I have no idea where to go. help me. :)
I'm going to be studying in Copenhagen in a few months. I'm going to be living with a host family, and plan to spend most of my time really getting to know Copenhagen.
I have the entire month of October off for 'fall break' though, and i wanted to spend it traveling. I'll be going on two school trips during this time, one to Latvia and Lithuania, and one to Prague. There are also some weekend trips to Sweden, and i hear host families usually play tour guide for areas close to Denmark.
That said, I'd really love to travel somewhere on my own. I was thinking of flying to Croatia to see the Plitvice park, but it's a far piece away. I've been to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein in the past (at least to the larger tourist pulls). I have little interest in France.
I'm just lost at where even to get started. Europe is pretty big, and the only places i have moderate knowledge of, i have already been to. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Hello Leslie 😊
I think a Lonely Planet guide for Europe will give you good general knowledge about travelling in Europe. It has information about accomodation, money, safety, transport, attractions......... It is available in most bookshops around the world for around 30 Euros.
As for where to get started, choose the places which appeal to you most and/or are cheapest to get to and travel in.
You must be doing DIS! I did that 2 years ago! It'll be a lot of fun, and you will definitely get to know Copenhagen well! I wouldn't count on host families playing tour guide for areas close to Denmark. I've never heard of such a thing. One boy I knew had an abnormally rich host family who took him on a trip. But that was a very isolated case. I was lucky if I could get my host family to take me places in Copenhagen (and my host family was one of the better ones, in relation to many of my other friends). Host families have no obligation to be an actual family nor to treat you as more than a boarder, and I wouldn't go into the experience expecting more than that or you might be very disappointed. That being said, some of the host families were great, and I've had friends who really became part of the family (as did I), but their families did not take them on vacations by any means. But, truth be told, I've also heard some host family horror stories. Be warned, its definitely a gamble.
Expect a lot of rain. bring an umbrella. Buy school supplies before you get there (against what DIS advises). be prepared to drink a lot of beer.
As for where to go in Europe, many people go many places and when the time comes, students eventually find groups and start planning. There are a lot of budget flights out there, but I wouldn't actually buy tickets, etc. until you are already in Denmark. Students start planning it all at around the same time, even if you are planning on going alone you can get a better idea of where you might want to go and what's going on when you are there and talking with others about it. Also, I flew out of the last city on my study tour, as did most others, not Copenhagen. I've heard Croatia is beautiful, for what that's worth. I personally went to Scotland and Ireland and it was amazing. I'm sure anywhere you go will be amazing, honestly.
Have fun! I wish I could do it over again!
oh and P.S. DEFINITELY do the Bornholm trip if you can... it's AMAZING!
You have to go to Malta, I went last year and LOVED it. I went with a really good company called or similar, it was good value and a great way to see the country.
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Norway and finland are nice at that time of year..u can duck across to tallinn as well and St Petersburg. We used the overnight ferries to get around.