Safest travel option
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jun 26, 2013 4:43 AM Last Post By: gawkabout
Jun 25, 2013 2:48 AM
Safest travel optionA friend and myself are going to be first time travelers in Europe and our main priority is safety during our travels.
We end a Top Deck tour in Amsterdam and have 3 and a half weeks to travel before accommodation booked in Munich for Oktoberfest. We would like to see Belgium, Barcelona, Ibiza and Greek Islands Santorini and Ios in this time and also Stockholm if possible.
What would be the best way to travel between these countries (keeping in mind that Stockholm is not on our priority list)
-bus a bout
????? we are a bit unsure of the best way to travel safely knowing that we will be nervous and want to be proactive
Jun 25, 2013 4:01 AM
1Amsterdam and Belgium are fairly close to each other, so you should definitely take a train. All your other destinations are very far from Munich though and from each other in that manner, so your best way would be to take a budget airline such as easyjet or Ryanair. Personally though I'd pick destinations closer to Amsterdam and Munich. Have you considered doing maybe Switzerland, the Romantic Road and the rest of Bavaria? Or my favourite place in the world, Berlin. Just a thought
Jun 25, 2013 4:19 AM
2I would leave out Stockholm all together. It's not anywhere near where you are heading.
Spain is very do-able from Amsterdam via plane (vueling.com has flights Amsterdam to BCN in Sept starting from 60 euros, for example).
BCN to Ibiza via vueling also from 35 euros in Sept.
all very easy and safe.
Flying to Santorini will be more expensive...200+ euros.
Jun 25, 2013 5:28 AM
Sad to say, bacara182, you have a big problem. Since there are no safety issues that I can imagine being relevant, you have nothing to be proactive about. Nothing.
That leaves you with only one practical option. Take the trip and learn for yourself that there is nothing to be so nervous about.
Jun 25, 2013 6:19 AM
Jun 25, 2013 6:21 AM
Jun 25, 2013 6:26 AM
6This Texan has live in Seville Spain. Europeans have approached me, saying,"Americans. Nice people and all, but Whew! They are afraid of everything. But won't listen to the explanation."
You'll be safer in Europe than at home.
Robbers don't use guns here. They use stealth. A money belt, that holds padsport, is the way to go.
You only need your passport handy, to change hotels and planes.
Relax. You really have nothing to fear.
Just new road rules.
Jun 25, 2013 7:55 AM
Jun 25, 2013 8:28 AM
8What would be the best way to travel between these countries (keeping in mind that Stockholm is not on our priority list)
The only country on your list is Belgium. The rest of your list is made of specific places in several countries. What's the best way to travel among the places you quoted? It depends on what's best for you. It seems that best for you is more safety but as other users pointed out previously, what do you mean by that? less risk of accidents? of getting robbed? of missing your baggage?... Your budget could make a difference too. Your timeframe could be relevant too as many of the places you quoted are far away among them and it would take time to travel among them overland...
Jun 26, 2013 12:10 AM
Jun 26, 2013 4:38 AM
10OP, your wish list is all over the place. Half?? your money will be blown travelling long distances. Split in into three or four seperate trips. By region.
You're going too be thrilled anyway. So why waste valuable time and too much money, trying to see it all in one trip?
We can't really "go back and see it right, some day."
There are just too many places. That list gets longer as you hear about other spots?
Follow your ears. Go to learn things, not to confirm calandar pictures. :(
We can't really do anything twice.
When I do two paintings of the same subject, they turn out different. My head's in a different place. Diff point of view.
Jun 26, 2013 4:43 AM
11Pack only three compleat changes of clothes.
Hostels have washing machines. Or you can get it done at a laundry service, folded. 12 or so Euros per load.
You'll buy t-shirts at special places. Many are made by Fruit of the Loom, and will last for years.
I don't buy white ones. But I do wash them alone in the sink, the first few times. The may run colors, and ruin other laundry.
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