will be travelling around europe later this year (want to see france, italy spain & eastern europe) and am trying to decide between using the eurorail and using a company like topdeck that organises stuff for you. if anyone has any advice / recommendations that would be great. have about 5 weeks to travel.
almost def cheaper to do it with interrail/eurail....
tours of europe are a waste of time and money, if you have 5 weeks then enjoy your time, dont sit in a bus getting shippped around, missing out on the culture and fun of doing it urself.
a contiki/topdeck tour is a lazy way to travel i think... in saying that, i did a bus tour when i was 18, which was part of my rotary youth exchange, and it WAS fun but its no way to experience europe.
hi jaxstar - thanks for your reply. yeah i've got some mates who did it on their own and had a great time as well as friends who used a company to sort everything out for them - which is maybe lazy or maybe less hassle? i don't know, i guess i'm trying to work out which side of the fence i sit! also - doing it solo how was it meeting other travellers to hang out and socialise with?
if you stay in hostels youre really often in rooms with other ppl who are travelling alone or in 2s or something and you can often tag along and make friends that way. you also can couchsurf, which allows you to meet locals and their friends and party/tour around the city with them...
you just have to be open and friendly. yeah, tours are better for socialising, but what if you dont really like the ppl on ur tour much? youre stuck with em...
You'll save a lot more money traveling on rail. Also, 5 weeks is way too much time to spend with the same people. If you don't like them, you're stuck with them. Making new friends every single day alone is worth it for me. I love being able to do what I want, when I want without barriers. I never feel as if I'm by myself even though I do trips solo. You have to be open and willing to talk to strangers, that's all haha. When you know everyone else is a 'stranger' it's that much easier even if you're one of the more reserved travellers.