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1. Posted by phl6677 (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

I will be traveling to Europe in mid march for a few months, any help with what to see, what to do, what to bring etc....... Would be greatly appreciated. Anyone else traveling alone, I'll be landing in Madrid, SPain.

2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 7y

It would help to give some specifics, like:

What are you interested in? eg. culture, history, architecture, adventure, landscapes, nightclubs, hiking?
What do you want out of the trip?
Are there any particular countries interest you more than others?
Are you travelling on a budget, or have some cash to splurge?

If you answer questions like these we will be able to help you more!

3. Posted by phl6677 (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Awesome, I'll get all that together soon. I'm gonna start in Spain because it'll be warm there right now. I would really like to see Italy and Greece while I'm down there. I'd then like to go up through France then obviously through Ireland, England and Scotland. I'm just waiting on approval from the British conulate General because I'm British by descent, so I may as well get my passport to maybe enjoy it a little more and a little longer.

As far as budget goes, I don't need to be too stingy, but I'd like to do it as cheap as I can. I don't wanna go over there and spend a pile of cash if I don't have to.

I'm also wondering if there's any good beach cities in Spain that are freindly and I can do some Scuba diving.

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Quoting phl6677

I'm also wondering if there's any good beach cities in Spain that are freindly and I can do some Scuba diving.

You don't have to worry about good beach cities, Spain has hundreds!!!!!!!! It is kind of the beach capital of Europe.

5. Posted by phl6677 (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

I guess the question is then, is it safe and fairly inexpensive???

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Safe, yes. But inexpensive - no. Europe, especially Western Europe is one of the most expensive travel destinations worldwide. Compared to other Western European countries Spain is in the not-so-expensive class, but don't hope for the big bargains you'd find in Morocco.

There is a reason European immigration authorities ask that tourists have at least 50 EUR (80 CAN) per day and person.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Feb-2009, at 10:46 by t_maia ]

7. Posted by phl6677 (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Thanks alot T-maia, I have spent alot of time on this site since I decided what I wanted to do. I've looked at hundreds of threads and saw your ID on alot of them. It sounds like you know a great deal about Europe, so any help that you can offer, I'll appreciate very much.

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Well, I am an insufferable know-it-all who loves travelling - what better to do then than answer questions about my favourite subject? But others here know just as much, they just don't feel like answering every single thread.

In terms of spending money you don't have to spent - check out what it takes for you to get your hands on an EHIC card from the UK NHS. Considering what travel health insurance costs it would make a lot of sense to travel to London first and establish yourself in the UK as a resident, just to get the EHIC card and have access to healthcare in Europe free of charge.

http://www.nhs.uk/aboutnhs/Pages/About.aspx
http://www.nhs.uk/healthcareabroad/Pages/Healthcareabroad.aspx
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/Entitlementsandcharges/OverseasVisitors/index.htm

You should also get in contact with an Eures officer in order to find out about work-related social security issues. If for example you pick strawberries or bar-tend in Spain your employer will need a social security number from you. The EURES officer can explain where to get them and whether it is better for you to have a UK social security number or a Spanish number (this varies from job to job).

http://www.europa.eu.int/eures/home.jsp?lang=en

9. Posted by oozcelik (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Why don't you think about Turkey also ?

10. Posted by phl6677 (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

I don't really know much about Turkey, mind you, I don't know much about Europe either. I should look into it though, I have heard that it is amazing.