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 ]