Hello all, I'm Thel and I'm new to this forum. In search of a good travel forum I stumbled upon this site in hope of getting some help with a few things concerning a Eurotrip I'm planning in March
Okay, so here's the thing: I'm planning on following my favourite artist's (Susanne Sundfør) tour through Northern Europe with some help from a 22 day Interrail Global pass, but I'm a total rookie when it comes to traveling and planning trips! Due to this I was hoping some of you much more experienced travellers out there could give me some advice about my current planned route and about whether or not it's doable
Like most inexperienced travelers (especially Interrailers from what I've heard) I started out plotting a route that would give me my 'money's worth' with quantity over quality. I did however quickly realize that rushing through cities and spending more time on trains and train stations than in the actual locations would be completely pointless, so I sacrificed places such as Tenby, Cardiff, Alton, Dover, Calais, Brussels, The Hague, Aarhus and Malmö and managed to slim it down to the current route:
London - Leeds - Edinburgh - Swansea - London - (Lille) - Ghent - Antwerp - Rotterdam - Amsterdam - Hamburg - Copenhagen - Stockholm
Does this route still seem too 'optimistic' on a 22 day pass? Considering I'm travelling mainly to see the concerts of the abovementioned artist in these six locations and dates make out the trip's 'skeleton':
London (03/03) - Ghent (11/03) - Amsterdam (14/03) - Hamburg (16/03) - Copenhagen (19/03) - Stockholm (20/03)
I arrive in London (Gatwick) by plane early in the morning on the 2nd of March, so in other words, I should have around 8-9 days to spend travelling in Great Britain, 6-8 days in Benelux and 5-6 days to spend in Germany and Denmark depending on where I decide to prioritize
I'm aware the whole London - Leeds - Edinburgh - Swansea - London route is awfully inconvenient, but I'm planning on booking tickets for a football match on Elland Road (for Leeds United, by favourite team) on the day after the concert in London, so starting out in Edinburgh wouldn't have worked out (four times as expensive for tickets as well). I'm likely to need at least 3-4 days in London, so I have a feeling I'll have to forget about Swansea. Should I perhaps just forget about Edinburgh altogether and focus about the London - Leeds - Swansea - London triangle instead? It's one of the cities on the top of my list to visit, but do you reckon I'll have enough time there to justify the extra travel time?
As for Benelux, I'm more than willing to drop Rotterdam if necessary. Antwerp can hopefully stay. It's also worth mentioning that unless something unexpected comes up I probably won't even leave the train station in Lille before I head for Ghent, so that should improve the traveling flexibility in the area a bit.
I'm also interested in extending the route from the 21st and onwards if I feel like it, but that won't be included in the Interrail route as of now (Stockholm - Mariehamn - Turku - Helsinki - Tallinn - Pärnu - Riga - Stockholm). Estonia and Latvia aren't a part in the Interrail network either way, so I'll leave that for another thead.
Opinions about and experiences from any of the cities (or good alternative options along the same route) are highly appreciated!
Thanks in advance, and I wasn't sure how to include my embed route here as I'm typing this on my tablet, but here's a picture at least: http://i.imgur.com/pRoJOlih.jpg
Hope I posted this in the right place!
[ Edit: Edited on 13-Feb-2015, at 06:27 by Thel ]