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Hey ! 21 year old girl taking on Europe... HELP
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Hey, I’m 21 years old and this summer I’m heading to Europe for 2 months…
I’m going at the busiest time of the year (july-august) because that’s when I have off from school.

For the first month I’ll be traveling with my sister and some friends, but in August I’ll be traveling alone.
I’ll be doing all of Italy, amsterdam, brussels, copenhagen, prague, vienna, munich, berlin, budapest, paris, barcelona and I might add a few cities, all depends on what happens once I get there. (Not in that particular order BTW)
Now, I have a budget of 4000 euros for 2 months (I already bought plane ticket and eurail 2 month pass), and a 65liter backpack.

I don’t know what my exact point or question here is but I guess I can take all the advice I can get…
Like is it worth going all the way to danemark for copenhagen ?
Do I need to purchase pepper spray…
I really really wanna bring my hair straightener but is it REALLY necessary to avoid bringing it ?
Like, whatever you guys can come up with I think can be a HUGE help… I know I’m leaving in 4 months but i am anticipating this trip soooo bad.

THANK YOU

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Like is it worth going all the way to danemark for copenhagen ?
It depends on whether or not you want to go there. Why is it on your list? It’s a beautiful city, but it’s expensive to stay in, it’s usually pretty expensive and time consuming to get there.
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Do I need to purchase pepper spray…
Why do you want to carry pepper spray? Depending on the content, it may be considered a weapon. Check the TSA site for the airplane restrictions involved with carrying (or checking) various weapons. You should probably try to figure out if the exact spray you intend to take is legal to carry it in the various countries you’re visiting…
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I really really wanna bring my hair straightener but is it REALLY necessary to avoid bringing it ?
Women in Europe have hair, too. Unless you have to have a specific brand, you can buy what you need there. Flip side: If you really, really want to take it, what’s stopping you from taking it?

Try posting your specific questions in the appropriate forums — this one, as you can tell from the very infrequent posts — doesn’t get much traffic.

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For Denmark, I guess I was hoping for a second opinion, I’ve heard people say it’s a beautiful city, but is it worth the 10hour train ride is what I wonder ?

For pepper spray, many people have told me to arm myself because you can never be too careful, I was just wondering if maybe any other girls brought some or if I’m just being paranoid.

Again, many other websites have told me to avoid bringing my hair straightener for it can be a hassle in a backpack, I was looking for a more personal opinion and has you can see i only have 4000 euros for 2 months, therefor the purchase of a hair straightener over there is beyond my budget.

Thanks for the help ! ! ! !

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I would worry less about your personal safety than you do at home, so if you don’t carry pepper spray at home, I certainly wouldn’t buy it to take to Europe. What you do need to worry about is your valuables. Pickpockets and purse snatchers abound anywhere there are tourists. Pepper spray won’t help because the thief will probably be long gone before you figure out your stuff is missing. Keep only a small amount of cash in pocket or purse. Use a money belt for additional cash, debit/credit card and passport. Keep track of your stuff,

Are you talking straightening iron? For some reason I was thinking chemical relaxer… I would not take larger iron + converter. If you have a relatively small dual voltage one, get the necessary adapter plugs (UK and Europe) and take it.

I liked Copenhagen, however I probably wouldn’t recommend for a budget trip if you didn’t have some specific reason you wanted to go there.

The big places to save money are the plane ticket (check our “cheap flights” forum) and getting the right combination of rail pass (or passes), point to point train tickets, ferries and the occasional cheap flight. Are you sure a 2 month pass is the best deal?
 
 
 
 

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All I can say is that if you need to know anything about traveling alone then you can count on old lady. Here you can get best answers though it can be rude at times but they will be in your interest only

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Being Danish, I would say that Copenhagen is absolutely essential to visit. It is the cosiest, most beautiful little capital in Europe, and you really get a feeling of the Scandinavian lifestyle. It is expensive, yes, but also clean and easy to get around in with metro. Staying over is not that expensive if you look for the right hostels. There is a lot of royal stuff that is interesting, since we still have a queen and castles everywhere, and there are also a lot of central museums and galleries which are free and open to the public on Wednesdays. It’s a national thing. There is also a rich international/backpacking environment in general, so it will be easy to meet other traveller’s – and Danish people are super friendly all around! It’s a very safe place.
And do not bring pepper spray. That’s a really silly idea, and in most countries it is considered a weapon and is in fact illegal to walk around with. If you need anything in your bag to make you feel safe when you walk around, bring a spray deodorant. If you hit someone in the eye it has the same effect (but no permanent blindness to the eye), and it won’t be an actual weapon.
Unfortunately, there is no Little Mermaid there at the moment since she is on a world tour in China, I don’t know whether she will be back by this summer.
Copenhagen is absolutely stunning in the summer time, that’s all I wanted to contribute Smile

I am leaving from Denmark with $500 for 11 days
Prague, Athens, Heraklion, Rome, Magliano in Toscana, Paris, Amsterdam
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