Blogging and Backpacking your way through Europe
Goal: The purpose of the following activity is to give students exposure to the historical landmarks, landforms, and culture of Western Europe and the Mediterranean. In addition seeing what the continent has to offer, student will have to budget money and time, with priority being given to those who can see the most and spend the least. The activity is also designed to make use of the technology available for research on locations, travel costs and accommodations, as well as reporting on the students’ fictional daily travels through a blog.
Your Blog: This is where you will post all of the information and pictures about your trip.
http://www.raileurope.com/index.html?WT.mc_id=google.Brand+Sitelinks.cpc&WT.campaign=2084&WT.term=sitelinks+brand+rail+europe+tickets&wt.content=gbQIIKjh&wt.source=google&wt.medium=cpc&WT.srch=1 Used for booking train tickets across Europe
http://www.hostelseurope.com/ the most affordable – and low-end – way to see Europe
https://rickmanhchs.wordpress.com My Website for instruction on completing the assignment
http://www.eurocheapo.com/ Just look at the name…that says it
http://www.expedia.com/ hotels and in case you choose to fly to a destination
http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/continents/europe/ excellent high resolution photos
http://www.xe.com/ucc/ currency converter for keeping track of spending
Map: The map will be used mark the locations which you visit. You will need to plan out the shortest trip possible.
Calendar: Use the calendar to keep track of your trip. Put what you will be doing each day and where you will be going.
Laptop: Finding locations, pictures, making travel arrangements, and entering your activities on the daily blog
Textbook: The textbook will be used for providing basic information about the country’s physical features, people, and culture
- You are beginning your tour of Europe in New York. From here you will have to book a plane ticket to the first destination
- I’m giving you a list of phrases/clues that link to places you have to go and events you have to see. You must use the internet to find the locations. (Disclaimer: It would be impossible to actually experience this vacation. The dates of certain events don’t match up.)
- For each location you will have to provide a picture and information about the event/site on your blog, plus where you stayed and how much it cost to get there.
- After you find the locations you will have to plan out how you will get to the site. This will involve booking train tickets and hotels or hostels
- Each location will be a separate blog entry.
Rules of travel
- You have 2 weeks. You will not get to all of the places. BE SELECTIVE in where you go.
- If you have lots of different sites to visit in the same country, only 3 can be seen in one day. Anymore than that means a night
- Each site requires 3 hours of touristy activities…touristy is a real word.
- You can’t visit sites in the middle of the night. Most likely you would be arrested. Jail is not on the list of places to visit.
- There has to be time continuity. By this I mean you can’t board a train bound for Paris at 3 p.m., spend six hours onboard, and then go visit the Eiffel Tower at 4 p.m.
Example of the typical blog post
“It’s Thursday at around 8 p.m. I just got off a plane in London. Spent just over $1,500 on a plane ticket. My first stop on this tour of European is the great city centers of Europe, Trafalgar Square. The name comes from a British victory over France during the Napoleonic war. Saw the four lions that guard the center. Not real. Kind of disappointed. Gorgeous fountains that were lit with LED lights.”
- Go to the genesis of golf, the links where the road-hole bunker is waiting
- Take the Tube to find a beefeater, with whom you can share a steak
- Visit the pitch of Rooney and the Red Devils
- Find a famous Abbey on the streets London
- Visit the palatial estate of a French king who gave his head to the revolution
- See the largest timekeeper in London
- Take the long walk in the county of Berkshire to a weekend home of the royalty
- Find the structure that was “stormed” on Independence Day – French style
- Take a ride on this staple of the county fair that found a home in England’s population center
- Go to the gate that was once part of the wall that, for 50 years, divided the world
- Visit the beaches of Omaha, where the end of Hitler’s reign began
- Find the pyramid of France that holds De Vinci’s most famous work
- Take part in the event that provides meaning to the phrase, “mess with the bull and you get the horns.”
- See the arc that marks Charles De Gaulle’s place
- Kiss a stone for good luck…well not just any stone, be selective
- Crash the wedding site of William and the lovely Kate; just say you’re an old college friend
- Go to the city within a city that provided the backdrop for “Angels & Demons”
- See the stones and concoct an origin story worthy of internet rumor
- Was a good way to attract people to into the 1889 World’s Fair
- See the French cathedral that shares it name with a once-great football power from South Bend
- Blame bad construction and poor planning for this famous Italian landmark
- The gondola ride is mandatory when visiting this city of 117 islands
- One of the best places to watch gladiators fight to the death… great site lines, no bad seats
- See the ceiling where the hand of God touched man
- Book a walking tour and see the sites of London’s most famous serial killer
- See the two towers that span the Thames
- Go to the beach in the ideal tourist climate (going to be expensive)
- Find a place to use a pair of skis
- Go to the city that is home to almost every international body imaginable, nice waffles too
- See Argentina’s finest footballer play for this former Olympic city
- Take a tour of the place the Queen calls home
- One of Nashville’s most noted landmarks shares its name with the original in Athens, Greece…the latter is more highly regarded