I am a 24 year old female who is looking for some helpful feedback and any constructive criticism for a solo trip to Europe from mid-May to mid-June later this year. I’m providing details on the length of the trip, the time of year, and what I think I would enjoy about each place. If any of you have any insight into comparable places to include in the itinerary, locations that may be worth replacing/swapping, excluding, and general comments, fire away! I’ve tried to include as much detail as possible for this inquiry.
I have about ~30-32 days available for this trip after saving up my vacation days for a few years.
Time of Year:
Mid-May to Mid-June
I’ve been to Europe a few times before, having done a 6-week Eurotrip with my family when I was 10 and too young to appreciate what an amazing trip I was experiencing, and, in the past few years, 2 weeks in Spain, a weekend in Paris, and 10 days in Italy. I am an outgoing and friendly individual and I look forward to meeting fellow travelers in the various hostels I will stay at. I enjoy a museum every now and then, but what makes me happiest while traveling is wandering around a town, taking pictures (photography is a huge hobby of mine), good and unique food/drinks I can’t find anywhere else, and making new friends while out on the town. I wouldn’t expect to go out at night terribly often since I expect I’ll be tired from traveling/walking around so much and I would only feel comfortable on a night out if I had some trustworthy fellow companions from my hostel to go out with, but I’d love to explore the nightlife options of a few cities on my list! While I realize the trip is a bit schizophrenic in nature, I think I'd like a big mix of natural beauty (jagged coastlines along the Mediterranean, alpine-covered mountains and green valleys with water features), charming and picturesque towns and cities, and a few cities bursting with culture and nightlife opportunities to make this trip a rich experience.
(numbers represent # of nights spent in each location, discussion follows of why I am interested in each city...all travel unless noted will be via train)
[Flying into Amsterdam]
Amsterdam seems to have a friendly, laid back culture. I’d love to walk around the canals and streets, rent a bike, and check out a brewery or two. The architecture looks beautiful and the city seems so charming. I’m a cheese lover, so I’d love to experience the various street markets and sample some cheeses. There seems to be lots of great shops to explore in the 9 Streets area and many wonderful museums (I’d love to visit the Anne Frank House in particular).
I’ve been to Paris when I was 18 for a quick weekend and didn’t love the city, but now that I’m older, I think I’d appreciate it more. When I was here last, my family and I went up the Eiffel tower, spent a day in the Louvre, and took a night cruise along the Seine. A few of my passions include fashion, wine, chocolate, and fine dining (at least when I can afford to treat myself every now and then!) I’d like indulge in a great culinary experience here for a couple of days. I do wonder, though, if a trip to Beaune to visit nearby vineyards/experience Burgundy food or Lyons might make for a more memorable experience, culinary-wise.
The Interlaken/Murren area of Switzerland (3)
I remember Switzerland as being staggeringly beautiful with a varied landscape and climate. I’ve heard good things about this area and hope to go on a few day hikes while in this area. I’d love to photograph some beautiful mountains and waterfalls here.
Cinque Terre (2)
I have yet to hear a bad thing about Cinque Terre. The pictures of the five rustic towns look beautiful, and I’d like to spend a couple days stretched out to take my time hiking between them, relaxing on a beach or two for couple of hours, and enjoying some Ligurian cuisine (pesto is among my favorite foods!)
Amalfi Coast (6)
I’ve been dreaming of going to the Amalfi Coast for over a year now…it seems like one of the most picturesque places in the world with the brightly colored buildings speckling the green and rocky cliffs. I’m planning on staying in a hostel in Positano and making a couple of days trips to Ravello and Capri, but would mostly plan to relax in the area. I’m most excited to visit some limoncello factories, vineyards (there is a gorgeous one on the cliffs of the sea that gives free tours in Ravello), and indulge in copious amounts fresh seafood, pasta, and Neapolitan cuisine with a seaside view at sunset.
I loved Rome the last time I visited and would mostly grab dinner in the city before leaving for the airport the following morning.
[Flying from Rome to Santorini]
I found a cheap flight from Rome > Santorini > Munich and thought this would be a perfect way to finally sample Greek culture and the beauty of the islands! Ideally, I would spend most of my time relaxing on one of the beaches (I’ve never seen water such a royal blue color), photographing the unique architectures and colors of Oia, eating my weight in Greek food, and touring some of the vineyards on the island.
[Flying from Santorini to Munich]
I’m a big fan of beer, so Munich seemed like a great place to explore the culture of biergartens against the backdrop of a beautiful and historic city. While pictures of the Marienplatz and shade-covered biergartens initially roped me in (I feel obligated to make a stop in Germany), I’m unsure whether I should keep Munich on my itinerary. I’m tempted to swap out Munich for a more medieval town in Germany or perhaps beautiful Salzburg, Austria.
I’ve heard Prague is a backpacker’s dream: plenty of history, affordable, great architecture, and fantastic nightlife. I definitely would like to keep Prague on my list, and potentially visit a nearby castle, but I’m not sure if I should allocate my third day elsewhere.
My family is Polish so a trip to Poland was a must. Krakow appears to be a very beautiful and historic city with some great nightlife options as well (perhaps not as varied as Prague), but I’d like to enjoy some Polish food, drinks, and learn more about my culture through visiting some local museums and attractions.
[Flying out of Warsaw]
Paris (Perhaps swap to spend time in Brussels/Bruges, a smaller city in the country in France somewhat on the way to Switzerland, or more days in Switzerland)
Munich (More days spent at another location or more days in Switzerland or Krakow)
Cinque Terre (seems like it would provide a similar experience as the Amalfi Coast)
Thank you for reading through my post and I look forward to hearing about any of your personal travel experiences and recommendations!
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