(Closed) Vacationing in Europe Help

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You can find a lot of cheap flights around Europe through easyjet and ryanair, if you book early enough. Just note that a) sometimes they use airports that aren’t the main airports, so in London they might use Gatwick or Luton instead of Heathrow, and b) they’re cheap for a reason – you can’t book a particular seat (unless you pay extra; otherwise you just have to sit wherever you can) and the flight is filled with commercials being broadcast over the loudspeakers. Still, the flights are short so I think it’s worth it (compared to trains; nowadays a lot of flights are cheaper than train rides).

If you’re only there for 2 weeks I would suggest limiting your travels to 3 cities. Otherwise you won’t be able to relax. The flights are short but still, getting to and from airports tends to eat up a lot of time.

Is there any particular reason you want to go to Belgium? What sorts of things do you enjoy doing when you’re traveling? Museums? Nature? Shopping?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Prague and Brussels are great cities but you only need a couple of days in each. You can spend longer in Berlin and Munich.

I would suggest taking the train where possible. You can get the Eurostar to Brussels and then on from there you can get over night trains etc to most German cities.

There is a company called rail europe that can help you plan your trip.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@JackieDe:  If you like beer, you’ll get plenty of good beer in Germany and Prague. I would strongly recommend you keep your trip to three cities, at the most four, if you’ll only be there for 14-16 days. I’ve traveled a lot in Europe and I feel like you need at the very least 2-3 days in a city to enjoy it. You could easily spend a week in London and still have plenty of things to do and see.

If you want to see more cities, traveling by air will definitely save you time, and like I said above, nowadays plane tickets cost about the same as train tickets (sometimes cheaper!). For the same price you can get to where you want to go much faster. Personally I would only take the train if that particular route is famous for the scenery or something. (I know some people hate planes, though, so ultimately you have to weigh the pros and cons.)

I hope you have a lovely trip!

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