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Longer trips to Europe vs. multiple shorter ones?

Longer trips to Europe vs. multiple shorter ones?

Oct 23rd, 2006, 01:40 PM
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I hate leaving our cats for any length of time - one of them is also very needy/clingy for me. I need to find her a playgroup or something! She didn't come out at all for the cat sitter for the whole 2 1/2 weeks after the first day (Red saw the cat sitter, then didnt' show up for her anymore).

But our airfare was like $1400 this year (for two), and that buys a lot of Europe when there! I can't imagine paying that twice. If it was $400 or so, then that might change things (though I really don't like to fly that much, so knowing I don't have to do it again is a good thing too!)
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 01:43 PM
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We usually do a 2 week trip every summer (as early as possible in June - dictated by school schedule - before prices and crowds go up).. and then try to nab a great airfare deal and do a long weekend (5 or 6 days) to northern europe (north because the flight time is less). We might do spring break (buy one/get one free on Lufthansa to Greece... an exception to the north europe rule!), Presidents day weekend (bought 200$ r/t tix to London), or Thanksgiving (400$ r/t to AMS). I find if I leave Thursday and fly back on Tuesday - it's a great little break. We sleep in on these shorter trips, so timezone change seems less of an issue.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 01:46 PM
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If I lived on the East coast (and near a city w/ non -stops, or even better, daytime flights) I'd take several short trips to Europe every year. But being on the west coast - I try to stay an absolute minimum of 12-14 days - and often 3 or 4 weeks. But by then my kenneling costs are higher than my airfares!

The 20+ hour transit times from the west coast (when you include driving to the airport, flights/connections, etc.) makes one week trips almost more trouble than they are worth.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 02:05 PM
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To All...when we were a lot younger, we traveled several times a year..for the past ten years we've gone to a minimum of three actual weeks once a year and sometimes as much as four weeks or more...but all travel time is never included in the 21,28,35 days.

We now use two or three bases to fan out from wherever we go, SA, Eur. or Asia..much more relaxing and we see a heckuva lot that way. During the rest of the year we normally stay domestic or Canada, Mexico, Hawaii..for much shorter trips. With grandchildren in Berkeley and Denver, we do travel to those destinations often during the year, above and beyond our overseas jaunts.

A gentle caveat to all of you youngsters...the older you get (like 70+), I think you'll begin to opt for this type of regimen.

Stu T.

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Oct 23rd, 2006, 02:12 PM
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I prefer to do fewer but longer (17 days) trips to economize on time spent in transit and cost. When I read the subject line I was thinking that two weeks would be "shorter" and a month would be "longer".
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 02:18 PM
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My husband and I have done both "A" and "B." We prefer B. He has a hard time arranging more than 10 days off at a time, even though he gets 4 weeks vacation per year.

We like to do two Europe trips per year, 8-9 days each (not inc air time). We concentrate on two areas max.

Sometimes I'm lucky and get to make 3 trips to Europe in a year, as I did last year, without my husband. Just the kids and me and we have a wonderful time.

We "used up" our Europe time early this year - two trips by June. We thought we were gonna go to Ireland this month, but have had to push that back. So maybe next year will be another 3-timer.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 02:36 PM
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My definition of a "short trip" is 10 days or less. 10 days for me means 5 vacation days off work, with two weekends involved. Anything more than that is a longer trip. I just finished a 2-week trip to Enlgand. I loved it but I'm also glad to be back. Extended trips save on core transit costs. But you're unlikely to stay in one location so you have transit costs during your trip as well as the stress of packing/unpacking and finding new accomodations every few days. I've noticed I tend to get colds near the end of my longer trips as happened this time. I think it's due to the accumulated stress of a trip and dealing with new food, new culture, different weather, etc. My all time favorite trip was a 10-day stay in London. I stayed in a little B&B for 25 GPB a night (no bathroom) and never left London. I saw more and did more in London on that trip than I've ever done since.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 04:51 PM
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Excellent point from several people above. If you are starting on the west coast US/Canada is a bigger deal than flying from the east coast.

If I was in NYC, wanting London, that's one thing. But I'm in Seattle usually going to Switzerland and then on from there.
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Oct 25th, 2006, 03:25 PM
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On airline trips we try to amortize the upfront cost, in time and aggravation. Flying these days is worse than ever, why would you want to subject yourself to it more than once? That said, it doesn't hurt to save 2 or 3 days of vacation time to take one or more long weekends. That way you don't have to wait a whole year. There are plenty of wonderful things to do close to home and with the Euro as expensive as it is, domestic travel is a bargain.
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Oct 27th, 2006, 11:12 AM
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I prefer 1 long trip 2 to 3 weeks and 4 to 5 short trips of 3 to 5 days during the year. Flying to Europe or farther for a short trip is a waste in my opinion.
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Oct 27th, 2006, 12:15 PM
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I do 2-3 shorter trips a year (typicaly two of them are about 10 days and one of them may be as short as 5 or 6, usually just to London to see theatre).

Of course, I also do a lot of domestic travel, maybe a dozen short trips throughout the year.
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Apr 12th, 2007, 06:11 PM
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The past 5 summers our family (husband and 2 teen boys) has done 2 1/2 to 3 week trips starting towards the end of June and going into July. With our kids in school it works best for us to do a longer trip in the summer months.

The summer of 2006 we had 3 1/2 weeks and it was fabulous! We flew into southern France and spent a week in Provence and then drove to the Cinque Terre for 3 nights and then onto to an agriturismo near Montepulciano for a week. We enjoyed our stay here immensely! We did daytrips around the region and enjoyed relaxing by the pool. Like another poster stated, you have to have some down time built in.

From the agriturismo we headed to the Amalfi Coast and then to Rome for 3 days before flying home. Of course, Rome is anything but relaxing. In hindsight we thought for a minute that we should have started in Rome and ended in the more laid back Provence, but then we wouldn't have been in Sorrento when Italy won the World Cup!
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Apr 12th, 2007, 06:26 PM
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As a "trip", I think 9 or ten days is great. You have time to really settle your land legs and don't end up feeling like you'v espent all your time flying. Seven is also great.

Being in NYC, I've gone for as few as two days (that was as a courier, flying free on the spur of the moment.) And experts seem to agree that a weekend brings you home with almost no jet lag, since your body is still on home time. A week or more and you also adjust better. 5 days is supposedly not as good.

But I'd go tomorrow for a day or a month if I could. It's been too long.
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Apr 13th, 2007, 09:56 PM
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How about one 2 week trip and one 1 week trip! It adds up to 3 weeks! I would go as often as you can.

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