help me with travel detail- trip of lifetime to Thailand & Europe…

posted 2 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

Wow, that sounds so exciting! I’ve never lived abroad, so I can’t provide specific advice about that, but I can give you some tips on renting on where to stay in Europe.

First, renting. Have you looked into Airbnb and VRBO? They both offer long-term rental options. I’ve rented apartments in Italy, Paris, and Istanbul through Airbnb, and they’ve been totally safe, not too expensive, and overall great experiences. There are tons of options out there in so many cities!

Second, where to stay in Europe. I understand you’ll be working, but I’m sure you want to explore different European cities while you’re there. I would really recommend staying somewhere central, where you can get around by train. Amsterdam is a really cool city, but it’s pretty far north – it will take some VERY LONG train rides to get to Italy, Spain, Greece, etc. from Amsterdam. Likewise, I’d advise you not to stay on the island of Cypress if you want to explore other places (unless you just want to explore the Greek islands!) because it’s pretty remote – you’d have to take a ferry just to get back to the mainland, and that takes time and money.

It really depends on your budget. If I were you, I’d stay somewhere fun and central, like Paris (which is one of my favorite cities in the world… it’s truly amazing). Rent is expensive, though, so if you are looking for somewhere very cheap that may not work. You could also stay in a small or medium-sized city to stay money – Paris, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam, etc. – the major cities – are much more expensive than smaller cities. Marseilles, Barcelona, and Nice are some coastal cities that are well-connected. If you are okay with not being in a big city, the Italian lakes region is beautiful – you could rent a house or apartment on Lake Como, Lake Garda, Lake Orta, etc.

Good luck! Sounds like an amazing adventure!

Post # 3
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper

The biggest problem you will have in Thailand is internet connection. Unless you are in a major city like Bangkok internet can be spotty or practically non-existant. 

Also for Thailand are you looking for city, country or beach living?

i agree with pp, whilst Amsterdam is a beautiful city it is too far from everything and expensive. I think if you are going to live in a country for 3 months you are probably better off in a smaller rural town. Somewhere along the Costa del sol for example. The trick will be picking a non tourist destination. it will also help to pick somewhere that you know the language. That will assist in not getting ripped off by landlords that like to fleece tourists doing the whole romantic living in another country for a few months thing.

Post # 4
357 posts
Helper bee

chica95110:  Have you though about Zurich?  Switzerland is beautiful and most people speak English.  Zurich is also prettty central if you wanted to travel and do weekend trips (Italy, Austria, ect..) while you are there.

Post # 6
872 posts
Busy bee

Hi, I don’t know much about Thailand but I moved to the Netherlands for 6 months last year with my partner for his work and whilst it was fantastic, it was difficult to find an agency that would let us rent for only 6 months and our rent was SO expensive. We also had to provide proof of income and proof of dutch registration to rent! I don’t know if it is different staying on a visa but letting agencies make it very hard anyway.

But I know alot of friends that have moved to France and Spain for a few months and they found housing pretty easily and it was much less expensive! Italy is also amazing but I don’t know anyone that has moved there so overall I would recommend France or Spain. 

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