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Old 10-11-2014, 11:22 AM
 
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The well-known low cost carriers like Ryanair are fine but you have to be careful about baggage fees, they will add up.

As for Stansted, the main problem is that it's over 50 miles away from Heathrow. So if you stay in London for a few days it's fine, but if you're only connecting there, the hassle and cost of going from LHR to Stansted won't be worth the Ryanair savings.
If I remember correctly, Ryanair flys in and out of stansted. We wouldn't be staying in London, necessarily.
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Old 10-11-2014, 11:24 AM
 
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Our local Airline also has very restrictive luggage allowances.
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:14 AM
 
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If I remember correctly, Ryanair flys in and out of stansted. We wouldn't be staying in London, necessarily.
I assumed your question about Stansted was still within the context of a PDX-KEF-??? plan, in which case a switch from Icelandair to Ryanair in London would have you go Heathrow-Stansted. Hope that makes sense.
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Old 10-13-2014, 12:21 PM
 
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I assumed your question about Stansted was still within the context of a PDX-KEF-??? plan, in which case a switch from Icelandair to Ryanair in London would have you go Heathrow-Stansted. Hope that makes sense.
Sorry.....I'm probably talking in circles. Just was re-thinking things. Maybe flying into Dublin as a cheaper option. If we do that, then we need to figure how to get The Continent from there.
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:51 PM
 
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Sorry.....I'm probably talking in circles. Just was re-thinking things. Maybe flying into Dublin as a cheaper option. If we do that, then we need to figure how to get The Continent from there.
It's easy to be confused. At this point, I believe your best bet is to get a general sense of how you're going to meet your overall budget, given the list of 'can't miss' places you have (if any). Transatlantic airfare will obviously be a nontrivial part of that budget but the cheapest flight for next fall that you can book today is likely not the same as the cheapest flight for next fall that you'll actually book in late spring or next summer.

IMO, flying into Dublin makes no sense unless you want to spend a few days in Ireland (or just Dublin). Otherwise you're just setting yourself up for a long day of baggage claim & flight delays. Dublin makes sense for a strategy that includes 3-5 destinations (including Dublin) between which you use a low-cost airline such as Ryanair. If Ireland doesn't interest you, and you're looking forward to a road trip that goes from NL/Belgium/France to Italy, then I think it makes a lot more sense to spend $150 extra to get to your starting point right away. In the end, if you're planning a 3-week trip, what you eat, where you stay and how much you spend generally is going to be much more important than how much it cost to get there. My $.02.
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:14 PM
 
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Barneyg....
I'm thinking the road trip may not be so practical. I hear that some towns you wouldn't want to drive in. Other times we may have to pay a lot for parking....plus the price of gas etc. It sounds too involved. I'm liking the idea of choosing 5 spots and spending 4 or 5 days in each spot, then flying Ryanain or ?? in between. It seems more practical and less costly then Eurail.
If we are in a spot for 5 days, we could rent a car at that point....just to sight-see.
If flying into Dublin saves a lot of money, we could make that one of our stops. I have been to Ireland, but my husband has not. I'm Irish.
There's so much to think about. I don't want this trip to be so expensive that it keeps us from other jaunts thru-out the year. It's a lot to weigh.
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:00 PM
 
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Barneyg....
I'm thinking the road trip may not be so practical. I hear that some towns you wouldn't want to drive in. Other times we may have to pay a lot for parking....plus the price of gas etc. It sounds too involved. I'm liking the idea of choosing 5 spots and spending 4 or 5 days in each spot, then flying Ryanain or ?? in between. It seems more practical and less costly then Eurail.
If we are in a spot for 5 days, we could rent a car at that point....just to sight-see.
If flying into Dublin saves a lot of money, we could make that one of our stops. I have been to Ireland, but my husband has not. I'm Irish.
There's so much to think about. I don't want this trip to be so expensive that it keeps us from other jaunts thru-out the year. It's a lot to weigh.
Most bigger cities (Paris, Milan, Rome) you definitely do not want to drive in. For other trips (rural & coastal France, the Alps, trip around Ireland, etc) that's pretty much the only option.

I love spending quite a bit of time in each city so I can definitely recommend your 5x5 plan. The two big upsides are (a) you can find great, cheap places to stay when you spend that much time, and (b) you will not be dead tired at the end of the trip.
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