London or Europe?

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London or Europe?

Postby chixchix » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:50 am

Hi all here i am blur need some help :smile: I have big kids but below 12. now ..i am thinking of a 2-3 week vacation but am not sure wch to choose..london or europe ?
Which is best to go ?
When is the best time ? June or Dec holidays ?
Should i take direct or transit flight ? I can't than sitting in a 6 hour flight haha

Should i go free and easy or join a tour group ? I always have an impression that if tour group they take us to cheap hotels

Now in regards to hotels, should i book a hotel throughout my stay or do we need to change hotels since we go to different places ? won't be so fun tagging luggage everywhere .

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Re: London or Europe?

Postby jetsetter » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:52 pm

depends on whether u r an anglophile or europhile...how abt go to both since it's 2-3 wks? just cross to the continent via eurostar...

june - very expensive and crowded w students & families attending their convo/backpackers from US & Asia/retirees...longer days, lighter luggage, summer sale, could be VERY hot.
Dec - less crowded, but many rides/bus shuttle svcs could be canceled. shorter days, photos will be dark, heavier luggage, need to buy winter clothing, christmas sale, snow...

nowadays, direct flights is the norm. only 12-13hr flight...take 11+pm/12mn flight best. arrive at 5-ish am.

F&E better. can eat at the best restaurants and cafes in each city; commute to anywhere u like without hving to wait for late-comers; shop at own pace.
Tour - depends if u hv elderly/lil ones, maybe u want "bao ka liao". but might hv to eat a lot of horrible chinese food & sing karaoke with other uncles/aunties on the coach. also will go to horrible shops to buy branded goods.

if europe, confirm must book diff hotels right? if just visit London, of course 1 hotel will do. hotels also depend on ur budget. if no budget, must stay outside central zone. if got budget, pls book within city centre so u dun waste time commuting. u weigh pros and cons on your own :)

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Re: London or Europe?

Postby chixchix » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:18 am

Hi you mean both the countries have the same season in dec n june ?

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Re: London or Europe?

Postby jetsetter » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:51 am

chixchix wrote:Hi you mean both the countries have the same season in dec n june ?


:?
what do u mean 'both countries"? London is in UK and Europe is a continent comprising many countries incl UK. Which one(s) do u want to visit?

UK and European continent share the same season: Dec - winter; Jun - summer.

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Re: London or Europe?

Postby chixchix » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:17 am

thats why i said i am zoo confused lol where to go ..what to do while in UK..i really want to take the scenic train but dunno to take it from switzerland or from UK.

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Re: London or Europe?

Postby Headache2010 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:54 pm

chixchix wrote:thats why i said i am zoo confused lol where to go ..what to do while in UK..i really want to take the scenic train but dunno to take it from switzerland or from UK.


I can't recall any scenic train in UK. Switzerland should be a better choice.

For U.K. you can visit these places:-
London
Stratford-upon-Avon (birthplace of William Shakespeare)
Bath
Stonehenge
Warwick
Lake District
York
Edinburgh
Isle of Skye

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Re: London or Europe?

Postby chixchix » Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:02 pm

I was just looking at the theme park tickets rates in UK for a family of 4 ,,and I was shocked,, its solo expensive ..sigh ..maybe next time then go.. I was telling my HB that go US cheaper .but the though of sitting in the flight so many hours sucks.. sigh..

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Re: London or Europe?

Postby xiaostar » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:08 am

Rick Steve's Europe full and complete on Youtube!
https://www.youtube.com/user/RickSteves?feature=watch
All episodes. Great if you are planning for Europe.

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