Sounds impossible, but it can truly be the simplest thing in the world, you only need to sit down and decide what you want, plan it roughly, but be prepared on plan changes during the road. Yes, I know. “ONLY”. Trip planning isn’t easy, and most certainly is not fun for people who are not interesting in it or it makes them fell stressed or under pressure, so if you like it this is the story for you. I have been in 5 cities for 5 days: Timisoara, Bergamo, Milano, Como, Lugano, so here are some advice how to visit several cities in just a few days.
- CHECK A MAP AND MAKE AN APPROXIMATE PLAN
Google will do also, cause you need to see what countries have interesting cities on their borders that are really close by so you can visit all of them in just a few days. Some amazing cities from 2 different countries are away only 30minutes by bus from each other. My advice is that, if you are located in one city and plan on visit some other cities from there, avoid cities that are more than 2hrs ride in one direction, because you will finish with seeing neither. Better option is to travel from city. to city, but in this case make sure that there are great connections between the cities and how often do you have local transport. The best way is to go by a car in which case you choose where to stop, when, etc, but you still need to think of parking spots, ride duration, fuel, tolls… Bus is the cheapest way usually, and nowadays think about ride sharing like Bla Bla Car. The most comfortable choice for me the train, but for all former mentioned you need no thinking where is the vehicle, can you park there etc.. Although it has its downsides like you need to bring your bags with you, you need to know the transport timetables, etc. So think thoroughly about these details to make some plan to hold your grounds to.
What is my budget? What is my time limit? What cities am I visiting and for how long? Where am sleeping? What are the means of transport I am going to use? What local transport to take from station/airport to the accommodation? How much does my transport cost? How much id the accommodation? Extra money for sightseeing? Food money?
- TRANSIT PLACES
Second option is that you use transit places between the flights of before/after the flight to get to know the cities along the way, y least some smaller ones if you do not have much time. While searching for flights or cities nearby check also the transport and sights as well. Also you can go early to the city if your flight is later in the evening, for example if you are flying from Budapest, Timisoara, Bucharest or Sofia, for example a day or even 12 hours if your timetables allow it. Of course you can even make it longer if you have the time and the money. You are the designer of the trip.
Just remember that running around several countries is not at all easy, nor for everyone. It is not the point to be somewhere and not see anything at all nor enjoy, that is why you need to have at least some sense of how much time you need for sightseeing, traveling, and other. Second thing is be mentally prepared to run around with a backpack and stick to the timetables. If you need to relax, you know a real vacation, this is not for you right now. If you are under pressure and planning makes you edgy, leave it to someone else. Also, if you want to make a stop every hour or skip excursions, better choose something else rather than this adventure. Time and organization are crucial for these kind of trips, as well as readiness to less sleep, sleep while on the road, small spaces, eating while walking or again in transport etc. Of course, if your budget and time allow you, you can make this adventure more comfortable for you, so maybe less cities, more days in one city, better accommodation and transport, and the trip will definitely be easier.
What are you going to choose depends on you, as I said you will buy and book according your free time, budget, travel solo/in pair/in group, by plane/car/bus/train, stay at apartment/hotel, or mixed! It is also important with who are you traveling because some people love to be located in one place and maybe make a half-a-day or a day trip to some cool place nearby, but others want to be in a different city everyday, some want to just lay on the beach, and others to climb the rocks. So for this kind of adventure it is best that everyone is flexible but also want similar things.
Example of trip how to visit several cities in a few days:
BELGRADE-TIMISOARA-BERGAMO-MILAN-COMO-LUGANO-MILAN-BERGAMO-TIMISOARA- BELGRADE 5days in February 2018
Belgrade – Timisoara – van 20-30e return ticket.
Return flight Timisoara – Bergamo with Ryanair-a – 40e. Acommodation in Milano for 3 people 200e over AirBnB.
Bus from Bergamo airport to Milano return ticket 10e.
Train tickets to Como and Lugano
So transport and accommodation for 5 days is around 200e per person, and can be 50e more or less, depends on where is the accommodation, whether you started planning 6 or 3 months ago, how many people is included, where is starting point etc.
If you want more about planning and organization check Tips&Tricks which should help you get by easier and go to your trip less stressed.
Happy planning adventurers!