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Solo trip across Europe covering 18 countries

Solo trip across Europe covering 18 countries

Old Oct 26th, 2016, 10:43 AM
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>>rather just an idea.
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Old Oct 26th, 2016, 10:49 AM
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Lots of experience also sometimes leads to conclusions about how everyone SHOULD do it. It's the "shoulds" I object to and have been guilty of them myself. I think the OP is looking for more of an adventure than many "experienced" older travelers might advise.

When I look back on my first trip to Europe I wonder how I survived. But I did, in fact, and had a wonderful time and managed even without all the tech help now available to smooth the way. I stand by my advice to not necessarily think experience equals good advice from or for everyone. If flexibility is built in, planning the entire trip in advance, other than arrival & departure points, isn't necessary.
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Old Oct 26th, 2016, 11:26 AM
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They can ask about 18 countries in 8 weeks over on The Thorn Tree on Lonely Planet, and compare the kinds of replies. They will be more similar that you think.
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Old Oct 26th, 2016, 02:50 PM
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saruabh - what do you think?

Can you scale the 18 countries down a bit. for one thing some countries like Scandinavia and Switzerland are much more expensive than most of Europe.

And when are you going on this trip? month- cheaper in off season not only on flights perhaps but accommodations like hostels are more easily available.
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Old Oct 26th, 2016, 04:06 PM
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Even if going with nothing much pinned down, it is good to at least have a list of as many accommodations that you might like in different places as you can. Then book ahead as soon as you are sure of the plans. It is a frustrating waste of time while traveling to be looking at the last minute and have everything that is affordable booked, or really bad or in a bad location. You are stuck with paying more, staying in a lousy place or moving on to a different place. I have done it - more times than I like to think about. Do the research at home, so you are not using up expensive and valuable time while on the trip.

Also, do the research on museums and other things, so you know times, costs, rules, etc. Don't miss something because you are there when they are closed.

Skimp on food or lodging, but do not skip wonderful museums, etc. because of a few euros cost. If you need to make the trip shorter so you have more money to actually see things, do it that way. Don't spend thousands of euros on a trip, then miss the very things you came to see because they cost 10 or 15 euro. It is a real shame to go to places like Rome and see only the outside of places that hold the greatest treasures within. This advice is from personal experience and the regret of not seeing something when I was right outside, and never getting back.
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Old Oct 26th, 2016, 06:13 PM
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IMO, Sassafrass just gave you some incredibly wise advice.
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Old Oct 26th, 2016, 07:08 PM
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Agree that if you are young and strong you can do a rip I would never even consider - but Sassafrass has made the most important point. Don;t spend all of that time and money and then miss the most important sights to you.

And do all of the research up front to know what your must sees are. Look at the Let's Go Student Guides for into on hostels (thanks to those above - teach me not to talk on the phone and type at the same time) and the Thorn Tree section of the Lonely Planet web site for a bunch of info on super budget travel.
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Old Oct 27th, 2016, 10:16 AM
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Thanks everyone for
your valuable suggestions. They are indeed very helpful. I am planning to go to Europe in the summers next year. Budget is not a big problem, I can maybe add a €1,000 more but time is. I am a working proffessional and I won't get more than 8 weeks time in my current job. I wanted to travel to most of the countries because I'm not sure when will I be able to go back to Europe again as there are a lot of places left on my bucket list even after travelling to Europe - Whole of North America, Austrailia & NZ, South Africa, Brazil and so on.. But I guess what people here are suggesting is right. I don't want to increase the number of countries just for some photographs or bragging to friends after coming back and not enjoy at all. Plus people living there can provide a more clear picture rather than me sitting thousands of miles away and cooking some unimplementable plans. I think I will have to reduce the number of countries giving preference to those without which my trip cannot be complete. So I am planning to drop Portugal, Scandinavian countries, Denamrk, Greece and Croatia for this trip. Greece I want to go but I will do it later along with Turkey maybe since it is very far in the east and will take a lot of time. Does the trip sounds more realistic and worth it now? Please suggest. Thanks
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Old Oct 27th, 2016, 10:29 AM
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That is great. And great you took the advice well. Not everyone does
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Old Oct 27th, 2016, 11:47 AM
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So I am planning to drop Portugal, Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Greece and Croatia for this trip.>

Yup great - that leaves countries centrally located and in a rather small area - and for 8 weeks the Global Eurail or Eurail Select or country passes may be great - in most countries can just hop on any train anytime - again take some overnight trains - save time and money on a hostel or hotel too.
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Old Oct 27th, 2016, 04:14 PM
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Wise decision! Good luck with your further planning.
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Old Oct 27th, 2016, 05:03 PM
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Sounds really good.
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