Hi. I'm a first time traveler looking to take a summer trip to somewhere in Western Europe. I've never been so I'm up for anything that would be worth it during last half of June/early July. I have about a week and a half and am looking for somewhere to blow off some steam. Maybe somewhere really fun but with a great culture as well. My biggest concern is the plane ticket which I don't wanna spend more then 700 USD on round trip. Anywhere to suggest for a first time traveler? I'll probably be leaving from Baltimore/DC area.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 5, 2007, at 4:35 PM by Navy09 ]
I'm also taking a Euro-trip this summer and $700 is what I was looking to spend. I decided on Ireland. $676 from Chicago to Dublin, which I thought was a decent deal. I couldn't really find better prices for the dates I was planning to go either: July 9-26. Try STA-travel, sometimes they'll have deals (if you're a student). Good Luck!
If you don't want to spend more than $700 on a ticket then you will have to fly from an airport outside the Baltimore/DC/Philly area which are all pricier than many other national airports. I've found that the cheapest flights in the region depart from JFK (New York) but I'm sure it'd be a hassle for you to get up there. Anyways, I'm just saying that it might be impossible to get a ticket in the -$700 price range in Baltimore/DC as I've tried myself haha. For $750 though (expedia.com), I could fly to London from BWI (DC). The only problem is, that if you stay in London or England in general for 10 days it might get pricey. It's a great option though as there is no limit to what you can do in London, plus as a first time traveler there is no language barrier which seems to give some people fits. If you have a week you should definitely take a trip up to Edinbrough, Scotland as well as other cities like Manchester and Birmingham and heritage sites like Bath.
When you travel the best deals are from a major city airport to another major city airport. Cheapest destinations in western Europe are London, Frankfurt, and Paris. From there you can quickly and easily travel via train if you want to visit a few cities while you are there like Berlin or Amsterdam. Best to buy from Eurail over the internet and have a rough idea how many days of travel - you will save a lot of money this way (for non-Europeans only). They will courier you the tickets plus train schedules.
Have a great trip!
Petra M, Vancouver
Thanks to everyone for your help! I got some good ideas!
@ash48 / Navy09
If you decide on Dublin, than know that a lot of cheap flights are available from Dublin, as it is home to RyanAir and Aer Lingus, and also a lot of other cheap airlines will have connections from Dublin to basicly anywhere you want to go in Europe.
There are tons of cheap flights on budget airlines like ryanair and easyjet from the UK to all over Europe. You could fly into the UK for a couple of days and then get a really cheap flight (from as cheap as £1 plus taxes) to somewhere less expensive and sunnier like Ibizia (for partying) or Barcelona (for culture). Don't spend all your time in the UK, it is very expensive, and the exchange rate at the moment makes it even worse. Everyone in big cities speak English (well most people)so language barriers wont be a problem.
Id say Ireland is ur best bet - for 1st time travller and from US is cheapest flights.
Dont go to Spain in summer its way tooo hot!!!!
Scotland is nice too that time of year
I looked in Ryan Air and they have black out dates for the entire summer from July 1st - Aug 31st. Any other discount European airline I can look into?
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