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first time traveller, advice on not planning ahead

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1. Posted by rachieh (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!


Im 27 years old and from England, on the July 1st i start my traveling trip around Europe which ill be doing solo. I have never traveled so am a complete novice and in need of some advice.
So far i have planned 1 1/2 months, starting in Amsterdam and ending in Nice. I have planned all my routes, hostels and train tickets to a T however after Nice (and surrounding area) i don't want to travel anywhere else in France nor do i want to go to Spain (i'd like to go around Spain on another trip) but i dont want my trip to end there. I originally thought id be away for 3 months but thats only a month and a bit.

So my plan is to get the train (I'm doing the whole trip by train and ferry) back to Paris and then deciding where i want to go next - either home, if i decide not to carry on or onto another city. i'm worried about not planning ahead though. Will it be easy to book a hostel at such short notice? It will be august time by this point. I dont want to end up in a situation where i can't find anywhere to stay.

like i said I've never done this before so am a bit clueless! basically i need some advice on whether its a good idea to only plan up to a point.

thanks for any help.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5087 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

August is very much high season, so you definitely should be booking things ahead for that time of the year. However, there's no reason to painstakingly plan out your entire trip now, when you have no idea yet of what you'll be feeling like come mid August. Give yourself rest days while on the road (in my experience a must anyway; you'll be seeing and experiencing so much that you'll really need at least one day a week to recover and assimilate all of it), and then after your first few weeks of travelling use those extra days to plan out the next leg or two of your trip, always planning/booking about 1-2 weeks ahead. (You'll probably still run into situations where all reasonable accommodation is booked solid, but that just means that you'll have to be a bit more flexible with where you're going and what you're doing in which order. If you notice that happening too much, then you can already book for an extra week after, and then when high season starts to fade, gradually move to taking things as they come.)

[ Edit: Edited on 25-May-2015, at 07:06 by Sander ]

3. Posted by rachieh (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the reply. I'm defiantly going to do that, booking midway rather than at the last minute. Ill be able to use train journeys to do more planning. thanks again!