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Old 05-22-2015, 06:52 PM
 
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I agree with the others -- go for it! In a few years, you'll probably be weighed down with kids and other responsibilities, so now is the time to do something like this. You probably won't get a chance like this again until your late 40s, if ever. Do what you can to keep expenses low ... stay at hostels, eat on the cheap, etc. so you can keep as much of your savings as possible.
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Old 05-22-2015, 06:56 PM
 
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I'm interested in why you think Europe will be safe a year from now. Scandinavia might be OK, but everything from Holland all the way to Greece could be more dangerous next year than it already is.
I'm an American who lives in Europe. You can't be serious with this. I'll just assume you're making a bad joke. I was in Paris a few months ago when Fox was reporting on the supposed no-go zones in the city. I stayed in a predominately Muslim neighborhood. It felt safer than most US cities I've visited.
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:27 PM
 
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I'm interested in why you think Europe will be safe a year from now. Scandinavia might be OK, but everything from Holland all the way to Greece could be more dangerous next year than it already is.
Wow, do they ever run out of tin foil hats in Northern Maine?
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Old 05-23-2015, 02:13 AM
 
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You sound like you have been very responsible especially for someone so young and have no debt, I am assuming, because you've saved up $10,000, which for someone your age is pretty good. Go have fun and enjoy yourself. Maybe, you won't have to quit your job if your bosses really like your work style and ethic, they would want to keep you. I don't know what your job involves, but if you are willing to train someone to take over your job for six weeks, and your bosses are willing to hire a temp while you are away, you won't have to quit. Six weeks is not that long and it is not too much to ask, but I think you are needing a break from this job permanently and want to find your life's work, maybe you'll learn more about yourself on this trip and come up with ideas on what you would love to do as a career.
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Old 05-23-2015, 05:29 AM
 
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well I guess this brings up another question.. Are there any train rides throughout Europe that are too pretty to miss? Because I guess I could take the train for the prettiest routes but then take a plane for the rest
Not so much that they're worth the extra cost compared to an airfare for a backpacker. A local bus or train is often a wonderful way to see the countryside and get to small villages.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:46 AM
 
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Sorry to drag up my thread again, but I didn't want to start a new one.

Has anyone else backpacked Europe throughout the months of March/April? Is it an okay time to go? What types of things are there to do?

Thanks!
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Old 05-23-2015, 10:40 AM
 
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Once, a long time ago, I had saved up some money for a specific (luxury) purpose. The morning of the day I was to go make my purchase, a major problem occurred at my home which had to be repaired at a big cost. My son very wisely said, "If you had already left the house to buy your (item), you wouldn't know about the problem at home until you got back. Go buy your (item) and deal with the problem when you return. You'll figure it out. You always do."

You have a year to figure it out. A lifetime of memories of your trip.
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Old 05-23-2015, 11:13 AM
 
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Once, a long time ago, I had saved up some money for a specific (luxury) purpose. The morning of the day I was to go make my purchase, a major problem occurred at my home which had to be repaired at a big cost. My son very wisely said, "If you had already left the house to buy your (item), you wouldn't know about the problem at home until you got back. Go buy your (item) and deal with the problem when you return. You'll figure it out. You always do."

You have a year to figure it out. A lifetime of memories of your trip.
Thanks
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:33 PM
 
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Sorry to drag up my thread again, but I didn't want to start a new one.

Has anyone else backpacked Europe throughout the months of March/April? Is it an okay time to go? What types of things are there to do?
You can do all sorts of things in March/April in Europe, depending on what you like. You can do anything you want in cities (museums, sightseeing, art galleries, music, bars, shopping, etc), and most of what you may want to do in the countryside as well (hiking, visit castles and old towns, etc). The only comment I have regarding backpacking at this time of year is that depending on your itinerary, you might need to carry more varied and heavier clothing than later in the season, as higher elevation places (Alps etc.) will be significantly colder than most of the bigger cities.
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:38 PM
 
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Sorry to drag up my thread again, but I didn't want to start a new one.

Has anyone else backpacked Europe throughout the months of March/April? Is it an okay time to go? What types of things are there to do?

Thanks!

It's a bit like asking the same question but substituting USA for Europe.

As for the comment about Europe being 'unsafe, I'd best keep my thoughts to myself on that one.
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