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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of Price of Travel?

Price of Travel is designed to help people decide where they might go and also when, all at a glance. With a quick scan of the page for the destination you are considering, you'll know how much money you'll likely need for each day spent there. Let's face it, we all have limited funds, and some places cost much more than other places once you get there.

Where do those hotel and hostel prices come from?

The hotel and hostel prices are all researched and edited by hand. The idea is to give visitors the basic range in prices for each category. If you are coming during the high season then you might have trouble finding a room at the absolute bottom of the range we found, but the price ranges should be helpful when comparing one city with another.

Are these hotel prices for any hotel and at any time of year?

The hotel prices we've concentrated on are all hotels in the main tourist districts of each city, rather than near airports or in far-off suburbs. In some cases you can save money by staying away from the tourist district, but in order to properly compare prices we only use locations that most people consider desirable.

Most of these hotel prices are based on high season or shoulder season, but not for “peak season.” This means that if you are coming during the busiest month or two of the year you might not find prices as low as the bottom of our range, but also if you come during the off season you might find even better deals.

What do the star ratings mean for hotels?

The star ratings are based on local standards, so a “3-star hotel” in one city might not even be as nice as a “1-star hotel” in another city, but generally speaking they are a good measure of relative quality. In some cities (particularly in Europe) the ratings are based on rigid standards, like whether they have an elevator or not. In other cities the ratings don't mean as much.

How can I find these super-cheap 1-star hotels, since they aren't on most websites?

This is an interesting issue, which we've covered on a separate post about finding cheap 1-star hotel rooms. As long as you know what you are getting into, a 1-star hotel room can often be a great way to keep your expenses down while still having a good night's sleep in a private room.

What do the prices mean for “budget” meals?

Obviously food prices in any given city will range wildly depending on where you go, so our goal was to find useful ranges of prices for each meal that basically compare to something similar in any other city. These prices are all for complete meals, without drinks, that are typical in that location. So, for example, breakfast prices in France or Italy might seem a little low, but that's partly because breakfast in those countries is usually quite small.

If you are unsure how the price ranges fit into your own travel style, compare your destination city's prices to prices in a city that you know well. You may discover that you are used to paying double or triple what we've listed, so you'll likely have to pay double or triple for something similar in the destination city.

Why aren't drink prices included with meal prices?

In order to make the meal price ranges more meaningful, we left drinks out altogether. Many people don't buy a coffee or Coke or beer with every meal, so including them in every price range would make things confusing. We've listed beer prices for every city, plus coffee, wine, and soft drink prices where we could.

What is meant by the price ranges for beer in every city?

This is another tricky subject since in many cities you can find a beer for US$1 at one type of place, and a beer for US$12 for an import at a fancy hotel bar. Even when just comparing regular bars and pubs there can be a wide variation, so as a benchmark we have chosen to use typical prices for domestic beers at lower to mid-range bars and pub and restaurants. In other words, if you are in Vietnam and you want a Heineken instead of one of the similar local lagers, you might be above the price range we have given.

How can I add information that you are missing?

If you are interested in helping us build up our database then we'd love to hear from you. Check out our Tips page for details.

60 Responses to “FAQ”

nosh says:

do u have a newsletter. cant see it on the website.

Riaan says:

Dear Sir

How updated is this site on prices?

    Roger Wade says:


    The prices on this site are updated at least once a year, typically around December or January. But some articles are updated even more often. Thanks for the question, and it reminds me that we need to make that more obvious. -Roger

Hannah says:

Hi there – Have you done any comparisons or searches for Singles traveling? You have various location tabs, but I would love to see your recommendations and comparisons to help me out with planning a vacation as a single-traveler… Thanks!

Miranda says:

Hi Roger,

Do you think November is a bad idea to visit Iceland? What is the advantage and disadvantage if we visit during June-August and November? Because we are traveling far away from Asia so we dont want to miss any chance to see the beautiful Iceland. What is the most beautiful list that we must see and visit?
Thanks beforehand.

    Roger Wade says:


    You can find better sources on Iceland’s must-see sights, although I will try to answer your November question. In my opinion, the best time to visit Iceland is the time that you can go. In other words, if you can visit in November or skip it completely, then go in November. It’s an amazing place, and probably my favorite destination in the world in some ways, although that is all tied into being able to see the scenery.

    The downside to visiting in November is that Iceland is near the Arctic Circle, so by the end of November it’s only light for maybe 4 or 5 hours each day, and maybe around 6 hours at the beginning of the month. So you’d want to focus your main sightseeing into the middle of each day, and you won’t have many hours to really explore like you would in summer when the sun barely sets.

    Another slight complication is that Iceland is really focused on summer tourism, so most of the smaller guesthouses are closed by the end of October and don’t open again until April. On the other hand, with so few tourists it means rates at the hotels and guesthouses that go all year round are lower, and there are even fewer crowds, obviously. Also, November is one of the better months for potentially seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland, so that could make up for fewer hours to see the waterfalls and glaciers and such. I hope this helps and have a great visit if you go. -Roger

Heike says:

Hi, are the hotel prices for a dormitory bed, a single room, a double room or half a double (beased on 2 sharing)?
Kind regards

    Roger Wade says:


    The hotel prices on the City pages are per night for the whole room with 2 guests. On the Backpacker Index the price is for a dorm bed in a hostel. In the 3-star Traveler Indexes it’s half the price of a 3-star room for two. I hope that helps. -Roger

louise says:

Hi, the prices of hotels vary significantly depending on how far in advance you book, special deals, etc – how did you collect the hotel prices? is this an average? sourced though online booking companies or from hotels directly? Have you compared your average rates against any other sources, they seem fairly high for some destinations – Thanks,

    Roger Wade says:


    There are hotel prices listed all over the site and some are collected in different ways. If you tell me which prices you are referring to, I’ll happily let you know how we get them. In other words, do you mean the ranges on the individual city pages (London, Paris etc), or within specific articles? -Roger

      louise says:

      thanks Roger – i am referencing both within a city and when comparing cities. I noticed that your site was quoted when looking at the most expensive cities to stay at, so was interested in the reliability of such benchmarking compared to the likes of STR – would be great to discuss further directly.

        Roger Wade says:


        The rates that you see in the top-left corner for any City page (London prices, Paris prices etc) are the range we found on a hotel meta-search engine for the month of April or May. We use those months because they are more or less the shoulder season all over the world. We toss out any major outlying prices as well. For example, if some hotel in a city claims to be 3 star and has rooms for US$30 per night, and the next cheapest 3-star is US$50 per night, we don’t include the US$30 one in the range.

        And while individual hotel rates can jump around from day to day, the overall range stays pretty constant. It’s also true that some cities have rates in July or August that are, say, 20% higher than the rest of the year, but it’s very hard to include that in one range without distorting something else. Basically, those hotel and hostel price ranges on those pages are there for an “at a glance” comparison rather than as a guarantee of room rates for whenever you might be there.

        Also, you’ll notice that the ranges are often surprisingly wide. A city might have 3-star rooms that range from US$40 to US$150. Hopefully most people realize that if they are looking for a US$40 room that it’s not going to have a great location and fawning guest reviews. Again, the range is there so people can quickly get an idea of what a daily cost might be. If you compare a city in Vietnam with a city in Japan, you’ll see that there is a big difference.

        Another factor to consider is that hotel star ratings are only regulated in a few parts of the world, so most of them are just a reflection of what a hotel thinks it can get away with and not disappoint too many guests. For example, in Phuket or in Kuala Lumpur, you can find hotels that claim to be 5-star that start at around US$70 per night. They are nice, but in other parts of the world they could never claim 5 stars without getting blasted in the reviews by every guest.

        As for the hotel and hostel prices used in the 3-star Traveler Index and Backpacker Index, those are hand-researched by me each year and the criteria is explained at the top of the article. There’s a bit of an art to it, but I’m quite confident in my judgment on this because I’ve been to almost every city listed on this site and I do hotel research almost constantly for this site.

        I’m not sure what STR is, and obviously I’m not sure why you are curious about this, but it’s a subject I am fond of and I’m happy to try to help. If you are looking for a place to do some kind of global study of hotel prices, I don’t think my data is suited to that, and I’m not sure if anyone’s data is suited to that for the reasons I mentioned above. I hope this helps and I’ll try to answer more specifically if you have any other questions. -Roger

          louise says:

          thanks for the extensive reply! i came across your website after following a reference in the Hoppa study about the most expensive destinations to visit and was just interested how you capture such data. many thanks

Anasua Bhatacharya says:

Hi Roger
Plan to visit Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg,Prague and maybe a couple of places in Switzerland if possible in 15 days (1/7/16–15/7/16) We are an elderly couple in our late fifties with health issues like arthritic knees & back pains.Please can you suggest the best way to tour these places? Where to stay, what mode of transport will be suitable for us,because long walks & hiking is impossible for us.I know it’s a little too mch to ask but would greatly appreciate if you could give us detailed guidelines.We are from India.Thanks.Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Roger Wade says:


    I answered this question on the other thread that you left it on, which is on this page. Please respond there if you have more questions. -Roger

Linda Gerbec says:

I can’t find a way to call up your interactive map.

    Roger Wade says:


    The interactive map is at the bottom of the Europe Backpacker Index post. Is that the one you are referring to? -Roger

Kim says:

Hi! ‘May i know what are the criteria for a place to be a budget tourism destination? Thank you!

    Roger Wade says:


    It depends on which article or part of the website you are referring to. There is no official criteria, but I try to choose destinations that are in the lower or mid price tiers compared to their neighbors when I recommend a “cheap destination.” Let me know if you have any follow up questions on this. -Roger

Sheryl says:

Hi Roger,

Am planning to travel to Singapore with my family around 1st or 2nd week of December to celebrate my parents anniversary. Is it a good time to visit and do a lot sightseeing in terms of the weather?



    Singapore isn’t far north of the equator so the weather there is almost the same all year round. December is a little wetter than the summer months, but not by much. Any month of the year you will usually get a few quick and hard rain storms each week. Sometimes they happen over night, and other times they come in the late afternoon. It’s sunny most of the time, so at least you know when you start to see the clouds get dark that it will probably rain soon, so it’s easy to avoid. And the storms usually last 30 minutes or less, so it’s just a matter of ducking into a shopping center or your hotel room for a bit, and then right back outside.

    In other words, December should be a good month, and the city is very well suited for those sudden hard rain showers. If you do something like the hop-on, hop-off bus tour, it’s probably better to do it in the morning as long as it’s not cloudy yet. You’ll have a wonderful time. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

sheryl says:

Thanks Roger for your quick reply! I would also like to know when would be the ideal time to book the flight tickets? The earlier the better as the prices shoot up as you approach the travel date?

Separately, would you be able to recommend as to whether choosing tour packages offered by travel agencies would work out better vis-a-vis travelling on our own?

Since it will 4 of us travelling, what would be the best mode of transportation, metro trains or cabs?

Thank you so much!!



    Yes, you almost certainly want to book your tickets as early as possible. Generally speaking, the longer the flight, the earlier the cheap tickets start getting expensive. And if you are flying on a low-cost airline such as Air Asia, it’s always best to book ASAP.

    Singapore is very easy to visit on your own and I’m sure you’d save money doing it that way. The public transportation system is cheap and punctual, and taxis are relatively cheap as well. The Metro is safe, just like everything in Singapore, and it tends to be faster than taxis as long as there are stations near both ends of your trip. I’m sure you’ll have an easy time of things. -Roger

Jess says:

Hi Roger,

Great website! Have just recently found it and am hooked!

Wanted to ask your advice as you seem to be the bearer of all knowledge! My partner and I have two weeks off between the 20th October and 5th November and roughly £1,600 between us to spend on travel and accommodation primarily but we also want this to help cover daily costs (but not all of this as we’ll have some spending money). We are based in London and fancy going somewhere that’s mild/ warm weather and that is not the expected! We fancy the idea of travelling around a bit too (either car or public transport) rather than staying in one location for two weeks, we’d prefer to do some exploring.

All ideas would be welcomed as we have many and we’re finding it hard to narrow it down!

Many thanks,




    I’m happy you found this website too.

    That is a pretty limited budget for over two weeks like that so either you’ll have to find a cheap place in Europe or an even cheaper place in Asia. I’m not sure if you’ve seen these yet, but the first thing I will suggest is having a look at my article on cheap destinations with great weather in October, as well as my article with the best Asia destinations in October. The Asia article has more suggestions in different price ranges.

    I’m not sure if it’s on that first list, but have you considered Morocco? That could fit what you are looking for. Marrakech is the most popular stop for tourists.

    One complication is that many of the cheapest places (that are still great) on earth are in southeast Asia and most of that region is very rainy in October and November. Hopefully this helps to at least give you some ideas. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Jess says:

Hi Roger,

Thank you for your speedy response – I really appreciate it.

Yes, we were mainly thinking of Europe or Asia, but probably thought Europe was a better bet so that our budget isn’t gobbled up by the flights.

We were considering Morocco, but wasn’t sure how easy it would be getting around (either by public transport or by car)? This concern was also the same for Turkey, alongside some general political concerns.

In regards to the rest of your list, Portugal, Greece or Croatia could be a good choice. We were also thinking about Bulgaria and to rent a car to drive around and possible visit Macedonia at the same time. Or possibly rent a car in Cyprus.

Any further thoughts would be great! Jess

In regards to the rest on your list,



    Morocco is actually very easy to get around in since they have a surprisingly good train system connecting all the major cities. You could fly into Casablanca (but don’t stay there) and then hop a train to Marrakech or Fes or wherever else, and then take trains to other places.

    Turkey could also be great, and not only am I a big fan, but I actually lived there for 13 months in a small town near Antalya on the Mediterranean a few years ago. They have a very efficient bus network, but the distances between the better places are pretty far, so some people fly instead. You could fly into Istanbul and then see the amazing Cappadocia and then Antalya, with great weather the whole way. However, as you say, most people are avoiding Turkey at the moment, even though there appears to be no risk to tourists who are doing touristy things.

    Portugal and Greece could be good, and both of those are fairly cheap. Croatia would also be great. I actually rented a car there so I could visit the stunning Plitvice Falls National Park on my way from Split to Zagreb. And you could also visit Lake Bled and the Karst mountains in Slovenia as well. My experience in Bulgaria is only a few visits to Sofia, which I like (and it’s crazy cheap), but I haven’t been elsewhere or to Macedonia. I think that would be a good choice though. That whole area is great value and you should get great weather in October. I haven’t been to Cyprus either. I’m not sure how much this helped, but feel free to ask if you have other questions. -Roger

SamKh says:

Azerbaijan Cities not listed kindly add Azerbaijan city Baku

ABHAY says:

Hi Roger,

WE’re a family of 4 (me, my wife and my parents) from India planning to travel to Eu for fist time over a period of 13 days (all travel inclusive).

1. We’re slightly confused which all places to cover (some people told us to go to Italy and Switzerland, some said Italy, Croatia and some said Italy, Germany and Prague). Would you be able to pls advise us which one would you recommend us & key places within each region. Also, is there a way we can include PRague in our trip (have heard it’s really beautiful)
2. We wanted to include some driving as well (maybe over a period of a few days). I’ve heard that 1 way drop-off charges are too much & that would be a consideration for us. Also, would you suggest car or train travel (my worry is if we’d have 3-4 suitcases, would it be convenient to travel by trains?. I’ve driven by car in new zealand last year and it was really convenient and hence just want to check).
4. Money is also a decently important factor for us & hence we’d like to save wherever we can. Also, would you suggest end April or end May (which one would be a better season from cost & weather perspective)

We would extremely thankful if you could pls help & advise on this.
Thanks a lot



    In 13 days I would recommend choosing 4 cities or perhaps 5 cities if one of them is small such as Venice. Switzerland is extremely beautiful, but it’s also frustratingly expensive, about 50% more than even its neighbors. So one way to keep things cheaper would be to save Switzerland for a future trip. Italy is probably the best country for a first-time visitor to Europe because it’s just packed with fascinating sights and experiences that are quite unique. Croatia is also nice, but it’s similar to Italy in some ways, though without blockbuster sights. I’d save it for a future trip.

    My best recommendation for you would be to fly into Rome and spend 3 days there, and then a short train ride to Florence for 2 or 3 days, and then a short train ride to Venice for 1 days (Venice is small enough and so crowded that a 24-hour visit is ideal). Then I would take the amazing train ride through the Alps to Salzburg for 2 or 3 days. Salzburg is also at the edge of the Alps so you get incredible natural beauty along with a gorgeous and historic old town. It’s also more moderate in cost than Switzerland. From Salzburg you can take a train in 5.5 hours to Prague. Prague is indeed one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and it’s less expensive than the others you’ll be visiting as well.

    You could substitute Interlaken, Switzerland for Salzburg, but the train connections to Prague take much, much longer that way. Obviously you could substitute other cities if they interest you more, but some itinerary close to this would be wonderful and not too challenging.

    I’ve also driven myself on both New Zealand islands and it was amazing. But as you suggest, doing that same thing in Europe is usually far more expensive and stressful. Hiring a car to drive around France to see wineries or to visit small towns is wonderful, but to go between cities it’s very challenging because parking is always a problem and it is often very confusing. The good news is that trains in Europe are very well suited for holidays like this. Even in second class you get about as much room as a typical first class train in India, and there is usually room above each seat for a couple of suitcases. On the trains you’d be taking, which are express trains between larger cities, there is always a large luggage area near each door in the carriage, and it’s easy to store even very large suitcases there.

    Obviously the end of April will be a bit cooler than the end of May, but either would be fantastic. Hotels would also be a bit cheaper in April, though it won’t be a large difference, and crowds will be a bit smaller in April as well. Either way, it’s best to buy your train tickets at least a month or so in advance for the best fares. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Mo says:

I would like to visit Europe my my wife for 14 days. Can you please advise and make a plan where to start from and to end. We love nature and would like to see Switzerland and Italy if possible. I have frequent free miles on American Airline so we will fly for free so no issue to fly in to which city and fly out of another cisty Thank you



    I’m happy to answer people’s specific questions about itineraries and such, but I won’t create an itinerary from scratch. You should be able to make some choices if you scan my article about best first-time itineraries for Europe though. I put together nine different itineraries with different add-on options that are efficient and enjoyable. Hopefully that will inspire you to figure out the places you most want to see. If you have questions about specifics once you have your own basic plan I’m happy to answer questions at the bottom of that article. -Roger

Moin says:

Hi Roger

If I want to travel from Paris to Interlaken to Venice / Florence and final destination Rome by train.

Can you please advise what kind of train pass I should buy for Spet for 15 days

thank you



    For those train rides you’ll be best off buying them individually as early as possible for the best fares and selection of departure times. The trips within Italy will be quite cheap that way, and they aren’t too expensive even if you buy at the last minute, but still better to buy at least a month or more in advance. The Paris to Interlaken and Interlaken to Venice trips won’t be as cheap, but if you buy in advance they will definitely be cheaper than the cost of any rail pass that would cover them. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Moin says:

Thank you Roger.

My trip will be

Land at Paris and take the train to:


Fly from Rome back home

Can you please advise the website where I can buy buy them individually

Thank you

Mo says:

Hello Reger,

Thank you so much for all your help.

Please see below and be kind to advise

1. your feedback and help to make any changes or any addition and change
2. Should I buy a Swiss Pass or Half Swiss Pass

Also the Swiss pass for how many days I should buy

1st Day
Swiss rail journey from Zurich Airport via Lucerne to Interlaken. Overnight in Interlaken.

2nd Day

Journey to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe.

3rd Day

Train ride to Zweisimmen. Change to the GoldenPass Panoramic train (or optional GoldenPass Classic) Overnight in Montreux.

4th Day

Train to Zermatt Overnight in Zermatt.

5th Day

Board the Glacier Express
Overnight in St. Moritz.

6th Day

The Bernina Express of the Rhaetian Railway Overnight in Lugano and than to Italy for Venice / Florence…



    It does look like the Swiss Travel Pass will be your best choice. It’s hard to determine how many days you should get it for, though my hunch is that the 8-day version is best because it will cover everything on your list including a 25% discount on Jungfraujoch. If you have a Swiss Travel Pass I’m sure you will find other things to use it for as you go, and you can also use it for free rides part of the way up Jungfraujoch. They also offer the Flex version where you don’t have to use the days consecutively. Sorry I’m not more help, but the only way to be sure is to add up all of the things you are doing and see which option saves more money. -Roger

Mo says:

Thanks Roger
Sorry to bug you again can you ADD some other places/items/areas to visit……….. on the places where I am going as I plan to get two passes – the 3 day Swiss Travel Pass days version this way it will cover SIX days instead of going for the EIGHT day version.



    I’m happy to help people decide which places to go and how to get around, but I really don’t like typing out lists of things to do. Just Google “things to do in (place)” and you’ll get plenty of results. -Roger

Angeica says:

Hello! My family and I would like to travel to Spain & France in December of this year. Can you advise us on what our travel plans should be?



    It really depends on how much time you have. The shortest trip I would recommend is 3 nights in Paris and then a train to Barcelona for three nights and then a train to Madrid for three nights. But both are large countries with many worthwhile places to visit so it depends on how much time you have and what interests you most. -Roger

David says:

Hi Roger,

my name is David. We at Particle are developing software that processes data both numerical and natural language based. I’m reaching out to know if we could get a better understanding of your product and technology.

We are intersted in your global prices database and would like to receive some more information about this product:
1. How do you collect your data?
2. How often do you update the data?
3. Do you have a historical archive of the data?
4. What file extension do you use for output data?
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.



    The data is collected manually and updated at least once per year. I don’t keep a historical archive, at least not open to the public. It’s all kept in internal databases. -Roger

David says:

Hi, Roger

Thank you very much for your help. Since you keep the data in internal databases, is it possible to get acess to them? And how much will it cost?



    Feel free to email me at [email protected] and let me know what you are hoping to use the data for. I don’t know if I’d ever be interested in licensing the data, though I suppose it depends on what you are planning. -Roger

Selvi says:

We would like to travel from Los angeles on 12/16 or 17th to Europe for close to 3 weeks vacation. Would like to include London, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, Athens and back by January 5th.
Would appreciate your help to get the most out of the trip.



    That sounds like a good plan and those cities are all filled with good indoor attractions that are still fun in December. I highly recommend planning on 3 nights in almost any city you visit, although Venice is small enough that 1 or 2 nights is enough. You could fly into London and then take the Eurostar train to Paris and then the high speed train to Amsterdam (a bit over 3 hours). Then fly from Amsterdam to Venice and then take the train down to Rome. You’d have to fly from Rome to Athens and then fly back to London for your flight home. I think it will work well in 3 weeks or so. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Richard says:

Hi Roger,

Hope all is well. My family of 3 and I are planning a 2-week Euro trip in July 2019. First stop would be Copenhagen and will stay put for a week there. That leaves us with one-week to sight see and ideally we’d like to visit ‘Sweden (about 1 hour crossing from CPH), Norway, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris (as our return flight is from Paris). Could you help me with suggestions, ideas to put together a tight itinerary? I understand your recommendation to stay put at least 2-3 nights in a place, unfortunately we don’t have time. The above mentioned places are not set in stone, we thought these are good to visit as it’ll be our first time in Europe.

Also, if you have any ideas how to go about booking cheaper flights, trains, do point me in the right direction.

Thanks in advance for all the help, suggestions.

Best wishes,




    Copenhagen is a really beautiful city, but it’s a shame you won’t have more than a week for the rest of your trip. With only 7 nights I honestly think it would be insane to try to visit more than 3 cities, and even that will be very rushed. I’d save Sweden for another trip, unless you can take the train across the river to Malmo for part of a day while in Copenhagen. Stockholm is really a wonderful city and it’s got some differences from Copenhagen, but it’s also very expensive and pretty similar.

    As for Norway, it’s really about the beauty of the fjords. Oslo is kind of boring and Bergen is the best stop for a short trip. The shortest trip I’d recommend would be flying into Bergen for two days, but it’s even more expensive than Sweden and two days there would be a rush.

    The fastest trip I would recommend would be a train from Copenhagen to Berlin for 2 nights and then a train from Berlin to Amsterdam for 2 nights, and then a train to Paris for your remaining 3 nights. If you buy those train tickets about 3 months in advance you can get the ‘supersaver’ fares and they will be surprisingly cheap. The challenge is that the train rides from Copenhagen to Berlin and Berlin to Amsterdam are fairly long, so they will take most of a day. Flying is a bit faster, but from the time you check out of a hotel in Copenhagen and head to the airport, to the time you land in Berlin and check into a hotel there, it’ll still be at least 5 hours if not 6, so that takes most of the day as well. With two nights in Berlin and Amsterdam that still leaves one full sightseeing day in each, and you can see the things at the top of your list, at least. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Richard says:

Hi Roger,

I know it’s a short trip with very limited days, your suggestion really helps us to prepare a watertight plan so we make most of it. Appreciate your honest observation, comments. I’ll be in touch sooner or later for more info.

With many thanks,


Ran says:

Hi Roger,
My wife and i are thinking of visiting Malaysia Jan 15-26th.we have been to Thailand ,Vietnam, Cambodia,China,Singapore,Hong Kong.
We will be coming from Queensland via Singapore and I’m wondering if you could help out with some ideas for an itinerary.
I have a foot problem so unfortunately a lot of walking is not possible,we like the beach, have seen enough temples to last a lifetime!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you



    I’m a big fan of Malaysia and I think you’ll enjoy it too. Kuala Lumpur is actually my favorite city in Asia because it has so many different influences and things to do, and it’s also quite affordable compared to Singapore. It has good public transportation and the taxis are quite cheap as well, although getting them to use the meter is often a challenge. My favorite area to stay is the Bukit Bintang area as it’s very central and has excellent restaurant choices.

    Two other popular areas to consider are Penang and Malacca. Penang is a popular island with the colonial city of George Town at its heart, although there are many little beach areas that aren’t far away and might be a better choice for you. The food there is amazing and quite cheap. Malacca is smaller and it has a charming Portuguese colonial town center, but I don’t think there are any good beaches nearby. I’d definitely go to Penang and if you have time you’d likely enjoy Malacca as well. Both are flat and easy to get around, with affordable taxis.

    Another interesting option to consider is the Cameron Highlands, which is a beautiful area up in the mountains with mild temperatures every day of the year (and fairly frequent rain storms that usually don’t last long). They are famous for their strawberry fields and products. I spent a month there a few years ago to get out of the heat and do some work, and I really enjoyed it. Chinese food and culture dominates, but you can get other things as well. It’s something to look into.

    I’ve been to a few other places in Malaysia, but none that I think are as nice as the ones I mentioned. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Brigitta says:

Hi Roger,

FYI, as of 2019 there will only be two Eurail Passes, the Eurail Global Pass and Eurail One-Country Pass. You might want to update those details? https://www.eurail.com/en/eurail-passes



    Thank you for this. I was surprised when I went to that site on 2-January to discover that they’ve lowered prices and added countries. They are still working on adding the new features to the website, so I’m yet 100% sure they won’t have the multi-country passes, but I will keep track of it and update the page again soon. I appreciate it. -Roger

Dianne says:

Hi Roger
I would like some assistance in planning our holiday in Germany next year travelling from Australia and wishing to travel by train. I have a rough itinerary. Is this where I write to you or is there a website. Cheers



    I am happy to help people with travel advice if you put your question in the comments. That way, other people can see it and possibly benefit as well. My article on where to go in Germany would be a good place for that. I usually answer questions within 24 hours, although sometimes I take weekends off. -Roger

RODEL says:

Hi Roger,
Can you suggest an itinerary in Spain and Portugal for 10 days in Oct 2019. I’m thinking (fly to) Barcelona, (train to) Cordoba, (train to) Seville, (train to) Madrid, and (train to) Lisbon. Is this possible? Fly out of Lisbon.



    With 10 days I’d focus on only 3 or maybe 4 cities total. Barcelona and Madrid are both huge and having only one sightseeing day (followed by a travel day) really isn’t enough. Seville is compact enough that 2 nights could work. Lisbon would be better in 3 nights, but 2 could work. And I think the only train from Madrid to Lisbon is an overnight train. I’m not a fan of night trains like that, but it could give you more time in both cities. I think it’s a pretty good plan and I’d probably save Cordoba for another visit. -Roger


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