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1. Posted by haylee2010 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hi, I have a few initial questions regarding both my trip & the things I'm leaving behind here in Oz...

I'm leaving oz on the 22nd of august and plan on spending 11 months and heading back to Australia in June. I will apply for an ancestry visa in the next few months.. I'm going to London, Paris and Barcelona to start the first few weeks with an old friend, an exchange student from paris. After that I would like to get a Eurail ticket and travel Germany (after a couple days in Oktoberfest), Switz, italy & Greece.

First, the things I'm Leaving in oz...
My car, i know people probably wont be able to help with this, but I thought I'd try... I don't want to sell my car because I want to come home instantly mobile. I have somewhere to store it, but my rego and insurance are due the same time as I leave, would I be wise to pay the rego and insurance for the year i wont be here to use it, because I don't know how much money I'd spend on getting it roadworthy when I get back??

Over in the UK/Europe
Can I only buy a Eurail ticket from Australia or can I purchase it when I get over to London?
Is the Eurail ticket (point to point) the cheapest way to do it?
And just to clarify (sorry, I know people ask all the time), I am only able to spend three months in europe in one period??

Thankyou SO so much in advance.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Apr-2010, at 15:40 by haylee2010 ]

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

Can I only buy a Eurail ticket from Australia or can I purchase it when I get over to London?

You should buy it before you leave - Eurail is strictly for non-European tourists, thus it is normally sold outside Europe only. There are a few places where you can buy the Eurail pass in Europe, but it won't be as easy. It is not a problem to predate the Eurail ticket, it doesn't have to start right away.

Is the Eurail ticket (point to point) the cheapest way to do it?

You are confusing two things: Eurail pass and normal point-to-point tickets. A Eurail pass is a special offer available to people residing outside of Europe for rail travel in Europe. What is cheaper to use depends upon your your general travel plans and your route of travel.

I am only able to spend three months in europe in one period??

It is 90 days in a 180 day period inside the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area covers most of Europe, except the UK, Ireland and some Eastern European countries in the Balkan. You can spend up to 90 days inside the Schengen Area at one stretch, if you want to stay longer you need to apply for a working holiday visa for one of the Schengen countries or hop in and out of the Schengen Area.

3. Posted by tappy1988 (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

An idea for your car is if you have any family members or close friends you trust, who are looking for a car. You can hand it over to them for the 12 months you are away giving them full use but returning it to you when you get back. All they have to do in return is pay the on roads, eg petrol, insurce etc.

it's one idea i've heard done before and probably not a bad one. Cars like being driven and if you leave yours in storage for 12 months it probably won't do it any favours sitting idle for so long.

hope this helps.

4. Posted by chrisvasil (Respected Member 102 posts) 6y

You should keep insurance if you've been insured awhile, otherwise it could increase when you return, by a lot.
Can't buy Eurail from Europe, has to be in Australia
Eurail ticket is cheap, esp if you use overnight trains instead of accomodation