Europe for graduation?

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1. Posted by elllis (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I am wanting to give my daughter a trip to Europe for collage graduation.
I have been researching some of the different tirps for singles and want to be sure she if safe and has fun.

I know you can't post a specific travel tour but if she goes on one of the Europe trips in May it would be covering quite a few countries in about 11 days does this sound like a good trip?

She has not travled outside the us and does not have any friends that are interestd in going.
I am just a concerned mother wanting to give her something speical.


2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sandy,

sounds like a great idea what you are doing. There are some great places to see and it's really easy to meet people along the way. Maybe if you posted a rough itineary of places that would be visited could be helpful and i'm sure you would get some very helpful feedback off this forum. Europe is a big place to cover in 11 days

3. Posted by klynch (Budding Member 25 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


Like Dave said, a good idea, but 11 days is prob far too short to take in all Europe. If she is on her own for the first time in Europe I know she would enjoy and be very safe in Ireland/England for a start, plus there wouldn't be any language barrier for her. Or perhaps you should look into Inter-railing on the contintent for a month, that takes in a lot and is a great experience. Either way she should make a break for it, experience is the best tutor travelling.

4. Posted by bas (Budding Member 8 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi sandy,

yes, all of europe in 11 days is impossible. Concentrate on an area (the Low-countries, Italy, Spain, Germany-Czech Republic and Hungary or Austria). She┬┤ll meet loads of young people all over and everybody speaks english.

Good luck,

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Whilst i'm not a fan of that sort of rush and preplanned tour, i've only ever heard good things about Contiki - they tend to be used byyounger packpacker people and they have several different legnths of time and destinations, and by all accounts are well organised and a heck of allot of fun. A couple i know swear by them and have been on 6 or 7! But if your looking to get her a pre booked/organised trip, check them out -

6. Posted by Caroline25 (Full Member 27 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sandy:

Firstly, I think it's great that you are enabling your daughter to see the world. This will be a memorable trip for her on many levels.

Being a female and having traveled alone briefly myself (mainly only through various airports to my destinations), I must admit that I would be scared to travel alone, specifically for safety reasons. Are you planning to set your daughter up with a guided tour, or just a plane ticket? If she's never traveled outside the U.S. before, she may want to go with a tour. That way, she'll be in a group (safe) and she can also break-away at times to do her own thing.

Hope it turns out well!

7. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

My first travel on my own I made it at 19, of course I had traveled with my family before, but the first time on yourself is the same for everyone... Sandy, you'll be offering the best to your daughter. Europe is the best first trip anyone can dream of!! I agree with most comments above: 2 weeks is not long enough to cover all of Europe, but as a first timer I suppose she could have a good overview of... Let say , 3 or 4 cities?

A tour is a nice idea, but I'm afraid that in those tours covering 5 countries in 15 days, she might spend more day in the bus than in looking around...

Very good idea, though, your daughter is lucky!! (and don't worry about safety reasons; Europe is not Latin-America!!)

Cheers, Noelia.