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I suspect your Mom hasn't spent much time in the places you're planning to visit, because the notion that these countries are dangerous is frankly ridiculous. I've spent most of my life living in Europe, including Ireland, UK, France and Germany and have never been the victim of any personal crime. Maybe I've just been lucky, but if you want something a bit ...


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I'm not sure where you are coming from, USA? Cities in Europe are like cities in the US, there are business areas, residential areas, entertainment districts with restaurants & theatres. In general you will be safe in Europe but you should probably get a guide book for each country you plan to visit, guides such as Lonely Planet warn of the rough areas ...


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No problem, many people do it all the time. Rick Steves, the travel writer of the 'Europe through the back door' guide books did it himself and that was years ago. It's arguably safer now. Accommodation - hostels. Use sites like Hostelbookers to find accommodation (book early if possible, they can fill up). They're social, fun, and you'll find lots of ...


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You are 18 and travelling to Europe for the first time and want to know if it's safe, and what other things you should be aware of. I assume you are an American or Canadian. I also assume you will be unemployed and with few, if any, demonstrable ties to your home country. Unforeseen Obstacles The first and foremost thing to be aware of is the likelihood ...


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There's much, much more information on momondo.com on flight insights as they call it. You enter the route and click on that option, they graphically tell you all about what weeks of the year it would be the cheapest to do that trip, what day of the week is cheapest on average, what time of the day they'd suggest flying, the alternative airports if ...


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You can use Google Flights to perform such a search. By clicking on the histogram icon: you can see how the prices vary during the year:


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One thing I haven't heard anyone else mention is your clothes. You can help avoid being singled out by pickpocketers by not dressing like a naive American. For example, don't wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, baseball hats, or even tennis shoes. Get a GOOD pair of nice walking shoes; if you can buy them over there even better. Nice slacks, with a belt, ...


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Try out https://www.couchsurfing.com/ you will save some $, meet great people and get an experience of a lifetime. Europe is a lot less scary than your mom thinks, I lived in Amsterdam for many years and visited lots of the places on your list without any issues.


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Feasible, and highly recommended. I traveled alone for the whole year when I was 18 -- and not just around Europe, but also South and Central America, Central Asia, and North Africa. The biggest lesson I learned was that people everywhere are pretty much the same. One of the things that means is that if you have common sense in the US, it'll apply ...


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Here's a little data about the UK which will hopefully ease your security concerns: London is one of the safest big cities in the world. It was ranked number 12 in personal safety by the Economist Intelligence Unit in their 2015 Safe Cities Index (see page 33 of ...


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it's GREAT to hear of young people getting out there and doing things. You literally couldn't be safer. You've listed the safest possible countries to visit. (Maybe Japan would be in the list, I can't think of anywhere else safer.) (Maybe Monaco??) So that's a non-issue. My advice, I would actually encourage you to STAY IN ONE SPOT and really get to know ...


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I have been wondering about that as well and here is what I could find. I read about trips with several major container ship operators (CMA-CGM, Hanjin Shipping, MSC, NSB) plus some roros and Polish bulkers. I also found many agencies selling more-or-less the same trips (a few in Germany, one each in France, the US, Australia and the UK). In all cases, the ...


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While the English version of the USJ website doesn't note the special birthday pass, the Japanese language version of the site does: If the link disappears, the plan is called "バースデープラン" (Birthday Plan). Here are the search terms if you need to regoogle it: USJ 誕生日 or USJ バースデープラン You don't have to read Japanese to check out the page and see that you ...


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I've been to France and Italy a few times and haven't had any dangerous encounters so far. I think that a lot of states in USA are actually more dangerous than these countries. People are actually very friendly, especially in areas profiting from tourism and will be delighted if you speak in their mother tongue. It also depends on what kind of landmarks you ...


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There are a number of websites where you can check the evolution of fuel prices. Taking a random result from Google yields this one. With a rough daily price you can then use an online tool such as numbeo to compute and estimate of tour fuel consumption, using miles-per-gallon-type (mpg) metrics, and thus an average price for your roadtrip. The fuel ...


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If you use common sense, you should have not a problem at all. Being an Eagle Scout, I assume you are from the USA. Europe is in many aspects as safe or safer than the USA, I suspect there are too many movies like Taken which portray Europe as dangerous. I think your most important problem will be money. Life is relatively expensive in Europe, so for ...


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Yes, you can do this. I did almost exactly what you were talking about when I was 18, quite a few years ago. It's mostly extremely safe, but there are some potential places or people which might be possibly a problem, though you should be able to avoid most or all of those. I almost always felt completely safe, or at least able to deal with the situations I ...


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In the UK, it's pretty commonplace for Students leaving High School at 18 to go travelling on their own in Europe - especially as part of a 'gap' year before going on to University. Having said which most 18 year olds will go with one or two friends. As the whole thing is more enjoyable if you share the experience. But there are pros and cons to going ...


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If you are looking for cheap flights without any preconceived ideas, you can try the solutions listed in Cheapest flight to anywhere at any given time or Travel site that found the lowest-price tickets from your current location If you are looking for flights to several airports in the same area, many sites will let you include “nearby airports” in your ...


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I hitchhiked around in France when I was 21 and only spoke basic French. No problems whatsoever. Regarding France (and probably other southern European countries, but less so in nothern Europe), as a single girl/women, picking up a map (or using a map app in a smartphone in an obvious way) in Paris and other major French cities in the evening or night is a ...


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Tell your Mom to not base her ideas about foreign countries on Hollywood movies such as "Taken". That's quite xenophobic, frankly speaking. Also, Europe is not a country but a continent of many different countries with different cultures and standards. And these countries themselves are not culturally homogenous - they have cities, towns, villages, ...


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Yes, some of the so-called "super sentos" do offer 24-hour accommodation and they can serve as impromptu cheap hotels. The super-sentos as well as net cafes are quickly being seen as alternatives to capsule hotels especially for women. The super-sentos will usually charge a surcharge for staying past 11pm or midnight and so the total fee will be between ...


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I made a page that does exactly that. It can also take costs for accommodation, car rental and daily food and entertainment budget into account. For the trip you mentioned it might cost you a bit more than NZD 300. Keep in mind that it will cost you an additional ~NZD 200 your you want to take your own car with you from north to south island on the ...


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Fuel prices are low at present in NZ, but fuel prices will vary from region to region. Tank up in big cities, not small remote country towns if you can help it. You can check average prices here: http://www.pricewatch.co.nz/Default.aspx?lyr=15&price_type=avg I would work on an average price closer to NZ$1.75 per litre. I assume you are driving a ...


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For travel, you can buy special tourist train passes "EUrail" and "BritRail" that will give you pretty cheap train travel. I can't give you a good idea of price, since I'm in Europe and it's only for tourists. Many cities also have effective public transport bus/tram/local rail, with day passes available. Most cities are generally very safe, though ...


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60 days in advance! Since you want to purchase your tickets on FlightHub make sure to compare to price found on your desktop with the mobile version.


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If your laptop has a relatively good antenna, then you can stalk the outside of Delta Sky Club lounges and see if you can pick up their free internal wifi. There was a period when they were enforcing passwords / logins, but this is no longer the case apparently (I now have a mobile plan that allows sharing, so I no longer lounge-stalk).


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While the official site doesn't mention it (that I could find) and as @JoErNanO said, some sites show a sticker will get characters to wish you a happy birthday, I did find this reference on tripadvisor: small discount can be applied if someone in your party has a birthday in the month you visit, but you'll need to get a coupon in advance. So it ...


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You could use Google Trends Google Trends and select the travel section. After pick your destination and enter flights to Spain , you will be able to see when that queries is getting more and more popular and when it decrease. You could cross compare those trends with the price you found with Google Flights. Hope that information can help you.



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