Europe Honeymoon or vacation.. who has done it?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
Member
1289 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Hey, we did a 6 week trip through Europe last year. We bought our tickets through a travel agent and ordered our Eurail passes ourselves. We did accommodation through Airbnb.com mostly, and I highly recommend that! 

I think the big thing is not to pack in too many cities for your time… we had a minimum of 3 days in each place. Sometimes it was too much, sometimes too little! 

I read a lot of forums to find the best parts of town to stay in and that really paid off! Ie – in Rome, we stayed in Trastevere. Central, great food, not entirely touristy. In Paris we were in the latin quarter, near rue mouffetard which had great food. 

Good luck!! 

Post # 5
Member
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I just got back from being in Europe for a month and I agree with the poster above who said not to pack in too many cities.  For our month, we went to Paris, London, Nice, Bastia (for the Tour de France on Corsica), and a couple day trips to Monte Carlo/Monaco and Sanremo/Italy. But we spend quite a bit of time on Paris/London and found there was tons to do there.

I think for Nice and Bastia we kind of rushed a little, I would’ve liked to have more time there, but we had the wedding in Paris so doing wedding stuff kind of cut into our vacationing time (not that I regret that at all, the wedding was the best part!).

We took the high speed rail between Paris/London but we took flights between Paris/Nice/Bastia because they were offering cheap ones.  As long as you book ahead of time you find good deals on both. 

We kept our stuff in Paris (in Bastille) in an apartment the whole time we were there.  I recommend getting an apartment rather than a hotel, its not as expensive and you get more room/a kitchen.  Our apartment was super central (near shops, restaurants, metro, and we had a velib bike station right next to it–which we used for the whole trip–I think we only used the metro to go to Versailles and Disneyland) and came with twice the space for half the price of the Best Western.  Plus having the option to cook saved us quite a bit of money.

 

Post # 6
Member
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

If you did this trip I would recommend at LEAST 2 weeks for it. I did London and Paris in 10 days and it was pretty overwhelming. It doesn’t sound that difficult, but when you factor in jet lag and the constant walking everywhere, having foreign food, figuring out transportation, etc., it really takes a toll on you physically.

I go to England each year with my SO and it’s definitely exhausting. We did a few different cities this time (but we’re mostly there to visit his family)… and they’re all in close proximity, but still.. tiring. It takes me a full week to get over jet lag and feel myself. We were there for 2 weeks last time.

I would recommend reading up on how things like public transportation works in each city. Like London has the Oyster card, etc. Buy whatever you can online beforehand. Figure out the Paris metro etc. Pick a few things you really want to see, but I strongly suggest only picking 2-3 for each city. Reason being, you can get exhausted (common theme lol) and you’re spending more time snapping photos than actually soaking it all in. I am not a fan of those tours that stop in 10 different places (you can say you saw like 10 countries, but you’re not realllly visiting each place). Have some unscheduled time. Some of my favorite vacation memories come from days where we simply just walked around and stumbled on a nice restaurant or something like that. Paris obviously you want to see the Eiffel Tower, and maybe schedule a day trip to Versailles – it’s so worth it.

If you’re not a seasoned traveler, it might be wise to go through a travel agent. My SO and I have traveled a lot so we book it all ourselves. We’ve used Expedia before for some stuff… my SO is English and familiar with everything there so he books most of the stuff like trains etc., I am not sure exactly what he does lol.

It also helps to pack fairly lightly. I am not the lightest packer, but I am learning. Even if you take a cab from the airport to the hotel, hauling suticases that small distance can really suck. If you’re taking the metro, it’s even worse… trust me.

I would suggest picking up a good old fashioned travel guide from a bookshop for each city you want to visit. They’re actually really helpful and we have used them before.

Post # 7
Member
1289 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@abigailelizabeth919:  Almost a wedding date twin 🙂 I haven’t found one yet!

We will be visiting Thailand immediately after the wedding… 10 days of sun and R&R. Then we are sneaking a second honeymoon in to America in April – mainly to go to Coachella and visit my cousin, but will be seeing some of my favourite spots again 🙂 

Post # 8
Member
5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I would just take a backpack and a body wallet for important things like money and passport. 

Post # 9
Member
5192 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I highly recomend using the Rick Steve Europe through the Backdoor guidebooks.

Post # 10
Member
29 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Travelling in Europe is fun but very tiring.  We did self guided tour and booked all train and flight tickets in US before we arrive.  Tickets are cheaper if you can buy 3-4 weeks in advnace.

Leave a comment


Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors