In about a year, I'll be traveling abroad. Recommendations?
November 6, 2010 9:07pm CST
I would love, love, love to travel. And in about a year, I'm hoping I actually do, in different parts of Europe. This will be on a limited amount of a couple thousand US dollars, which I'm working on adding to, and as of right now, I'm going with one other person. I was hoping for opinions on safety, places to see, how to spend money wisely there, etc. I'll only be 18/19 when I make this trip, so there's the red flag for the safety part of that. And I'm also more interested in the older parts of Europe, so hopefully it means I won't spend as much. Potential countries to visit as of right now are Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Czech Republic, and Spain. I'd visit them all if I could, but I guess I'll just have to make more trips. I would love to hear any opinions from someone who has either made a trip like this, or lives in one of these countries. Thanks.
• United Kingdom
8 Nov 10
I live in Britain and I am a very keen traveler. I have visited all of the countries on your list that you plan to travel to. I know that Switzerland, Norway and Sweden are expensive countries. I suggest you get a European train pass and that you stay in dorms in youth hostels or backpacker hostels. You will save money if you do self catering in the kitchen in the hostel. You could take you own padlock for a locker. You might like to see which city you would get the cheapest flight to. I suggest it might be London, Paris or Frankfurt. In the Czech Republic I loved seeing Cesky Kromlov. You will spend less in small towns instead of large cities. A possible route might be fly to London and spend three nights there. Then catch a train to Rye in East Sussex and spend two days there. Next catch a train to Canterbury and spend two days there. Then catch a train Ashford and take the train under the channel to Paris. You could spend three or four nights there. Then you could catch an overnight train to Spain to Barcelona. Then you could visit Italy by catching another night train to Venice or Milan. I think you would love to see Florence and Rome. From there you could catch a train up to Switzerland. It would be cheapest for you in the Czech Republic. Then you visit Germany, Bavaria would delight you I think. Finally you could catch a train to Copenhagen and see some of Denmark. It you have enough money you could continue to Norway and Sweden. If you end your trip in one of those countries I suggest you get a ticket on a low cost airline to your airport that you fly home from.
• United Kingdom
8 Nov 10
The European Timetable from Thomas Cook would give you train times to plan your trip. Have a look at a website called Man in Seat 61 for train travel in Europe. A book like Lonely Planet on a Shoestring Europe would be excellent for you. Then you could pick cheap accommodation. Good luck.
• United States
8 Nov 10
It sounds like you have gotten some really good suggestions. I am envious of you. I like to travel as well, and have been to Europe a few times. I have never been to the east of Paris however. I would love to go to Italy, that is the country I would like to visit next.
7 Nov 10
It will be great if you can visit them all. They are all very uniquely beautiful countries. I have been to most of the countries. One country which really impressed me was Switzerland, so scenic and beautiful. There is no other place comparable to the Swiss Alps. You will be very much amazed too. Have a nice trip.