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1. Posted by jmanjazz (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Hey,
I am going to be a senior in high school this year, and as soon as I graduate, My friend and I plan to take off for europe for a month. (early june to early july). We live in michigan and plan to fly from detroit to maybe spain or england, and then travel all around, ending in italy, flying back out of rome. (open jaw tickets i beleive they are called). Anyways, we were wondering if you could help us out. We definetly want to spend 5 or 6 days in poland, as my friend speaks polish, and also want to spend 5 or 6 days in Italy, as i speak Italian. Other than that, we have only general plans: spend $60 bucks a day, stay in hostels, and have a great time. we want to check out the nightlife, especially in cities like amsterdam, london (if we go there), barcelona, etc. We can only afford to be there for a month, so any help as to how to budget, and how to stay in each city for a few days without missing anything.

Thanks!

2. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 11y

How about considering a Europass so you can travel on special coaches throughout Europe. Or you could go Interrailing which is quite good value too. The good thing about both of these is that if you get one overnight then you save money on accomodation, plus you don't lose out on time spent in certain places due to travelling throughout the days. Also allows you to be flexible on where you want to go.

3. Posted by wplemon35 (Full Member 45 posts) 11y

Check out my thread for a list of cities and time i am spending there

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=13866

4. Posted by Blitz198 (Full Member 99 posts) 11y

Go here...theres a lot of cool things http://www.youngineurope.com/main.html

5. Posted by kenner85 (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Quoting jmanjazz

Hey,
I am going to be a senior in high school this year, and as soon as I graduate, My friend and I plan to take off for europe for a month. (early june to early july). We live in michigan and plan to fly from detroit to maybe spain or england, and then travel all around, ending in italy, flying back out of rome. (open jaw tickets i beleive they are called). Anyways, we were wondering if you could help us out. We definetly want to spend 5 or 6 days in poland, as my friend speaks polish, and also want to spend 5 or 6 days in Italy, as i speak Italian. Other than that, we have only general plans: spend $60 bucks a day, stay in hostels, and have a great time. we want to check out the nightlife, especially in cities like amsterdam, london (if we go there), barcelona, etc. We can only afford to be there for a month, so any help as to how to budget, and how to stay in each city for a few days without missing anything.

Thanks!

Hey I did the same as you did after I finished High School, left for Europe (in my case for 3 months)... So I sorta know what ya getting your self into. Firstly expect to be the youngest people when you travel and stay at Hostels, you will find a lot of people will be 2 or 3 years older then you in general. Of course there is a wide spread of ages who travel. I don’t no too much about Poland so I will not even try help there. The rest of Western Europe I have a pretty good idea about: Places you might like - I say start in London, depending on time try give your self 4 days there, for a good Hostel (Supermarket across the road) and its own bar down stairs head to St.Christophers) only down is that it isn’t close to the main 'night club areas as such' Being London you will find it hurts the pocket a bit too go out anyway so buy drinks before you head out. If that’s all you want to see in the UK, get a cheap flight to Paris. Spend maybe 3 nights there, using the metro to see all it has 2 offer. ( I don’t no what sorta money you have saved up but if you have enough I say buy a EUrail once on mainland Europe) If not then find a cheap flight to Amsterdam (you don’t want to spend anymore then a 4 or 5 days there) then 2 Munich, spend 2 or 3 nights there and then head to Berlin (awesome city had the best fun there, go on the pub crawl its a really good night out and an easy way to meet people. Then head to where ever you are going in Poland. Spend the 5 days there and then move down to the Czech Rep. Cheap and great place to go see, really interesting. Then head to Italy, Go to Venice for the day maybe or Pisa if u are interested. Even a stop in at Milan is an idea. And a must is ROME. Good luck with it, what ever u end up doing; you will have an awesome time.
good website is http://www.hostelworld.com/, there are heaps of them on the net. Best way to do it is sit down with a map and work out a good way to see all the places u want to see, but remember you dont want to be wasting to many days on trains or planes

cheers chris

6. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

Hi, the first then i would say is to decide where it is that u definately want to go, and then try to fill in cities around it. For example, if you really really want to go to Spain, then u need to start there, as starting say in England, and then trying to fit in spain as well as Poland and finish in Italy is going to require a lot of un neccessary travelling. Of course, if ure not that bothered about spain then start in London, then head to paris. This would save u quite a bit of time.

My recomm would be to fly to Barcelona which is a gorgeous city and spend a couple of days here. Then, work your way up to Madrid, aiming to get to Paris. This is where u have to make a decision. Either to spend hours on a train to get from 1 to the other, find some place in between to stop for a night or 2, or lastly, whether to get a cheap flight. This are really common in europe, and ill give u some links at the bottom,

From Paris, go to London. It has to be said that this is one of the most expensive places in europe and i live here! Everything seems more expensive, but the good news is that other places that europeans find expensive, say Italy, will seem cheap in comparison. From Paris head to Brussels - whilst not a hot bead of actvitiy i think it is worth a couple of days here, plus it is a nice stopping point between Paris and AMsterdam, which is an absolute must!

From Amsterdam head to Berlin, which was one of my personal favourite cites within EUrope. There is loads to see and do here, so plan to stay at least 3 days. From berlin you could move on to Warsaw, which, whilst not my favourite city, is worth a look, if only for 2 days. Krakow was certinaly nice than Warsaw and I found that there was a lot more to see and do, and there is also the possibility of doing a couple of day trips, one to see the salt mines and one to see Auschwitsch and birkenau which were just amazing.

From krakow, you can head back down to Prague, which i also loved, but is getting increasingly touristy now. If u had the time, i would take the 3 hour train down to cesky Krumlov for a couple of days. it is one of the most picturesque little villages ull find. it is also really unspoilt and not particulary touristy either. Very nice just to wander around and see all of the lttle shops and stuff.

From Prague i would say head to Vienna, though only for a couple of days, i didnt think there was all that much to do really, before heading over to italy. Venice is a must, and pisa was really nice, though very busy and rather small. Of course, this would depend on where u r flying home from, but if u can try and head down to Rome. I loved it here and cant wait to go back to spend time just wandering around the ancient forum and other stuff.

Personlly, i dont think u need to spend more than 3 days in any 1 place, that is, if u just want to get a snap shot of each place rather than look at every nook and crany there is. travelling by train is probably the cheapest and easiest way to travel. One helpful hint would be to have a translation book which covers all of europe, as this saves a lot of time and effort at train stations!! Also, whilst the eurail pass may be good avlue in the west of europe, it is far cheaper to travel point to point the further east u go, such as Czech Repb and Poland.

As i said at the start, the best thing for u to do is to decide exactly where u want to go and then see if it is possible and how u can achieve that in the most time and cost efficient way.

I hope this has gven u some ideas about where to start. ive done this 3 times now, so have quite a good knowledge of Europe, so if u need any help please feel free to ask.

Nicola

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