Soi o woke up yesterday with the greatest idea in the world, i would quit my job, give the required four weeks notice, and then travel for 6 weeks before going home to australia (my health hasnt been the best since i moved to england last june!).
My initial plan was to go and travel for 6 weeks partway through august, and go till the end of september - but im just going a few months earlier than planned!
SO - i decided all this, and am ready to go in on monday a quit - BUT - then i thought, what about it being august and july when i go and travel!? they are more expensive!!! First question - How much more expensive is Europe in July/August!?
im planning on doing a major chunk of europe - ill go to norway and sweden for a week and a half before coming back to the uk around july 5 for a few days then off again to spain, portugal, south of france, italy, greece, turkey, and then looping back through places like germany, switzerland, the czech rep. and poland
If anyone has had a rail pass - what would be the best one to get?! would it be worth getting it for norway and sweden firstly? or should i go and see those, and then come back and get one for when i am doin the big bit. i am basically just planning on travelling and seeing as much as i can before my money runs out - and then heading home when it does!
if anyone has any info at all - it would be GREATLY appreciated....
I don't have any advice about rail passes, but I do know a lot of the high season prices.
If you're on a budget, I would definitely advice you to wait until September: that's what European students try to do. The prices in Europe for the period of July and August rise a lot, especially for accomodation, but also for ice cream, drinks etc in the main tourist spots. You don't have to be surprised to see that a simple hotel room may cost almost twice as much in July/August as in other months... In Italy, it's even worse: they have a "high season" in July, and the first week of August, and a "very high season" in the middle of August (around the 14th): we've stayed at an Italian camp ground in August once, and I'm not joking when I say we had to pay 3 times the normal price for that 14th of August weekend.
It's not only about the prices though: since all Europeans are on holidays in July and August, the main tourist places (Rome, Venice, Paris, Barcelona, ...) can get so incredibly crowded that sometimes it gets almost unbearable. But that's my (slightly) subjective opinion.
If you're worried about the weather: especially in the Southern part of Europe, wheather is still very enjoyable in September and in the Northern part, well, you just have to be lucky, whether it is in July, August or September (or any other month actually ). We (in Belgium) have had some really bad summers (July-August) in the last couple of years, but had a really hot one 4 years ago, so it depends.
I definetely agree with myo.avoid july and august, plan your trip on september & october and start from north of europe going downwards. in sweden, in october could be cold, instead in south of europe happen very often that you can have a bath in the sea until the end of sept.
besides in september you can find a lot of last minute offers for accommodation(in italy f. e. ) and cheap flights.
as for the flights, there are a lot of low cost companies (there's not only ryanair!) but you've to reserve at least 2 months in advance to find a good offer.
there 's a complete list of the low cost companies. I'm sorry the web site it's not traslated, but is updated and really useful.
if you are a good organiser, flying could be cheaper than taking a train, and obviously faster!