3 Months In Europe

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Jul 30th, 2018, 06:25 AM
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The responses you have received from your post is a good start. If you are good with the internet, forget about guide books and use your search bar. Try one, two and three day itineraries for each city you have an interest in. Many of those will have photos. See if these suggestions fit your type of travel style.

We have been fortunate to have taken many trips to Europe, including some where we spent a couple weeks in one region. But, there is so much to see in Europe, you can’t do it all, or even very much, using the less is more philosophy, if you think you only have a few opportunities to go there. In 2015, we took my wife’s sister on her “trip of a lifetime”. We planned to visit 16 countries in 30 days (and that included more than 16 cities) : https://16countriesin30days.wordpress.com For us/her, it was a great success and a memory she will never forget. It is NOT a trip for everyone. It involved lots of planes, trains, buses, but our days were more than full, and we used a lot of shoe leather.

Europe is fairly large, and trains are unbelievably frequent and reasonably priced. Buses are improving as well. But don’t rule out air travel from place to place; the discount carriers in Europe can be extremely cheap and plentiful. We have plans to go to Sardinia this fall, for example, and flying from Bologna to Sardinia is a lot less expensive than the cost of rail/ferry; and actual travel time is an hour vs. most of the day otherwise.

Whether we spend one or two months in Europe at any given time, my wife and I each travel with one piece of carry-on luggage; that makes a huge difference in mobility. If you are checking luggage, that will impact your logistics.

Are you traveling alone? The chemistry, and activity level, of any travel partners is also important. Bottom line: Everyone is different. Travel style and interests vary. If you decide on a marathon effort, I do agree that some “rest” periods might be helpful especially over a 90-day period.
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Jul 30th, 2018, 09:55 AM
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"If you are good with the internet, forget about guide books and use your search bar." I know lots of people think you can get all of the info you need on the web, but often, at the beginning, you don't know the questions to ask. The great thing about a good guidebook is that it will offer background and context you won't get elsewhere. For details on transport, hotels and restaurant, yes, the internet will give you more current info. I'd never take a trip without consulting a good guidebook and doing plenty of research on the internet.
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Jul 30th, 2018, 11:27 AM
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Guidebooks serve a different purpose than internet research. Both are valuable. But they bring differing results.
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Jul 30th, 2018, 12:25 PM
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guidebooks are great to have along but are outdated time they are printed - good for general info but really everything is now available online - even some guidebooks.
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Jul 30th, 2018, 12:41 PM
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I didn't say to take the on the trip. Rather to use them for researching. While prices might be out-of-date, major sites do not change, hotel locations do not change, maps do not change, etc. etc.
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Jul 30th, 2018, 01:26 PM
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Like it or not, printed travel guides are being replaced by internet travel guides, and, as Palen pointed out, some of the same companies that put out guide books also do a free internet version. As I posted recently, in the very near future, you will be able to input your personal info and have a personalized travel guide created just for you. That is where dollars are being spent by the smart travel guide publishers, while the old printed stuff gets more and more outdated. Our four kids, all travelers, and their friends and families would never waste money on an unnecessary printed travel guide. And, they are the future. We recently cleaned out a storage unit that was full of old travel guides, and we had a hard time even finding a charitable organization that wanted them. We all need to rely on things we feel comfortable with, and I respect that and your choice to use them, but don’t pretend that guide books should be the first choice for every prospective traveler. They are obsolete for many of us, and soon will be in museums alongside postcards and 8-track cassette recorders.
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Jul 30th, 2018, 01:44 PM
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would never waste money on an unnecessary printed travel guide

Neither do I... I check mine out from the library. For free.

I find working from a book easier in the early planning stages. It is less overwhelming and more accurate than internet travel forums (which are people's opinions).

Then I use online for actual bookings and to finalize details.
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Jul 30th, 2018, 01:55 PM
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What suze said. I read them at Barnes & Noble as well. I do buy an occasional guide, often as an ebook, although I much prefer paper guides for planning. In fact I bought a couple of Insight Guides for Jersey and Guernsey as ebooks as there is little info available except on the "official" tourist office websites. I also bought Bradt slow travel guides for South Devon and Norfolk because that was specialized info. I also bought (second hand) a copy of the Good Food Guide 2018 for the UK, as that info is not, as far as I am aware, available online. But I use online info for hotels.
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Jul 30th, 2018, 01:58 PM
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>>What suze said<<

Ditto -
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Jul 30th, 2018, 02:06 PM
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Yes and you can photo copy relevant pages from guidebooks from library to take with you and throw out as go along - no lugging heavy guidebook around. This way you can copy relevant parts of several guides.
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