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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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Lots of reasons! Most of which boil down to prioritizing time and convenience over cost. You need to fly to a city with no direct service. Most LCCs only sell "point to point" and will not cover missed connections, while full-service carriers do. You have an unpredictable schedule and need the ability to change your flights easily. LCCs tend to fly less ...


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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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I've always used your option number 3. It's not difficult to figure out how much every one has paid! Take a notebook with you in your trip. Draw 4 columns, the first one for item names you must pay in common (transport, accommodation...) and the other 3 columns for the amount each person paid for each item. For example, if Person 1 pay $10 a taxi, you ...


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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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Turns out, it is now possible, thanks to a post I found on Wikivoyage. A sample itinerary, that they provide, beginning in London: London to Barcelona on Vueling Barcelona to Casablanca on Vueling Casablanca to Istanbul on Air Arabia Maroc Istanbul to Dubai on Flydubai Dubai to Kathmandu on Flydubai Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X ...


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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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You actually want to be somewhere on time. I had an Air France flight from Budapest to Paris which didn't fly and I told the desk I needed to be in Paris next morning 10am and that's it. They put me on a Lufthansa flight via Munich and I was there on time. Do you think a low cost would this? At best you can rebook for free at worst you get the money the EU ...


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Nancy and Metz and two relatively large cities, close to each other along a North-South axis. They are not big enough to support two distinct airports, two high-speed train lines (which necessarily run East-West since they come from Paris…), etc. Consequently, many infrastructure projects are built half-way between the cities, which is not really satisfying ...


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Yeah. They're called Manga Cafes, or mangakissa, and you need to find if they have seating options - ie reclining, pair seat, party room or more. Wikipedia's page on Manga Cafes Apparently there's a search engine for them that lets you specify criteria, but I'm getting a Tomcat error when I look - so not sure if it's just temporarily not working or down. ...


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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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Aside Greyhound (costing 30-60USD), Rome2rio shows various other bus options including Yo Bus costing 20USD. There is also a bus combination using BoltBus which supposedly costs 19-24USD. MegaBus can get you there for as low as 11USD one way depending on what day of the week you're traveling and how far in the future you book your ticket. The bus trip takes ...


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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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Hotel pricing in Japan is generally highly seasonal, and many hotels go so far as to publish a "room rate calendar" (客室料金カレンダー) that shows exactly how prices vary through the year. Disney has a nice, clear text-based one, but I'll use this rather more typical image from the Resonate chain in Kyushu to illustrate: To parse that, 月 means month (6月 = June, ...


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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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Coaches The Visit Scotland webpage on coaches carries plenty of information on the topic, including: Coach operators Most of the inter-city and longer-distance coach services around Scotland are provided by Scottish Citylink, Stagecoach, Megabus and National Express offering most of the inter-city and longer-distance coach services around Scotland, ...


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Given the route over Eastern europe you have a problem. First of all, there are relatively cheap car rentals which are local, meaning that you are not permitted to cross borders between countries. Europe is not a single country with states like the United States, it is more like traveling from the USA to Mexico each time. So the very tantalizing offers ...


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Since privatisation in the 80s/90s UK bus services are run by a vastly complicated array of private companies with overlapping and disparate jurisdictions, journeys, fares and services. Local services are run by many, many companies, often with overlapping routes. Sometimes the same route will be run by two companies! There are also national services ...


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Airlines tend to charge full fare for last minute bookings, rather than discounting it to try and fill one more seat. The stereotypical last minute booking is from a business person, who has to be there and is flying on someone else's dime, hence doesn't mind paying whatever is asked. So there is no real motivation to discount the fares. The number 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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In addition to jpatokal's excellent answer, budget airlines sell you a pair of one-way tickets, whereas full-service carriers sell you a return ticket. This means that the budget airline has considerably lower responsibilities to you if things go wrong. When you have a return ticket, the airline has obligations to you from the moment you check in for the ...


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The go-to site for public transports in the Netherlands is 9292.nl. You can enter two addresses but it also knows major sights and attractions so in this case you can look for “Schiphol” and “Keukenhof” directly. Bus 858 is direct and should cost €4.69 (with a pay-as-you-go OV-chipkaart which costs extra if you don't already have it). Depending on the time ...


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There are various low-budget hotels offering basic rooms around Paris. Hotels Formule 1 (F1) by Accor is one such franchise. The rooms are pretty basic, in other words you get what you pay for. These hotels are usually found outside the city, and (arguably) for this reason offer free car parking to their guests. Quoting from the linked Wikipedia page, here ...


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Well this is one good thing about backpacker hostels. In a hostel you still may need to wait until check in time, but they should always have one or more common areas with couches, beanbags, hammocks, deckchairs, etc. where you can doze off. They also have shared bathrooms so you can have a shower almost any time. This doesn't mean you have to sleep in a ...


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The main difference between a hotel and a hostel is that a hostel has dorm rooms (exclusively, or in addition to private rooms). I spent a month in Iran in May 2014 and I did stay in some dorm rooms in Yadz, Shiraz and Isfahan. Still those places felt more like hotels as the majority of the rooms were private and they didn't have a kitchen for guests. Still ...


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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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I know an excellent service that has a highly informal interaction and is able to make suggestions based on vague requirements. It can ask questions to refine your requirements, and is even able to suggest modifications to those requirements if it thinks you can find a good deal. It has access to all the other websites that offer cheap travel, and can pick ...



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