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Title: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: viridianx on December 09, 2005, 07:41:44 AM
Anyone else planning/interested in Europe this summer, backpacking or otherwise?
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Paperback Writer on December 09, 2005, 07:52:12 AM
Now this sounds like a worthy endeavor.

I do plan on visiting London sometime in 2006.  I'd definitely be up for a meeting in the UK.  Alas, I don't have enough vacation time to warrant a backpack trek through Europe.

That is something I recommend everyone do at least once...though I didn't... :(
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Groundhog on December 09, 2005, 07:53:19 AM
I'm thinking about applying for UCLA's Study Abroad at London and Stratford for 8 units of Summer Shakespeare. :)
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Paperback Writer on December 09, 2005, 07:56:10 AM
I'll do it when I retire.

Which will be when you're dead, right?

You and me both!  :D
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: viridianx on December 09, 2005, 07:57:22 AM
Congrats on sending out your apps, DW...it's a good thing we didn't have to actually do any of the things people came up with if you delayed any further...we have some strange minds on LSD.



@ THE UK: Awesomeness...it's something I've wanted to do for a long while now and I'm about as free as I think I will be for the next 20 or so years, ha!

Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: sarmstrong806 on December 09, 2005, 10:25:31 AM
I'm going to Australia for 5 weeks!

Everyone and their dog goes to Europe.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: viridianx on December 09, 2005, 01:43:29 PM

Thanks :)

I see you changed your 'tar a bit.


Yeah, I try to play around with it though no one seems to remember my oh-so-cute dog and my series of awesomely adorable frogs  :-\  I also realized I had no reason for the viridian part of my moniker, so now it somehow connects (not really)

Strong: I wish I could bring my dog  :'(
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: jhare on December 09, 2005, 01:56:05 PM
My little brother and I made a deal where will try to get to Eurpoe every World Cup year possible. I think I'll be in Spain for some of this summer.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Paperback Writer on December 09, 2005, 01:58:06 PM
One of these days I'm going to run with the bulls.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: lawstudent3 on December 09, 2005, 01:58:40 PM
I plan on going, but I don't have any solid plans yet.  I've never been there and this is my best chance.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: viridianx on December 09, 2005, 02:08:42 PM
I plan on going, but I don't have any solid plans yet.  I've never been there and this is my best chance.

That's basically how I feel about it, though I've been to a few places before.  Never long enough to really enjoy it.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: andyg on March 05, 2006, 09:46:42 PM
I plan on going, but I don't have any solid plans yet.  I've never been there and this is my best chance.

I am actually thinking of going to europe for a few weeks after I quit my job...are you all going by yourselves or with friends ? Most of my friends have jobs and so they just can't take off to go backpacking around europe with me  :(
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Hedley Lamarr on March 06, 2006, 02:19:03 PM
Iím going to Europe for about a month.  Two weeks with my friend. We are going to go to England, France, run with the bulls in Spain, then im going to spend around two more weeks backpacking around after he goes back to work.  Im starting in July, when is everyone else going?
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Barney on March 06, 2006, 04:01:01 PM
I've got a tentative offer to come work as a waiter in a small Italian village for the summer.  If only I could work out the whole money issue, I'd be there now.

If scholarships and the government are good to me, I'll be there in June.

If you haven't done the backpacking thing, do it. Stick to the places where Americans aren't if you can. 

Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Hedley Lamarr on March 06, 2006, 04:02:44 PM
I've got a tentative offer to come work as a waiter in a small Italian village for the summer.  If only I could work out the whole money issue, I'd be there now.

If scholarships and the government are good to me, I'll be there in June.

If you haven't done the backpacking thing, do it. Stick to the places where Americans aren't if you can. 



I f-ing hate the touristy places, I want to go where the locals are. Did you already get a visa, or going covert?
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Barney on March 07, 2006, 07:09:17 AM
Depends where you want to go. Hug the mediteranean and they seem less concerned about proper paperwork.

Lots of places tourists haven't infiltrated just yet that you don't need additional papers for anyway.  Take my most heartfelt recommendation for Northern Ireland--Ireland the way it ought to be, minus the hoards of frat boys and family tree investigators.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: tobias on March 07, 2006, 10:12:58 AM
Definitely get the eurorail pass.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Barney on March 07, 2006, 10:30:46 AM
Definitely get the eurorail pass.

Did you have luck with it?  I was underwhelmed...they stick you with extra charges and reserved seats the whole way. Buses and planes would have ended up cheaper.

If you do use a Eurorail pass though--buy as few days as possible.  Southern Europe won't hardly look at the thing (and they won't stamp it). Erasable pen can do wonders too (at leats it could when I was last being a vagrant--they may have improved the technology a bit over the years).
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: The Name's Dali on March 07, 2006, 10:42:56 AM

Probably by myself.  Not ideal, no, but still better than not going.  My friends that have the money aren't interested, and those that are interested don't have the money.  Oh well. :(

Yeah, it's hard to find friends w/ money that want to go.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: queencruella on March 07, 2006, 10:48:55 AM
I priced a railpass last summer vs. going with no pass and since I was planning on doing a lot of sleepers, it turned out to be a lot more to do the rail pass.  I was also going to a lot of places that weren't covered, which made it even less convenient.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Little D on March 07, 2006, 10:50:22 AM
fly ryan air...very cheap
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Freak on March 07, 2006, 10:54:06 AM
I still plan on going to Europe this summer sometime, but I've been to busy to plan.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: terpsichore on March 07, 2006, 10:59:49 AM
Has anyone tried one of the Contiki trips to Europe or even Australia?  While I think it would be a great adventure to travel alone I (and of course my parents) are a little nervous about safety.  Contiki was suggested to me as a solution but I don't know anyone who has gone on any of their trips.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Barney on March 07, 2006, 11:13:20 AM
fly ryan air...very cheap

And great for getting to places where no one else flies.

But you have to plan carefully, pack light, and watch your taxes.  They require a few weeks prebooking for their best fares, have ridiculous luggage restrictions on some flights (and excess baggage will cost you more than your ticket) and taxes and fees will exceed the cost of the ticket, too (those 99 pent tickets usually carry a 30 pound set of fees). 

Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Little D on March 07, 2006, 11:14:31 AM
yeh it cost me more to fly my golf clubs with me to scotland than the actual flight itself, and the fees are pretty high but still.  It cost me less than a hundred dollars to fly myself and and my wife round trip to venice from frankfurt
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: no_name123 on March 07, 2006, 12:21:10 PM
ryanair is great and cheap...sometimes the airports are out of the way, though, and bus/rail/whatever to get into the city you're actually going to can be expensive and inconvenient. always look into that before you book. :) 2 really great websites:
http://www.bahn.de   (click on internat. guests at the top for english) can give you train times/schedules for all over europe
http://urbanlowdown.com       reviews/recommendations/etc written by expats living or studying in europe

i lived abroad for a year and did 2 months straight of backpacking, along w/a couple smaller trips. it's such a great experience! my favorite places were rome, budapest and portugal. portugal is seriously like an overlooked paradise. there weren't too many tourists, it's cheap, and the people are so friendly! if you like port wine, i  especially recommend porto, in the north. it's gorgeous and there's a whole neighborhood of wineries (porteries?) where you can wander and drink free port all day.  :)
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Barney on March 07, 2006, 12:24:58 PM
Anybody know anything about Asia or the Middle East? I've heard Vietnam is awesome, and I've always wanted to try riding a motorcycle across the Holy Land.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: queencruella on March 07, 2006, 06:06:57 PM
Asia is great, Barney. It is so much cheaper than Europe so you can stay a lot longer without breaking your wallet.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: tobias on March 07, 2006, 06:20:50 PM
Anybody know anything about Asia or the Middle East? I've heard Vietnam is awesome, and I've always wanted to try riding a motorcycle across the Holy Land.

Israel is wonderful and relatively inexpensive. I'm going to be there for nine weeks this summer and am going to try and get to Jordan. At the least I want to see Petra. I think that is the farthest afield I'll be venturing though.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: tobias on March 07, 2006, 06:27:11 PM
Definitely get the eurorail pass.

Did you have luck with it?  I was underwhelmed...they stick you with extra charges and reserved seats the whole way. Buses and planes would have ended up cheaper.

If you do use a Eurorail pass though--buy as few days as possible.  Southern Europe won't hardly look at the thing (and they won't stamp it). Erasable pen can do wonders too (at leats it could when I was last being a vagrant--they may have improved the technology a bit over the years).

It worked out fine for me, although there were a few occasions when I paid extra for an upgrade. Now that I think of it though I got a very good deal through this summer school I was attending for part of the summer so it might be a rip off if you are paying the full price.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: piggy-buttercup on March 07, 2006, 07:24:22 PM
same here.. I am thinking a month in europe and a month in SE Asia. I think I can live like a queen in SE Asia for one month with one week's budget of Europe..  ;D

I am actually thinking of going to europe for a few weeks after I quit my job...are you all going by yourselves or with friends ? Most of my friends have jobs and so they just can't take off to go backpacking around europe with me :(

Probably by myself.  Not ideal, no, but still better than not going.  My friends that have the money aren't interested, and those that are interested don't have the money.  Oh well. :(
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: piggy-buttercup on March 07, 2006, 07:26:46 PM
Has anyone tried one of the Contiki trips to Europe or even Australia?  While I think it would be a great adventure to travel alone I (and of course my parents) are a little nervous about safety.  Contiki was suggested to me as a solution but I don't know anyone who has gone on any of their trips.

I am thinking about contiki too. my friend went thru it and recommended it.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: andyg on March 07, 2006, 07:44:22 PM
Has anyone tried one of the Contiki trips to Europe or even Australia?  While I think it would be a great adventure to travel alone I (and of course my parents) are a little nervous about safety.  Contiki was suggested to me as a solution but I don't know anyone who has gone on any of their trips.

ditto the question about contiki...has anyone heard anything about it, either pro or con ?
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: Barney on March 07, 2006, 10:18:08 PM
Asia is great, Barney. It is so much cheaper than Europe so you can stay a lot longer without breaking your wallet.

Any recommendations as to where? Like I said, Vietnam sounds awesome, and I've heard good things about Malaysia too.  I'm probably dreaming, cause I have no money, but it'd be sweet!
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: piggy-buttercup on March 07, 2006, 10:54:58 PM
Asia is great, Barney. It is so much cheaper than Europe so you can stay a lot longer without breaking your wallet.

Any recommendations as to where? Like I said, Vietnam sounds awesome, and I've heard good things about Malaysia too.  I'm probably dreaming, cause I have no money, but it'd be sweet!

thailand - kosa mui, pipi, puket
india - goa beach
cambodia
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: queencruella on March 08, 2006, 06:14:41 AM
For Asia- Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, China. I have a group of friends who had a really horrible experience in Vietnam, so for that reason I am not recommending it.

As for traveling with tour groups, it's honestly not that hard to get around on your own.  Plus you'll likely only see the really touristy places.  Some of the more touristy places can be like Disney World in the summer- just packed to the gills with huge tour groups.  If you really have no idea what to see in a city, there are lots of very short organized tours you can do.  If you do a bigger organized tour, you won't get that much free time at all, most likely.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: piggy-buttercup on March 08, 2006, 06:47:22 AM
Now you guys have got me thinking about Contiki.  Part of me thinks it would be *too* touristy and American, but another part of me realizes I have no idea what I'm doing on my own.  And they do have a lot of options.  More thoughts people?

considering contiki too for exact same reasons.

check this out: http://www.ultimate-european.com/
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: The Name's Dali on March 08, 2006, 08:06:28 AM
Now you guys have got me thinking about Contiki.  Part of me thinks it would be *too* touristy and American, but another part of me realizes I have no idea what I'm doing on my own.  And they do have a lot of options.  More thoughts people?

We could throw together a LSD Contiki group, hahaha.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: The Poster on March 08, 2006, 09:26:25 AM
This thread makes me sad that I haven't been back to Greece since I was like 15.  :-\
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: andyg on March 08, 2006, 11:03:06 PM
Yeah, I've pretty much decided on doing the contiki route now.  I'm gonna do Road to Athens in May.  Anyone else!  Wooooo LSD group! :D

Lol, I'm in...i want a tour that has england, france and italy on it.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: piggy-buttercup on March 08, 2006, 11:48:33 PM
Yeah, I've pretty much decided on doing the contiki route now.  I'm gonna do Road to Athens in May.  Anyone else!  Wooooo LSD group! :D

Lol, I'm in...i want a tour that has england, france and italy on it.

greece would be cool...
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: piggy-buttercup on March 09, 2006, 12:03:08 AM
Yeah, I've pretty much decided on doing the contiki route now.  I'm gonna do Road to Athens in May.  Anyone else!  Wooooo LSD group! :D

Lol, I'm in...i want a tour that has england, france and italy on it.

greece would be cool...

Indeed.  Greece is near the top of my list, which is why I'm almost certain I'm going to do the ROAD TO ATHENS tour.

http://www.contiki.com/en-US/Tours/Europe/Road.to.Athens/Itinerary.htm

dave, how do you book this in u.s.? are there agencies? Korean branch offices charge a lot more, so I am thinking about doing it when I go to the states next week.
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: piggy-buttercup on March 09, 2006, 12:05:18 AM
You can book them online at their site.

hmm im guessing that the lady at the office lied then. thanks.  :)
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: chidochido on March 09, 2006, 07:09:13 AM
Going to Germany for the world cup in June...still trying to come up with a good excuse at work for missing two weeks time...
Title: Re: Europe Summer 2006
Post by: no_name123 on March 09, 2006, 07:11:54 AM
Greece....Athens is a pretty polluted city, the islands are nice but stay away from the more touristy ones (unless you like that sort of thing). Eat lots of food.


soooo true. couldn't have said it better myself.