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Euro road trip (alone) for 10-12 days

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1. Posted by abcd123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

Hi all. New here and advice seeking!

I've recently been made redundant and am in the fortunate position to be able to take a month or two off before getting a new job, therefore I've decided to do something spontaneous - a short euro road trip. I can do 10-12 days as have a few things on after this time. I know it's not very long but I'll be travelling alone (spontaneous so friends tied up with work etc.) so it'll probably do. Travelling from the south coast of England, so assuming that best bet is over to France and then......... this is where the advice is required!!

Itinery ideas? Or play it by ear?
Cost?
Things to consider before going? Apart from the mode of transport - my Polo is great but not sure if it's up to it!

Anything else you can think of.

Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by abcd123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

Anyone?

3. Posted by gramboer (Budding Member 9 posts) 3y

Well ...
I think Belgium's got some nice things to offer: Brussels is great once you get to know it (if you'd go there, I could give you plenty of tips), Antwerp is nice too, and so are Gent and Liege.

I'm a huge fan myself of Berlin, Germany. It never sleeps, it's very young and artistic and it's just so much fun (and it's quite cheap compared to, for instance, Paris).
I've got loads of addresses there too, if you'd plan to go there.

In France I like Bordeaux (a bit posh, but also very beautiful) and Marseille (dirty, but also very beautiful in a completely different way).

Eastern Europe ought to be good aswell, also a lot cheaper ... I heard some good things about bratislava and Budapest is great aswell ...

Anyway, good luck ... I'm sure that wherever you go, good things will come your way :)

4. Posted by abcd123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

Quoting gramboer

Well ...
I think Belgium's got some nice things to offer: Brussels is great once you get to know it (if you'd go there, I could give you plenty of tips), Antwerp is nice too, and so are Gent and Liege.

I'm a huge fan myself of Berlin, Germany. It never sleeps, it's very young and artistic and it's just so much fun (and it's quite cheap compared to, for instance, Paris).
I've got loads of addresses there too, if you'd plan to go there.

In France I like Bordeaux (a bit posh, but also very beautiful) and Marseille (dirty, but also very beautiful in a completely different way).

Eastern Europe ought to be good aswell, also a lot cheaper ... I heard some good things about bratislava and Budapest is great aswell ...

Anyway, good luck ... I'm sure that wherever you go, good things will come your way :)

Cool, thanks for the advice.

Definitely will go through Belgium, and had considerd Brussels as the obvious one. I don't HAVE to go to the main cities, just depends on the route I take.

Berlin - I'm going there on a stag do soon so will give that a miss on this trip. Anywhere else in Germany?

Quite fancy a few places in France, just depends how long I decide to spend in each country. 13 days is restrictive, hopefully by the time I go I'll have found the funds for 2 months!

E Europe may be a little far by car for such a short trip, but may take that in another time or if this trip somehow gets extended!

5. Posted by abcd123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

Hmm. I am now thinking over interrailing and getting a 10 days in 22 pass which is ~£335.

Drafting a possible route and so far have the following (decided that i fancy italy so not going far east):

Calais > Amsterdam > Brussels > Munich > Vicenza > Rome > Genova > Lyon > Paris > London

I may just get a flight to amsterdam from the UK - this will cut out the ferry and the travel between Calais and 'the Dam'. Not that bothered about calais!

Not sure how do-able this is in 22 days though, seems a bit of a trek. Munich, Genova and Lyon are not particular places of interest, rather places on route to places such as rome and paris.

Fairly sure I can't do this for £350 in fuel. Although I'm concerned about carrying around my luggage for this amount of time.

Perhaps less planning and more spontaneity will be better?

[ Edit: Edited on 04-May-2011, at 08:58 by abcd123 ]