hi im josh, im 18 and a senior in high school...
when i graduate in may id like to go on vacation to europe and i dont really know too much about getting from place to place alone... ive traveled to japan and china but both were guided tours and all of our accomidations were made for us... i want to start researching now and get as much information as i can on the best ways to get from place to place in europe as cheap as possible. I'd like to start in london england and from there go to belgium, netherlands, germany, austria, czech, switzerland, france, italy, possibly spain and greece.
1.is this too much for one month
2. is there a relatively cheap way to get from country to country like a rail pass?
3.if you have been to any of these countries, what are the must see places?
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks a lot
Josh, the Eurail is said to be a great way to travel thru Europe! http://www.eurail.com/ HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!
I'd like to start in london england and from there go to belgium, netherlands, germany, austria, czech, switzerland, france, italy, possibly spain and greece.
1.is this too much for one month
That depends on how you measure things. I recently read that Germany is about the size of the US state of Montana (or was it Wyoming? Egal). Those are beautiful states, but some people might be satisfied driving right through. Of course the countries of Europe are much denser and have much more to offer, but are you counting capitals? Or "number of cities/pubs visited"?
I would first look at the Eurail options to see how the passes are structured. As I recall they are based on a time block and possibly the number of countries that are possible for travel. Within this framework you can then possibly keep things open, so that if you find yourself wanting to stay a little longer somewhere (or wanting to move on sooner) you'll be able to do so. And if you are traveling alone, chances are you will meet people with whom you might want to travel or spend time, so another reason to stay flexible.
One thing to remember (someone please correct me if this is wrong), it is relatively expensive (time- and moneywise) to cross the Channel, so look closely at how and when you will do this. There are discount flights, for example between Berlin and the London regional airports, that can be very inexpensive, but such tickets generally have to be purchased in advance, I believe.
As to what to see, a little browsing here (there are current threads dealing with London and also Berlin, for example) and with Google will quickly give you many possibilities.
I think it is a bit unrealistic, doing all that in a month.
What I would do is:
-Book a flight to London
-Choose an "interail" or "Eurorail" Pass.
-Choose a capital city within the area covered by your pass. For example Berlin.
-Book well in advance a flight to Berlin with Ryan Air or Easyjet (these are 2 european low cost airlines)
-Choose a few Capital Cities as a goal of your journey and then visit other places on the way from one to the other.
I would say that if you do 4 different countries, it is allready a lot.
Think about the fact that u have your whole life in front of you to come back to Europe and explore other countries... so I would think it is better to see less countries, but more in each country you do visit. So that next time you'll go, the areas you have yet to visit are not going to be spread all over.
For a first trip,I would choose for example either:
Block3: England, France, Switzerland, North of Italy.
(Providing these combination work with railpasses...)
Either of these combinations is allready a hell of a lot for one month... but still do-able. Allthough I would leave opportunity for some changes of mind while u there... depending of how u feel about what place...
I hope this helps.
You're visiting way too many countries in a month. I think you should take the time to enjoy two or three countries to experience the culture and stuff. I'm 17 and I'm a senior in High school, but planning to travel in three years for a year or two after I'm done with college and visit five or six countries.
By the way, who's paying for your trip? You? I don't think you'll have enought to $ to cover for a whole month... Well I can't do that. =/
thanks everyone! i will look at the eurail and maybe make a smaller itenerary... any suggestions on the best places to see... i know every country has its own stuff to offer but have people been to one they liked more than others?
any suggestions on the best places to see... i know every country has its own stuff to offer but have people been to one they liked more than others?
It's almost always "the last one". If you've never been to Europe, then most all of your experiences will bring something new. Spend a few minutes doing some research and you should be able to pick a couple countries that you want to see first. Our/my preferences won't be yours. (When are you going? That would make a difference for my preferred destination.)
im planning on leaving the beginning of june
hi josh europe is a brilliant place to travel as there are so many different cultures, languages and landscapes in a reasonably small area, if I were you like others have suggested, try and pick the countries you most want to visit and go from there but don't forget if you're pushed for time you can always do a day excursion to another country if you make a base, this summer I went to Bratislava for the day whilst staying in Vienna and also a day trip to prague whilst staying in south east Germany.
Since you are trying to see so much, I suggest you look into the option of trying to stay for a year.
You can take a course in teaching English to foreigners and try your hand at working in that business. It is relatively easy to get a work permit for this kind of work, especially if you have previous teaching experience like coaching or home-work help for younger kids. Getting a student visa to Europe could also be an option for you, as university in some European countries is free of tuition fees and you will be allowed to work part-time to support your income.
If you like kids and are good at dealing with them, look at Au-Pair programmes too.
BTW, I hope you have taken at least a basic course in one European language like Spanish, German or French in school. Not that you'll be dead without it, but it makes things easier. It is much more fun to stay in a place where you can speak a few words of the local language and thus actually get some use some use out of your school lessons!
As for planning your trip as it currently is: Plan on having around 60 USD for every day you intend to spent in Western Europe. You will thus need around 1800 USD plus flight ticket plus cost of a Eurail pass. Eastern Europe is a bit cheaper.
(BTW, there are cheaper options to get around Europe than Eurail, they are just very specific and you need some in-depth knowledge of the European rail system. For example, there is a round-trip ticket for France that is similar to a one-month Eurail pass for France, but with a lot less flexibility. It only costs 120 EUR compared to the minimum 190 USD for the cheapest Eurail pass including France which is valid for only 4 days of travel.)
Get a good budget guide book like Lonely Planet, Rough Guide or Let's Go. Read it, pick where you want to go to and then come back to pester us with specific questions for a certain country or region.
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 15, 2006 1:50 PM by t_maia ]