Which countries in Europe do you think are most worth seeing?

@maximax8 (28258)
United Kingdom
April 24, 2013 9:54am CST
If you had a free rail card for one month which countries in Europe do you think would be most worth visiting? Would you travel long distance overnight if you had to pay extra for a bunk on a train or would you prefer to keep to daytime train journeys? How would you pay for your accommodation with money, credit card or debit card? Have you ever used travelers checks in Europe or another part of the world?
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@Porcospino (17954)
• Denmark
26 Apr 13
I have already visited many of the other European countries and if I received a free rail card for one month I would prefer to explore some of the countries where I haven't been yet like Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia. Some of my friends have visit Croatia a couple of time when I heard about their trip I got interested in visiting Croatia as well. Slovenia is the neighbour country so it would be easy to combine those countries. Before I returned to my own country I would also visit Vienna in Austria. I have been to Austria, but I have never been to Vienna and I would like to spend some days there. I often book accomodation in advance. Sometimes I also pay for my accomodation in advance for instance if I use Agoda.com. I use a credit card or a debit card when I pay for my accomodation. Sometimes I also make a reservation online and pay for the room when I arrive. I always carry some cash, but I don't carry large amounts of case so I prefer to pay for the room with a credit card or a debit card.
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@maximax8 (28258)
• United Kingdom
2 May 13
I hope that you will visit Vienna in the future. It is great that often you book accommodation in advance. It is a good idea you carry a limited amount of cash for security reasons.
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
24 Apr 13
Every country in Europe is worth seeing. They are all different but you have to be willing to see it and also be willing to invest time in it. I never used a credit card or traveler checks anywhere. Sometimes I travel longer (or sleep in my car if I go by car) to save money. It's a long time I took the train, it's just way too expensive over here (unless perhaps you travel alone).
@maximax8 (28258)
• United Kingdom
24 Apr 13
Hello Wake Up Kitty. I suggest booking on-line in advance for cheaper train tickets. It is a great idea to sleep in your car. It is a wonderful way to save money. I know what you mean about every European country being worth seeing. There are so many of them it takes ages to see all of them.
• Netherlands
7 May 13
@maximax8 On my way to Hungary I took a pension since I was too tired plus it was way too cold. I think end of June or start July I will sleep in my car again. BTW I also did that (partly) as I travelled by car through England. Also partly a tent (wild camping for 1 night), think we had 2 times bed and breakfast. BTW by now many gasstations have great toilets, showers etc as well.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
26 Apr 13
My son is in Grade 7, and they are currently learning about ancient Rome and ancient Greece. He seems interested in the subject and has even mentioned interest in visiting these places. Unfortunately, I can't afford it right now, but I think it's a good place to visit, if and when.
@maximax8 (28258)
• United Kingdom
2 May 13
Hello Bounce. I hope that your family will visit Italy and Greece in the future. I hope that your son is enjoying it in Grade 7.
26 Apr 13
I think quite a lot of countries in Europe are well worth seeing so I guess it would be difficult for me to pinpoint the ones I think the most worth seeing are! I guess if I had to choose one or two, I would say Ireland because it is so close to home here in the UK and yet has so much to offer and the other would be Italy for the food and culture and the amazing sights!
@maximax8 (28258)
• United Kingdom
2 May 13
Hello Frankie. Ireland is lovely and green. The UK has a rich and interesting history. I know that you would love it in Italy.
@veganbliss (3903)
• Adelaide, Australia
24 Apr 13
A free rail card for a month, eh? Well, assuming I got a free plane trip there as well (because we still haven't built that undersea railway line from Oz to England yet!), I'd like to tour England & Germany, really just to check out all my ancestry & see the places my forefathers grew up in. I'd feel uncomfortable in a country where I couldn't speak at least some of their language & it might come across as being disrespectful. I've never slept on a train before & would prefer to sleep somewhere quiet & still. I've never used travelers cheques before & prefer to use my credit card & pay for it all later once I get back to work.
@maximax8 (28258)
• United Kingdom
2 May 13
Wouldn't it be great to build an undersea rail line from Australia to England. I hope it would be a speedy journey. Going to England and Germany to see where your ancestors came from is a fantastic idea. I can see you like to use you credit card and pay it all off when you return home again.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
24 Apr 13
Within Europe, I'd prefer to see the Scandinavian countries or ex Soviet countries. I would pay extra for a bunk on a train. I'd pay by credit card if it were accepted, I've never used travellers cheques.
@maximax8 (28258)
• United Kingdom
24 Apr 13
I loved seeing the Scandinavian countries of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark by train using an Inter Rail Pass. The ex Soviet countries are very interesting especially Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
• Indonesia
2 May 13
When I was travelling I usually use cash and debit card. Try to see the cheaper means of transportation while travelling. And if you can afford it, you can sleep in your car to avoid expensive lodging expense. But of course you can’t do that if you are from different country and going there by airplane and not car.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
30 Apr 13
I'd travel around Norway as it's quite expensive and that would be the best way to get the most money out of the travel card. I wouldn't be able to go to far north, but I could possibly go through Sweden and then a bit by bus. I'd go in the summer, then it wouldn't mather if it was day or night in the north :-) It'd be pretty light all the time. The night trains are quite good though.
25 Apr 13
Switzerland is my ultimate choice for excursion. It attracts me most for its fantastic natural view. Its valleys, mountains, pastures, climatic, geological and topographical conditions are unique. So I adore Switzerland and dream to visit there.
• Singapore
25 Apr 13
Italy sounds nice but it might be full of tourists, I hate crowds. I may go to the Nordic countries, I prefer nature to cities and architecture which is what most of the rest of Europe offer though of course they have nature spots as well. If possible I would like to check out the Northern Lights which is possible in the Nordic countries.
• United States
24 Apr 13
I am most interested in visiting Norway as well as the other Scandinavian countries. Italy is, of course, also high on my list. I also want to visit Ireland and the UK. Sadly, I have yet to visit Europe. However, with the boyfriend I now have, it is more likely now than in the past. He's been to Europe (years ago), and he lived for several years outside of the U.S. Actually, he has a desire to move to Europe. I told him that I would happily pack up and go if there is ever a reason to do so. He knows my short list of countries where I would be most interested in living. Back to your questions, though... I would pay extra for a bunk on a train. Actually, I personally prefer driving to places; however, if I'm going to be on a train, I can definitely see paying for a bunk to travel overnight.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
24 Apr 13
My preference would definitely be daytime train journeys you can see so much more of the landscapes and the country that you are travelling through. I think I would like to explore Sweden, not sure if they actually have a train system there, I am sure they must, I guess it's the fear of going to a different country and not knowing what to expect, or how to plan, or where to go. I wonder if perhaps a tour company would be better where the trip is all planned for you, you just turn up! Don't think I would be brave enough to travel around on my own. I would take Euros, but not too many, obviously a credit card would be more beneficial.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
24 Apr 13
Well I hope I get a free passport as well. But I would love to visit Italy and also Wales. I would use a credit card and pay it off when the statement comes. I really do not like taking cash along unless the cafeteria or the hotel only accepts it and of course for tolls, etc. I would make sure to save enough to pay for a coach in the train.