So I will be traveling Europe from July until November this year and am working out my budget. I think I have realistic calculations but would like confirmation from someone who has done it before. The places I'll be visiting are:
Scandinavia and the Baltic States (3 weeks)
Central Europe - Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary (1 month)
Eastern Europe (2 months)
Western Europe - Northern Italy, Southern France, Spain, Portugal (1 month)
As far as I can tell the only places I'm going that are expensive are Scandinavia (obviously), France, Italy and Austria. Eastern Europe SEEMS to be pretty damn cheap.
I have budgeted myself £35 per day for everything:
Accommodation - hostels (breakfast usually included)
Food - mostly buy from supermarkets and cook myself
Drink - I'm not a heavy drinker so only the occasional beer night
Travel - cheapest options (flights around Scandinavia already booked so not included in budget)
Other - I'm not a fan of paying some of the heavy entrance fees to certain attractions
Would just like to put my mind to ease so I know I have the available funds to do everything I want to. Cheers for any help!
Personaly I still find this budget low, especially if you plan to travel within the countries mentioned.
Furthermore, visiting a country and not been able to eat out every now and then, or visit some major sites or having flexibility to join an activity/tour sometime seems pretty pointless to me, but this is just me...
Somebody else might offer a different opinion.
This budget is really low.
With 43,-€ you need to travel with your own car with sleeping and cooking in the car/tent. We always travel like this. With more people in the car you can share the costs for petrol and insurance.
This budget is pretty low, I know, but even with eating out every now and then and paying admission to certain attractions (obviously I'm gunna get the Acropolis Pass in Athens, the Museum Pass in Berlin, kayaking in Montenegro and similar things to them) but I don't see how the cost can go much higher than £35 on average a day.
The main thing I'm worried about is transport costs - in the UK it costs more money to book tickets closer to the departure date. But everywhere else in Europe I've gotten trains and buses it costs the same 10 minutes before as it did 10 weeks before. Not sure if there's anywhere else that has a similar system to the UK.
I'm gunna stick to it and see if I can do it - if I end up spending loads more money then I guess I'm a fool.
"The main thing I'm worried about is transport costs"- you are right. But in my opinion accomodation will be the biggest problem. With public transport you often will stop in bigger cities. Expensive cities! I have no ideas if you always will find a cheap hostel? If not the first 30,-€ are gone.
Never the less good luck for you
You'll be able to make that work for eastern Europe and the baltics, but not a chance in Italy, France, Austria, Scandinavia.
In eastern Europe I'd budget £6-£10 for accom, and food and activities can be similarly cheap. Plenty of walking tours for tips around and other budget entertainment. Time spent here will help you prop up your finances for western Europe but Scandinavia is going to be painful. Last time I was in Norway a soup at a railway station cost me £11.
Ive lived in Europe for many months with next to no money. You would be surprised what you can do there for very little. Even though the euro is worth more than the useless dollar, the cost of living in Europe is far less than the US. Hostels are plentiful and cheap and food in supermarkets is very cheap, especially in Spain, Portugal and Eastern Europe. The north is always more expensive than the south in general except for high seasons in places like Cote d'Azur, Italy, etc. I am an Italian citizen as well so I know all the tricks if you have any specific questions. As for rail travel which I assume you will be using, it is costly in Spain but if you opt for buses or non-high-speed routes you can get away really cheap. I would probably bet you are good for 35 euro per day, then count the trains separately just to be safe. As a rule, the more you move around, the more it costs. Consider staying put in a few places for longer and exploring from there.
I have an idea. Just point out things that you think you need to buy/pay for and I think that people from that countries will write you approximate prices to compare. I am from Poland and I will do it for you if you think it would help. Then you know where to spend more and where to save :-)
Those who are traveling for the first time to Scandinavia, it will be an ideal holiday idea to tour all the capital cities like Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. It will be a best way for fully enjoying the delights of the region.