Please suggest plans for how I can achieve this.
I plan to eat three meals in three different countries in one day
Starting with breakfast in my home country then heading to the nearest airport and catching a flight to a country of my choice within a reasonable distance, have a short look around then get some lunch then fly onto another country to have an evening meal and then fly back home...and do this all within one day
I going to do it the cheapest way possiable using non budget airlines and aim to do the whole trip for around £250 if not cheaper!
what do you think??
Hello Paul, thankfully Europe provides plenty of options. Perhaps you could fly into Belgium, train it to The Netherlands and fly home. There are very short distances in that part of the world. What about a round trip option to a place such as Luxembourg from Belgium?
I actually did this many years ago, but it was not intended. Starting with breakfast in Amsterdam, I drove through Belgium and then onto lunch in Luxembourg. After a bit of sightseeing, I ended crossing the border into France and then ate some dinner. I was most proud of travelling through four countries in a day, which is impossible in Australia!
You could choose to visit three countries other than your own (as was my experience). Other options for this could be: France, Andorra and Spain or Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria. The distances are not as friendly as the north-west portion of Europe, but the scenery is better.
Hello Paul 😊
That sounds like a fascinating project. I do something like it now and again, but that is because I have a layover in a city. I go into the city and have lunch or a drink or whatever and then go back to the airport to fly to my final destination. It is fun.
One problem I see with your plan is that you may not have taken things like delayed and cancelled flights into consideration. I have just been to India and back with layovers in Istanbul. 3 out of my 4 flights were seriously delayed. One was delayed for 2 days. I managed to reduce the delay to 15 hours. I spent 5 of those hours in the old town of Istanbul. The rest of the time I spent getting to and from the airport, changing money, trying to reduce the delay time by getting on another flight. One of my other flights was delayed for a day. The airline put me in a hotel in Istanbul for the night. I did not get to see any of the city that time because the previous flight was 10 hours delayed and I had only had 2 hours sleep in the previous 40 hours(approx).
I think your plan is OK if you are not in a hurry to make it home on the same day. If your flights are delayed or cancelled so you cant make it to the next ones the airline will put you on different flights so just make sure you dont have to be back at work or anything for a few days.
I like Shanes idea about getting to the countries by train. Choose a train route with particularly good scenery and that will make the transit part of the experience. And the train stations(at least in Europe) are in the centers of cities which are more interesting travel waiting experiences than airports.
You could do four...Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Germany....all of them in a single day...even by bicycle....no need to jump on a plane.
You could do 3 in South America....Argentina, Paraguay and Brezil...all by bus or car...and see Iguacu Falls...
So by car you could even put 5 countries, adding the Netherlands, and if you take an early flight from London, you can put 6 in a single day.
Agree with PA Leslie. Did 3 meals in 3 countries back in 2004. Breakfast in zurich, drove/crossed lake constance to have lunch in Meersburg, Germany and then drove back through Austria for dinner before reaching our temp base in Zurich. All in one day, without rushing. And yes, there is time enough to do another country if you like! Btw, now that Switzerland does not require a separate visa, it is even more convenient as a single Schengen visa will do. Good luck!
I don't know about the logistics (transport and borders), but how about France/Italy/Switzerland, or Germany/Czech Republic/Poland, or, if you're feeling really adventurous, Belarus/Poland/Ukraine?
What about France, Switzerland and Italy (as Jonathan suggests) on the three different sides of the Mont Blanc? If you're looking for nice sceneries, I can't think of any better three nation border. I would wait at least for spring, though.
It's becoming a question about Tri-Borders now 😊
Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay - Steak for breakfast in Argentina, Lunch over the Iguacu Waterfalls in Brazil, and visit Paraguay last for dinner - as you may have your wallet stolen in Ciudad del Este 😉
I like your point about the wallet issue Ali. Did the three countries last year in a single day also...and true, didn't feel that confortable in Ciudad del Este
We're all assuming that the three countries have to have a common border... how about waking up to a full English breakfast in London, taking the Eurostar to Paris for croissants and coffee, and flying to Rome for a bowl of pasta in the evening.
Forget three meals, three countries, I've just managed three stereotypes in three minutes!
There are 3 specific, 3 country visits that are do-able depending on where you call home or where you are starting out from.
The easiest of the 3 is to fly into Prague for breakfast, take a train to Bratislava for lunch and then finally you jump on the train for the 1 hour journey to Vienna.
No 2: Fly to the north of Sweden, Norway or Finland with a big picnic basket. There is a signpost up there that denotes where the 3 countries meet each other and you can actually visit all 3 countries just by walking round the pole.
No 3: Get your visa's sorted out in advance and fly into Eilat, have lunch in Taba, pop into Jordan and have dinner in Aqabah, before taking an evening flight out of Eilat. That said, on £250 this might be pushing it.
I like the picnic basket/skipping around the pole routine (or dance) at the junction of Sweden/Norway/Finland. Nick, can you tell me what is the nearest town/village to this place? Is this pole easy to get to?
The place im refering to is called Treriksröset in Swedish. Its more of a concrete berm than a post however, its easiest to get there from Finland as the E8 runs quite close to it (Kilpisjärvi is the closest town). Then its just a case of walking a few miles through a nature reserve or taking a boat up the lake as the location where the borders meet is actually positioned between 2 lakes.
Thanks Nick, I will add this to my list of travel destinations! Now I just need to decide what to put into the picnic basket ;-)
Breakfast in Vienna, Lunch in Bratislava, Dinner in Budapest
Or you can Try 3 countries 3 typres of cousine, you can go to Algeciras, Spain for a Breakfeast, Nexto go to Gibraltar for the Lunch, and later go to Tangiers in Morocco for the Dinner.
does it count if you're in a plane ABOVE the country at the time of the meal?
That would not be much of a challenge...as I wrote above, 3 is easy, you could get up to more than 6 countries...but you can also try 3 continents...slightly more expensive and tiring experience. If you fly early morning from Asia to the US West Coast, you arrive "before" you leave....and than can connect to South America....did already breakfast in China, lunch in LA....and drinking night in Lima, Peru...that was fun!