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Last Minute, Month Trip to Europe, Female Travelling Alone

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1. Posted by cc784 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

Hi Everyone!

This is my first post here...hoping to get some good advice, and maybe meet some people to travel with too!

I ended up with some free time after I graduate college in two weeks, and want to do some travelling on my own before I start work. I've decided to go to Europe, but only have a few weeks (or days?) to really plan this thing out. I can leave pretty much any time in April, but I must leave on May 10. Overall pretty flexible with where I go or what I do...just looking to have a great adventure before I commit to the 9-5 worklife.

I'm a 23yr old female from the US, and have about a month or so to spend in Europe alone. I'm okay with not seeing everything, I more want to be able to enjoy my time. Trying new food and experiencing other cultures are my main goals for this trip. Sightseeing is cool, and I want to see the Colluseum mainly. Other sightseeing would be very cool, but not that big a deal.

The major places I want to go are: Barcelona, Madrid, San Sebastian (maybe), Rome, Pompeii, Florence (maybe). How much time should I spend in each of these places, and are the ones I listed as "maybe" worth my time? What should I do while there? I'm also open to suggestions on other places I should go!

Also, since I'll be travelling alone, are there any cities or areas I should avoid to be safe? Travelling on the trains and staying in hostels will be okay? What about nightlife, just curious and would like to see, but would that be safe or too weird if I go to a bar/club alone? Also, I only know English, how do you think that would effect me being able to get around?

And speaking of travelling, what would be the best way...plan and book everything while I'm still in the US, or pick up a Eurail pass while I'm there and just go with it?

Thanks for any help you guys can give!

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Mar-2012, at 15:01 by cc784 ]

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 2y

Hey there.
Good way to do it really. take your time. 1 month is not a long time really when you consider travel times.

If you start in Spain and head to Italy, stop on your way in Carcassonne, France and maybe the south coast. Its on route and some great places to see.

Florence is worth a couple of days too and maybe see some other cities, Arezzo is a nother nice Tuscany town and less touristic than Florence. Venice is worth a trip too.

Never been to Rome. But Sicily is a wonderful destination as well. You can also fly direct from Spain to Italy on Ryanair. They offer deals from the South of Spain to Sicily for example.

Watch your step in Naples. If you find yourself there.

English might be tough in smaller towns. But bigger cities you will be fine. I didnt even hear any Italian in Florence anyway. Just English.

In Barcelona, be aware of ur belongings, mainly La Rambla street.

I go to bars alone when i travel all the time, not weird to me;)

3. Posted by Gianmarco (Budding Member 13 posts) 2y

Hi,
I live in Rome, its quite a nice place, and I can advise on nightlife :), florence is good if you want to go sightseeing, nightlife is very limited there. I reckon a few nights in Rome would be good, I have friends that work for a pub crawl group so they can show u all the bars and clubs and stuff. Madrid is defo worth visiting I just had a week long holiday there during February, beautiful place, highly recommend it. In terms of speaking only English, in Italy it shouldn't be too much of a problem just as long as you try to speak to the younger generation, and then in Rome I could always give you advice or help should you need any.
If you need any other info just let me know, hope the trip works out for you :)

Gianmarco