Gap Year Travels
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2013 2:04 AM Last Post By: lucapal
Oct 7, 2013 12:40 AM
Gap Year TravelsHi!
Im a 19yr old female who plans on leaving Australia in March or April 2014 to head to Europe. I just want some general tips, as well as some guidance on whether my itinerary is too compacted.
Im travelling alone and would love to find some travelling buddies in Europe!
Does anyone know any good backpacks? Im 170cm tall, but not solidly built.
I plan on flying into London to start with, spending 2 weeks in London
Then fly to Paris (CDG) and staying in Paris for 2 weeks
Head to Nice for 1 week
then to Italy - 1 Week Cinque Terre
1 Week florence
2 weeks rome
then the three day Italy Adventure by Busabout (pompei, capri, amalfi coast and sorrento)
Venice for 1 week
and then the Greek Busabout Island Hopping for 9 days (santorini, Ios, paros and mykonos)
After Greece I guess I will just head on to wherever sounds good, maybe back to the UK.
Any other suggestions? :)
Edited by: ElleCantWait
Oct 7, 2013 3:44 AM
Oct 7, 2013 8:13 AM
Oct 7, 2013 1:01 PM
3Tou seem to skip a lot of countries. Why not try to create a route on which you see more places?
I disagree with this comment, trying to see as many places as possible is a mistake that too many people do. Good on you for not trying to do/see everything.
Catch the train from London to Paris to Nice then a mix of bus and train (and ferry).
Consider the Balkans, Slovenia is very close to Venice and is a fantastic country, Croatia's also beautiful. I'd suggest this as an alternative to Greece (just because you're so close already.
Indeed look into Shengen restrictions.
Oct 7, 2013 2:12 PM
4Not bad plans in general.You are ok with Schengen on that timetable (as the UK is not part) but of course you need to be aware of the 90 day rule,if you want to spend more time in Western Europe after..
Don't book it all in advance..leave it as open as possible.You may well discover that a week in Nice is a long time,or you might decide that a week in tuscany is not enough.If you leave it open you can decide as you go...
Why the group tours? Are you the type of person who likes to be herded from place to place with a group of partying kids?
A week may be a long time in Nice,but it is an eternity in the CT ;-) Unless you are happy to sit and just relax...the hiking side of it can easily be done in a day.
Oct 8, 2013 11:47 PM
5Great! Thanks for those ideas Mwoaster and toadoftoadhall
I'd like to be back by October or November at latest, anillos_de_saturno
Lucapal I thought about the busabout tours because I don't speak Greek at all and thought it might be easier to get around in a group, and have always wanted to head to Pompeii which is on the Italy trip.
Oct 9, 2013 12:01 AM
6Greece is one of the European countries where many people speak decent English...there is a large tourism industry and English is studied very widely (and well) at school.
On Pompeii....very easy,if you allow a day or two.Train from Rome to Naples,and stay a couple of days there (if you like big cities..looks like you do). Or else,stay someonwhere on the Amalfi Coast.or in Sorrento which is a large town with loads of accommodation.
You can easily get to Pompeii by public transport from any of those places..there is a train station next to the ruins......
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