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Traveling alone through Europe

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Traveling alone through Europe

I am planning on exploring Europe at the start of the new year.

I have not started planning, all I know if that I am most likely going to start my journey in London.

It seems like a huge project to learn about what to do, where to go, how to plan finances and everything else that goes along with a journey such as this.

If anyone can give any advice, it would be greatly appreciated!


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1. Re: Traveling alone through Europe

There is a forum for "solo travel" on TA where you can gain general info about such, things you need to take, things you need to think about, etc.

Alas there is no "europe" forum so you need to post specific questions in the destination forum for each country/place you want to visit.

However, if you say how much time you have for this trip, give a rough budget, and list some of the things you really desire to see/do, you will definitely get help..

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2. Re: Traveling alone through Europe

It would be wise to refer to length of your trip and budget.

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3. Re: Traveling alone through Europe

If you plan to travel in just over two months you have homework to be done. Good guidebooks will help; the Rough Guides and Eyewitness Guides (the latter have many photographs) are worth reading to pique your interets and give an idea of what you may wish to see or do.

Plan an itinerary. If you've not yet booked flights then do so soon; BA from PHX to LHR is a good start but if you want to save a bit of money and not backtrack use the multi city option and fly from XXX to LHR then back to PHX on your return. You'll not have to pay the UK Air Passenger Duty (included in the ticket price, not an extra sum payable on departure) for a departure from the UK, something useful to keep in mind.

For your benefit, start thinking in the local currencies, whether euro, sterling, SFr, NOK or another. Use www.xe.com to calculate exchange rates, keeping in mind those rates will fluctuate daily between now and your departure day.

Rail travel may be booked from 120 - 140 days in advance. www.eurostar.com www.nationalrail.co.uk www.tgv.com www.bahn.de and other countries' train operating websites are where to book tickets rather than through a third party agent, who will levy fees and may not show the cheapest fares.

You need not limit yourself to hostels. Travelodge, Ibis Budget and other modest hotels may have bargain rooms for not many more £ / € / whathaveyou than a bed in a shared dormitory. Advance booking usually means the best choice of properties and rates.

You may have never set foot on Valley Metro, but you will use transport a great deal in Europe. In large cities you'll find very good service at a reasonable cost. The idea may be daunting, but using transport is often much easier than to describe how to use it.

That'll do for a start.

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