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I want to bounce a few ideas off everyone here...

Travel Forums Europe I want to bounce a few ideas off everyone here...

1. Posted by BrandonO (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Alright, let me start off by saying that I've never been to Europe before but have been wanting to go for several years.

I just graduated from college this December and am thinking about taking a 2 week vacation to Europe in May before I get a job and wont have time to go.

So far this is kinda what I've been planning... I'm just not sure how realistic something like this is, thats what I want you guys to tell me, lol.

Fly to London and spend 3 or 4 days there seeing the sights and exploring. After that, I would travel up to Dublin for 2 days and see what that's like.

After visiting Ireland, travel to Amsterdam and spend a day or two there. After that, I would travel through France and go down to Barcelona for 2 days and then go back to London to fly back to the US.

I was planning on staying in Hostels overnight. From everything I've heard they're adequate for sleeping and are well priced. The one thing I'm not sure about is how crowded they are in the middle of May and if i'd have trouble just walking into one and getting a place to sleep or if It would be better to make reservations?

The reason I'm planning on arriving in London (LON) and departing from the same airport is that it's around $720 round trip... whereas flying into Dublin one way and flying out of London would cost about twice as much.

Anyone have any advice/comments/thoughts to share? Anything would be appreciated. Thanks :)

2. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

Sounds like a plan...if you are traveling alone you should look into couchsurfing.com....you can stay for free in all of the cities you are mentioning and get a locals view of the city. One note...I have tried to do the rapid fire traveling before and it is exhausting. If you are up for the challenge go for it, but if you can extend your trip by at least 2 more weeks....it would make it much more enjoyable. Oh yeah...have you thougt of how you are going to travel between cities. You should look into ryanair.com or easyjet.com. Both are low cost airlines...and both of them are having huge sales right now. Most of the flights to major European cities are going for 1 pound plus tax. Good luck with your trip....I hope everything works out for you. E-mail me if you need any more info.

-Grace marie

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

w-o-a-h!
ur all over the place mate! ;)

After visiting Ireland,

Dublin in 2 days is hardly visiting Ireland. The best part of the country is the west coast!

After that, I would travel through France and go down to Barcelona for 2 days and then go back to London to fly back to the US

Ok in America i know thse distnaces arenot so bad. BUT Holland - France - Spain is hella far!!!!! u cant just get on a train and go...takes planning routes around French Train Strikes.

Unless you take flights + trains - but you will spend most of ur time traveling and seeing the Banhofs, Trainstations and EstaciĆ³n de trenes of West Euro.

My first backpack trip i spent 4 weeks in the UK and 2 weeks in just London! U could really just see the UK And Ireland in 2 weeks. OR France in 2 weeks.

one thing I'm not sure about is how crowded they are in the middle of May

Yeah they will start to be crowded...especially in the cities u want to see - book ahead.

hope this helps! hav fun!

4. Posted by BrandonO (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Quoting maridod

Sounds like a plan...if you are traveling alone you should look into couchsurfing.com....you can stay for free in all of the cities you are mentioning and get a locals view of the city. One note...I have tried to do the rapid fire traveling before and it is exhausting. If you are up for the challenge go for it, but if you can extend your trip by at least 2 more weeks....it would make it much more enjoyable. Oh yeah...have you thougt of how you are going to travel between cities. You should look into ryanair.com or easyjet.com. Both are low cost airlines...and both of them are having huge sales right now. Most of the flights to major European cities are going for 1 pound plus tax. Good luck with your trip....I hope everything works out for you. E-mail me if you need any more info.

-Grace marie

Hey, thanks for the info.

Quoting jeffG

Unless you take flights + trains - but you will spend most of ur time traveling and seeing the Banhofs, Trainstations and EstaciĆ³n de trenes of West Euro.

My first backpack trip i spent 4 weeks in the UK and 2 weeks in just London! U could really just see the UK And Ireland in 2 weeks. OR France in 2 weeks.

hope this helps! hav fun!

hmm, I was thinking about this more and thought maybe i'd cut Spain out of the picture and just spend my 2 weeks in the UK/Ireland.

That might be the best way to do it. It would cut down on travel costs and I'd have less of a chance of getting lost in a country where I don't speak or can somewhat speak the language.

The reason I wanted to visit spain was to see some of the architecture and practice some of my spanish... which isn't very good at this point, lol. It's been about 3 years since I last had to use it.

5. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

If you have a particular interest in Spain, I say....go anyway. If you cut most of the other parts...you could probably squeeze in a few days. There is amazing architecture out there. As for the language barriers I have found that if you at least make an attempt to speak the language the people appreciate it....the know you are trying. Well I hope you enjoy your trip.

-Grace Marie

6. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

Your original idea is just a huge itinary for two weeks and you'll never really get the flavor of any place in that time - you'll spend too much time in transit to really relax.

You can do a comfortable two weeks with 7-8 days in the UK, maybe 3 or so in Amsterdam, and train back to Paris for a few days before heading back to the UK to fly home.

Try to do too much and you'll miss everything. Figure out what your crucial things to do are and then plan your trip accordingly - no matter where you decide to go.

Hope it helps.

7. Posted by stoneyafcb (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Go to spain its much better, i lived there for 4 months and parents lived there for 3 years now.. its much better than england all you get here is grey clouds and rain alot cheaper there too