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11. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 10y

Learning any of the major european languages will help you travel through Europe - id stick with either French, Spanish, Italian or German. Once you know one, the others are easier to understand.

Also, Okinawa is beautiful and im sure you will have a fabulous time whilst on deplyment there. I live in the south of japan at present and am hoping to get to Okinawa in Septemeber!

12. Posted by pacon (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

February is definitly not the best time to visit but you guys will still have a good time.The last week of February is carnival time and one of the best places to spend a few days is Cologne (Köln in German) in Germany. Its really good and there are really mental parties all week long. From Cologne you can easily get to Amsterdam, Hamburg, Paris and the rest of Germany. I would recommend flying in to Paris, spending a few days there with the ladies (romantic place) then getting a train up to Amsterdam, spending a few hazy days there then down to Cologne for the carnival. After that you've got a good few choices. You can head south to Munich (beautiful city, great nightlife but bring plenty of warm clothes) and from there head down to the Alps for a few days of skiing. Its not too expensive really. From there head south to Italy....to be honest there are so many places to visit its hard to narrow it down but here are a few other places I would try not missing out on: Barcelona, Rome, London, the Alps in general especially in February.
My advice regarding the language problems you may encounter is learn a few phrases of whatever language is spoken in the country you are visiting.You then won't be pigeonholed as an obnoxious Anglophone.

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

so thats great guys thanks umm so whats the difference between a visa and a passport?? and also i found out ill prolly only get around 21 days there so how much money on average do you think id spend (american dollars pls)

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

For money, please see this thread:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=24162

This site will convert all the numbers: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

The difference between visa and passport: passport is a document issued by your government, allowing you to leave and enter your country, ie "pass the ports". Visa is a permission by a foreign government allowing you to enter the foreign country with your government's passport. (Visa = right of way)

As a US citizen you don't need a visa for Europe (UK, Ireland and Schengen states), you just get an entry stamp at the airport stamped into your passport. (That stamp is often confusingly referred to as visa too.)

See:
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=21863

For passport info, see:

http://travel.state.gov/passport/fri/pubs/pubs_854.html

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 8, 2006 11:29 AM by t_maia ]

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

thats a great post so ya pretty much im good if i just get a passport then?? thanks for everythin

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

Jon, you are having me right? You are going to Okinawa in July and you haven't got a passport yet?

Okinawa is in Japan, so unless there are special rules concerning the people at the US military bases you'll need one. Thus you better get one NOW or you won't be able to board the plane in July.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 8, 2006 5:33 PM by t_maia ]

17. Posted by red_Shadow (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hi!

If you want to go to Spain visit Ibiza, MAllorca, Málaga or Cadiz. In my point of view there are the places with more parties.

Good Luck!

18. Posted by DigEagle (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hey,

If you're travelling to Europe for the first time you may want to check out this podcast I found recently on Podzinger. It's by Rick Steves, who is a very well known travel author. He has tips and advice for people travelling through Europe.

You can check out the link here:

http://www.podzinger.com/results.jsp?s=PZSID_pod0_0_7_0008&sname=Travel+with+Rick+Steves&start=0&num=10&col=en-all-pod-ep&filter=0&il=en

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

Quoting t_maia

Jon, you are having me right? You are going to Okinawa in July and you haven't got a passport yet?

Okinawa is in Japan, so unless there are special rules concerning the people at the US military bases you'll need one. Thus you better get one NOW or you won't be able to board the plane in July.

nah we dont need a passport for oki

20. Posted by RdBull2805 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

jss0341, I am in Okinawa now. Are you coming over UDP? What unit? You don't need a passport to come to Oki with the USMC, however, you will need one for leisure travel to Europe after your deployment.