Germany Journals

Organizing and Planning A Long, Cheap Trip to Europe

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A travel journal to Germany by flyingscot4

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Quote: Step by step planning and organizing process for an eight week trip to Europe to start on March 31, 2013.

Explanations...

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Before getting into planning and organizing an eight week trip to Europe, I need to explain why I do the things I do and how I travel. I have written about the subject before in places, but it bears repeating here. Solo travel works very well for me and many others, and I hope that you will try it. It's not that it is so much less expensive, or that the "single supplement" increases dramatically the price of a tour. There are frequently tours that are on sale at very reasonable prices, but they are not for me, regardless of how little they may cost. I need the freedom to make my own choices and to travel at the speed that is comfortable for me.It has been proved that an audience in a ...Read More

Assumptions... and Clarifications

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Parliament Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Disclaimer: I am not a travel agent, have no tour planning experience, and don't want any. What follows is what I do to plan and organize a trip, and it has worked for me for many years. Most of what I do was learned by trial and error (focus on the latter) and from the writing and experiences of others. What I do is what I do and if it helps others in any way, I am delighted. As is true with anything, I don't ever listen to only one source. I figure that there are a lot of people out there like me.Attempting to spend seven or eight weeks in Europe for $3500.00 is quite a challenge and in order to do that I must make a number of immediate assumptions to make the trip po...Read More

Itinerary Preparations

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For me, travel is an adventure, but adventures do not happen by accident, so before planning an actual itinerary, I need to answer three questions: where do I want to go, why do I want to go there, and when do I want to go? Those three questions are taped on my computer monitor as a reminder so I can't forget them - they are that important. I have used and refined my system over fifty years and planning is pretty much routine for me, but for inexperienced "solo travelers," this is how I go about it. My travel "mantra" is, "There is always the next trip." With that as a reminder, I usually do not plan trips that cover too much territory or include too many places. ...Read More

The Itinerary...

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What should be a relatively simple planning task is easily made complicated by trying to do and see too much and/or visiting too many places. I do not try to make a journey a "Trip of a Lifetime," but rather think of it as my "2012 Trip to Europe." (If money is no object, you don't need to be reading this.) Why spend $5,000 on one two week trip (which is easily possible) when for the same money, three trips of the same length can be taken? That's right - three trips!PreliminaryWhen thinking about an eight week trip (I know that I go back and forth between two and eight week trips, but this part should clear-up any confusion), I look at a possible total ...Read More

Bits and Pieces

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Just to tie everything together, a long trip gives the traveler something that short trips can not give - time. I realize that most people with jobs are unable to do something like this, but many students and retired persons have that essential component, and can take advantage of it. Following are some of the benefits.Moving DayNOTE: Due to some health concerns and an unforeseen permanent change in my geographic location, I will have to postpone my 2012 trip (I'm moving). The medical condition will allow me to receive a refund for my airfare ($543.00 RT Chicago-Warsaw), but I hate to miss a super fare like that. I will finish the journal and I will have 1...Read More

About the Writer

flyingscot4

flyingscot4
Kingsport, Tennessee