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March 3, 2011 9:01 AM Subscribe
just another European travel filter: I just spontaneously bought a round-trip flight to Madrid and have 3 weeks to burn. Any ideas for itinerary?
posted by TheOtherSide to travel & transportation around Madrid, Spain (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This will be my first trip non-business trip out of US. Yay! I was so excited as I booked my flight that my eyes welled up.
Background: I'm a slightly burned-out, over-worked professional guy in my mid 30s who loves hiking, art, reading, writing, food, wine, history, bright mornings, chilly weather, and good people. I picked Spain as my base, because, well, it was March and last minute. Spain seemed like a safe bet with such little time to prepare.
I have 3 weeks to kill. I have a lot of backpacking gear and plan to stay in hostels and do rail and foot travel a lot. I wouldn't mind using couch surfing services, but doubt I would be able to jump in without an established reputation.
I looked through the past askmes tagged 'travel' and picked up some excellent tips. But, I'm looking for more specific tips for that time of year and that region of the world.
So, the question is: Where should I go and what should I do? I was thinking of Portugal, Spain, and S. France. I'm hoping to pick 3 or 4 must-see cities and spend at least a few days in each. Beyond that I'm open to whatever.
Does this impromptu plan set of any red flags? I ran it by my well-traveled friend, and she said it would probably be easy. But, seriously, I've never done anything like this.