Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Traveling to Italy or London for Spring Break- need advice!!!

Traveling to Italy or London for Spring Break- need advice!!!

Old Sep 18th, 2009, 04:14 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Traveling to Italy or London for Spring Break- need advice!!!

Hi! My boyfriend and I are wanting to travel to either London or Italy for spring break this year. I am a little lost on where to start my planning! Our dates are April 2nd through the 10th. I don't know what is a good deal for flights and hotels. Please give me any advice you have! Thank you!!
jessi8teen is offline  
Old Sep 18th, 2009, 05:00 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 45,322
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Without knowing what you two are interested in jess it is rather difficult to give any advice.

Personally I would opt for Italy but that is because I "love Italy" and have many people in Italy that I am really missing.

You need to check out flight fares, it might be a bit early for spring however I would think.

Whatever you decide when you book your flights do be sure to sign up for the airlines frequent flyer program.

And if you decide on Italy do check out the multi-city flights where you fly into one airport and home from another airport so you are not backtracking. Btw, with the dates you have given, does that include your flying time? If so you will have two days less for time in either London or Italy. Best regards.
LoveItaly is offline  
Old Sep 18th, 2009, 06:35 PM
  #3  
rex
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 13,194
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hijacking this thread (since yours is the only response, loveitaly) to ask you to write to me. I can let you know the URL of that thread (the hospital in Meaux).

Best wishes,

Rex
[email protected]
rex is offline  
Old Sep 18th, 2009, 06:45 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 49,553
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Well, those are two entirely different countries and you haven't offered any information on what you are actually seeking to experience, so not sure how anyone can help you. Why did you settle on those two places? What's your budget? What would you want to do and see in either place?
StCirq is offline  
Old Sep 18th, 2009, 06:49 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 45,322
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I saw your message Rex, and I will email you! I am glad I again clicked on this thread.
LoveItaly is offline  
Old Sep 18th, 2009, 06:58 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,890
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Also - when would you be there and what kind of weather do you like. Depending on when it is it could still be fairly chilly in London, while Italy is likely to be somewhat warmer - esp if you head to the south.

You really need to provide more info.

I would start now looking at air fares and hotels to get an idea of budget (this won;t cost anything like a week in Mexico or the Carib).
nytraveler is offline  
Old Sep 19th, 2009, 03:29 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 397
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You are planning to start with the Easter Holiday weekend. You will be competing with everyone in Europe and those resident in London and Italy who want to take a holiday at the same time. If you are interested in politics Britain should be interesting as we head towards local and probably national elections.
helen_belsize is offline  
Old Sep 19th, 2009, 03:44 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 17,263
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Helen: a small wager

I'll bet Brown (for he'll still be there) won't even have called the election by April 2. Far from being interesting, the British media will be at their phoney-war worst, with "when's he going to call it?" (answer: after the Easter round of spring party conferences) the only story, and nothing in public being anything like what it seems to an outsider.
flanneruk is offline  
Old Sep 19th, 2009, 04:12 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 397
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Flanner I agree politicking will be exceedingly tedious for the natives but it might be entertaining for visitors, especially if they are students of politics. Locally where we have a finely balanced "partnership" council they are already attacking each other and point scoring in advance of the May elections. Newspaper editors must be thanking the gods for something that might keep up their circulation.

I used to have a colleague who was an Indonesian, he was the only one who read all the newspapers and followed the arguments, the actual potential voters tended to block it out.
helen_belsize is offline  
Old Sep 19th, 2009, 04:55 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 12,749
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I suggest that you check both areas for average daily temperature, days without rain, and time of sunrise and sunset in each area. That may make a difference in your decision.

A friend went to England in November and said that it was dark until 8:00 and the sun set at about 4:00. I don't know how this will affect April, but I'd check.
Pegontheroad is offline  
Old Sep 19th, 2009, 07:08 PM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 10,509
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
As everyone else has said, what are you interested in? What made you come up with Italy or London in the first place? Also, what is your budget?

Are you both comfortable with going somewhere other than an English speaking country? I ask because spring break generally means you're fairly young, and a lot of younger people haven't had a chance to travel internationally and are more likely to be uncomfortable with a (most likely) language barrier. It's often easier to start foreign travel adventures in an english speaking country.
Iowa_Redhead is offline  
Old Sep 19th, 2009, 09:35 PM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 17,263
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
"A friend went to England in November and said that it was dark until 8:00 and the sun set at about 4:00. I don't know how this will affect April,"

Not one jot or tittle.

Things might be different on the planet where Peogotheroad lives. But here on Earth, what with all that tilted axis rotating round the sun stuff, days in the northern hemisphere are a deal longer in April than in November

And of course, in the far frozen north where Britain is located, a very, very, great deal longer.
flanneruk is offline  
Old Sep 20th, 2009, 03:06 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 397
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The length of the day will be the same as the equivalent North American area on the same degree of latitude, except for the possible different dates for the start of daylight saving between the US and Europe. Rome is 41 degrees North and London is 51.32 degrees North. Daylight saving in Europe begins on 28 March in 2010.

London England (as opposed to Ontario) is equivalent to Calgary and Rome would correspond to New York. Which is why young americans favour Florida which corresponds with North Africa in latitude.
helen_belsize is offline  
Old Sep 20th, 2009, 03:14 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 253
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
For a full 8 days go to Italy, if only because the food here is so much better
Dobermina is offline  
Old Sep 20th, 2009, 09:17 AM
  #15  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thank you for all of the responses!

Yes, we are a young couple looking to have a "different" spring break than what the "normal" is. I would like to go somewhere with nice weather -- I'm not looking to tan in the sun but I would rather it not be raining everyday.

We really just want to site see and do the tourist thing. We are Catholic so I thought being in Italy on Easter would be amazing. Language barriers don't bother us, we can manage pretty well. We are on a tight budget but we do not want to slum it in a foreign country.

If anyone has advice on good hotels that you have used, or if there are any travel packages out there.

Thanks again!
jessi8teen is offline  
Old Sep 20th, 2009, 12:33 PM
  #16  
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 673
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It sounds to me like Italy is the way to go. Check and see whether youth hostels have any availability. They'll be much cheaper and you'll get to meet other college students from all over the world. I always go through Hosteling International, since they seem to have some fairly rigorous standards for safety and cleanliness. If you stay in Rome and take a couple of trips out to other parts of the country, you will have an absolute blast.
cferrb is offline  
Old Sep 20th, 2009, 12:59 PM
  #17  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 55,417
Received 5 Likes on 3 Posts
we visited Rome and Venice at Easter in two consecutive years. so far as the crowds go, rome is mad - but I've never ben there any other ime, so for all i know, they always are.
Venice was crowded, but not unbearably so, and it was easy to escape the crush once you got off the main tourist paths.

and it was very easy to get into the easter day mass in St. Mark's - much easier than trying to get to the equivalent service in Rome.

you could start off in venice, then catch a train to Rome, in the time yu've got available.
annhig is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Joanne1928
Europe
30
Oct 17th, 2006 01:22 PM
AP6380
Europe
9
Jul 22nd, 2005 02:29 AM
mazuka
Europe
4
Feb 15th, 2005 05:23 PM
NatalieM
Europe
7
Aug 21st, 2004 02:50 PM
amy
Europe
13
Sep 30th, 2002 07:36 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:30 PM.