Backpacking Through Europe. I need your advice RJers.

  • groundcombat

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    Feb 18, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    So I'm not all that world traveled. In fact, I've only been out of the US to go to Toronto once but I'm planning on trekking through Europe for maybe 3 weeks or so. What cities should I hit? How should I get there? Where do I want to stay? Where are my sexy Euro gays at? ;-) If you've done something like this before, I appreciate any suggestions or advice. I'm kinda looking forward to it but I feel a little ill-equipped to plan how to do it right.
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:08 PM GMT
    Check out the inter-rail website for a one month rail pass. It's what I used when I went but that was way back . I stayed at youth hostels in France, Germany, Holland Belgium etc.
    http://www.interrail.net/english/index.php
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:15 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidCheck out the inter-rail website for a one month rail pass. It's what I used when I went but that was way back . I stayed at youth hostels in France, Germany, Holland Belgium etc.
    http://www.interrail.net/english/index.php


    I definitely recommend interrail as well. If you prefer flying try vueling, easyjet and ryanair!

    And check this website out www.couchsurfing.com. I hosted a guy from the US and a girl from Canada and they're good friends now. I myself have stayed with some people too! It is way better than hostels because you get to meet locals. If you come to Amsterdam I will be more than happy to show you around, I won't be able to host you though because I am back with my parents for a while.

    Cities you should hit: Amsterdam, Paris, London, Barcelona, Madrid, (Region: Andalusia in Spain), Bruges, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Milan, Rome.... and so many more, but it is your first time so just visit the big cities.
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
    I will also be traveling through Europe this summer. I plan to go on a budget staying at hostels and taking public transportation as much as possible. I have checked out some hostels in London. In fact one of the hostels I will be staying at is all gay.
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:38 PM GMT
    Interrail is the way to go. Europe is covered in rail icon_biggrin.gif

    I recommend Copenhagen

    (but only cos I live here and you're on my hot list ;D )
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:39 PM GMT
    groundcombat saidSo I'm not all that world traveled. In fact, I've only been out of the US to go to Toronto once but I'm planning on trekking through Europe for maybe 3 weeks or so. What cities should I hit? How should I get there? Where do I want to stay? Where are my sexy Euro gays at? ;-) If you've done something like this before, I appreciate any suggestions or advice. I'm kinda looking forward to it but I feel a little ill-equipped to plan how to do it right.


    Watch out for Hostels! Cuz you know that they will kidnap you and let rich people pay to torture and kill you... everything in movies is true.
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:42 PM GMT
    I knew this was coming. I've stayed at hostel before there a great way to meet other travelers and also a great way to save money.



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    groundcombat saidSo I'm not all that world traveled. In fact, I've only been out of the US to go to Toronto once but I'm planning on trekking through Europe for maybe 3 weeks or so. What cities should I hit? How should I get there? Where do I want to stay? Where are my sexy Euro gays at? ;-) If you've done something like this before, I appreciate any suggestions or advice. I'm kinda looking forward to it but I feel a little ill-equipped to plan how to do it right.


    Watch out for Hostels! Cuz you know that they will kidnap you and let rich people pay to torture and kill you... everything in movies is true.
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:42 PM GMT
    That is very true and thats how I plan to get around.


    judoguy saidInterrail is the way to go. Europe is covered in rail icon_biggrin.gif

    I recommend Copenhagen

    (but only cos I live here and you're on my hot list ;D )
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:46 PM GMT
    Hey man,

    I just backpacked back in May and had a blast. It depends on when you're going on what's going to be good. I have a good friend that's gay that lives in Paris so I had a place to stay and a tour guide. There were a lot of fun places to go to in Paris as far as gay bars go. Be prepared to pay a cover, but it usually comes with a free drink or something like that. I can't remember the names of any of the places, but I think they're predominately in the 5th and 6th rues (districts).
    As far as other places, I backpacked around France and Italy. Italy is by far the most amazing place. I stayed in hostels in every place I went and they were all great. I found them online. The Cinque Terre was my favorite part of the trip, but I would only recommend it if you enjoy hiking.
    Have fun man!
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:48 PM GMT
    champ2008 saidHey man,

    I just backpacked back in May and had a blast. It depends on when you're going on what's going to be good. I have a good friend that's gay that lives in Paris so I had a place to stay and a tour guide. There were a lot of fun places to go to in Paris as far as gay bars go. Be prepared to pay a cover, but it usually comes with a free drink or something like that. I can't remember the names of any of the places, but I think they're predominately in the 5th and 6th rues (districts).
    As far as other places, I backpacked around France and Italy. Italy is by far the most amazing place. I stayed in hostels in every place I went and they were all great. I found them online. The Cinque Terre was my favorite part of the trip, but I would only recommend it if you enjoy hiking.
    Have fun man!


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    Feb 18, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    Europe was mentioned in the title so I thought I should say hi!
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:57 PM GMT
    I read this as "Barebacking through Europe"

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    Feb 18, 2010 9:58 PM GMT
    MeOhMy saidI read this as "Barebacking through Europe"

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    Mind out of the gutter MoM.
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
    Im planning to travel through Europe in the summer as well, my advice from what I've found out so far is just eat cheap, sleep on the trains, wash your clothes yourself in the sink, try and buy a month long pass on the eurostar rail and the lonely planet guidebooks offer plenty for gay visiters to the top must see cities.
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
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    groundcombat saidSo I'm not all that world traveled. In fact, I've only been out of the US to go to Toronto once but I'm planning on trekking through Europe for maybe 3 weeks or so. What cities should I hit? How should I get there? Where do I want to stay? Where are my sexy Euro gays at? ;-) If you've done something like this before, I appreciate any suggestions or advice. I'm kinda looking forward to it but I feel a little ill-equipped to plan how to do it right.


    Watch out for Hostels! Cuz you know that they will kidnap you and let rich people pay to torture and kill you... everything in movies is true.


    Hahaha that is so not true, but I personally wouldn't wanna stay in a hostel ever again. I'm not very keen on sleeping a room with a bunch of european strangers again, but if you're ok with that go for it. Btw I agree with the Interail, and also Ryanair is your best friend!
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    Feb 18, 2010 10:23 PM GMT
    guys we should form a group.

    I'm also planning of going this summer and hitting up Italy, Spain, and Germany.
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    Feb 18, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    Jboegz said
    MeOhMy saidI read this as "Barebacking through Europe"

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    Mind out of the gutter MoM.


    not... possible.
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    Feb 18, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    MeOhMy said
    Jboegz said
    MeOhMy saidI read this as "Barebacking through Europe"

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    Mind out of the gutter MoM.


    not... possible.


    You were just looking at another window on your screen.
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    Feb 18, 2010 10:51 PM GMT
    Erikk said
    MeOhMy said
    Jboegz said
    MeOhMy saidI read this as "Barebacking through Europe"

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    Mind out of the gutter MoM.


    not... possible.


    You were just looking at another window on your screen.


    yeah, your facebook photos.

    18635_281134893254_588183254_4351470_321

    "say what, bitch?"
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    Feb 18, 2010 11:13 PM GMT
    I'd say Berlin is a must. you're still able to see some of the contrasts between the former east and west germany. other parts of the former East Germany, is also still noticably cheaper than west germany.

    in southern Europe, I like Spain and Italy. But countries in the Balkan may prove to be nice surprises.

    I've enjoyed visits to Bosnia and Slovenia, Croatia (beautiful along the coast). and living expenses are still fairly cheap in eastern europe.

    If you visit that area you can also see Venice before it sinks completely
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    Feb 19, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
    That's so funny, I hadn't thought about backpacking through Europe in years but earlier today I referenced my experiences in another post ("Are Americans the most attractive people in the world?").

    It'll be interesting to hear your perspective when you get back! I'd give advice but it'd be pretty dated, like where to get the best $2 steak dinners behind the Iron Curtain and stuff of that ilk.
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    Feb 19, 2010 12:38 AM GMT
    MeOhMy saidI read this as "Barebacking through Europe"

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    Ditto
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    Feb 19, 2010 12:39 AM GMT
    Brussels,
    Amsterdam
    Berlin
    Prague
    Austria
    Venice
    Rome
    Brindisi
    Corfu
    Milan
    Paris


    That's what i did with my 2 best mates when we finished college. It was hilarious