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Mar 2nd, 2013, 08:36 PM
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Planning a month long trip in Europe alone

Hello Everyone

I am planning a trip to Europe alone in September for 30 days. I plan on flying into and out of London due to my Virigin Atlantic points I will be using. I have never been to Europe and I am 30 years old. I am a gay male (but I don't need to go to gay specific cities)

My father recently died suddenly and I need some time alone. I will be received money and am also saving money for this trip. My dad loved the 2 week vacation he spent in Tuscany Italy 10 years ago. I am also of Czech and German descent. These are the places I would like to see (in no order)

London
Paris
Barcelona
Prague
Amsterdam
Berlin
Munich
Rome
Florence

I don't want to stay at hostels but low budget hotels are okay

ANy advice would be awesome

thanks
andrew
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Mar 3rd, 2013, 12:13 AM
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Best bet is to look at trip advisor and narrow down some accommodation that is recommended but fits your budget. Then look them up individually and compare reviews and prices.
Your question is a bit too wide, you don't give your budget and it's difficult for people to answer such a broad question.
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Mar 3rd, 2013, 12:56 AM
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perhaps the best website for accommodation is www.booking.com
Trusted reviews, instant booking.
For train travel look at http://www.seat61.com/
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Mar 3rd, 2013, 02:38 AM
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Consider rail, but also consider bouncing around on cheap flights.

If you go to www.skyscanner.net and pull up flights for the WHOLE month of September from your most far-flung points, like Barcelona (or Prague) to "Everywhere" you'll see cheap flight options to different countries that will save you hours if not days, and big bucks, to cities you might ordinarily not think of connecting to.

All schedules and prices for September might not be loaded yet, so you might want to look at May to get a full sense of who is flying where cheap. (You can fly from London to almost anywhere cheaply). You will generally be limited, however, to 44 lbs. of checked baggage, and some airlines will charge you some bucks for any checked bag, and limit your carry-on.
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Mar 3rd, 2013, 04:38 AM
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Since you mentioned your father's ove of Tuscany, and since all of your other destinations are large cities, consider staying a few nights in a small Tuscan town. While Florence is part of Tuscany, it has a very different feel from the smaller towns most people think of when describing this region. Also, given the reason for your trip, which I totally understand, it seems like some time with nature might be what you are looking for. In addition to Tuscany, consider perhaps some time hiking around Munich or Czech Republic or northern Italy.

But I hesitate slightly in making these suggestions, because you already have a long list of destinations, so don't really have time to add more. You listed 9 locations, so in 30 days that's about 3 days in each location, not accounting for travel time in between, so it's usually more like 2. You may want to consider cutting the list down. (As mentioned above, Barcelona would be an obvious choice as it is the most distant). In other words, just think carefully about what would make the best trip for you...constant moving around or more time to really get to know a place? A full diet of large cities or also some time with nature? Only you know what will be right for you.
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Mar 3rd, 2013, 08:02 AM
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Why all big cities?
You would be missing the best of Europe. I would drop 3 of those cities---especially Barcelona and Amsterdam because of travel logistics---and I would add rural Tuscany and the castle country of Bavaria.
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