I am a 19 M First time going to Europe...
I plan on roughing it will I always be able to find a hostel or camp site. Should i try to camp or hostel. I have no set plans i think i will start in rome and then travel through Italy Greece ( if the olympics dont mess me up) France and Germany?
Any Places I cant miss.
What are the things that i should bring that i might not think of.
Oh yeah should I bring a notebook? Is there Internet cafe's??
I going to Eurorail between the 4 countries yeah or nah??
oh yeah I am going the 2nd week of augest how is the weather?? I plan on a 10 day trip.
You shouldn't have a problem finding a hostel in Europe around those times, especially being a single traveller, but for piece of mind I would try and reserve ahead for your first few destinations just so you can get your bearings and not have to worry about where to rest your head. (To find out about hostels, get a guide book like Let's Go Western Europe or Lonely Plant Western Europe, great for the kind of trip you're planning). There will be internet cafe's on every corner and I would definately recommend a Eurail pass. As for your notebook question, it depends on your personality. I brought one with me, it's great to write phone numbers and email addresses in (even regular addresses so you can send postcards back home), plus I wrote a little travel log in it too.
As for your other questions, just poke around this good ole site here! In the "Tools" section you'll get a great list of things to bring and a packing guide. You can also book your hostels through here in "Accomodation." Also, try www.hostelz.com. Yuo can also use a search engine like google to get different ideas from different places. Check out the Eurail site for the prices for passes ( www.eurail.com ).
And the weather will be nice and hot for ya! Check out the exact temps here: http://www.meto.gov.uk/weather/europe/europeforecast.html
Just for extra tips, here are some posts that may help on hostels, packing and backpacking in general:
Travel guides: http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=2117
When i asked about bringing a notebook I actually meant a foldable computer maybe referred to as a laptop computer. Sorry for the confusion...
Won't bother with a laptop if your only going to be using for email/bits of surfing etc. Plenty of internet cafe's, and the weight/size/security factor probably isn't worth the effort.
You'll always find somewhere to stay, but in august may not always be the cheapest or favourite place - as katie says, get a guide book (or at least write down some phone #'s etc) and book a day or 2 ahead if you can in the major cities/attractions. Large chunks of Italy etc, are very popular and don't have that many hostels/cheap places to stay, so it CAN be hard to get on the fly cheap accom, unless you have a tent. If you just turn up, you might be fine. You might not. Depends how much of a gambler you are.
Weather at that time should be hot. Maybe very hot, especially Southern Italy/Greece.
BUT - please forgive me from being honest - a 10 day trip for Italy/Greece/France and Germany???? In all honestly, i think you'd be nuts to attempt it, even if you flew between places and only did 1 place in each country.
To put it into perspective:
If you started in Brindisi (italian ferry port) and just travelled overland without stopping anywhere, you would spend a minimum of maybe 6 or 7 days travel time, just to have set foot in each of the 4 countries.
Just travel can use up a large chunk - In particular, if using train, Italy to Greece trip is a long overnight ferry from/to fairly out of the way places. Greece to Germany by land involves a number of extra countries to pass through on your pass and takes time Athens to Berlin (for example) is a minimum 43hour, 4 train, 6 country trip....
Personal opinion would be to aim for just one (maybe two depending where you actually go) of the countries and try and see some of the places you go to. Pick 3 or 4 places you would really like to see/go, and build anything extra in depending on what fits relatively easily in your travel schedule.
If you give me some ideas of where in particular you are aiming for etc, i can help with a basic itinerary/travel ideas. If your really set on it, I can probably work something out for you if you really want to do the full circuit in 10 days, but i VERY STRONGLY advise against it. It would'nt really be a holiday at all.
But whatever you decide, good luck to you and hope you have a great time. Anything else you want to know from us, just post it!
Having said that, i'm now wondering if i'm mad enough (answer - yes) to try and do something like this just for the crazy journey alone. For the hell of it, think i'm going to see how many countries it's physically possible to go to in Europe using trains in 10 days (without stopping). Might even try it later this year if it looks feasible to do something really stupid!!
K That sounds reasonable. That is something that I was thinking about. So the main things I want to see in Italy are 1. ROME FLORENCE and 2. Tuscany and Vience. In France NICE and PARIS. Possible in 10 days. the #2 Italian sites are secondary but desired. If there is anything that I just can not miss let me know.
I will hit Germany and Greece later. Anyways with the olympics Greece might suck anyway.
When you say it might be very hot how hot, I am from Oklahoma and Texas I am used to some knock ya down heat.