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1. Posted by difbear (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Although I've been on City Breaks/Package Tours before I've never really 'travelled' ;)

Can anyone reccommend a good country/area to start with on a budget for a shorter duration. Shorter being 10-20 nights.

I'm based in the UK & would be relying on public transport.

Thanks in advance. :)

2. Posted by helsbells1 (Budding Member 70 posts) 10y

My first trip was to Canada, I did go for a year but you don't have to! I think it is always good to start somewhere that speaks the same language as it can be overwhelming dealing with another language as well and a different culture.
I started in Vancouver, you can get cheap flights with zoom airlines, www.flyzoom.com and the public transport is really good, that was the only mode of transport I used!
Let me know what you decide, I love to hear about peoples adventures!!

3. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 10y

If you CAN find a place where you can work to stay longer:
You don't really 'experience' a country if you are only there for 10-20 nights. You need at lest 3, preferably 6, months for a country to really get under you skin

4. Posted by difbear (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Quoting helsbells1

My first trip was to Canada, I did go for a year but you don't have to! I think it is always good to start somewhere that speaks the same language as it can be overwhelming dealing with another language as well and a different culture.
I started in Vancouver, you can get cheap flights with zoom airlines, www.flyzoom.com and the public transport is really good, that was the only mode of transport I used!
Let me know what you decide, I love to hear about peoples adventures!!

I'm thinking Europe to start with. Thanks though.

5. Posted by difbear (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Quoting MerB

If you CAN find a place where you can work to stay longer:
You don't really 'experience' a country if you are only there for 10-20 nights. You need at lest 3, preferably 6, months for a country to really get under you skin

It's just unfortunate. I'm tied down and quite happy with my job so short durations are all I can do for now. Was thinking about starting in the Benelux areas.

6. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 10y

Quoting difbear

Quoting MerB

If you CAN find a place where you can work to stay longer:
You don't really 'experience' a country if you are only there for 10-20 nights. You need at lest 3, preferably 6, months for a country to really get under you skin

It's just unfortunate. I'm tied down and quite happy with my job so short durations are all I can do for now. Was thinking about starting in the Benelux areas.

Yes well, reality is reality.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

I was thinking about rec'ing Belgium or the Netherlands to you too. It is really an ideal area for somebody from the UK to get their toes into independent travelling.

So I suggest you either buy an Interrail ticket Zone E for France, Belgium and the Netherlands or EuroDomino tickets for either the Netherlands or Belgium.

Price for the Interrail ticket would be 195 or 286 EUR, depending how old you are. Prices for the EuroDomino start at 44 EUR for three days in the Netherlands. Check out where you want to go, and then plan the most cost effective way. A decent guidebook can be helpful.

IMO a great trip would be 16 days on Interrail around the Netherlands and Belgium and using the last day for a ride into Paris. From Paris you could return via Eurostar to London.

If you cannot afford that, another great option would be to get a cheap flight (ryanair, easyjet) to the Czech Republic and Slowakia and get a railway pass there. The two countries are cheaper than the Benelux countries and France, but travelling there is just as great. You could even hit Vienna from Bratislava, if you are so inclined. The language barrier would be only a challenge to be mastered, not an obstacle which cannot be overcome.