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1. Posted by hopeful (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hey there

I'm wondering if i can get some advice from people who've been there and done that about a number of things really.

Firstly on the cheapest ways of travelling, any tips and such
Secondly on what the best places are to go and how long to stay in a certain place

I'll tell you the situation: 4 students, trying to travel on as little money as possible starting july 6th to the 14th. We have booked ticket for sunsplash reggae festival in italy, but there has been discussion of seeing a bit of france first. We also have booked tickets for the european juggling convention which starts 30th july and ends 5th august. So we have a 16 day gap to fill elsewhere.

Where to go, how easy is it to find campsites and how much do they cost. Whats more sensible, trains, buses, flights etc... What about a month train pass, is that a good idea, or are there sneakier cheaper ways to do it? (other than hitching)

Any help you can give us would be great. We wanna do this but havent got a clue how to research it other than by asking

2. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 9y

Ok, first....a juggling convention? are you for real? like clowns and bowling pins, that kinda jugling?

If you want to get to you destinations quick, i would go budget airlines., are two great ones for getting flights for under 50 USD. If you are just going short distances, then trains are a great way, real affordable and quick.

3. Posted by kschick (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y

Kids...I've been to Europe 6 times and have always done it by train and car. I wish you could have your own vehicle because it gives you such flexibility. Your luggage is locked in the trunk all day long, so you don't have to mess with it. We've done train travel there also, but the issue is always getting rid of the bags! I don't know where you'll be in Italy, but in 2006 we were in northern Italy and traveled along the coast into France. Lovely. Right north of the Riviera is the Provence area & it was charming. The little medieval hilltop towns, especially St. Paul, were spectacular. All this is within reasonable distance from Italy. You could drive north to the French Alps. We loved Annecy which is close to the Swiss border. You could make this loop from Italy, southern France, French Alps, into Switzerland, and back to Italy. Wonderful!