Wanderlust (I’ve got the traveling bug)

I, of course, talked about my trip to France today. It was mentioned at the bank with Rob, and my dad and I discussed it at length on the phone. So, here I am, spending part of my Friday night exploring (less expensive) options for touring Europe.

Stumbled upon this blog, conveniently titled “Cheap Ways To Travel Across Europe.” The first suggestion was to travel via Megabus (a recent sensation here in Atlanta—a trip to Athens costs $1-$3, but apparently you might have to be prepared to sit next to some pretty sketchy people) within the UK. I did an experiment, planning a trip from Paris to London—for a nice, long, 9 hour trip, it would only cost me 25 euro.

And 20 euro back!

Not quite sure I would want to sit in a bus for that long, though. It does seem extraordinarily useful for trips from town-to-town in England, though—and the list of towns is absolutely ENDLESS. I can see so much of England for ONE EURO. It’s a beautiful thing, really.

Just look at that!!

The next suggestion is the most obvious—good ‘ol RyanAir. The author also suggests Transavia and EasyJet (so I decided to do some comparing!)

RyanAir was booked on all flights from Paris to Rome until late September! Gave me a good idea that next year, I’ll have to remember to book early. Not too shabby, either! 36.99 euro for a trip there.
Easy Jet, interestingly enough, does not fly to Rome from Paris. It does, however, fly FROM Rome. So that’s weird. Here’s a flight from Paris to Venice. A plus about this flight is that it leaves from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, which is much more convenient. You really need to book early with these things! Here are the prices for a flight next year—in February (I really do want to go to Venice around this time for Carnivale so this research is worthwhile)! Tickets for August and September were way out of my price range. 
Last, and MOST CERTAINLY not least, Transavia (a Dutch airline—I had to translate my webpage), won’t even let me book past September, and there are hardly any dates left for me to do anything. The trip I “planned” is from Paris (Orly) to Mykonos, and it would cost me a whopping 280 euro at the least. NO thank you.
The final suggestion in the blog was a Eurail Pass, which seems smart! But I’m not sure how much extensive country-to-country traveling I’ll really be doing. (It honestly depends how much money I have at the end of the trip.) I looked it up anyways, though. 
It seems a little expensive, but worth it if you are traveling pretty much every day. A 23-country, 15-day pass is about $450, which could save a substantial amount of money if you’re constantly hopping from country to country. There are options for a pass within countries, though, which could prove extremely useful. I paid a lot of money to travel from Rome to Venice and to Florence, and a pass within Italy could save me some money—it’s $180 for three days within 2 months. It would be great if I wanted to do a two- or three-week venture in a couple cities—fly into Rome, stay awhile, use my Eurail pass to get to Venice, stay awhile, use it to get somewhere else, go back to Rome. And a Greece one month pass is $127! I don’t think the higher priced pass is for me, though—I don’t think I would use its full value.
Anyways, there’s (yet another) traveling rant. I’m sure I’ll be posting many more of these as January approaches—and while I am trying to figure this all out in France. 🙂
7/7 Edit—
Found a railway that will be VERY useful when I explore Italy! Trenitalia provides rides from city-to-city for 1 or 2 euro—I was exploring the Times’ “36 Hours in the Cinque Terre” and they suggested this to get from one of the five cities to the other. 
And a trip from Rome to Florence is only 17 euro—much cheaper than the ticket I paid last May (though that was a fast train, and the trip only took about an hour).
Though it appears for only a slightly higher price I can get a faster train—if I book early enough!


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