This year, I diligently saved in anticipation of getting Lasik surgery, only to find out last week that I'm not a viable candidate for it. That means I've got a current surplus of funds, and I think I'm in prime position to finally do something I've always wanted to do - visit Europe! I've always considered myself to be a worldly person, but I've never been further east than Ohio, and I've never seen a castle that wasn't designed by the Disney Imagineers. I'm a young guy with no kids, a job with ample vacation time, and a girlfriend who (probably) won't mind me taking a trek by myself. I'm thinking about one of the following two treks. Either way, I've got two weeks of vacation to work with. 1. UK. Start off in London, and slowly float northward, ending in Glasgow or Edinburgh. I've got a friend in Wales I could probably visit at some point as well. This plan has the pros of no language barrier and will also be able to spend more time in each city, but will have less cultural diversity. I could also hang out with some our UK TB brethren too! 2. Mainland Europe. Start off in Paris, and either head north east to Belgium/Netherlands/western Germany or go a bit southeast towards Switzerland/Austria/southern Germany. Maybe make a push for Berlin if I have the time. More cultural diversity, but with some significant language barriers (I get to practice my rusty German!) and I would spend more time in transit. Thoughts about either path? Am I a bit too ambitious (or not enough) with the two weeks i have? What is the best time of year to visit? Summer I assume has the best weather, but that's also the soccer offseason, and I'd love to see a few Premiership (or Bundesliga) matches over there, but that's not necessarily a deal breaker. I'm a huge history buff, so either way I go I plan on visiting plenty of historical sites. I assume public transit can get me from city to city fairly well? I don't mind renting a car if I need to. Texas is larger than the entire UK a few times over, so I'm used to driving very long distances to get from city to city. Any general tips that I'm missing? I genuinely appreciate anybody's input!