Too many advice you already got.
I admire your spirit at this age friom my country.Go ahead.
I was roaming alone in Europe in 05 and again planing to go in August-sept.this yr.
One or two additional advice.
1.You will get accomodation in the hostels,if you report at around 10am in the morning, because that is the time when the seats are fall vacant.
2.Amsterdam is safe,even at 4 am, when I returned from the red light district. In fact, the city does not sleep, spl on weekends.You know, soft drugs are permitted there,even hard drugs are also easy,done mainly by the blacks. Just keep a distance and play safe everywhere.
3.Dont rush. Enjoy the places slowly like a drink.Walk as much as you can.Go to a village and a market in every country. You will get the real flavour.Do a little bit of history of the places you are visiting.
4.You must add London, if not now, later plz.
Iv been to England and will go there very soon. Plus, its like a stopgap on the way to NY. So Im not really putting it on my regrets list.
And thanks for the advice folks.
I decided to cut out Greece as it takes a day and a half to technically reach there. [venice-->bolongna-->anacona-->patra-->athens] and thought I could take back via Bari, its still not feasible.
After further research and lonely planet reccos!! Iv included Carconnesse and Barcelona in the trip. Carconnese is france seems ideal to walk around for a day, and Barca for 2 days. Which would include one day just at the beach.
And can someone tell me where I could get cheap accom near Nice. And if I have an option, should I miss out on Cannes or Monacco from my itinery.
Also, anyone been to Bruges, Belgium?
I can't say of where to stay near Nice, because I stayed in Nice itself and did a daytrip to Monaco from there. Almost everywhere cheapish was booked out when I was there, so I had to stay in this dorm room in a hotel which cost a little over €30 a night. If you were to book in advance on a site like hostelworld you will see a number of options ranging from €16-€28 a night.
Just incase you need to, DO NOT change any foreign currency at the exchange place opposite the train station in Nice if it is still there. They make the commission rate very misleading and instead of a Euro figure like it appears on the rate board, it was a % commission so you get charged a small fortune for commission if you change any mid-large amount of currency.
I've been to Bruges and that was a really nice Medievil place worth a daytrip from Brussels, but their really wasn't enough to see there to warrant staying a full day. If you needed to stay a night, I'd prefer staying in Brussels although you'd get a very quiet night I'd imagine in Bruges. It was great for taking photos and also has really nice chocolate truffles. With your Amazing Race, you'll be skipping Brussels which is a real dissapointment considering it is a really nice city. The Amazing Race must be your favourite TV show planning your trip like this where you hardly allow enough time to sleep, go to the toilet or even eat.
Have a great Amazing Race.
[ Edit: Edited on May 6, 2007, at 5:38 AM by aharrold45 ]
Heya, i wouldn't worry too much about traveling in may with the larger cities, theres plenty of hostels around. i travelled over the easter break which was pretty busy, lots of hostels were full on the websites but if you ring around at about 10 in the morning you can usually get a place to hold a bed for you till you arrive on the train, most places keep a couple of beds back like that for people arriving on the day.
berlin is an awsome place, i'd highly recommend going on the newberlintours free tour, its at 11 and 1 outside starbucks near the nurenburg gate. its kinda implied that you tip the guide at the end of the tour but its as much as you can afford and is well worth it. only other thing i'd recommend is a place called (i think although this may of just been the name of the beer there) gambrinus, its where friedrichstrasse and oranianburgerstrasse meet in the mitte. good german food and its cheap! theres a few hostels in that area that are good and fairly cheap too
Hey Aharrold. Thanks for the input. I might slow down. Nothing is definite. I may just get irritated or tired or fall out and take a break and leave out a city if need be :-)
Thanks, and no, never really followed the Amazing Race!! Haha!!
@Adam - hey thanks. thats quite a consolation that I will fit in somewhere atleast. and thanks for the Berlin trip advice. Will check it out.
Made a note of everything.
Thanks a ton again, guys. I leave in 4 hours from New Delhi. Will write in when I get mugged, beaten up, or gang raped or if something at the same levels occur. Or if I need some killer advice.
Till then, cheers :-)