Also a colour copy of the info page in your passport.
Don't mean to nitpick, but isn't it illegal to photocopy official ID in colour? Once I tried to photocopy my driver's license and the girl at the copy shop told me that it is illegal to color photocopy ID because it then would be considered a forgery. You may need to be careful of this. Though I'm not sure about how European countries, or the EU itself, sees this action, or even how your home country sees it, tully, it would be wise to find this out before you scan it on your HP and then get in trouble. . . .
Furthermore, Gap Adventures and Intrepid Tours are decent tour companies that attract a crowd that are more twenty-something than eighteen-something, now that I'm at it. However, I do have to agree with the other posts in this thread, as well. It almost always works out cheaper to plan your own trip than to have your trip planned for you by a tour company. They may get group rates, but they also have to pay for the tour guide, the administration costs, advertisement, etc. Plus, a lot of these companies are not all-inclusive. They cover some of your meals, some of your admissions, some of your accomodations. So the price they are quoting is actually only part of what it will actually cost to take the tour. You also have to add in the amount you would spend on souvenirs, nightlife, snacks, and anything that you end up doing independantly of the company. Do the math before you sign on the dotted line. And read those glossy brochures carefully.
Good luck with your decision.
[ Edit: Edited on 10-Nov-2009, at 21:09 by bluewaav ]
I think people in Europe are kind and hospitable, so I think it's safe for you to travel alone. You can travel to France or Greece, there are many tourist spots in these country.
From reading your post I wonder whether the busabout network might not be ideal for you.
Wow, I wish I had known about this for my past 2 trips to Europe. I used trains but very expensive and had to spend so much time researching & booking. I would have totally used this if I had known!
I went solo for 2 trips and had no problems at all. If you're the type who can handle hostels & is friendly and adventurous, then you will have no problems going solo. l never felt unsafe at any moment of my trip. Loved every minute of my trips. Western Europe was designed for tourism. It was so easy to find my way around with just a map or a guide book. Sometimes I didn't even have a map but just stopped by the tourist offices and asked for one (sometime free and sometimes not). I wish everywhere was as easy to travel around as Europe.
You can always do a short tour and see how you like it. Once you've done more research & have more experience, you should be fine on your own. Good luck whichever you choose to do!
Well, there's so much to see in Europe. I think you really should choose a few countries in particular otherwise it will be a "no time, fast forward" trip.
I don't know, if anyone already talked about it, but especially when you want to visit more than one country, I think traveling by train is a good idea. I enjoyed the "eurail" ticket. See: http://www.eurail.com
The eurail is for non European residents. If you're living in Europe you can buy the "interrail" pass (http://www.interrailnet.com).
If you'll opt for The Netherlands, there's a nice blog I used recently to get some travel ideas. Don't try to find Amsterdam there, it's more about the not so familiar places. http://www.nederfun.com
Finally, personally Italy is one of my favorite countries to visit. Just because it has a rich history and there's so much to see.
Good luck with planning and enjoy your trip!
[ Edit: Edited on 16-Nov-2009, at 02:17 by Oren ]