are still feeling old about doing this, I will turn 41 this summer while I am backpacking across China.
31 too old - no way!!!!! I'm 32 and i'm just getting started on my travels.
Go for it. You'll meet loads of people on your way round Europe and have a great time.
31 is a great age for making friends of all ages
Damien, if you are old, I am a fossil
Get out there! ENJOY!
Hey Damian, I'm 31 too; did you just call me "old"?? That is just bloody rude! OK, jokes aside, I do know how you feel. I keep meeting these young people in their early twenties and late teens whenever I travel, and they sure don't make me feel any younger. I look much younger than my age (thanks to the anti-aging genes my Chinese ancesters have mercifully pssed onto me), I dress young, and I still love a good party, so physically, and to some extent mentally, I blend in with the crowd. But the age gap is palpable especially in terms of life experience. What I have a problem with is the look on their faces when they find out my age, the shock and horror -- 31 is just astronomical to them! The worst is when they don't know my age and make comments like "I turned 25 last week; I feel so old"! Who can blame them though, I thought 31 was old too when I was their age... OK, so we may be oldER, but we're definitely not too old to travel!! But if anyone asks, we're 23 OK?!
OK. I'm feeling much better now! Thanks everyone. Trying to negotiate a deal with one of my fellow work buddies to swap a leave bank so as I can go in September. I think this would be a better time to go than August, don't know why, I realy have no idea!!!! Except for Oktoberfest. But anyway, just wondering if anyone would be able tell me if a Eurail or Busabout pass is the go? What's the most flexable? Damo.
Hey old man,
Good to see you've made the decision to go. I'm also on my way to Europe, currently in Thailand for a few weeks.
As a fellow Aussie, i'll give you a few tips of my own! If you've never been to Europe, stay somewhere on the way to help break up the flight - 26+ hours sitting on a plane is no good for the body and soul ! That's why I staying in Thailand. Have done the same before, but Singapore.
If you're looking for flexibility, i'd have to say that Eurailpass is the go. However, be sure you get your money worth, as Eurail is about 120 bucks a day to travel. In that 'travel day' you need to ensure you go as far as you can , and cross a country border. I spent a bit of time in Germany, and found that it was cheaper to just buy a ticket there and then.
I would say the same for all intra-country travel. As soon as you cross a border, the price sky rockets. To give an example: I use eurail to go Rome to Switzerland - about 9 hours travel. Berlin to Amsterdam (high speed) about 7 hours. A flexipass give you a certain number of travel days in 2 months.
The trains in Europe are great - they always tend to drop you off right in the heart of the city.. and close to backpacker hostels. I've never had to walk far to find accomodation (only when I got lost).
I'm off in August now. Was the best I could work out for both flights and my work leave slot. Flights booked. Will have 4 & 1/2 weeks to fill in. Have a Busabout pass as a close friend recommended it to me as a first time solo traveller. She used it last year. Think I will also use rail system for some destinations along the way. Still no set itinerary though.
Take it easy.