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Two 18 yearolds need help with France-Spain trip, Summer 2003

Two 18 yearolds need help with France-Spain trip, Summer 2003

Old Aug 3rd, 2002, 04:59 PM
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Joe B.
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Two 18 yearolds need help with France-Spain trip, Summer 2003

Hi,
Upon graduating high school in 2003, a friend and I have decided that we wanted to see a bit of the world. We decided on Southern France, particularly Marseilles and Eastern Spain, mostly Valencia. As young adults, we are on a shoe string budget, and would like to know any good hostels, or cheap restaurants.
We have also considered traveling solely by train, as it is the most efficent systems of travel in Europe. We have shopped around for europasses and eurailpasses but, they seem to offer too much. We just want to go from Paris-Marseilles region, then on to Valencia, possibly a 10 day stay. ANY HELP AT ALL PLEASE POST THANKS!
 
Old Aug 3rd, 2002, 05:15 PM
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There are two guidebooks considered the bibles of traveling to Europe in a shoestring budget: Let's Go Europe, compiled by a group of Harvard students with a main emphasis on value for money and nightlife. The other is "Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring" catering to the backpacker market. They may have region-specific editions. These books offer good info on train travel. Have fun planning, you guys are smart starting early. Best of luck!
 
Old Aug 3rd, 2002, 05:20 PM
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For travel check-out www.europebyair.com, I believe you could fly for about $99.00 per flight.
If you decide on a train, 2nd class will be the way to go. Just buy tickets as needed, if you're only traveling between the 3 points, it will probably be cheaper comparing to any pass. Can't recommend any hostels, but I'm sure somebody will shortly. Also look at www.johnnyjet.com, it gives you great deal of info about different travel options.
Have a great time, I did, although it was many moons ago.
 
Old Aug 3rd, 2002, 05:21 PM
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uuu
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I can't help you with any specific information Joe, but here are some website that might help you with planning your trip:

The SNCF (French Railway)& RENFE (Spanish Railways)websites:
http://www.sncf.com/indexe.htm
http://www.renfe.es/ingles/index.html


The "Loney Planet" website, which will help you with budget accomodations and restaurants (get into the chat lines):
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/

Websites that provide info on budget travel in Europe, including hostels:
http://www.budgettravel.com/hosteleu.htm
http://members.shaw.ca/guideforeurope/
http://www.hostels.com/

The best way to start planning your trip would be to check out a couple of travel books from your local library on the areas you would like to visit - Lonely Planet are particularly good for a small budget.

Hope this helps and that others will have more specific information.

Good luck with your trip and I hope you have a wonderful time.
 
Old Aug 3rd, 2002, 06:08 PM
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Rough guides are quite helpful for budget travellers too.
 
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