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1. Posted by jss0341 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

so i know next to nothing about europe so i need some help. After my deployment i wanna travel to europe with a friend and we wanna visit all the hot spots for 19-20 year olds especially people under 21. So i dunno whats legal like if drinking is or whatever. Anyways can you guys hook me up with a good plan for just us 2 and we might wanna bring a girl each so a plan for each idea.... like how much money we will need and where we should go thanks guys i got until next feb just wanna start saving early.

2. Posted by blake123 (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

If you plan to visit alt of places a Eurail pass would be the best means of travel "in my opinion" -(around 500 for a month). I traveled for a month with two of my friends at 19 and the age isnt a problem anywhere, or atleast that we encountered. We went to Prague, Amsterdam, Paris, Interlaken, Rome, venice, and Florence.

It mainly just depends on what you want to see. I would say not to plan on all of you stops in large cites because it gets overwelming and somewhat repetitive.

As far as costs, that is really up to you. You can stay in budget hotels in nearly every city for 4-50 E per night (for 2 people), and you can probably find hostels for even cheaper. Alot of money will go to museums, eating and drinking, or more than i had budgeted for atleast

dont know if this helps,gl

3. Posted by bluntstar (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Age will definately NOT be a problem anywhere you go in Europe. As far as money goes it really depends as blake mentioned. Some places are noticibly much more expensive to sleep, eat, etc . For example Amsterdam is expensive in my opinion if you're on a budget. I'm starting my trip off next month in Amsterdam which you guys should definately visit, but don't stay there too long. Holland is beutifull all around , Amsterdam is just busy busy with lots of tourists, but still fun for some.
The best way I think is just look at a map of Europe and sort of plan out a route, research a little about diferent places(you can learn alot just from browsing some old posts in this forum here). After some research you will prettey much have an Idea what you would like to see and what interests you etc! There is way too much things to see on one trip, unless you're going for half a year or so.


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

Legal drinking age in most countries of Europe is 18. For sure I know about that this is the case the UK. In Austria and Germany it is 16 for beer and wine, and 18 for the hard stuff like vodka and whisky.

Big party spots: Siofok in Hungary, the Balearean Islands (Mallorca, Ibiza) and Varna in Bulgaria.

Cheapest beer can be had in the Baltic States, in Riga or Tallinn.

Some hip places (apart from the obvious): Prague, Berlin, Krakow, Leipzig, Dresden, Bratislava, Edinburgh, Ljubljana, Barcelona and (up and coming) Kiev.

Absolute minimum you should budget: 45 EUR per person and day. Don't go under it, you'll regret it. 60 EUR per person and day is much better.

Look at cheap flights early, so that you can get the best deals. Also check out Eurail passes. If you paid the flight and the Eurail pass and still have 50 EUR per day and person, you're going to have the trip of your lifetime.

Edit: Are you going in February? Huh, not much party at the beaches in Siofok, Mallorca and Varna at that time. Better come in summer. Although - the pics of Venice in the snow I've seen are pretty nice.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 1, 2006 3:10 PM by t_maia ]

5. Posted by jss0341 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

thats the thing id be going after my deployment so thats the only reason i would go in febuary.... so any other ideas like a good route to take that would be alot of fun?? and whats the american to euro conversion rate?
also any romantic settings for the females and the guys to enjoy together?

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 2, 2006 12:12 PM by jss0341 ]

6. Posted by jss0341 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

haaha and i wanna get aqquainted to a language that will help out alot so what language do u guys feel would be the best before going on the trip?? btw i dont need conversion rate for money already figured it out... thanks

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

Better check what you like best, what is easy to learn where you are right now (ie getting lessons) and what can be of use to you in the future.

If you live in the North East of the US, French is the obvious choice. Spanish if you are in any way close to the Mexican border. German would also be pretty cool, the words are easy for most native English-speakers. But if you want to go to the East, Czech or Polish it out.

8. Posted by jss0341 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

what i dun get it why does it matter where i live??? i live in california right now.. then im going to okinawa in july

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

Quoting jss0341

what i dun get it why does it matter where i live??? i live in california right now.. then im going to okinawa in july

it doesn't matter much... until your company asks you to use the language you learned. That is more likely to be French when they do business with French-speaking Canadians. So if you live and work north of Boston it makes more sense to learn French than Spanish. Just a factor you could take into consideration. If you are going through all the hassle to learn a language it sure should give you a leg up in your career, right?

10. Posted by jss0341 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

o im jus sayin that what language should i learn to make my time in europe more enjoyable......