Trying to Decide on a European Destination

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1. Posted by bsproles (First Time Poster 1 posts) 45w Star this if you like it!

Hi! My family has traveled in Asia, and we love it. Big cities with a great Subway system, outdoor markets, and just room to explore and discover the city on our own, are our thing, think Tokyo and Seoul. However, our son really would like to visit Europe instead of Asia for our next trip. I would like to find a city in Europe that we would love. Any and all suggestions are appreciated!

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1743 posts) 45w Star this if you like it!

Hi. It would help if you would fill our your Profile Page here on TravellersPoint. We have no idea where you live nor when you are planning to travel. If you are from the USA which your language use seems to suggest, you won't be able to go to Europe until they lift their blocking of USA citizens because of the corona virus. Of course we have no idea when this will be, but I'm not sure I'd start planning a trip from the USA to Europe (or most other countries) until we've gotten the virus under some control.

Of course if you are traveling from another European country or any of several other places being welcomed by Europe, I'll suggest France. Fly into Paris which is a city with a great subway system (the Metro), outdoor market, tree-lined streets to explore, lots of things to do and the possibility of train trips to nearby sights within an hour that are great day trips, like Chartres, Fountainbleau, Sens, Provins, Giverny and Versailles. If you're going relatively soon, you should check to see what is open and which now require reservations. If your trip is a year or more away, stay a little flexible, but we hope it will be much better then.

You don't say how long you plan to stay, but if more than a week or two, you might want to think about renting an apartment to save a bit of money and have a bit more room. Just a thought.

Whatever you choose to do, have a wonderful trip and welcome to TravellersPoint.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3110 posts) 45w Star this if you like it!

Good idea to fill out your profile so we know where you are starting from.

The month you visit will determine the weather you get. Want skiing you need snow. Want a beach location you need some warm weather if you intend to actually go in the water vs just looking at it.

Subways probably big cities.

How old is your son? Lots of young people do their "backpacking" thing on their own or with friends from back home. Still young and dependent on you then you are stuck with the kid.

Not everyone likes the same things. I had a nice time in Rome, Paris and London. Hamburg and Rotterdam were okay too. So was Athens, Bergen and Copenhagen. Lots of choices in Europe!

Are you interested in winter or summer activities? Interested in history??

Come on back!

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1494 posts) 45w Star this if you like it!

Rome is a European city that I have returned again and again. It has all the qualities mentioned in the opening post and more. I was there last year and was destined to be there this year until the pandemic intervened.

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8. Posted by Elan_ (First Time Poster 1 posts) 44w Star this if you like it!

If you travel to Spain the distances between its beautiful cities are "small" and they have very good communication by train. You can especially visit Granada, Madrid and Barcelona.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Jul-2020, 11:47 GMT by Elan_ ]

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3110 posts) 44w Star this if you like it!


It is okay to come on back. Fill in some of the blanks.

10. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1923 posts) 44w Star this if you like it!

When I was 12 my parents took us (my sister and me) from the USA to Europe - France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany Austria, Switzerland, England and Scotland. Then my mother took my daughter when she was 13 to Europe - They started in Germany (when it was still East and West Germany), Austria, Switzerland and Paris and then took a tour of England, Scotland and Wales. I took a grandson to Ireland and London, and another grandson to Barcelona, Rome, Naples and Venice. I took my granddaughter to Copenhagen, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and Amsterdam. Then last summer I took another granddaughter to Paris, Lyon, Nimes and Barcelona.

Most of those bigger cities have subway systems and markets and you can explore. Some of the cities are more expensive than others.