I am begining to plan a trip to europe next summer and will be a first time traveler. My significant other and I are planning on spending about a month. We want to see as much of Europe as we can but not be rushed. I was planning on buying a Europass and enjoying the rails and the views. I have many questions as I am begining to research now, but what would be a better trip for the two of us, to rent an apartment for a month and travel out of it, or backpack with our europass's? If backpacking is the better option where should we stay?
I'm from Belgium myself (between Holland and France). I don't think it's a very good idea to rent an apartment and to travel out of it, cos Europe is really not as small as it may seem... I have lived in Belgium all my life since 1.5 years ago and now I'm living in Ireland. I would recommend backpacking instead of travelling out because you're gonna spend more time flying/training/driving then you're gonna do sightseeing. Europe is not like a small city, it really is a continent. To illustrate: Belgium is the centre of Europe (with Brussels as capitol). A drive to Paris is three hours, a drive to Spain is eight hours, the south of Germany is eight hours, Czech Republic would be flying because driving would be more than 10 hours, Italy is 8 hours (Milan) and 14 hours (Rome) etc. It's really not as small as you think it might be :-)
Excuse me Bart !
Brussels is neither the centre nor the Capitol of anywhere except Belgium!!
When us Europeans educate people about our continent, let's please get it right!
Brussels is the home of the European Parliament. The End.
I mean, Belgium is a good place to be in, geographically, if you would want to travel through Europe. Everything is at driving distance. You could also be in Switzerland or the south of Germany of course. But that's what I mean by the centre of Europe.
And I never said "Brussels is the capitol of Europe".
But anyway, the point is that saying "I'll rent an apartment in Europe and then travel out" would be the same as saying "I'll rent an apartment for a month in The States and then travel out". Americans often have the impression that Europe is just a dot on the map, but that only lasts until they've been there.