European vacation (TRAVEL)

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    Sep 22, 2014 4:41 PM GMT
    Hey guys. I got a bit of wanderlust and I've been itching to travel to Europe.

    I have a week or so to travel this upcoming spring and I'm hoping to see move of the continent throughout my life.

    Outside of Google and guide books are there any resources I should look at for traveling? I'm looking to goto Spain , Italy or the UK.

    Any advice is appreciated, thanks! icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 22, 2014 4:52 PM GMT
    Gotta get your as to London icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 22, 2014 4:59 PM GMT
    Suggestion, with "a week or so" of travel time consider the value of seeing less of Europe and more of a destination.

    So many people try to do, like, 10 countries in 10 days and what they get to see is a lot of airports, train stations, bus terminals, and tourist sites which you can easily see via pictures on the internet. Can you imagine trying to see the United States in 10 days? Even in Europe trying to see a whole country in 10 days is probably trying to do too much.

    Consider going to one place, one city, and instead of being a "tourist", be an "explorer". "A week or so" is still not enough time to really immerse yourself in a place and get to know the place more like a local, but at least you have the opportunity to enjoy more authentic experiences. You may even make some friends.

    Also, if you've already got friends in a desired destination, go to that place. They already know the place and you have a better chance of getting to see the city and surrounding region more like a local.

    Yes, use the "Hop On, Hop Off" bus for your first day to get an overview of the city. After that, use public transit (in those cities where there is good public transit). Be with the people. Don't be afraid to talk to people and get to know people. You just might find yourself invited to a group dinner at a home and all of a sudden you've got a new group of friends.

    Enjoy your trip whatever you do and wherever you choose to go.

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    Sep 22, 2014 11:22 PM GMT
    Just choose a single country, may be Spain or Italy. UK is expensive. Italy is more expensive than Spain.
    1 week is still less to explore Spain. Just pick 2-3 cities maximum. Barcelona and Madrid should be enough. They have good gay scene also.
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    Sep 24, 2014 4:39 AM GMT
    For 1 week, stick to one country. (Although if in London, you could take the train to Paris for a day or two - it's only a several hour trip). Any languages other than English (even at a minimal high school course level)? If so, try that country - with even a small vocabulary, you will enjoy it more. And if you don't have any language under your belt (you can always speak gay in bars) pick up some of the language for whatever country you go to. Not sure about Georgia, but libraries in most good sized cities have a ton of language tapes one can borrow for free.

    Guidebooks - Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, and the ubiquitous Rick Steves.
  • dj10001dj

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    Sep 26, 2014 8:15 PM GMT
    If you're looking for places with a huge gay scene, London, Paris, Amsterdam.

    I'm biased though. Go for Italy! Start in Florence, spend a few days there with side trips to Tuscany, then end in Rome. You wont regret it. My people have a ton of charm
  • Butterbunzz

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    Oct 03, 2014 2:44 AM GMT
    I agree Italy is amazing. To answer your question you can tap into the guide books such as 'Italy for Dummies'. Easy to read, simple, understandable and include all your questions.
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    Oct 15, 2014 4:52 AM GMT
    I would choose one city to visit with maybe a couple of outlying day-trips.

    Although circumstances (i.e. wurk) have forced me to do the one-day-tourist thing a few times. Take an over-night train with sleeper bunks. Wake up in a new city. Hit three or four pre-chosen sights, or wander around for a day. Hop back on the train to sleep.

    It's more like a series of samplers than like a meal.
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 15, 2014 3:27 PM GMT
    I always agreed that the way to go is to base yourself in a great city and travel out for a day here, a day there. But we just got back from a really nice trip (starting and ending in Barcelona) and renting a car and just driving. Each day, we'd figure out what we wanted to do and just do it. (Trivago is really good, btw. We were often looking at multiple hotel booking sites and invariably, Trivago did have the best prices, especially since each day we were booking for that night.) Since we were driving up the coast of France into Italy, everything is so close that you really can see a couple of places in one day. Or stop and savor if one suited us. Montpellier was one, Nice another. But after so much beach, we changed plans and also went up into the Alps. I should comment that this was probably only possible once the high-tourist season was over. Prices were better by a lot.

    We found Rick Steves good, and the old standby Frommer. Frommer tells you things like how to avoid a cover charge in a club, or little restaurants that have been around forever and are cheap and great. Funky. cheap but nice hotels.

    Also, if you do this, I'd strongly recommend a Europe programmed GPS. It will make life much more pleasant and pay for itself in alternative routes to avoid tolls. Data plans for foreign travel are more expensive and streaming data for phone is much more expensive. All hotels have Wifi now so you can research at night.