Which other cities are worth a visit?
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Nov 23, 2012 3:31 AM Last Post By: neckervd
Nov 22, 2012 12:33 PM
Which other cities are worth a visit?Hey all, I just booked my flight for 2 and a half months in Europe next summer backpacking. We decided to add another week and I'm just trying to figure out what cities are worth visiting that we left off the initial list. So far it's Dublin Belfast Edinburgh London Paris Antwerp Amsterdam Copenhagen Stockholm Berlin Vienna Prague Salzburg Munich interlaken Venice Ancona Rome Florence Barcelona Pamplona Madrid Ibiza Paris. Any suggestions would be awesome, thanks so much!
Nov 22, 2012 1:00 PM
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Nov 22, 2012 2:01 PM
7You're already trying to cover too much ground with this itinerary. Drop half your destinations, limit yourself to a smaller geographical area and then start looking for additional places to visit.
Personally I don't see the point of visiting only bigger cities and one or two towns (plus an island) that are overrun by tourists, especially in countries whose real highlights are found outside the cities. Oh, and an average of 3 days per destination, including intercity transport, for 2.5 months in a row - that's definitely not a wise idea if you ask me.
Anyway, please let us know which area of Europe you are willing to drop from this itinerary, tell us a bit about your interests and I will make some suggestions.
Nov 22, 2012 2:03 PM
8Learn as you go. We've only heard of the most famous touristy and pickpoc/snatcher riden.
Don't add more. Leave yourself the slack, to change route on spur of moment. I try bookings.com just b4 I'm reeeaaally ready to take off from my present hostel.
Glom on to a piece of history and follow it. Take time to follow up on new friendships. Foreigners. They are our fun, teachers.
Don't be in such a damn hurry! 8(
learn things not in books. i.e.wisdom from other perspectives.
Nov 22, 2012 2:21 PM
Nov 22, 2012 2:36 PM
10Thanks for the replies, I have family in Ancona that is willing to host us for a few days which should be an awesome experience. Yeah I was considering cutting some places but its hard when I want to see everything! Also as a side note we are taking a number of side trips from the bigger cities I was just naming the major places we'll be staying in.
Nov 22, 2012 4:51 PM
Nov 22, 2012 6:39 PM
12What non-Europeans fail to appreciate (at least first time visitors) is that the is somewhere worth viisting every 25km or so. The density of sights and population is much higher than in, say, Australia or North America.
You would benefit hugely from reading this:
Nov 22, 2012 11:03 PM
13And from researching travel times between destinations. Don't forget to add an hour on each end for train travel (getting between train stations and hotels) and probably closer to 2 hours each end for air travel--more if you'll have checked luggage.
the way to see more is to explore fewer places in greater detail. They way to see less is to skim the surface of many destinations and spend a lot of time in transit between them.
You'll want to build in some down-time over 2 1/2 months. A day or two here and there when you just decompress, do laundry, or not much of anything. Tourism is hard work.
Besides, I wouldn't know how to begin researching 24 different destinations. Or how to build up a high degree of enthusiasm for my 19th most-anticipated destination. Especially when it means limiting my time in my top 10 most anticipated destinations.
Nov 22, 2012 11:05 PM
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