To stay or to travel after paris. Help!
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 27, 2013 2:04 AM Last Post By: regards
Feb 24, 2013 9:37 PM
To stay or to travel after paris. Help!Hello.
I will be in Paris for a week in Sept, most probably the first week, then I have a week and half to spare before I fly out to Athens.
I have a friend who is possibly joining me and would just tag along for around that time however if she gets pregnant, she would back out on the trip.
Now since I will be in Paris for a week already and possibly going to Nice as well, I am thinking of things to do.
1. Stay in Paris for another week and half and take French lessons (or culinary lessons)
2. Travel around- and I am thinking of Italy.
My questions are:
1. since I will be staying in Paris for a week already, would it be more ideal to Travel around Italy? ( I am interested in doing both things and couldn't make up my mind)
2. Which would be more cost efficient?
3. If I do end up traveling around Italy by myself, how safe is it for a 20 something petite female? (I am also mistaken to be someone as teenager).
4. If I do decide to go to Italy, I would be booking hotels for 2, and It could be different with each hotels but booking for 2 instead of just one then later on just one person, will it cost more (like single supplement).
5. I am interested in going to Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and amalfi coast. For a week and half, which places should I prioritize and skip?
thank you and hoping for your ideas and suggestions.
Feb 24, 2013 10:38 PM
1So much confusion in a single post. Let me try and address a few things.
First, if you're flying out of Athens the obvious thing would be to spend any time travelling in Greece. That will save you transit time, and it will save you money. And it's not like there's nothing to see in Greece.
Second, safety. About 50% of the population in italy and Greece happens to be female. These women generally go out on their own to work, shop, travel, commute, etc. They seem to be fine. Chances are italy is safer than your home country- just don't do anything you wouldn't do at home.
Third, I find this whole notion about a possible pregnancy a bit odd. One can't predict when one gets pregnant and even if she did, she could still travel at 6 months.
Fourth, room prices. There are no single supplements. Rooms in Europe are priced by the room- if you book a €60 double room and show up on your own, the price stays the same. Obviously, if you can split the cost, it's more economical. Single rooms are often available but they are rarely half the price of a double.
So there is no single supplement, but travelling on your own often works out more expensive per person than as a couple. If money is an issue, a dorm bed is often the cheapest solution. Mixed dorms are safe and there are also female-only dorms in some places.
Fifth, booking rooms. September is low season and there is no reason to pre-book anything. This gives you more flexibility and allows you to check out places before you commit.
Sixth, to stay in Paris or to travel and which is more economical. Staying is always cheaper as you don't spend money on transport.
Of course accommodation is a major expense so if your place in Paris cost €100 and you travel around using €50 accommodation, not staying may be equal. But all things being equal, travelling is always more costly.
Seventh, where to go given a limited amount of time. (eg Naples vs Venice vs Florence etc). Nobody can tell you which to prioritize and which to skip. This depends on your interests and preferences. Nobody can objectively say which one is better.
If you want to know which places get more visitors, Venice, Florence and Rome seem to be the standard itinerary for most first-time visitors. That doesn't mean you have to go there. Tell us your interests and we can help you better- but as I said, based on the info you provided I would suggest you go to Greece instead.
Feb 24, 2013 11:12 PM
2Thank you so much for your reply and I am sorry for missing important info.
The question pertain to the 2nd leg of my europe tour.
My first week and half, I will be with Friend 1 in Berlin, Prague then we will fly to Paris until the second week of sept. Then Friend 1 flies out.
I have a week and half to spare maybe with Friend 2.
Then midweek 3 of Sept, Friend 3 and I will meet in Athens and do Greece for a week and half before flying back to LAX.
I mentioned that am also interested in going to Italy but would like to also see some other place within my given time frame. I would like to be where it is more easier to see the place around by foot or by public transportation, given also that I don't speak any italian.
Since I will be in Nice as my last France destination, I was thinking of stopping by Milan and or Venice before flying to athens, or is my 1 1/2 wk better spent in Rome and Naples?
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