Planning a long money ways to make it trip

Despite the fact that I’m a california native currently living in florida, I’m not afraid of a little snow. Several years ago I had a trip to russia planned money ways to make it for my birthday (which is in december) but ended up spending the money on grad school instead money ways to make it (such is life, lol). I actually think traveling in winter might be easier, which maybe I’m overly optimistic about. But I would think I’d only need 1 good pair of boots and a money ways to make it single heavy coat and boom, done. No need for multiple pairs of shoes or fussing with money ways to make it tons of layers for a bunch of varying climates….. Just some warm fuzzy tights under my jeans and a money ways to make it t-shirt. Plus, traveling in the off-season is usually cheaper.

Then again, see above about being a cali girl and maybe I money ways to make it have no idea how to dress for a REAL winter money ways to make it (closest I’ve gotten to ‘winter’ was living in DC, baltimore, and NYC). And yes, I am a real librarian but like a different kind money ways to make it of librarian (currently I’m doing consultant and contract work for digital asset management) and you’d be amazed at how many times I forget about money ways to make it my local library (that’s terrible isn’t it?). I just moved recently so maybe its high time I money ways to make it popped down there and checked out what they have available. I’ll definitely check out eduroam, that sounds like it’ll be a great help!

I’ve been watching rick steve’s videos the last couple of weeks. My boyfriend found one of his videos about traveling to money ways to make it cuba (we leave the week after next!) a couple of months ago. I find them to be pretty good, short but still covering an area pretty well. I suspect I’ll do a lot of traveling by rail or bus money ways to make it and was thinking about a rail pass. I was just concerned about if I would travel around money ways to make it enough to make it worth the cost? Or if buses would be the cheaper option. I haven’t had the greatest of luck using airbnb internationally, I’m pretty sure our host in lima was running an money ways to make it ‘illegal’ hostel and wasn’t even located in country and in san salvador….. Well the ‘family run’ hostel was actually a room in our tour guide’s grandma’s house where we couldn’t really shower (we also met his mother and great aunt….. And their entire bible study group, although I did enjoy the VW bus in the living money ways to make it room).

Unfortunately, I don’t really know anyone in any of the places I’m thinking of visiting (plus, introvert with a nice dose of anxiety mixed in so…. Yeah). I’m hoping that staying at hostels will help me meet money ways to make it new people and I know some will do free walking money ways to make it tours for guests or have other trips available and such. I did a couple of those in nicaragua and it money ways to make it was great; convenient and cheap.

I guess I’m kind of leaning towards the idea of a ‘must see’ list and trying to work a trip around that. I usually only travel for 1-2 weeks at a time (because broke and work) and I try to pack as much in as I money ways to make it can (I can sleep when I’m dead right? Lol) so my planning can get a little complicated. My thought was to do about 1 country/week and the logistics of that plus the world-is-my-oyster openness of traveling solo…. Like I said, it’s a bit overwhelming.

I usually have more ideas than time on trips, so I’ll jot down some trip ideas and search if they’re feasible when I’m intending to visit. I’ll also use google flights to look for flights; you can put “europe” and also some timeframes and it will spit back ideas. Note that it can be cost-effective to book the ticket to europe out of a money ways to make it large airport to save cash if you can get to money ways to make it one easily (e.G. Round-trip train ticket to LAX costs me about $100 but adds some time).

I will also create an itinerary with paper and pencil money ways to make it (not pen!) so I can start blocking out days. I block a couple of days early for jetlag/decompression time, and I will block out the last full day or money ways to make it two so I am physically in the city I am money ways to make it departing from to return home. The last trip I landed in zurich to find out money ways to make it that amsterdam was shut down for the day and the money ways to make it french air traffic controllers were on strike; I had to fly to amsterdam from basel 36 hours money ways to make it later. Fortunately that was in the beginning of the trip! I also soft-block a full day out of the schedule if I money ways to make it am traveling a significant distance between cities (4+ hours total travel time); that way I don’t overbook that day with activities and have to scramble money ways to make it to get to the airport or train station. My itineraries are city names only unless there is something money ways to make it time-specific that I need to schedule (e.G. Museum I want to see has something cool on tuesdays); that way I put in some level of flexibility until money ways to make it it gets closer or I need to overhaul the itinerary money ways to make it when something specific comes up.

I will also write a packing list early on, pack bags, and even walk a mile with those packed bags and money ways to make it some clothing I intend to wear so I can iterate money ways to make it the packing list. I both overpack and forget things, and a couple of times I had to go out money ways to make it and buy something I needed before I left. It’s much easier to do that a month before than money ways to make it it is the night before!

If you are short on money then eastern europe is money ways to make it (much) cheaper than western europe and still very interesting. My husband has travelled quite a bit in eastern europe money ways to make it and recommends riga, the capital of latvia. The baltic countries (estonia, latvia, lithuania) could be part of a nice itinerary that includes scandinavia. The estonians are culturally rather scandinavian and you can take money ways to make it a ferry to finland from estonia and then trains. Norwegian runs a lot of cheap flights to oslo and money ways to make it stockholm. Alternatively you could head west and take the train to money ways to make it st petersburg! The man in seat 61 ( the man in seat sixty-one – the train travel guide…) is a great privately run website that tells you everything money ways to make it you could ever want to know about train travel in money ways to make it europe, and then I also second the recommendation for the one money ways to make it bag site for packing. We are setting our packing limits at 7kg each for money ways to make it our train trip around this summer.

In terms of airbnb — I have had better experiences in law-abiding countries, e.G., I would be more inclined to airbnb in germany or money ways to make it sweden than in italy or greece (where according to what I have heard from other travellers, flouting the law is kind of a sport). I would not trust it at all in eastern europe money ways to make it (but — I haven’t actually tried it).

A little late to the party here but I’ve done two long international trips (1 year in south america in 2012 to 2013 – but half was just living in argentina so really only money ways to make it ~6 months of travel, and 3 months in SE asia last year, both times with my partner so not solo travelling but money ways to make it I think some of the same advice still applies). Since I haven’t spent much time in europe, can’t help you with specific suggestions there (but looks like others already have!), but in terms of general advice for extended travel:

– don’t plan everything! I know this is tough for most people but I money ways to make it can’t stress this enough. I’m a huge planner but once I got comfortable with money ways to make it the idea, I really appreciated having flexibility (and I took out all my planning urges on getting money ways to make it *options* in place so that I always had an idea of money ways to make it what to do next even if I wasn’t yet committed to it). My best travel times were when I only decided on money ways to make it and booked one place ahead – that is, I’d arrive somewhere only committed to be there for a money ways to make it short period of time (say, 2 nights, sometimes more, sometimes less), but with no next stop planned yet, then if I really liked it there, I could stay longer, and if I didn’t, I could move on to the next place – often someplace I hadn’t even known about before but learned about at the money ways to make it current spot. Which brings me to my next point:

– meet people! Yes, even if you’re an introvert, find a way to meet people – hostels are often really good for this but make sure money ways to make it you find one that matches your vibe (I’m not a big fan of loud party hostels filled money ways to make it with young folk myself, but have had amazing times at more chill places with money ways to make it communal areas that encourage sharing travel stories). But there are other ways to meet people (and I’d recommend trying to meet locals and expats, not just other travelers that you’ll find at hostels) – take classes, go to a local meetup, go hang out at a local cafe / bar. Unlike meeting people back home, you always have something built in to talk about – your trip and their experiences (traveling or living there).

– pack light! It just feels great to be able to pack up money ways to make it quickly, hop between trains, buses, and walking, and then get settled in to a new place quickly. Save your time and energy for experiencing a place not money ways to make it hauling your luggage. For my trip last year, I went with a smart alec (26 liters + 2.5 liter top pouch) and a side kick (3 liters) – I’m small so honestly even less would have been better.

– do less. This is related to not planning everything – admit that you won’t be able to do everything you want to, and give yourself time to really savor the places you money ways to make it love. My current rule of thumb is no less than a money ways to make it month per country – and TBH that often feels really rushed (depends on the size of the country of course). I really like going slow and seeing the "in-between" places, but that’s me. Do you.

AlaskaGirl: I love ultra light travel!! I tried it once on a weekend trip and was money ways to make it hooked. It was cheaper, I didn’t worry about overhead space, I didn’t have to deal with baggage claim, just get on, get off, and go! I’ve done a few with just my S25 but for money ways to make it this trip I was thinking 2 bag with my A30 money ways to make it as well (I’m a shopper ). The idea about taking a class is an interesting one, it’s not something I’d thought of. Do you find it hard to find classes in english money ways to make it in other countries? Or are they designed to be tourist friendly?

Allanorn: I kind of do a mix of digital and ‘hand’. I like to do all my planning stages digitally, especially budgeting! I’ve got some numbers files that I use to plan money ways to make it my days and the cost; my math skills are abysmal but I can plug in money ways to make it formulas! Plus they update automatically as I change things. My ipad also has a notebook app that I can money ways to make it use my pencil with and handwrite whatever I need. It’s all stored in the cloud so I never worry money ways to make it about not having access or losing it somewhere. I also keep all my previous packing lists and update money ways to make it for the next trip as I’m planning it.

Ejvc: thanks for the offer! If I make it that way I’ll let you know. A couple days in a quiet boring town might be money ways to make it just what I need at some point, lol. I’ve been leaning toward eastern europe, partially because of the cost difference, partially because I’ve never been there and it just looks so beautiful. My plan was to budget around $5500 which would give me around $500 or so per week. Honestly, though…. No idea yet if that’s enough (and to some degree it will depend on what I money ways to make it do/see/stay, etc).

ClaireJ: I think one of the biggest blocks I’m coming up against is wanting to really get to money ways to make it know a country and also getting to visit as many money ways to make it places as I can in the time/budget I’ve got. Not over planning is REALLY hard for me (thanks anxiety!). I feel so much more comfortable if I know what money ways to make it to expect (even if it’s just because I read a blog post about it). I’ve gotten better about pushing through it but there have money ways to make it been times in the past where I’ve gone to a place for something and then just money ways to make it kept walking right on past it because I can’t bring myself to go inside.

I know the importance of leaving time for just wandering money ways to make it (which I love) and so I can spend more time at an unexpected money ways to make it jewel or something but leaving unplanned time makes it more money ways to make it difficult for me to get started. Like if there’s a plan then I know I need to be money ways to make it at X at Y time and I need to get money ways to make it ready for that, but if it’s just I’ll do whatever today then it’s hard for me to even get out the door. It’s a weird quirk and it sucks, but I’m trying to get better about it.

And because everything ends up more complicated this also might money ways to make it be more of a 4 month near-content-travel-thing than 2. A friend is coming down to visit for a week money ways to make it at the end of sept. (she wants to do ALL the theme parks). The day after she leaves I have a wedding to money ways to make it fly to, then right after returning from that is when I would money ways to make it leave for this trip. My boyfriend wants to do a big trip right after money ways to make it that (either a week or two but I can’t get him to make up his mind) and my grandparents usually want to travel for the christmas/new years holidays too. So… Yeah…. Yay but also…. It’s a lot

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