It took me close to 2 months to plan my first trip to Europe. 30 days journey where I was on my own for 2/3 of it (20days that is !) I got tons of information & sources from all over the internet & took me forever to filter through them. I thought I would like to "return" to the community by blogging of my experiences & tips (where to eat, how to plan your itineraries & accommodation)
First most, I will start with "how to plan your trip"
Well, this part took me ages. I didn't know which cities to visit (yea I know the famous ones like Paris, Milan, Rome & Berlin) but others were pretty foreign in the sense that I didn't really know geographically where they were & etc. Hence, GOOGLE + map, definitely your best friend when you are planning. Its important to ensure your journey flows, so that you don't have to make long journeys which are waste of time & energy. And just google the "name of the city + attractions" to see what catches your eye then jot down the city.
Also, I used Google Engine for my planning stage as the "drop pins" provide me with better visuals such as, where to book my hostels & how many days I would need to cater to visit the attractions.
The cities that I have decide to travel were:
- Milan (2 days)
- Venice (2 days - I did wish I had 1 more day)
- Florence (3 days - perfect!)
- Rome (4 days - WAYYY too many, I think 2 - 3 days is more than sufficient)
- Munich (3 days - I did wish I had 1 more day, its a beautiful & relaxing city)
- Prague (3 days - perfect!)
- Berlin (3 days - WAYYY too little, there are heaps of things to do in Berlin. In my opinion 5 days would be alright)
- Amsterdam (2 days - perfect!)
- Brussels (3 days - perfect!)
- Paris (5 days - perfect for me!)
So here is a better visual of my journey (well I have started my journey from Rome but air tickets from Singapore to Milan were heaps cheaper)
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P.S For first timer, I would suggest you skip the "more dangerous" cities. Better to have a good impression of Europe on your first trip so you would want to return again.