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Old 01-10-2004, 05:44 PM   #1
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If you only knew how long I've been looking for a helpful non-dodgy site like this to assist me in my travel issues!!!

I'm about to finish my degree this year and am desperate to travel through europe for about six weeks this summer,
but not one of my friends share my adventurous spirit!So
I'm pretty much left with the option of travelling around europe solo and considering I'm a 20 year old female thats never travelled (i.e.backpacked) before,I'm pondering if this is such a good idea?
Also I have no idea where to begin arranging things or even what the hell I should be arranging??I'll be setting off from Ireland in June (being from here and all) but don't know where to go or how to get there!Any chance some kind soul out there will take pity on a travel virgin like myself and gimmie some advice on what the hell I should be doing??Particularly on the travelling first time on your own?
CHEERS!!
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Old 01-11-2004, 06:01 AM   #2
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Hey Arion, WELCOME TO THE BOARDS!

Well, I guess you can start with your interest. What kinds of things are you interested in? This can help you dictate on how to plan your route.

For example, if you like castles, beer, skiing, beaches, ancient ruins, sex and drugs, history, etc...

castles and beer = Germany, Scotland, Ireland
Skiing = Switzerland or Austria
beaches = Spain, Italy, Greece, Southern France,
Sex and Drugs = Amsterdam (really anywhere)
ancient Ruins = Italy, Greece
history and architecture = All over
museums= France, Spain, UK, Italy

Make sense? Since you'll only have six weeks, zero in on your interest and then plan a transportation route that would make the most sense to maximize your time and save you money.
From Ireland, knock out the UK, then head to Amsterdam and work your way down to France, skidaddle on over to Germany, hit up Prague, work your way through Austria, then to Budapest or any other Eastern European countries, amble on in to Italy, head west through southern France and mozy on down to Spain and Portugal and then make your way back up to Ireland(if you're flying outta there. If you follow that route, you'll be making a big circle(more or less) without much backtracking.

As far as preparation with your gear, check out the section on backpacks and money belts, and read the pages on tips, and the section on packing. These pages should address some of your concerns and help you in your preparations.

Hope it helps!
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Cheers Travelpunk,the help is much appreciated in my current headless-chicken state of mind!
Also I gotta say I am loving the whole friendly/helpful atmosphere ye have goin on here!I'm off to begin with the planning.....
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Ohh, don't we all know that one too well!
Let how know how you've narrowed down things and we can help you out with more specific tips, sites, route, etc...

And Yes, we are extremely blessed to have such awesome members! It was meant to be B) !

These TravelPUNks are the "jedi knights" of the world wide backpacking community...and I mean that sincerely , so ask any questions and we've got your back!

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Use the force... And Welcome Arion!!!
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