Laura, first of all, what made you change your mind to head to Europe first, instead of Asia?
The thing that made us change our mind was the fact it was our first official "travellers' trip" away. We decided to stick to a few more familiar places. I was constantly thinking about the culture shock we may have, as we aren't experienced. We do still plan to travel to Thailand, as we do think it will be truly amazing.
(I've been thinking about Laura's change of plans and realised I did the same thing, and did a "safe" first backpacking trip within Australia before I went off to see the world. A post on that is coming up soon!)
|Laura's going to Berlin - one of my favourite cities!|
We chose these places mainly because we wanted to go to Bruges, Berlin, Prague, Rome and Florence. However, we decided to choose some places that we didn't know much about, so we wouldn't have any expectations of the place, and can discover it on our own. We'll be travelling by bus from country to country - it was the cheapest option! Plus I thought if we travel by bus, then we will be able to see a lot more of the places we go - even if only through transit.
|Prague's St Vitus Cathedral|
There isn't really one attraction in particular, however, I can't wait to taste some chocolate from Belgium, ride on a gondola in Lake Garda and eat some spaghetti in Italy.
(See, I knew I liked Laura for a good reason. She's a traveller who's all about the experience, not the "tick of the attraction" style of travel! Oh and she likes chocolate, too.)
How long are you planning to travel in Europe for, and what will come after that?
Due to work commitments, I was unable to take a long break, so unfortunately, I will only be travelling for roughly three weeks - which means we only get a couple of nights in each place! After Europe I think we would like to travel to South America, and we have been looking into doing an Inca Trail in Peru. There are so many places we want to go that we can't fully decide right now.
|Devin Castle ruins and the Danube River, Slovakia|
What are your tips for beginner travellers?