Europe - Western Europe
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We have a number of journeys to book throughout July this year. While some posts say they can be available up to 4 months out, most recommend that you only book 62 days out to get the best deals and the most choice.
Problem is, we will be travelling in Africa for the 3 months prior to July, making it impossible to book these trains.
Will it be much more expensive to wait and book when we get there? We are spending at least 4 days in each place and could book on the first day we get there.
Or should we buy a Spanish rail/bus pass?
Or should we try and con someone into buying our tickets while we are away and emailing them to us?
I will be doing an exchange semester at Leiden University in September 2012 and was hoping for some advice on student accomodation. There are dorms for international students which i am considering, however, I am wondering if this would be the best experience and most suitable for me - I am looking forward to living with other students and hope to make new friends this way, however, as I am a mature age student (29) I wonder if everyone I will be living with will be alot younger and if finding my own share accomodation would be a better option? Although I'm pretty friendly and get along with most people... i'm not sure how much in common I would have with 19 year olds? Or would the internatonal dorms tend to have students of varying ages?
If anyone has any advice i'd love to hear it :)
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Hi, I am planning my first trip to the UK/Europe for 6months from April till October. Hoping to get some advise on which places to visit and for a rough estimate of days that may be needed. I have done some research in guide books as well as talking with friends so my plan so far is based on that.
I'm 28, single, and have never been to Europe or the UK so would like to get a good mix of key places to visit. Also want to do as much of the young party stuff that I can while I'm in my 20s.
While travelling I need to be working on an online business a few nights a week plus 2 half days a week. This will likely mean I need to travel a bit slower than most and I'm hoping I will be able to fit the work into the day plan as much as I can but I'll also be leaving days out every week or two if the business gets too busy.
Here is my plan so far:
Arrive London early April
(8days with... more »
I want to know how to reserve a ticket on Eurail before departing from Australia and can we stop over in Berlin before departing for Prague?
My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon to Europe. This seems like it SHOULD be easy. We both LOVE traveling (we've been to Belize, Mexico, Japan, China, Kenya, New Zealand, Australia, England, & Canada) & usually have no problem planning. Our original plan was to hit up Southeast Asia, but we were gifted with frequent flyer miles so we've decided to go to Europe.
The tentative plan right now is to fly into Frankfurt, Germany and spend some time exploring the Black Forest and the Romantic Road. We want to end our honeymoon with 3 days relaxing probably in Crete, Greece.
We're stuck on the middle part. We want to visit one of the countries bordering Germany but can't decide on which one. Our initial thought was to go to Amsterdam or Prague. Amsterdam seems expensive and I wonder if it would be worth the money; Prague I wonder if it would be too similar to our experien... more »
middle aged couple will be in Greece for 5 days would like to divide with a Greek Island which is something like 2 hours by ferry from Athens
Which islands are recommended?
Where should one stay in these Islands? I was looking at Hydra and had no idea what is the best place to stay. We would like to spend time on a beach, do nature trails and also see the harbour - any Greek experts out there to help??????????????
Hello, I live in Rio one of the hottest cities in the world and today is "cold" 20°C. And i will travel next week and i wanna know how clothes do i have to buy? Clothes i means are socks, glove,coat... Could you help me with that?? Thank you!!!!
I'm trying to sort out a (lovely) surprise for my partner, who's in dire need of something to look forward to... A week's self-catering somewhere in Corsica, by the sea (though more than happy to take a longish walk down to it and nearby amenities) - CHEAP(ish) - in early June.
We've done a fair bit of independent travelling so have an appetite for a little ruggedness, but really the point here's relaxation - a place with a beautiful outside where we can laze, somewhere local we can wander and pick up stuff to cook, maybe somewhere modest to eat out when we're lazy.
I'm having a whole heap of trouble sifting through the websites and have never been here before, so if you've got any advice on locations, airport terminals that'd avoid some extortionate taxi journey to our eventual destination, how we can make the best of it without a car etc that'd be excellent.
I heard recently that there is a public bus from Salzberg airport to Saalbach.... Does anyone know if this is true, and does anyone have any timetable? I heard it was around 16 Euro one way...
I am hoping to travel on a Thursday in February.
If not, any info on other cheap deals?
I am a new member to this lovely forum and I have a question for all you experienced and knowledgeable folk. I am from the UK and me and my girlfriend are travelling around europe for just over 3 weeks in September.
We are going through Belgium (La Roche en Ardenne), Luxembourg (Vianden) then down to Rothenbourg Ob der tauber, Dachau, Fussen. Then into Austria (Krimml, Grossglockner road, Lienz), through Italy (Bolzano, Como) up through France (Mont Blanc, Dijon, Cambrai) and finally home sweet home.
Its just over 2,300 miles in 24 days. The question is (before I get carried away and forget) Is this too far? will it feel like abit of a slog or will be OK and be the greatest trip ever in the history of my life?
Thanks very much for reading and I look forward to any responses.
We (60 yr old couple) plan to be in Florence 2 weeks in May (12-28). We would like to rent an apartment in a safe place that's convenient to restaurants, sights, train and bus stations. We plan a few day trips out of town. We enjoy moderate walking. Our budget is flexible but, of course, we would like to keep costs as reasonable/low as possible. Your suggestions will be very much appreciated.
Located in the Alentejo region in Portugal - the biggest reservoir lake in Europe reached it maximum level in 2010.
Spend a couple of days at the shores in January 2012 - clear blue skies with 15 degrees Celsius during the day.
Great views, deafening silence - a great spot for those who like to get away for a while.
Okay, I will be very honest with you guys! Here is my plan! I know it's insane but love itself is insane so I think insanity will be a great asset! Here's what I wanna do! I would like to bring the love of my life to the wonderful city of Paris! The good thing is that both me and her are very low maintenance people who don't need a whole lot to survive! We just wish to experience the city and connect to each other! Actually she doesn't even know that I am planning this trip but I thought it would be a good Valentine's Day surprise!!!! We are both more into the cultural aspect of France than high class restaurants and expensive whine! We wouldn't mind going to a hostel or bed and breakfast or something but we would have to have private rooms! Basically I am trying to offer her that trip and pay for most of it! My main questions is this: If we do NOT take under consideration the plan ti... more »
Could anyone suggest me some good rental companies of motorhomes in NL, preferably not too far from the Belgian border.
For some strange reason i think there must be a lot more offer and competition across the border ;-)
It is not for me.
My wife and I are spending the first three weeks in June, 2012 in Italy. We have friends in the Abruzzo and Umbria, but we thought about spending the first 5-7 days in the far south in either Puglia or Basilicata. We will have a car.
Can you recommend us a town to stay in/near and possibly a place to stay if you have been to that town?
We'd prefer being in the country-side (green, not arid) or a small, old city, but we'd like to be within 20-30 km of a non-tourist beach (without 100s of deck chairs lined up in rows). Our main activities involve walking around old, cozy, cities, hiking in the country-side, stopping at cafés for extended periods of time, eating, doing nothing in lovely surroundings, and a little time at the beach to get rid of our danish wintery-colored skins.
We prefer B&Bs/pensions and agriturismo places (esp. if the food is very good). Language has is... more »
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