With my travel date possibly being moved to early May or late April (reason for this is here in my Travel Dilemma post) I need to become serious about my travel itinerary.
I have always wanted my travel itinerary to have a start and end point, with the rest left open for interpretation. All over the travel blog community people say to not over plan your travel. It allows you the freedom to move on when you want to wherever you want. The ability to follow a different path when you realise that great idea you had sitting back home in your bedroom, is in fact a really really bad idea.
Maybe you meet up with another great traveler and want to follow them somewhere completely different but you can’t because you booked the 5 day non-refundable tour of museums in Paris and the accompanying accommodation. Perhaps you found a partner your more than friends with and want to travel as a couple for a little while only to find out your itinerary has you going in the wrong direction.
Now I’m not saying I intend to just rock up in Europe and wing it from there (I don’t have the balls for that). A little bit of an idea is useful, especially since this is my first solo trip outside of Australia. Over the last couple of months I have toyed with what would be the best way to see a bit of Europe. Given I will be hoping to set up camp in London for two years on my working visa there are many places I can check out via a quick flight for a few days at my leisure later on.
For the moment though my extremely tentative itinerary looks something like the following:
- Paris – France
- Amsterdam – The Netherlands
- Berlin – Germany
- Copenhagen – Denmark
- Stockholm – Sweden
- Helsinki – Finland
- Talinn – Estonia
- Riga – Latvia
- Vilnius – Lithuania
- Warsaw – Poland
- Prague – Czech Republic
- Vienna – Austria
- Zurich – Switzerland
Having not set any time frames, I can spend anywhere from a day to a week at any of the above locations. Obviously there is also some amazing places in-between that I will want to stop at for a day or two as well.
I doubt my currently allotted 2-3 month window is long enough to accommodate 13 countries. Neither do I think I can afford the accompanying eurail pass I would need for such a trip. In saying that I may also run out of money for this leg of my trip and have to head for London to look for work earlier than planned. Like I said its a tentative travel itinerary.
The beauty of it all is that being based in the UK for the following two years I will have the opportunity to come back and visit the place’s I missed, like the entire Mediterranean.
With all that said thought, I’ve never been to Europe so I welcome all feedback both good and bad.