Doing Europe in two months... feasible?

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    Jul 25, 2011 8:06 PM GMT
    Hey guys,
    Another idea came to my mind, and RJ gives me the chance to get some opinions from people who had this experience.

    So I'm in Lebanon. I'm thinking of traveling through Europe in the near (1 to 2 years) future. I'm considering taking a two-month unpaid leave from my work to do most of Europe.

    I can get a Schengen Visa so I can get in all of the EU countries.

    So here is where I need your opinion and experience, guys.
    For those who traveled through Europe or backpacked:

    1)Are two months enough to do most of these countries by land / air (when needed): France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany...
    Or better yet, if you did travel through Europe, what are the countries / regions you visited, and how much did you stay in each country?

    2) How much did your trip cost you? and what were the main costs? (lodgment, food, transportation...)

    3) Was it satisfying? Would you do it again if you had the chance?

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    Jul 25, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    At the end of university my brother "did Europe" over a 2.5 month period. I think it came down to him seeing parts of England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Czech, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Greece and Turkey. He stayed in hostel dorms the whole way and had one of those euro passes that lets you jump on-and-off all the trains. A lot of his traveling would be visiting one or two cities or towns in a country and then moving on. I'm pretty sure he crammed at least 3 weeks of that into Turkey alone.

    I don't know how much he spent, but I do remember my parents had to bail him out at the time when he ran out of money. I'm pretty sure he easily blew at least $5000 Canadian.

    You save tons of money by buying your own bread/meat/cheese for all-round sandwich meals, but not everyone can do that. I know on my own trips I can do that for a bit but then I start to lose tons of weight...

    He absolutely loved it. If you can stand sharing all your space with others in a hostel and aren't shy to try to make friends then you probably will like it too.

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    Jul 25, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    Bale02 saidAt the end of university my brother "did Europe" over a 2.5 month period. I think it came down to him seeing parts of England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Czech, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Greece and Turkey. He stayed in hostel dorms the whole way and had one of those euro passes that lets you jump on-and-off all the trains. A lot of his traveling would be visiting one or two cities or towns in a country and then moving on. I'm pretty sure he crammed at least 3 weeks of that into Turkey alone.

    I don't know how much he spent, but I do remember my parents had to bail him out at the time when he ran out of money. I'm pretty sure he easily blew at least $5000 Canadian.

    You save tons of money by buying your own bread/meat/cheese for all-round sandwich meals, but not everyone can do that. I know on my own trips I can do that for a bit but then I start to lose tons of weight...

    He absolutely loved it. If you can stand sharing all your space with others in a hostel and aren't shy to try to make friends then you probably will like it too.



    It's a really exciting idea. I'm really loving it already. LOL
    But I guess I can live off $ 5,000 for a two-month period.

    Thanks for ur input icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 26, 2011 6:05 AM GMT
    I did it after I got my bachelor's. 10 weeks in Europe. It's not enough time to see everything.
    Do your homework. Prioritize which places or events you absolutely can't miss.

    It was wonderful. I had a blast, made new friends, got to experience different cultures, and took so many pictures.
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    Jul 26, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    You could do alot in two months.. no way you can see everything in Europe... you need a lifetime for that anyway... 2 months is nice enough for the important stuff
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    Jul 26, 2011 6:19 AM GMT
    You can easily visit 10+ countries in 2 months. Do you think you'll get a chance to go back to Europe again sometime? If you can do it, I would halve the number of countries you're planning to see and take the time to soak in some places better. Split it into two trips - East and West or North and South - if possible.
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    Jul 26, 2011 9:29 AM GMT
    kandsk saidYou can easily visit 10+ countries in 2 months. Do you think you'll get a chance to go back to Europe again sometime? If you can do it, I would halve the number of countries you're planning to see and take the time to soak in some places better. Split it into two trips - East and West or North and South - if possible.


    Actually that kinda makes sense icon_smile.gif
    This trip will need A LOT of planning though. I need to have everything and everwhere i need to visit in place before i depart even. Not mentioning the budget also icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 26, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    samurai111 saidThis trip will need A LOT of planning though. I need to have everything and everywhere i need to visit in place before i depart even.


    I say make general plans but don't book, because some of the best adventures are when you do things on a whim. Tons of times I ran into people who pre-booked 3 weeks in advance, so they always had to leave a spot too early or stay in another place too long.
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    Jul 26, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    kandsk saidYou can easily visit 10+ countries in 2 months. Do you think you'll get a chance to go back to Europe again sometime? If you can do it, I would halve the number of countries you're planning to see and take the time to soak in some places better. Split it into two trips - East and West or North and South - if possible.


    The thing is I'm thinking of taking an unpaid leave from work next year to do this trip. So I guess it will be difficult to do it twice, at least in the next five years. But for now I am thinking of doing West and South Europe. The North will have to wait for me icon_smile.gif


    Bale02 say make general plans but don't book, because some of the best adventures are when you do things on a whim. Tons of times I ran into people who pre-booked 3 weeks in advance, so they always had to leave a spot too early or stay in another place too long.


    I agree with your point, but when you need to calculate your budget beforehand, shouldn't you know how much will yuo spend (time and money) in each place?
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    Jul 27, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    2 months? That seems like ample time, I am hopefully going next year sometime but only for two weeks haha. I need to plan very very carefully. I have to visit the family in Germany, but I want to visit Italy on my way out. I think I can just as easily cram more places in there if its planned a bit better.
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    samurai111 said
    Bale02 say make general plans but don't book, because some of the best adventures are when you do things on a whim. Tons of times I ran into people who pre-booked 3 weeks in advance, so they always had to leave a spot too early or stay in another place too long.


    I agree with your point, but when you need to calculate your budget beforehand, shouldn't you know how much will yuo spend (time and money) in each place?


    I just bring as much money possible icon_biggrin.gif
    As long as you have a credit card for emergencies (and poor planning or extravagant fun) then you'll be fine.
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    Jul 28, 2011 9:14 AM GMT
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    Jul 28, 2011 9:30 AM GMT
    Personally I think you don't need alot of time in Portugal. Really it's not that amazing. You could visit Lisbon but it's not half as nice as most other european capitals.

    It would be a shame to miss the Netherlands. Not so much architect wise, but people wise.
    Although I think Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. (Rotterdam is the nicest to live in though) (Amsterdam in stead of Lisbon!!!)

    And take you time in France. There is so muhc of it that is worth seeing. The Northe east and Northwest regions. The Atlantic coast in the west southern part. The Provence, the cote d'azur and not to mention the Alps. (althougb you will have seen enough of thos in Switzerland and Austria).


    Apart from Czech Republic you kind of completely missed out on all of the eastern european countries. They may need their own vacation though as they are very different and really the only way to soak up the experience is to drive through it and if you can in a Traby (trabant).

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    Jul 28, 2011 9:51 AM GMT
    I did the 2 month European travel thing after college... It was well worth the money. Sure, I didn't see everything but what I saw was great... I didn't have lots of money so I travelled with my backpack, got the Euro-Rail Pass, and stayed in hostels.

    I started and ended in Paris, and went to Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Hungary.... Hmm, I think maybe more too...

    I would say Paris, Rome & Amsterdam, are must see's and you need to research itinerary there and other places based on what you like to do....

    Do it and have a good time!!


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    Jul 28, 2011 12:01 PM GMT
    samurai111 saidDoing Europe in two months... feasible?
    That's an awful lot of guys to squeeze into two months; but if you can do it, get video! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidyes sent u an e-mail.


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    Jul 28, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    AnonymousBart saidPersonally I think you don't need alot of time in Portugal. Really it's not that amazing. You could visit Lisbon but it's not half as nice as most other european capitals.

    It would be a shame to miss the Netherlands. Not so much architect wise, but people wise.
    Although I think Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. (Rotterdam is the nicest to live in though) (Amsterdam in stead of Lisbon!!!)

    And take you time in France. There is so muhc of it that is worth seeing. The Northe east and Northwest regions. The Atlantic coast in the west southern part. The Provence, the cote d'azur and not to mention the Alps. (althougb you will have seen enough of thos in Switzerland and Austria).


    Apart from Czech Republic you kind of completely missed out on all of the eastern european countries. They may need their own vacation though as they are very different and really the only way to soak up the experience is to drive through it and if you can in a Traby (trabant).



    What you are saying is true. The trip is still a year away and I am still strating the planning phase. But I will definitely incorporate more eastern european countries in the trip. France and Italy are two countries I have to visit. I don't know if the UK and Scotland will be feasible in the same trip. Scandinavia will be a bit far, so it has to wait. But I think I am gonna miss visiting Russia. It kinda needs its own Visa and they say moscow is extremely expensive.

    Anyway, thank you for your input, man. I will make sure to check the cities and places you mentioned icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:08 PM GMT
    briefslover1 saidI did the 2 month European travel thing after college... It was well worth the money. Sure, I didn't see everything but what I saw was great... I didn't have lots of money so I travelled with my backpack, got the Euro-Rail Pass, and stayed in hostels.

    I started and ended in Paris, and went to Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Hungary.... Hmm, I think maybe more too...

    I would say Paris, Rome & Amsterdam, are must see's and you need to research itinerary there and other places based on what you like to do....

    Do it and have a good time!!




    Paris and Rome are definite destinations for me.
    Can I ask you how much did it cost you the whole trip approximately?
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
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    samurai111 saidDoing Europe in two months... feasible?
    That's an awful lot of guys to squeeze into two months; but if you can do it, get video! ejfllywj.php?xZA9NfNBVdeUY2Gbk6ow=40c%2B


    You're not in Europe, though, right? icon_razz.gif

    Btw, everytime I see you, I kinda wanna salute you and call you sir, with the whole military background. HOT!!! hehe
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:14 PM GMT
    I did Europe in 2 weeks. Only stayed in one country for as little as an hour and as long as three days. These are the places I visited:

    UK- London- 3 days
    France- Paris- 3 days
    Switzerland- Crans-Montana- 3 days
    Liechtenstein- Vaduz- 1 hour
    Austria- Seefeld- 2 days
    Italy- Venice- 1 day
    Germany- Munich- 1 day
    Rothenburg- 2 days
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidI did Europe in 2 weeks. Only stayed in one country for as little as an hour and as long as three days. These are the places I visited:

    UK- London- 3 days
    France- Paris- 3 days
    Switzerland- Crans-Montana- 3 days
    Liechtenstein- Vaduz- 1 hour
    Austria- Seefeld- 2 days
    Italy- Venice- 1 day
    Germany- Munich- 1 day
    Rothenburg- 2 days


    And do you wish you had more time in any of these places?
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:40 PM GMT
    I strongly recommend visiting some of the new EU countries such as Slovenia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Croatia. Cities like Ljubljana and Prague are some of the most wonderful to be found in Europe [admittedly Prague is almost as expensive as western europe these days] and they're often a lot cheaper. The beaches in Croatia are just amazing!

    I would also add that a common mistake Americans make is trying to do too much. Spending 3-4 days in a city will not give you anything like an authentic experience. European cities work better if you have a lot of time to wander and to allow chance to arrange your schedule to some degree—there's no way you can judge all the best stuff that's going on from afar. To get to know cities like Paris, London or Barcelona, you need time to "breath" the spirit of the place. It's also a good idea not to overplan. Europe is often slow-moving; things may have short opening hours, service may be terrible. Relax and you'll have more fun.

    It's also a common mistake to place too much emphasis on cities. Some of the most charming parts of Europe are to be found far from cities—they may not be easy to access but are extremely rewarding if you make the effort. [For instance, Americans rarely go to Cornwall in the UK, but it's by far the most beautiful part!]

    For me, it's far better to focus on two or three countries and try to really experience them. The memory and experience is more powerful that way.