Hello, my name is James. I am 29 (M) from North Carolina, USA.
I will be traveling from Hartford, CT (Sept 27th) and arriving in Dublin, Ireland (Sept 28th). I then plan to travel to Bergen or Oslo Norway. I will then work my way around Europe until November 3rd when I fly back home. (38 Days)
I have never been to Europe and this is an "adventure" not a vacation. A long trip that I have planned and I will be using the Eurail Global Month Pass. I plan for this to be a very efficient from place to place trip to see as much as I can in as little time as I can to make the most out of my time and money during the off-seasons. Will be visiting the UK & Ireland last as the UK does not use the Global pass to begin with & will have the option to get a Brit pass if need be as it will be about 1 month exactly before reaching England anyways.
I will also be staying the night at hostels & some nights sleeping on night trams. I may book a hilton propery hotel once every week or so to wash my clothes & catch up on better rest. I get discounts for $30-40 a night.
My itinerary is not set in stone except for the initial flights to Dublin & Norway. I am open to possible changes and some locations may have to be left out or reduced if running behind schedule.
The Eurail pass allows for on the spot changes to plans with no stress. My current plan is as follows:
*Norway > Sweeden > Denmark > Netherlands > Belgium > Luxembourg > Germany > Poland (If time) > Czech Republic > Austria > Slovakia (If Time) Hungary > Romania.
From this point I most likely would fly to Rome, Italy from Bucharest, Romania as travel becomes slower in this area...If there is not time to see Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Croatia etc. This will most likely be the case to enjoy the other places with less rush.
Then I would work my way up from Rome > Florence > Venice > Milan etc... > Switzerland > Spain > Portugal > France > England > Scotland and Finish in Ireland.
This plan is very intense & most likely will not stay in one place more than 1 night with the possible exceptions of Rome, Paris, London etc.
A basic summary of the highlights of my plans are as follows:
To see the Fjords of Norway on a day trip from Bergen > Flam > Oslo, Norway.
*Romanian Castles near Brasov, Romania.
*Alcázar of Seville in Spain (Filming location of Dorne, Game of Thrones)
*Dubrovnik, Croatia (Filming location of Kings Landing, Game of Thrones) *If Time**
*Using the Eurail trams to see all the major cities of Europe...Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Berlin, Warsaw, Zürich, Prague, Vienna, Budahpest, Bucharest, Rome, Paris, London, Madrid, Lisbon, Dublin etc.. etc..
*The Castles and Landscape of Ireland & England
*I am still planning the trip and several things are not mentioned here.
This plan is based on trying to save as much money as possible...by all means if you happen to be rich... Cairo, Egypt to the pyramids and Amman, Jordan to Petra might could be added to this journey along with a few other things we could talk about in that unlikely scenario.
The benefits of joining me:
- I will organize everything and I am open to your suggestions also if you have any. This trip is still over 4 months out. So planty of time to organize and make changes.
- If we purchase a Eurail pass at the same time together we will save 15% off of the price which will be over $175 in savings per person.
- We can split lodging costs and any other costs that are the same for 2 people like taxi's.
- Safety if your female. I will help you fend off any unwanted attention from anyone.
- Someone to take those awesome never to forget pictures for you. (see my facebook for examples)
I would prefer female companionship but I am open to a male if they are more mature.