I was hoping to get some ideas of where exactly to travel. I'm planning on traveling to Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, France, UK, Italy, and Spain, but I'm not sure where to go in each country. I'll be traveling from February/March to April/May (3 months or so, depending on funds) and will likely try to take the most efficient/cheapest travel route between countries. If anyone knows of great places to visit, please let me know.
Here's where I was kinda thinking (are they worth it or not?) :
Sweden: No idea...
Norway: Renndolsetraa and Geiranger Fjord
Switzerland: Murren and Zermatt
France: Etretat and Paris
Italy: Manarola and Venice
Spain: Barcelona, Alicante, and Madrid
UK: No sure (might have to make a separate trip if I don't have time, so didn't look into it much).
Any suggestions are kinda useless when you give no clue as to your budget, travel style, age, likes/dislikes or what interests you. There's a big difference between a night at the opera and a night at an after hours underground death metal club...
Ah, well I'm more into nature and scenery. Mountains, oceans, lakes, rivers, and forests are great - especially if I can hike, bike, or swim. Budget is flexible - I'll just stay longer or shorter depending on funds (I'd rather spend more to fully experience a great area than less for an ok area). We're all in our early/mid 20s. More into activities and exploring than operas or plays. I'd like to get a feel of the culture of each place though, so I'm quite open to experiences.
I don't know about all the places, so I will just give my opinion about the places I know.
Sweden: I think you should visit the capital Stockholm, but your visit should be just a few days (2-3) as you don't have that much time; it doesn't have that much to offer to you as Paris for example as and as you are more into the nature and scenery, it is definitely enough for you. Then you should ahead to south from Stockholm, where there are lakes and there is a super beautiful scenery (a city nearby is Jönköping; just mentioning the city for you as then you understand, what area I'm thinking about).
France: Paris is definitely a must if you haven't been there before. Etretat is also a great choice, but I think you should explore a little more widely Normandy - it has amazing nature, countryside and seaside to offer you. I would also suggest Brittany, but as you don't have that much time (3 months to explore 6-7 different countries is quit a short time, although you can fit a lot in there).
Italy: Venice is definitely a great choice - I'm sure you will love it there. Manarola though - it seems to be a beautiful place and it is also small, so I can actually see, why you made this choice (just mentioning here that I have never been to Manarola actually), but I think that it is not the best choice. I think that you should maybe cut out Venice&Manarola and go instead to Tuscany - you will see the real Italy there, there is a lot of little villages and beautiful countryside, I'm sure you will love it there.
UK: I am pretty sure you can't fit it into the 3 months, but if you still have time, you should definitely visit London and maybe explore South of England - the Stonehedge etc.
Thank you very much for your suggestions - I will definitely look into them. Might end up doing all the areas you said for France since I'll at least be able to understand some of the french (probably easier to travel in an area longer if you understand the people, huh? ). We might be cutting out some of the more southern countries (Italy, Spain, Switzerland), so cutting Venice and Manarola won't be much of a problem (mostly because one friend is quite set on going to Holland).
You're welcome! It is definitley easier to travel in France if you know the language. People on France are super friendly and they normally want to communicate with you, but they aren't that good at foreign languages (English), so you're definitely get to know more French people and about their culture if you can speak the language. Have a nice trip!
While you're in the UK you might want to check out Brighton! It's a lovely little sea side city and is only a couple hours train ride from London. If you go you should check out The Lanes, very cute shops that you'll miss if you're not careful.
In Norway you will have a wide selection of scenic places, if that is what you are looking for. A relaxing way of doing things is to start in Oslo, take the train across the mountains to Bergen (this is one of the world's most acclaimed rides on rail) and then go for a combined bus/rail/boat trip into the fjords. If you're American you would definitely go "OMG" and "awesome" umpteen times. This is called Norway in a nutshell. If you're slightly more adventurous, want to rent a car or want to go hiking, check out my introductory blog post about Fjord Norway.
For the UK bit, for someone into outdoors and scenery, zip through London but linger in the west of Scotland (from Glasgow up the west coast - centred on Fort William) and the Lake District (where Keswick is the best base).
Personally I'd say travel slow so leave the UK for another trip.