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Planing to travel to europe with my family,help please!!!

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1. Posted by saritafc (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I lived in united stated, in florida, we are planing to travel to europe for vacation, can someone help us, don't know anything about it, I need a point to start, we are traveling with kids as well. Any help will be really apreciated..

2. Posted by tgrove (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

What do you want to do? What does your family enjoy doing? How old are your children?

If language could be a barrier to you, you may want to try the UK.

3. Posted by OHannemari (Budding Member 44 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hello Saritafc

that is a very broad question!

As the other poster said, where you should go depends on what you like to do and how long you have but I can try to give you some options.

The most well known cities and locations are to be found in west / south Europe. There are some beautiful cities to visit there.

Paris in France, the city of lights and romance.
Barcelona in Spain, the city of Gaudí´s architecture and beaches.
Rome in Italy, the city of Roman history, Leonardo da Vinci and the Pope.
London, the city of parcs, markets, Amy Winehouse and never moving guards
Berlin in Germany, the city with two sides (west vs east europe).
Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the city of freedom and canals.
Athens in Greece, The city of ancient greek history.

Travelling with kids to (some of) these cities should be no problem. There is a lot to see and do, you can easily spend a week in each one of them without getting bored and next to this, there are theme/attraction parcs close to most of these cities. If you go to Paris you might want to take your children to Euro-Disney (the European version of Disneyworld) which is very close to the city.

Unfortunately I do not have a lot of experience with East Europe. You can go to Poland to visit the concentration camp Auschwitz. I do not know how old the children are because this is not a happy trip but it is very good to learn about the Holocaust and actually seeing the horror of the camp.
I know that many of the cities in Eastern Europe are also worth a visit because of their beauty and the beautiful surroundings but they are not as well known as most of the cities I named above.

Well if you want some more information about western/south Europe just ask!


[ Edit: Edited on 23-Apr-2009, at 01:48 by OHannemari ]

4. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I was really impressed with how family-oriented Madrid seemed. I was there during Carnival (Mardi Gras), and far from being the last place you would take a child the way it is celebrated in the Americas, the streets were filled with families. Not that you should ever let your guard down, but I have never felt safer in a large city. There are also many national museums (archaeology, etc), several art museums, plenty of things to do and see.

The language barrier might present a problem if you don't speak Spanish, although many people in Madrid speak English. As long as you are patient and courteous, it's not a problem. Maybe it was just my luck, but all over Spain, it seemed like the cab drivers I had spoke only Spanish. If you think this might be a problem, one way to work around it is to write out directions in advance in Spanish (have a friend or someone at the hotel help you). I did that for a friend when he spent his honeymoon in southern Spain, and it worked out very well. He speaks no Spanish, and they had a wonderful time. Southern Spain is very beautiful and easily accessible by train. The people are very friendly and laid back. Many of the towns are perfect for wandering around in on foot.

I took my younger brother to Scotland when he graduated from high school. That's another area you could look into.

Check out the TP travel guides for more ideas. There are many good suggestions for Europe!

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Europe with kids is really really expensive, unless you are quite wealthy by US standards it will most likely be out of your budget.

You should plan on having around 100 EUR per day and person plus 1000 USD per person for flight tickets if you go in summer. For a family with 2 kids going for 10 days that means spending roughly 9000 USD. You could do it a bit cheaper (30 % maybe, using a budget of around 65 EUR), but then you'd have to sqeeze the Eurocent so hard that it screams.

For starters, about the only way to realise this trip would be to travel with a rented campervan and stay on campsites. That would be even with a 100 EUR per day and person budget. On a budget that's lower you'd have to spent about half of your days doing nothing so that you only pay campervan rental, camping site fees and food. You'll have to cook in the campervan, you wouldn't be able to go out more than once and for every expense you'd have to check whether you could afford it.

Do you still want to go?

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Apr-2009, at 13:35 by t_maia ]

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Why do so many people call children.... Kids?? UGH!!
What parts of Europe do you have in mind?? London, Paris, Rome and Amsterdam will cost you 4-5 times as much as Varna, Dubrovnik, Saranda and Kiev. All are fascinating places - but the prices are as far apart as the destinations.