Hi, I will be traveling in Europe / the UK for 4-6months next year. I am planning to start in London in March, where I will base myself with friends while I work from their home for 2-3weeks. Then I wil be able to travel anywhere in Western & Eastern Europe for 4-5months until I will most likely need to go back to London to stay with friends again and work part-full time for 4-6weeks (also while olympics are on).
So I guess my question is, what sort of internary should I plan? I'm 27 years old, single male and most keen to take advantage of backpacker party life and I guess getting the perfect mix of experience with sights, local culture and fun.
Its my first time there so I was thinking a fairly general trip, and I can always go back in the near future to see more.
While traveling I will also be working part-time online on a business, which is likely to take 1-2 days a week on average and when it's busy maybe a day or 2 more.
Plus, during Feb/Mar and Aug/Sep I will likely be working 3-5days per week as it is new season sell-in, which is why I was thinking that would be a perfect time to base myself with friends in London and Devon.
Any advise or feedback would be amazing
July and August are the school holidays so crowds all over Europe, prices go up, and transport and accommodation fills up. June and early September to a lesser extent.
Weather has been a bit crazy lately but March and April are usually cold and wet and windy. I prefer to be in southern Europe then.
Britain has a number of cheap airlines so you can book online and get out of high season get a very cheap flight to another country so you can spend a few days away or a few weeks away, or land in one country and take off from another.
What itinerary you plan depends on what you like and what you want to see and do.
While the Olympics are on, traffic will be a nightmare anywhere near it (ie: even worse then usual).
You have got so many choices for Itinerary.
Try to travel in a circle/oval/square to avoid backtracking. Remember, sometimes it is easier and cheaper to fly rather than take the train. Almost all hostels provide wifi, many of them free so there should be no issue if you plan to work.
This would be my ideal itinerary if I was travelling to Europe for the first time for about 4/6 months. Hopefully this will give you a starting point. You should spend at least three days per place and four/five days for the larger cities such as Paris, Rome, Berlin and Barcelona.
Once you develop and itinerary, post it up and I'm sure we will critique it.
Paris & Nice, France
Barcelona / Madrid / Grenada, Spain
Lisbon / Porto, Portugal
Florence, Venice, Rome & Naples, Italy
Greece and Croatia
Prague, Czech Republic
Krakow, Poland (avoid Warsaw)
Berlin / Munich / Hamburg, Germany
Forgot to mention, do you have a EU passport? If not, you are limited to three months in the Schengen area.
Well, you can plan on any itinerary you want. Since you're going to be there for a long time, I suggest to either map out a lot of countries to visit. Or choose a few of them and make sure you'll take your time being there.