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2-3 month Eurotip need some advice!
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Hello,

I was planning on going to Europe next (April), May and June with my girlfriend (2012). June is a must because I am meeting with my family to attend a Wedding and then exploring a little of Italy with them. I haven’t done TOO much looking into it yet but I have read the favorite places forum.. several times. My must see locations: London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Greece and of course some of the smaller cities/towns around them but those are the biggies, starting in London and making our way south to Greece. My first concern is the cost… I have been reading around and noticed some 2 month trips cost around 6000 and then some 3 month trips also costing the same. I would preferably like to stay longer, but i would like to keep the cost around 6000.

I will be purchasing the book Europe by Eurorail 2011 book to read over some of the attractions/places to visit. We are not party people, but we do like to enjoy ourselves. We have agreed that we will be staying in Hostels for the duration of the trip and I have no issues buying food from the market and making my own meals but I would like to enjoy a foreign meal now and then. We are departing from Winnipeg, MB and I will be looking around (notibly from North Dakota or Fargo) for cheaper flights. As far as transportation, I have been reading that the Eurorail passes seem to go everywhere.. and for as far as we’d like to travel, seems to be the best bet.

Any help/tips/advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance

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I will be purchasing the book Europe by Eurorail 2011 book to read over some of the attractions/places to visit.
Europe by Eurail is a good reference about rail travel in Europe and the “base city/day trips” travel style and I often recommend it for that. Look for a copy at your library or an older copy in the discount bin at the bookstore before you invest in the current copy. Overall, the book has had only minimal updates in the 15 years I’ve used it. It is not, IMO a good general guide as it provides very little information about the specific attractions, lodging or eating options and other essential information. It is almost entirely lacking in information for the budget traveler. I’d look for Lonely Planet or Let’s Go as a general guide.
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As far as transportation, I have been reading that the Eurorail passes seem to go everywhere.. and for as far as we’d like to travel, seems to be the best bet.
Don’t confuse traveling by train with how you pay for it. Train is, IMO, the best way to travel around Europe — with a few exceptions where a cheap flight makes more sense or you can’t get there by train. Whether or not buying a Eurail pass is the best way to travel by train depends on your age, your specific itinerary (at least the dates and countries involved), your willingness and ability to search out and buy advance purchase special fare train tickets, and your travel style. Which specific eurail pass, passes, or combination of pass/passes and point to point tickets is best is even more dependent on the specifics of your trip.

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Thanks very much! I will definetly take a look at those two books, they look like great sources. My girlfriend will be 24 and I will be 21 when we leave, if that helps at all. It’s almost time to kick it into gear to start doing my research and I cannot wait to discover what Europe has to offer!

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Since you’re both under 26 and would qualify for youth railpasses, it’s more likely that a railpass will save money.