Originally Posted by jdkeller
I am planning a trip for late next year. The places I have in mind are Germany, Belgium, Italy, Greece, France, Switzerland, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Spain, Portugal. Those are the ones on my radar. I'd like to know how many I can fit into a 2 week trip, 16 days. That's 16 days including there and back travel time. How many days should I spend at each place? Best way to travel? Hostils good? Places to see? Best month to go later in the year?
I don't mind cramming a lot of travel in so I can see a lot. If anyone has been to some of these I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks.
Hm.. well last summer I spent 2 and a half months all over Europe. Month in Ireland, then Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, several places in Poland, Czech Republic, back into Germany to the black forest, Switerzland, back into france (eastern boarder area) then to the south of France to Nice, and then Monaco, then England hitting up London and then Cambridge.
Also hit Rome, Venice, Salzburg, and Budapest a few years ago.
Loved it ALL. Did hostels about 80% of the time, then splurged in some of the cheaper places (Berlin was surprisingly cheap, but poland and Prague were pretty good). Traveled with my girlfriend part of the time, then my parents met me for about two weeks, and then the rest I was on my own.
Traveling around: Eurail pass would likely be best. HOWEVER, do research ahead of time! know what kind of pass you want to get before you go up to the window to purchase, and know the rules of using it or you can be find a TON on the trains (like if you dont fill out the ticket before/right when you get on).
Personally, I like Eastern Russia a lot. Reason being is a lot of those countries are still trying to modernize, and are doing it pretty fast. I wanted to see something different though where there werent McDonalds and stuff like that. I like off the beaten path, and a little struggle with the language. I also figure I will most likely go back to that side of the planet some other time in my life and I can hit the main stuff. Luckily I hit main stuff and the not so main stuff in my trip
Time: I like to spend 2 days (ish) per place, including travel time. You can usually hit the main things in a city in a day and a half, just get up in the morning and try and book tours early just so you don't miss out on them. There are a lot of free tours in main cities (the catch is the tour guides expect tips) but these are pretty good and informative.
Where to go?: Depends on what kind of traveler you are! You kind of sound like you want to hit up everything you can (which is the way I am). Research a little before you go to a city so you can see what kind of things there are to do there.
I also recommend get some of the lonely planet guide books. Great advice in these, like local customs, how to tip, key language phrases and words, places to see, and things to be cautious about (pick pocketsss.....)
Random advice: protect yourself. Shit can get sketchy fast in some places, even in the daylight. Saw several pickpocket busts by police while I was there, especially on subways and metro. Beggars (and even Gypsies) are everywhere. If you don't want to be hassled, DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT. Just keep walking and ignore.... They target the tourists.
Trying to think of anything else... but nothing is really coming to mind. If you have any specific questions about anything or places I went, dont hesitate to pm me!
hope you have on awesome trip!