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Open-ended airfare/Eurail opinions/Destination Search: A small novel
Thu, 12/27/2012 - 17:29
How’s it goin, my name is Zach. I’m 22 and planning to graduate college in June and take a great big post-graduation trek through europe. As of now, the idea of the trip is to “not have a plan”. This is an idea somewhat a product of the idea that I am in search of destinations that one may be unlikely to find via typical research. I love spontaneous travel, living in Salt Lake for four years I’ve done my fair share of unplanned traveling across the western states. I would love to setup a WWOOF experience, or two. I want to travel for as long as I can and I’ve got a bunch of questions for you folks. I want to spend at least three months traveling.
I’ll start with my flight plans. The one certain piece of my trip is that I’ll begin in Amsterdam from the New York City region with my brother who has been saving vacation time to experience the city and fall in love with local girls for about two weeks. with that being said, I’m interested in the rest of my trip being directed south through Belgium and Germany to Switzerland, and then head east to the regions of Europe typically left unexplored. With the latter end of my trip being a mystery, I’m interested in your knowledge of “roundtrip” tickets with open-ended return dates. Are these easy to acquire? Do they hinder one’s ability to travel freely among states? I know many states want to see return travel information, how does this work?? Are they much more expensive? Any information on this or other flexible return travel ideas would be ideal.
My current idea is to purchase a round trip ticket via AMS to save $$$ and “simply” find a “cheap” ryanair-esque flight from wherever I am in Eastern Europe to Amsterdam a few days before my departure. Are there holes in this plan that I can’t see?
I know that I’ll receive better advice if I give more information about myself, my trip idea and my interests. After Amsterdam, I’ll be traveling alone, which doesn’t worry me, but deeply intrigues me. I am not necessarily an introvert, but I love self-reflection and plan to do a lot of journal-style writing through my travels. I don’t want to be tied down by a specific itinerary; if I meet fellow travelers or locals who have genuine suggestions as to where I may enjoy traveling, I want to have the freedom to redirect my trip in order to do so. I’m really searching for culture and nature. My home is 30 minutes from New York City in New Jersey and I rarely venture in, but if I have the opportunity to go camping somewhere I always take it. With that being said, I love small towns and villages where people are just themselves, in comparison the social pressures of a towering city. I might not be using the right words to express myself here, but hopefully you can understand.
This leads me to my next question concerning my method of travel among Europe. Being that I’m looking to have little itinerary and will be planning as I go, I’m thinking a Eurail Global Pass for every day of 3 months may be my best option, but I’m really not sure. I’m planning to be in Amsterdam by 12 June, do my two week tripabout with my brother, THEN activate my 3 month rail pass. If I end up finding a WWOOF opportunity and spend 2/3 weeks at a farm, that travel period would be left not worth paying for. I’m thinking the environment, climate, and people of slovenia would be an ideal place to spend some time doing a wwoof stint. Maybe I should find a wwoof opportunity before I purchase my rail pass? Does buying individual train tickets match my idea better? What about travel via airlines like Ryanair? I haven’t read much about traveling via bus either, is it worth checking out? (this option doesn’t entertain me nearly as much as locomotion)
I’ve never planned a trip like this and it’s a pretty daunting task. I’m confident that regardless of where I end up, I’ll be enjoying myself, because that’s how my life has always been. I’m just naturally a happy person, I don’t mean to brag, but it’s true. What are your best suggestions as to finding destinations I’ll be interested in? I find that I become attached to a way a place feels (architecture, environment, friendliness/happiness of people, etc.) When I read of destinations, it’s typical for guides to focus on the amount of bars or museums or other faceless observations, how can I research and find a place that I will love? I know this question is near impossible to answer, but any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
So, to wrap up this short novel…
Roundtrip tickets with open-ended return dates…
- Are they easy to acquire?
- Do they effect the ease of traveling among nations?
- Are they more expensive? how much?
- Where can i find them? I like using STA travel so far..
Is it ignorant to plan on finding a “RyanAir-esque” flight back to Amsterdam 2/3 days before my return flight?
Is a Eurail Global Pass (3 months of daily travel for $1323USD) “right” for me?
- Are the any other suitable options??
Thank you SO much to those who took the time to read this thing, I’m not even sure if this is the correct place for a thread like this. This is going to be a life-changing trip for me, and any of your input will get me one more step closer to it becoming a reality. Feel free to private message me if you want to help me out more intimately. Once again, thank you thank you THANK YOU.