Self-guided Europe Tour?
Hi. I'm an American who wants to take a long trip to Europe in about a year. However, I don't like the restriction of many of the itineraries. I'm a person that likes to explore. I don't know where to being planning, though. Is there a trip designer company? If so, which is best....Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
- ?Lv 41 month ago
Balsall Heath, Handsworth, Sparkbrook, Birningham
- Anonymous2 months ago
When I visited different places in Europe most were airports they were nice people are kind some gave broachers' of fun places to travel and You can lock your luggage carry all important thing with you including passport as its very important some money credit/debit card's with you
- Orla CLv 72 months ago
All you need is a good travel guide book, ideally one for each country you want to visit - just to clarify, Europe is NOT a country, it's a continent. These are available for free in local libraries, and once you've figured which of the 44 countries in Europe you want to visit, buy travel guide books for those and keep them with you when you travel.
You just need to organise flights and possibly tourist visas, depending on the countries you're travelling to - most don't require visas for Americans visiting for a couple of weeks, but it's as well to check.
Depending on the time of year you're travelling, you might need to organise accommodation in advance. There are lots of good websites for this, I've used www.hostelworld.com for budget accommodation.
If you're thinking about renting a car, be advised that there are age restrictions. Car hire companies will not take on anyone under or over a certain age. But most European countries have very good rail and bus services, and if it's good enough for Europeans, it's good enough for you.
- VoelvenLv 72 months ago
I'm Danish and have travelled around the rest of Europe extensively, sometimes just getting in the car and driving around, so yes, you can definitely do a self-guided Europe tour. Momondo.com is a good place to start.
Words of advice:
- It's not a good idea to drive around in the big cities. Take the metro, taxis, buses instead.
- You'll need a pin code for your credit card
- Don't exchange huge amount of cash, use your credit card, but make sure to look up fees, especially for ATM's
- There are some cities where you have to watch out for pickpockets. Look it up before you leave.
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- Anonymous2 months ago
Learn Esperanto beforehand, and have locals guide you?
- ArtemiscLv 72 months ago
We did a trip to Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar a few years ago. I booked a hotel for the first couple of nights in Lisbon, and the last night, also in Lisbon. We left everything in between open. I have a mobile wifi hotspot, which is a must-have item for Americans traveling in Europe, IMHO. We talked to people as we went along, and if a place sounded interesting, I'd book a hotel online using my hotspot, and off we went. We were traveling during shoulder season, so we weren't concerned about the hotels being booked up, and we stayed at some really interesting places. In Ronda, we stayed in a bungalow at a winery right next to the vineyard. And there was a sheep farm on the other side of us so in the evening, we sat our drinking wine in the vineyard and watching lambs romp all over.
The benefit to using a planner is that most will custom tailor a trip for you. We've used planned for the Azores, and it was nice communicating with one vendor who took care of cars, hotels, and air between the islands. Maybe I could have done it cheaper if I had just booked everything myself, but it was hassle-free, for which I'm willing to pay a bit extra.
- sunshine_melLv 72 months ago
Yes - the more you pay, the more bespoke a tour can be.
If you don't want to be restricted by an itinerary - you could plan your own trip.
- boy boyLv 72 months ago
im from uk ..the name henley is new to be ..but assume your male ..as i would never recommend a female to travel alone in europe ..too dangerous ....no 1 tip ..stay sober ..keep away from bars ..and drugs ..i have travelled extensively ..but never once have i made advance arrangements ..even when we had kids ..we would jump in the car ..had the ferry arranged on a flexible ticket .and we would travel all over europe ..with just a small map ..no sat nav when i was young ..we had the best of times ..so a small campervan might suit you ..stop where ever you wish ..and your in complete control where you go ...a few years back ..me and a mate landed in Seattle ..hired a car ..drove to san diego ..over to key west ..up to buffalo ..toronto ..across canada to vancouver ..to seattle ..just a rands McNally map to guide and no motels booked ....2 years later me and wife did it in reverse ...after all ..america is the land of the brave