A plea against itineraries...
Replies: 55 - Last Post: Oct 22, 2013 9:15 AM Last Post By: mike9
Jun 6, 2013 7:41 AM
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32To bjd in 27 - if time try a coffee stop here: http://www.hotelmoskva.rs/restaurant-and-sweetshop/moscow-cafe/?lang=en
Jun 6, 2013 9:43 AM
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Jun 6, 2013 2:35 PM
36I just posted my first thread about 10 minutes ago, then stumbled upon this one which basically addresses my concerns exactly. I plan to be in Europe for about 2 months, but that's just a ballpark number i made up because I honestly have NO idea how long I'll be in each place. As of right now, the only thing I have is a one way ticket to Dublin and a cruise that my sister booked but after that I'm on my own. I'm scared of being unprepared in a foreign land and that's why I'm curious to hear any advice seasoned travelers have to give. So, if you have any advice (favorite places in any country, best tours, good deals, travel tips, etc), please let me know. Anything would be very greatly appreciated.
Jun 6, 2013 7:10 PM
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Jun 6, 2013 9:44 PM
39I have an upcoming trip and I have it planned to the day. I'm in Europe for just over three weeks with my whole family for part of the trip and my daughter for the entire trip.
By booking ahead I was able to get a number of rooms on hotel points and cash; generally 10,000 points plus around 50 Euros for a room that would otherwise cost more than 100 Euros. I was able to buy long distance train tickets for a pittance. Neither of these can be bought at the last minute.
I do agree that people who say they intend to spend three days in Paris and then detail their planned days hour by hour are pretty ridiculous. We generally have a few things we want to see and spend the rest of the time simply enjoying ourselves. But I prefer to plan ahead.
Jun 6, 2013 11:19 PM
40though I agree that you usually don't need to have an itinerary, who says that an itinerary per se has to be less enjoyable? is it really better to only move on once you get tired of places?
people posting itineraries on here obviously feel they need to do so, I assume for a number of them it gives them a feeling of assurance, since for quite a few of them it's their first major trip overseas/anywhere - it's ok trying to convince them that they'll do fine without a strict schedule, but I'd say to some extent each to his own, no need to push an anxious mind into weeks of woes - most likely, they'll find out on the road that their worries have been unnecessary and enjoy their newly found freedom.
however I think that those with an extensive itinerary should get more thoroughly warned that sooner or later their plans are bound to hit a snag - no itinerary will rend them invulerable.
mtl, I guess it's the language barrier, but your remark in #38 comes across rather direct - I'm convinced you meant it in the most polite manner imaginable, though.
Jun 7, 2013 12:34 AM
41Sorry Ansh -- I realized that you were being sarcastic after I had posted.
Of course, it's all a question of character, money / time available and experience.
I think we get a lot of hour-by-hour planning on threads here on TT because most people with a more relaxed style don't post on forums like this. At least, not the kind of posts looking for must-sees or reassurance.
Jun 7, 2013 4:43 AM
Jun 7, 2013 5:44 AM
like this one: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2156210
Jun 7, 2013 10:31 AM
44Of course,as bjd points out..people who don't have an 'itinerary' don't post one...they wouldn't even use a forum like this to ask these kind of 'micro-management' questions.
I have seen a few hour by hour (or at least place by place itineraries..usually churches and museums).....in particular on this branch.
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