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6 weeks in Italy...maybe somewhere else too?

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1. Posted by rvital87 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I will be unemployed come May and I will finally get the chance to spend some time travelling abroad in Europe. I plan on going for at least 6 weeks in May and early June. I will be focusing most of my time In Italy as I have family and friends in Bari, Pescara and around Rome. This will also give me a home base where I can leave extra luggage or whatever.

My interests are mostly with history, culture and natural landscapes and I am less interested in art, literature etc. I also enjoy nightlife. I also speak Italian so I am hoping to really get a feel for Italian life as I like to experience a culture when I travel rather than just sightsee. So my question is then, based on my interests, what are the must-do's in Italy and what areas can I do without? I also would love some recommendation on some off the beaten path destinations that are worthwhile.

I also would like to see other areas of Europe. Spain and Greece are on my radar as well as Amsterdam and London. Would it be reasonable to fit all or any of these places in the 6 weeks that I plan on spending? Also, being Canadian, I speak a little French and i have some knowledge of Spanish...don't know how helpful that will be.

I have money saved up so even though I'm young I don't plan on travelling the typical broke-student style trip. Having said that I will be travelling alone and am a little apprehensive as I don't want to be alone for the whole trip so I am wondering if I should go the hostel route (which I know nothing about) or the contiki/topdeck type tour?

Any advice/ suggestions would be appreciated!!!

2. Posted by hallyally (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

What a great prospect for you!
Though I'm puzzled you say you are interested in culture and not art

There is so much in Italy, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Have you considered hiring a campervan once you get to Europe? This would give you the flexibility you require, and you could easily get off the beaten track by travelling in this way.
Italy is campsite heaven!
if you'd like any more details, please don't hesitate to ask.

Have a great time


[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

3. Posted by tarnasky (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Try using busabout, youll meet like minded travellers and you can hop on/off at all kinds of destinations whenever you want too. Its not a guided tour like contiki, simply just a means of transportation. Good thing is its cheap and they'll drop you right at your door, if stayin in their partner hostels. I was in a simular situation to you a few years ago, definately cheaper than the train and youll get to see the country side too.
Good luck

4. Posted by hallyally (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I agree this might be a good solution for you - we met plenty of 'busabout' people and they were a great bunch!
Mainly Aussies and Kiwis - all friendly young people and even some 'older' ones!

Just a word of warning about some of the places they stayed - there seemed to be a lot of theft from the accommodation, so be aware of this!

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