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My next long break will be during winter. Was thinking of a group Euro trip with my friends after the new year. wondering if this is actually a good idea since it’ll be cold and there’s the possibility of delays due to bad weather? if so, what would be the ideal cities to finish within 2.5 weeks-3 weeks. We’ll be flying from New York to London for Christmas and would love to move from there onwards. Ireland, Scotland and Wales would be ideal but we’re not too sure if this will be out of the way of places like Belgium, Amsterdam, France and Italy. We’ve never been to Europe besides London. Hopefully, I can get some feedback on the itinerary, planning, hostels, preferably eurail as it seems cheaper or are flights cheaper and how to cover as many cities as possible on a student budget without burning out physically and financially.

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oh yeah, what would be an ideal size for a group travel?

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Four. That is the ideal group size. It’s easy for you to do a headcount. If you exceed that number, group yourselves into four and apply the buddy system, which is by twos. Big group will really spoil the fun, since it is hard to agree on stuff, like where to go first or where to eat. And I also suggest that you should avail of trip packages rather than spending a lot of time planning and figuring out where to stay. I suggest this site. If you need any more questions, feel free to ask.

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Hogmanay in Edinburgh is a great New Year’s Eve destination, but it needs to be planned ahead of time. Hogmanay in Glasgow (or other locations in Scotland) might be even better these days. Many places might be closed for Christmas in London, but I’ve been there at that time and it is very festive.
You can get around with the time you have, it just depends what your budget is.

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liverpool in winter is still pretty cool and relatively cheap compared to London.

With three universitys the city tends to be busy everyday of the week and theres always something for everyone. I’d defo check it out and its easy to get to from London.

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this is my first time planning something like that. wondering is a budget of $600 per person to get around europe minus the return tickets to the UK is a reasonable budget?

Cil, I checked out the Hogmanay online and it looks really interesting. Would be a good way to usher in the New Year. I hope it won’t be as rigid as Time Square, New York. Edinburgh for the New Year looks like an almost-must-do at this point of time.

Are there any other interesting activities around Europe at this time of the year?

I’m thinking London – Edinburgh – After New Year’s : maybe Ireland – Belgium/Amsterdam – Berlin/Munich – Geneva/Zurich/Arau and Bern – Toulouse/Marseille/Paris – Barcelona/Madrid – either back to NY or on backtracking to UK for the return flight. Is this a bit too ambitious and costly? Any thoughts? Eurail or Ryan Air?

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No, $600 is not enough. I would definitely skip Switzerland.
I would also try to come up with at least another $600 per person. Seriously.
It’s very expensive right now, even if you budget-travel.
I do think Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is stricter now than it was in my day, so take that into consideration.
This is part of the reason I think Glasgow might be better, but that’s just my opinion.

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That must have been me being a bit too idealistic with the budget.

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