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European itinerary with kids ages 7 and 9

European itinerary with kids ages 7 and 9

Old Feb 25th, 2013, 01:48 PM
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Alas moonlit is gone. I think she did not like the answers to her questions.>>

i can't imagine why. we were all polite and helpful and she seemed to be taking on board what we were saying in a very sensible way.

let's hope she comes back.
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 01:56 PM
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Hi Moonlit,

My family and yours share a lot in common when it comes to travel. I hear what you're saying "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing." I definitely agree! Few things I will suggest, though, your little ones will not have the same stamina as you to go through so many places at once, so you may want to consider cutting back on one or two "less-important" destinations. Also, mamcalice made a good point. Driving from France to your first destination will be quite long (ESPECIALLY with kids). I would suggest to take a night train (Eurorail has good deals), which would probably be cheaper then the gas in Europe (which can go up to over 2 euros per LITRE in certain parts). Not sure if you're from the EU, but if you are not, make sure you have in your possession an International Driver's License, as rental companies will refuse your rental without it. Also, invest in a good video camera, or even a camera that shoots HD video. If you said this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it will be worth it. I went on a similar trip without a video camera... Big mistake. Pictures are great, but they don't tell as much of a story.

Also, if you have a smartphone, I would suggest for you to download apps with GPS capabilities that do not run on data (they use cell phone triangulation to locate you, which is free!). LonelyPlanet and TimeOut are good ones. In addition to this, I would suggest for you to always carry a hardcopy of the map as well...

I'm sure you already know these things; just passing on what I wish I had known when I went!

Safe travels!
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