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1. Posted by crazyjojo (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y

Hey everybody

My name is Jo. Im an 18 year old aussie girl planning a trip to europe next may. I really have no idea where to go what to do etc and just looking to see if anyone has any helpful advice on, well anything europe orientated. I have no idea how long im going to stay for so im getting a uk working visa has anyone else done / planning to do this?

Cheers

Jo

2. Posted by timNL (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y

You should definitely check out Amsterdam! Especially around Queensday April 30th, it's crazy, everybody partying on the streets! Not that expensive hostels and very relaxed people. It has also good connections to the rest of europe. Check www.eurolines.com for bus transportation. If you book your ticket early on www.thalys.com you have a fast connection (by train) between Amsterdam and Paris for a good price. And ofcourse Ryanair will bring you everywhere you want from London Stansted!
If you book early on Ryanair it will save you a lot of money, www.ryanair.com. I would recommend London, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Roma and maybe Berlin. I'm going to Roma in 2 months, can't wait!
Good luck on planning your trip!

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

London is a good start. Firstly, because English is spoken there. Lots of travel "bucket shops" for flights and tours.

4. Posted by cmb156 (Inactive 2 posts) 12y

I'd suggest Greece. I'm quite partial to it, as I studied abroad there for four months a few years ago. It has great ruins (if you're in to that kind of thing, which I am) beautiful beaches and delicious food (gyros: the best food you can get for $1.) Specifically, I'd recommend Delphi, Athens and Nauphlion. Greece is also relatively cheap; at least it was when I was there.

5. Posted by Porcelina (Full Member 18 posts) 12y

Hi Jo ;) I'm a 24 year old female from Australia. I've just had my WHV approved and will probably be there in Feburary. I think if this is your first time in Europe you should probably go to the major cities first. i.e. Paris, Rome, London, etc.

Don't forget that as a foreigner you can pre purchase rail passes from Australia. For the UK they have Britrail and there is also a European equivalent. Basically it's unlimited travel at a discounted price. I've used the Britrail before and it was really easy to get around.

One thing, I'm not sure if you are eligible for one if you have a WHV. Best to check with your travel agent.

6. Posted by kenofcork (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

Go to London and get a job in a bar, You'll meet loads of Aussie's who are travelling and you can either join them around Europe or just get advice about where they've stayed etc. The job will pay shite but you'll have great craic and make loads of friends.
Enjoy
Ken

7. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Hey Jo,

Go to Spain! It is such a lovely country with beautiful people. It has nightlife in the major cities especially Barcelona and Madrid and Valencia. You can also take a couple friends with you and rent an appartment on the southern end of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea in Seville for really really cheap- get a travel agent to do all the booking for you if you don't speak Spanish. You have to see all the archetecture in Barcelona- espcially the Gaudi archetecture- it is so amazing and unique, it will blow you away. Madrid is the birthplace of a type of Spanish food called tapas, so you should try it when you are there. Look around for the free tapas, because they do have them if you buy a drink somewhere. There are great beaches and they could be practically secluded in the south if you are lucky- and you can stay in a resort in the off-season to escape some crowds in Germany and Holland and France over Christmas- approx. 15 degrees depending on where you go and really inexpensive but almost luxurious.

Have a great trip!

Peace,
Steph

8. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 11y

If your planning on working in the UK, dont get stuck in London, its a filthy hole.

You should go somewhere in the north, Manchesters lovely and so's Liverpool, having said that though the best parts of England is the countryside, not the cities.

youll find more work in the cities though.

Definately definately visit Amsterdam though.
Switzerlands amzing too if your made of money.