New to TravelBlog and would really like some advise. Have traveled Europe and the UK as a tourist but would really like to stay for 6-8 weeks at as a base in different areas in Europe. Would love advise on travelling around (thinking of purchasing a car in the UK (we have a friends address that we can use for rego and ins). Starting in the UK in early April - June and then to the continent for July - Oct and the ditch the car back in the UK before travelling back home to Australia. I am a teacher and my husband is a carpenter/builder. Would love feedback on accommodation, websites anything to make our trip memorable and hassle free.
Hi, sounds like fun. My husband I traveled thru France by car for a month and then a month in an apartment in Paris. We leased a car, video taped the car on the day we got it, washed it right before we returned it and then to be safe did another video.
We arranged nights thru Airbnb and Booking and it worked out well. We took it slow (both in late 60’s). One really nice thing was we went to the Louvre 3 times and saw quite a bit all of our favorites. We cooked our own meals in the apartment which saved a lot of money. When we ate out, it was a big deal.
I like Rick Steves travel books and maps for ideas of itineraries.
Americans are limited as to how long they can stay in Europe, only 3 months at a time. You are in luck to stay 6 months.
That is good amount of time to cover most of the cities. I would also recommend taking 15-20 days to cover the eastern european cities and sights. It's a very different experience. You can make a nice circuit of Prague, Krakow, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Zagreb and further south. You can read my blog for more information about side trips from each or feel free to message me.
PS: I know some of the cities are not technically eastern european.
Castles in Wales and Cornwall are always worth checking out, and if travelling around the UK id recommend heading to the south west for at least a few days, its got some of Britains best beaches, Castles, and in Snowdonia beautiful Landscapes, although many walks seem very underpopulated as it seems most tourist traffic is only there for climbing Snowdon in terms of walks. If your looking for walking holidays, Lake district or peak district, but if your looking to travel and relax, definitely check out Cornwall and the south west coast.