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1. Posted by kingtrebor (Budding Member 4 posts) 43w

keep trying to post...not working...will be traveling in europe, uk and other areas around there for 1 year. Never been outside USA.....


2. Posted by kingtrebor (Budding Member 4 posts) 43w

it worked..

3. Posted by nodo.nodo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 43w

come in Georgia, in the Caucasus. you can see the pristine nature, the highest point in Europe, Ushguli, and Batumi most beautiful sea resort

4. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 712 posts) 43w

Hi Kingtrebor

Welcome, and good luck with your travels. Have you looked into the limitations of visas for your trip? Much of europe is in the Schengen visa zone which allows only 90 days visit (in any rolling 180 day period) so you may have to plan your time to sidestep this, such as with time in the UK and Ireland or eastern Europe.

5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 662 posts) 43w

The EU is considering requiring visas for Americans and Canadians, but has delayed a decision until July 12. The US currently requires visas for citizens of EU members Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania; and is considering adding those countries to its current visa-waiver program. There are some unanswered questions if the new policy is adopted. For example, if visas are required, what is the procedure for obtaining one; and how much would it cost?

Reciprocity policies aren't helpful for tourism. Some countries are realizing that. Argentina suspended its $160 reciprocity fee for Americans on March 24. But many still apply stiff fees and requirements in the name of reciprocity.

6. Posted by kingtrebor (Budding Member 4 posts) 43w

Yes this is the info I need,so if I dont stay in one country for more than a month at a time ,I would be good?

7. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 763 posts) 43w

You need to do some research ... US STATE DEPT. SCHENGEN FAQ among other things, says this ..

" If you are a U.S. citizen with a valid U.S. passport traveling for tourism or business, you can apply to enter the Schengen area without a visa for a period of three months within each six-month period. If you spend three months in the Schengen area during any six-month period, you must wait another three months before you can apply to enter the Schengen area again without a visa. If you do not meet these conditions, or plan to stay in the Schengen area longer than three months, contact the embassy of the country where you plan to spend the majority of your time to apply for a visa. "

You need to find out the visa rules for every country you want to visit - not difficult, a bit time consuming .. Some are in Schengen, some not.

Happy Travels

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 662 posts) 43w

Kingtrebor, you would be wrong to make that assumption. Read this information from the U.S. State Department about travel in the Schengen zone:

Andyf is on the mark with what he says.

You also should consult this link for travel information about the countries you plan to visit. It has useful information:

Since you've never been outside the U.S., and you plan to be away for a year, you should begin to make advance preparations for your trip. Beyond deciding where you want to go, you need to figure out how you'll handle the money issues. That's important. Independent travel isn't like joining a tour, when most things are handled for you; and you've prepaid for transportation, accommodations, meals, etc.

So make some plans; do some research, and you'll enhance your European adventure. Best of luck!

9. Posted by kingtrebor (Budding Member 4 posts) 43w

Theres alot to . ..a lot if planning....I have almost a year to plan...whichbit might take that long...hiw about this, if I make london my base and travel from there returning after each trip will this make my travels easier+

10. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 662 posts) 43w

London is one of the world's most expensive cities. So, if you plan to use it as a base to visit other places in Europe, you'd have to have a generous amount of money.

It's like using New York City as a base to visit Georgia, Florida and Texas. Would you do it?