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First time travelling alone - Europe trip. Please help.

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1. Posted by misswanderlust (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 10 Aug '14 05:58

Hi Everyone.

I just wanted to get your opinions on what is best to do on my first Europe travel. I am planning to go around Spring for hopefully 3 weeks. This is my first trip alone so I am trying to plan little by little and reading about travelling to Europe.

Below are some of the questions I have as well as the countries I am planning to go to.

The Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Belgium
France
Italy (Rome and Florence)

OR

Spain
France
Italy

1. Which month (March/Apr/May) is cheapest in terms of flights and accommodations?
2. How much should I allot for the whole trip? Accommodations can just be on the 2/3 star hotels.
3. Which cities in these countries should I visit?
4. Do you have any recommendations for accommodations?

Thank you very much for your help. :)

2. Posted by Alain13 (Full Member, 33 posts) 11 Aug '14 01:17

Hi, :)

I give you some indication about your trip.
Because of better wether, chose rather April or May but take care that transportations are more expensive around Easter Week end (4-6 April 2015) . And in France there are a lot of public holidays in May : 1st May, 8 May, Ascension Day (14 May 2015). That means a lot of people moving during "large Week ends".

So the best period is maybe April taking care of Easter week-end.
If you decide to stay only in Southern Europe, March could also be a good option.

Route: 3 weeks is very few for all these countries and I think you will stay in large towns (a pity but it is rather easier to do so if you do not rent a car).
Hereunder some proposals:
Amsterdam - Brussels - Paris (all by train Thalys/TGV). From Paris you could have a one day organised trip to Loire Valley castles. Then by train you can easily join Avignon then Nice and then Italy, Florence and Rome.

The second route you are thinking could be the southern one:
Madrid - Barcelone - Avignon - Nice - Florence - Rome. Very nice one, more sunny!
Of course there are a lot of possible variations.

Enjoy your preparation :)
Alain

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4393 posts) 11 Aug '14 09:08

April is a perfect time of the year to visit the Netherlands, with the flower fields all in bloom. From Amsterdam, you could take a train to Haarlem or Leiden, rent a bike there, and be amongst the flowers 15 minutes later.

4. Posted by David.Hilbert (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 12 Aug '14 14:31

Hello misswanderlust,
Having done a two month France, Spain, London trip last October and November I suspect you will wish for more time to cover the countries that you list. June starts high season in Europe so I think April and May will be good months for travel, May being the warmer month. In France you will find TGV trains (fast trains) covering Central France from Paris and these trains give you a 2.5 hour trip to Avignon, for example, with trains going into Italy and north through Belgium. Book second class on the TGV to save as the fares are lower and the accommodations fine. Book online well ahead, if possible, to save.
In Spain the bus is a good option as are the trains.
I like the accommodations offered by Air BnB, they can save considerable $ and give you a nice local connection for insight and info.
Good Luck
David Hilbert

5. Posted by SamKing04 (Budding Member, 4 posts) 15 Aug '14 15:13

Hi, I have just got back from 4 weeks travelling Stavanger, Oslo, Copenhagen, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Munich, Venice, Rome, Nice, Lyon and Paris so it is possible to visit a lot of places in a short space of time. It really depends what you want from the experience. We just wanted to see the main sights in the cities and then decide which ones we might want to go back to another year. I would recommend purchasing an interrail ticket, we purchased the 10 days of travel within 22 days one, although be warned in most places seat reservations were compulsory and they weren't cheap! I would also highly recommend staying in hostels if you are alone, even if it's just for part of your trip as you will be able to gain advice about what to see and do and how to save money. In France we found that, particularly in the train station, people were reluctant to speak English, which i can imagine would be slightly daunting if you are trying to organise travel alone. I would definitely recommend Rome though, it was my favourite place along with Vienna, we weren't after a boozy holiday which Prague and Munich can offer you. Hope this helps!

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7. Posted by adventuresam89 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 19 Aug '14 04:01

In Spain, you should try to visit Seville and Salamanca, very beautiful cities that are not as crowded with tourist like Madrid or Barcelona, and food/accomodation is relatively affordable