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1. Posted by MarkUK (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hey all

I'm a 23 y/o male from the UK and have decided (after many years of thinking about it!) that the time is right to go travelling. Not really fussed if I just travel or work and travel - I just wanna get out there and do somthing I should have done years ago!

I was thinking about starting in Europe and seeing where it takes me (at least until I run out of money) Can anyone give me any idea on costs of traveling, good places to start and visit etc etc.

Also if anyone out there is gonna be in Europe anytime soon, and wouldn't mind meeting up and giving me the benifit of their experiences then that would be cool.

All help gratfully recievied - thanks!

Mark

2. Posted by Johnni (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Hi Mark
I will hopefully be travelling Europe soon for a few weeks to maybe two months in the spring or summer. How much money you planning n spending. Europe is cheaper than travelling to Aus/NZ & Asia i found so that;s why i chose Europe. I'm planning to travel by train which costs upto 285 anywhere in europe for a month. I might do the whole RTW trip next year when i have more money so this trip is kind of a 'taster' to future travels!.
are you planning to start in Europe then go elsewehre like Asia or North America

Johnny

3. Posted by MarkUK (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hi Johnny

Thanks for your reply - I have to confess I'm not really sure what I'm doing! I had thought about just getting out there and hoping to meet people in travellers hostels and the such like but I've decided I'm gonna try and plan a little. I'll probably go in a couple of weeks and I was thinking of heading to Greece first. I would love to do America/Australia/NZ but I think money will limit this so I might do Europe and then plan for further away in the future, although I have no constraints (except for money so we'll see how I go!) The train you were talking about (£285??) - how does that work, how much of Europe does it cover etc? Yoou'll have to forgive me, I guess its kinda obvious I haven't travelled before!!

Mark

4. Posted by Johnni (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Hi Mark
I'm not a traveller myself but had alot tof time researching. A interrail pass alows you to travel across Europe by train. The pass for 285 allows you to travel anywhere in Europe for 30 days. You can get cheaper ones where u are restricted to some countries etc. Just google 'interrail' to get more info.
So you planning to go in a few weeks then. I kinda not sure what i'm doing also and chatted to some people on some sites but its hard to make something happen and plan a route over the net. I may just end up going alone as i'll end up not going. i'm really open to go anywhere and if someone said here a route for 30 days then i'll go!
The only thing that is hard to plan i think is probably accommodation as i think that most hostels require booking. So your kinda tied to be in certain places at certain times or i may just buy a tent and picth it up where i want lol
Where in the UK you from?, I'm from Coventry just graduated so bored out of my brain!.

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

I recommend 'busabout' for travelling round europe. You buy as pass (can't remember if its measured in days or stops, but it was a bargain either way!) and I found it better than some of the rail passes because there are no 'zone' restrictions as to where you can/can't go.

I also found that apart from a couple of places (amsterdam for example) booking a hostel in advance isn't necessary - particularly if you don't want restrictions about how long you can spend in each place. But if you're going peak time, it might be wise to either book your first night in each place, or take a tent.

Places I'd recommend are:

Paris - totally beautiful and romantic, and lots of art galleries/museums if you fancy a bit of culture. 'Mikes Bikes' eveing tour of the city is brilliant and includes a boat ride down the Seine (with French wine)

Amsterdam - to experience the 'coffee shops' and to see the coach parties of pensioners ambling round the red light district!

Berlin - do the walking tour round the city - 5 hours is serious value for money and the guides are brilliant.

Prague - for the fantastic little streets and the cheap cheap cheap beer!

Venice - becauses its exactly the fairytale place you always imagined!

6. Posted by MarkUK (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hi Johnny

Thanks for the advice, as I've already said I'm not sure what I'm gonna do - you seem to be in the same boat as me, I think I might just go for it and see what happens because otherwise it'll be another 4 years before I decide to do it again!! My time to leave is not really limited by anything - if you wanted to start/finish/ do any part of the tour with me that'd be cool! and maybe I'd/we'd meet some other people on the route! In answer to your question, I'm from Slough (just south of London) Anyway over and out!!

Mark

7. Posted by MarkUK (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hi Chix

Thanks for the recomendations - you certainly sound like you've done it before! and for a first time traveller all help is welcome. Do you know if it is possible to get a joint bus/rail ticket or if it has to be one or the other? Also the invite to Johnny is open to you as well (I'm sure he won't mind!) If you wanted to do any of the trip with me/us then you'd certainly be welcome.

Mark

8. Posted by Johnni (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Hi Chix & Mark,
I was totaly unaware of busabout, i had a look on the website and it seemed really flexible however the season it operates in is May to Oct. Im not sure if Mark is planning to go before May.
Thats good news that it's not that necessary to book hostels as it gives me more of a freedom and chance to change my plans at the spur of the moment. Would be great Mark if we could share some or all of our trip together as i'm a bit apprehensive of travelling alone as i have'nt travelled much apart from geography field trips & family holidays!.
What do you do at the monent Mark, im on a gap year doing a masters this Oct and probably doing a full RTW trip after that.

9. Posted by MarkUK (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hi Johnny

I have had a look at the 'busabout' and 'interrail' sites and they both look good, although as you found out the busabout season dosen't really suit. I'm looking to travel because I'm currently out of work - I think I said in my first post I was gonna do it years ago - before uni!! but never did and then found myself on the 'career path' Was made redundant about 3 weeks ago and decided its now or never!! I was thinking about doing Europe now and then coming back to earn some money for the RTW trip next year sometime. I haven't really planned very much but that means I can be reasonably flexible with what I do. Someone throw some ideas of routes my way (pref including Chix's destinations beacause they sound good!) and Ill consider them

Mark

10. Posted by Johnni (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Hey Merk,
So when is the earliest you hoping to go?. The earliest for me would be around late March/April but ideally later as a few other people i met on boards like these are thinking of going in May-June time.
For a route i was thinking of doing a loop doing north Europe first like Holland, Germany, Poland then round to Italy, Austria, Spain then France on the last leg or soemthing like that route.