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DukeSilver
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UK trip
Starting some preliminary research on a UK trip and was curious on the boards opinion on how many days would be needed to truly experience England, Scotland, and Ireland? And how many days per country would you allot.

If all three is too much then I would change it to just doing 2, and hell just one if I had too I don’t like to cram too much in to too little of time.
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if I were going all that way (anywhere) and if it were likely that it was a one time thing I’d figure out a way to spend at least two weeks preferably three.

one area, one week


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Twenty 49
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You can spend several days in London alone and not run out of great places to see and experience. Then there are day trips to areas near there like the Cotswalds, Greenwich, Oxford, Bath, Windsor Castle, etc. I've been 4 times and haven't nearly run out of things to see/do in that area.

I might dial the trip back to just England, Wales and Scotland, leaving Ireland for its own trip. Then spend 2 weeks if you can. More would be better to truly experience the places, as you say. For that, I feel like you need time to settle down in some places for a few days and experience living there beyond racing from museum to historic site.

The Brits take much more and longer vacations than Americans. One who just got back from a long trip to South Africa told me that he feels you can't really enjoy a place until you've spent "at least a fortnight" there. I laughed and told him that most Americans will never in their lives take a vacation that long.


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Magician2
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I've only been to Scotland and Ireland. Made 1 trip out of it 10 days. Definitely wasn't enough.

Edinburgh and Glasgow 2/3 days each
You definitely have to see the highlands and I would do that for 3 days.

Ireland - Dublin 2/3 days then Belfast same time.
Majority of time should be spent on the coast either drive down to cork or across the country to Galway.


DukeSilver
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Thinking if I can swing a 3 week trip I’d do all 3 but if if I can only do 10-14 days I’d just do England and Scotland.


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Scotland has no trains which suck and make it harder to travel faster.

But I think you made the right call England has a train to Scotland and that would help shave some time.

If you do that time frame I would choose one of Edinburgh or Glasgow and then spend the remaining time in the Highlands it's literally gorgeous and the best part of Scotland hands down.


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I did a 10 day trip of:

3 days London
1 day Liverpool
2 day Manchester
1 day Newcastle
1 day Glasgow
2 day Edinburgh

It was perfect, except I'd never go back to Liverpool, that place was boring.

Like another poster said, I left Ireland for its own trip.
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tduecen
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I like to do a week per place that way I can get out and explore on my own and not just hit the popular sites. So for me that was be at least a 15 day trip


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Scotland has no trains which suck and make it harder to travel faster


Scotland has trains. Maybe not as extensive a network as in England, but they do have a network. But I would always want to have car there to see all the sights.

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AUFANATL
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I think you would need 7-10 days to really appreciate each of those places. So maybe 25 days for all three, 16 for two or 9 if you want to just focus on one country.

But I'm the kind of guy that like to get out of the major cities and explore the other parts of the country. Some travelers aren't interested in that - they want to shop, eat and hit the clubs in the Big City and that's it.

It helps to look for sample itineraries online and see what they propose. Also look at the multi-day guided tours. I would never go on one of these but I always use them as a research tool to plan my own trips. They can help with planning efficient routes and highlighting the big attractions to see.


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DukeSilver
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It helps to look for sample itineraries online and see what they propose. Also look at the multi-day guided tours. I would never go on one of these but I always use them as a research tool to plan my own trips. They can help with planning efficient routes and highlighting the big attractions to see.
Good call here on using them as a planning tool.

Yeah it looks to me like 14ish for England and Scottland or just make it 8-10 and just do England, save Ireland for another time.


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ericberryistheman
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You cannot really see all three in one trip. It really depends on what type of travel you enjoy. If you want to hit the big cities and check it off the list, 2 weeks minimum. We have made 4 trips to the UK for a total of 7 weeks and have at least two more trips we want to do. A good friend lived in London for five years so I was able to get some great advice on towns and sites out of the cities. If you can narrow your focus down, I will be happy to offer my two cents.


DukeSilver
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I was leaning UK since I figured it be an easy way to knock out 3 countries in one trip, but the more I lean towards a 10ish day single country tip I guess I could go to any European country.

This will be my first Europe vacation, have done Mexico multiple times and Thailand as my other non US vacations.

For a first time European vacation for a 1 country trip of 9-12 days would England be a good first trip? Also interested in Germany if just doing a single country curious which the more traveled would pick as a first?


tduecen
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You like beer? Do Belgium, it is a hidden secret and so much to see besides just Belgium. Between Ghent, Antwerp, Dinat, etc I had so much fun... Did 3 weeks and still did not see everything I wanted to see.

Although I've never done the UK, Germany is great as well. Especially if you enjoy history and beer. So much to see and do and just drive to some of the smaller towns. People were friendly and helpful everywhere I went.


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GOP_Tiger
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Don't let other people tell you how you have to travel. The world is a big place, and I've been to 33 countries and have booked a trip to my 34th. There are plenty of places that I will go to on quick visits -- if I really like it, then I'll go back. Don't fall into the trap of thinking "this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I have to see everything."

I mean, you really can't see everything, anyway. There's no such thing. Twenty-five years ago, I spent four full months traveling in Europe, and I didn't see anything close to everything. Five years ago, I spent 17 days in Peru, and I didn't see everything, and it wasn't "enough time," as there was still several places that I would like to have gone.

My advice is to ignore claims that you have to spend a certain amount of time in a particular place. I spent one day in Istanbul in 2016 on the way to my trip to Jordan. Was that enough to do Turkey justice? Was it even enough to do Istanbul justice? No, but it was a great day, and I'll be there for another day next week as a stop on my way to Iraqi Kurdistan.

If you have less time than you'd like, you can simply imagine yourself as scouting for locations that you'd like to return later and see more of.


tduecen
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I mean, obviously the cost isn't an issue to you but for others it is. If I'm someone who can only do this "once in a lifetime" I want to make it worth it and see as much as I can.
So going to one place may be worth it to some but others they want to experience more because they know they won't be going back.


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I would suggest 2 and a half weeks, 10 days in England, Scotland and 7 days in Ireland. We are going next month late July and early August to just UK for two weeks if we don't have to quarantine. We are older and both vaccinated.
Keeping our fingers crossed for next month.
I can guarantee that no matter how long or where you go,
you will want to go back and see more down the road.


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GOP_Tiger
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obviously the cost isn't an issue to you


Actually, cost is a huge issue for me. That's why, over the years, I've signed up for over 50 credit cards and earned the bonuses in miles and points. It's why I regularly do manufactured spending to earn even more miles and points. I rarely spend much cash on my trips.

For example, my trip to Iraqi Kurdistan next week cost me 155,000 Aeroplan miles (transferred in from American Express points) + 150 in taxes and fees to fly in business class in both directions (on Turkish, which has very good catering), plus 39,000 JetBlue miles for my positioning flights to BOS on the outbound and back to MSY from JFK on the return. Getting a seat that lies flat makes those long overnight flights much more comfortable. My night in Istanbul is paid with Hilton points, and my nights in Iraqi Kurdistan are paid with Wyndham points.

Anyone who wants to learn more about traveling this way can start with /r/churning and /r/awardtravel on Reddit, and then some websites such as Frequent Miler, The Points Guy, Million Mile Secrets, etc.

Once you get in the habit of collecting miles and points, then you can always be thinking about your next trip.


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No, but it was a great day, and I'll be there for another day next week as a stop on my way to Iraqi Kurdistan.


Wait wait back up


GOP_Tiger
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Wait wait back up


This trip is not strictly tourism. But there's definitely some cool stuff to see and experience. The Kurdish part of Iraq has a unique culture and plenty of awesome mountains.


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