Seeing Europe, One Weekend Away At A Time
August 23, 2011 2:04 AM Subscribe
Help me figure out the best way to see Europe on a budget during my seven months there. Special snowflake details inside.
posted by Tamanna to travel & transportation (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
So I'm going to be a teaching assistant in France. (Yay!) The job comes with a lot of time off (seven weeks split into one- and two- week chunks, plus weekends.) I'd like to use some of that time to explore Europe, but given that I've travelled very little and never by myself, I'm kind of lost.
-- I'll be based in Lens, in the north of France. FWIW, I'm fluent in French and speak passable Spanish.
-- I'll be in Europe between October this year and April next year.
-- I'd like to do a mix of things- day trips, weekends, and maybe one big(gish) trip of say a week to ten days.
-- I have about 400 Euros a month to spend on travel; would it be reasonable to expect that I could do one weekend away and a daytrip on this budget, or even two weekends if I stretched it thin enough?
-- So far, these are the places I'm thinking about visiting: internationally, I'd like to do London, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Madrid, Italy (Rome, Venice and Milan), and maybe Athens or Istanbul. Within France, I'm looking at Normandy and Paris. I'd love suggestions in either category.
-- To help narrow things down: I'm not a huge nature person. Or a party animal, or even much of a fan of crowds. But I love history and museums and just wandering around exploring a city.
-- I will eat meat if I have to, but I really prefer vegetarian food. How difficult is this going to make my life? Also, does anyone have suggestions/recommendations for foods/restaurants to try?
-- I have an account on Couchsurfing and friends I can hit up for a place to stay for a night or two, so that's sorted. But I'd like some suggestions on how to find cheap flights. Is there some sort of budget airline version of skyscanner?
-- Any other tips for a first-time (young, solo, female) traveller will be much appreciated. I've looked at previous questions, but they're mostly focused on summer travelers/people from outside Europe/people who will be here longer than a weekend.
Thanks in advance!