Thanks for all of the awesome tips! You guys are a gold mine of information. 🙂
Hadn’t even thought about looking for somewhere that includes breakfast! Good thing to be on the lookout for.
Travelzoo is great! I went on a 7 day Alaskan cruise for like $500 once that I found there. Also, good to know that getting lunch from a grocery or convenience store is so easy.
Oh yes, we will definitely make a plan. I typically like to know what I’m doing day to day, but I think we’ll plan a certain number of days in each city and then move on in a logical manner rather than totally flying by the seat of our pants all willy nilly.
Good to know about the free walking tours! Didn’t know those existed. Will definitely be doing a lot of research to see what’s available in each place we visit.
Thanks for the warning about cafes in touristy areas, and about clubs. We are definitely up for heading off the beaten path when we decide to have a meal in a restaurant, and we’d be happier having a pint in a pub rather than in a dance club. Also – a baguette and cheese sound soooo good right now.
We’re not sure exactly where we want to go yet, but we will probably stick around western Europe. Fiance wants to go to Ireland, London, France, Italy. I have already been to London, and would rather see something else, but I like the idea of Ireland, and am otherwise mostly interested in Italy and Germany. Fiance hasn’t been to Europe before, and I’ve been to London (my sister lived there for a bit), Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy (very short amounts of time in each place). We have a lot to read up on and figure out before we make decisions on exactly where!
Ooo…will definitely have to read up on when the museums are free! I really like going to museums, but I feel like after a couple of hours of looking at things, I get desensitized and don’t appreciate them as much as they deserve.
Yeah, it will definitely take some research to figure out what is best, transportation-wise, for our itinerary. We definitely want to take at least a couple of trains, just to have the experience, but it seems like flights are so much cheaper (and faster!) between many European cities. I think we will probably end up with point to point rail tickets plus flights.
I read something on Rick Steves’s website about booking an overnight train and getting your travel and sleep in one, but I’m not sure how well I would sleep on a train! Though, it would be something interesting and new to try!
Thanks for the tip on getting Euros! Will definitely check that out. I am definitely into making all of the arrangements for this trip ourselves: I love finding a good deal.
Will look into that! Thanks.
We will definitely be exploring all lodging options in all cities we’re going to. You never know when you’ll find a rockin’ deal!
Good to know about the Skymiles card. I randomly “priced” out how much the tickets would be in miles, and it’s kind of insane. I figured that one of us could get a free flight on ONE WAY to Europe. Better than nothing, but not that good. Will check out the other options you mentioned.