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11. Posted by grace tweety (Budding Member 26 posts) 4y

Hello Ms Brittney;

I just signed up this forum, and i posted on of im planning to go austria, vienna this year too.. i'm glad that i found you and get so many informations from ms vannessa, really thank you.

Btw, are you going alone? when are you planning to go? i'm going alone which nervous me. i'm grace from singapore! nice to meet you^^

12. Posted by grace tweety (Budding Member 26 posts) 4y

Hello Ms vannessa,

Thank you for all the precious informations above; you taken off my worries ^^
i'm planning to go austria, vienna, salzburg too this year.. planning going on oct vs nov.. is it a good season to visit? i'm learning music so is there any music festival on that period?
don't prefer winter cuz will need to bring alot of stuffs..

Are you going to austria soon again too? the public transport trian, tram, subway, bus are very convenience right? ohh ya... how about venice? is near italy ? is venice beautiful?

13. Posted by vanessa (Travel Guru 257 posts) 4y

Hi Grace!
I'm glad that my notes were helpful.
I see you are new on TP, so, just wanna let u know that you are able to send new topics in forum and to send personal message on TP (kind of "email") as well.
Austria is wonderful all over the year, but good weather definately helps to enjoy.
It's quite mild climate in Vienna. September is perfect (usually), October becomes cool but still should be good time if it's not too rainy. Novermber - depends of your luck cant be quite cold or very rainy, but you never know for sure with weather. Anyway, prepare yourself for autumn. In end of Nov. you have a chance to catch beginning of preparations to Christmas in Vienna. They begin it very early.
Salzburg is in mountains, it means temp. will be much cooler. Salzburg is a jem, you would love it. You should do "homework" - search in internet about festivals, it's known data - they always advertise for advance. Both: Vienna and Salzburg manage very active musical life. In Vienna you often have musical movies / events displayed on huge screen near Rathaus (City Concul) - it's free. Many musical events are free of charge too, often in open air, but not only. Others cost, but hey, there are couple of things not to miss: Vienna Opera - really not just a name but really great and perfect. Something else, my personal "gift" for you ;-) - it's is a very little chance that you will find it yourself in brief visit, so here it is. When you r in Vienna, try to catch Mozart's "Magic Flute" in Marionette Theater at Schönbrunn Palace (or Johann Strauss - On the Beautiful Blue Danube"). If you are into music - I promice you will never forget it!
http://www.wien.info/en/music-stage-shows/opera-operetta/marionette-theater

Public transport - no worries, it's very good. if you r in one city for some days, there are various: daily, few day lenth, weekly and even mothly ticket are avaliable. You can buy it in the machine in every metro station - see your options, it all appear there in clear manner in English. You may save lot of money if you manage your transportation clever way.

Ah, yea, another "gift" - not hidden but not that known fact. First Sunday of each month many of museums in Vienna free entrance. Part of them are houses of musicians (Haydn, Motzart, etc). If you have a chance to catch them - good to you. Also Haus der Musik (Sound Museum) is great and will be interesting for you.
http://www.hausdermusik.at/en/sound-museum/16.htm

I think I will be in Vienna in July-August, may b part of September too.

Venice is in Italy, it's quite far from Vienna - flight or long train ride, and a lil bit closer from Salzburg. Venice is outstanding: beautiful, interesting and romantic. But... Venice in November... brrrrr... it's formal suicide! It's city that sitts on water, water is everywhere and canals are instead streets. October - may be, if you have luck and warm sunny days there and you dressed properly, but November is not good idea for sure.

14. Posted by Brittney S. (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y

Vanessa,

Thanks again for everything. I really appreciate you going out your way to assist me in my travels. Oh, and another thing, your blog seems pretty interesting from what you've described: I wouldn't mind reading it now. It kind of reminds me of my best friend's blog, which is about inspiring others and all uplifting pivotal moments. After I do that I will try out the booking.com web page you were speaking of. I spoke to my friend regarding that particular page however, she wants to go with another firm and we are traveling together. The name of the firm she's picked is New York Habitat, and she's told me they're a licensed brokerage firm. I'd rather be safe than sorry so I'd like to know if you've heard of this firm before and what they have to offer? One of the many reasons I have joined "Travellerspoint," was to find information about Europe: any recommendations or suggestions. My best friend, Abby, has a relative who's used this site in the past. I don't know what to think, and will not put myself in a whole. But, since we are going half and half on the trip, I guess it's fair to give her a chance. I am still not too positive. I don't know, what do you think?

I think I am going to look a what you have given me first and decide from there, that way I have something to go off of. Then I make take what's she's said into consideration pending upon what you have sent me. I really value the facts and information you've supplied me with and since you have the experience, it's best to follow through as planned that way.

I cannot wait for this trip around the holiday, as I would be taking photos and posting them all over this site. I hope to blog about this adventure too.

15. Posted by Brittney S. (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y

Hi Grace,

Nice finding you too. Yes and Vanessa has been an excellent source of data. She's really great with helping others and has told me so much regarding Vienna, France, Barcelona and much more. I look forward to researching all of the stats she's given to me and booking my trip right away.

And also, to answer your question, I am attending this trip during the holidays with my best friend, Abby. This is something that we've both been majorly excited about. It's worth the cause and I am glad. It's nice to have met you and I hope that we can help one another in some way, shape or form during our travels. Who knows, if you're going the same route, maybe Abby and I might run into you..?

:) Brittney S.

16. Posted by Brittney S. (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y

Hi Nick,

Thanks for your comment. I am so relieved. But within reference to your question: are you saying that if I travel to Europe I may never want to leave? I that's possible, I cannot wait to go!!! I am beyond thrilled about it.

Thank you again, Nick!!!! This is turning out to be more than what I've thought it to be. Booking those damn tickets are what's going to be a delightful feeling!!!!

:)

17. Posted by vanessa (Travel Guru 257 posts) 4y

Hi!
my last post 'has gone" and didnt sent, unfortunatelly (I will report to moderators), so, i will try to repeat it in brief form.

Quoting Brittney S.

... I will try out the booking.com web page you were speaking of. I spoke to my friend regarding that particular page however, she wants to go with another firm and we are traveling together. The name of the firm she's picked is New York Habitat, and she's told me they're a licensed brokerage firm. I'd rather be safe than sorry so I'd like to know if you've heard of this firm before and what they have to offer?

You see, Brittney, there are so many web and not-web sourses that will be happy to assist you with accomodation. No one of them is ulitmate the best. I like to travel with no booking, just to find place at arriving. It gives me freedom but it not always works smooth. In your case (combination of holidays and coming from so far) - you have to book and have to plan. I would not book European hotels/aprts/b&b in American Agency. Not because they r not trustful, just because they are too far away - physically and mentaly from places that thay sell. There are many international sites, like booking.com - I dont have idea where they sit, but they multilingual and for Netherlands they served me good. Still, I would search for accommodation in local (place where you will stay) sites.
For example:If you need apartment in Vienna for a week, brief search in google "apartment in Vienna" will give you few first those:
www.govienna.net
www.viennacityflats.at/vienna
www.apartment.at/eng
www.central-apartments-vienna.com
If you see - I chose those that dealing with Vienna only, or Vienna and Austria. Not whole the globe.
Why I do that? 4Many reasons: I like service from the "1st hand" - usually it s more flexible, they answer your questions and personal needs (for example late arriving or what ever else). You dont pay to the "3rd side" for their service - you pay directly to the owners, and if there is any "3rd side" but they are local it seems me more logical because they are much more updated, being local. etc. And local agencies always have better variety and prices then someone who sits "over the sea". That what I m thinkn abt.
Definately you may do it your own way, and if you feel more simple and safe doing all bookings in States - nothing wrong with it. It's completely up to you and Abby.
In any case, FIRST you n Abby need to choose destination and build the basic "path" of your travel. the SECOND step will be Flights, include flights in Europe - if you need do. And all transportation issue in general. YOu have plenty of time.
only then you could begin make your bookings - one after another. It takes time as it needs "homework": comfort is quite standard, but good/right location couns a lot, and it may change attitude of your visit.

Quoting Brittney S.

One of the many reasons I have joined "Travellerspoint," was to find information about Europe: any recommendations or suggestions. My best friend, Abby, has a relative who's used this site in the past.

Yeah, TP ("Travellerspoint") is really great place for all travel needs. I'm around here for few years and I like ppl here.

Quoting Brittney S.

I don't know what to think, and will not put myself in a whole. But, since we are going half and half on the trip, I guess it's fair to give her a chance. I am still not too positive. I don't know, what do you think?
...I cannot wait for this trip around the holiday, as I would be taking photos and posting them all over this site. I hope to blog about this adventure too.

:-)) you forgot - I dont know neither u nor your friend. I guess you know better how to manage. Travelling together is great expirience - it can build really great union from travel companions, but sometimes it makes a crack (or even break). In any case - you and Abby first need to choose where ur going and make a plan. Accomodation can wait till September - October - until then you two will decide.
That's great - you sound excited!
:-))) keep it. U see, preparation are part of the trip - all info that you collect, all options that u thinking abt, your choices - all this is part of the happiness :-) Enjoy it.

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19. Posted by Brittney S. (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y

Thank you Vanessa, for all of your assistance :)

Have a great day.

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