Im travelling round eastern Europe for two weeks with two friends at the beginning of June.
Poland, czech repulic, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia.
Firstly, Im concerned about how much money to take. We have no real plans yet about how long we are going to stay in places. Are credit cards accpeted pretty easily? I dont really want to be carrying loads of different currencies around and so would american dolloars be more acceptable?
I have never done any kind of Hostel travel before, and have no idea if I should be taking a sleeping bag. may sound silly, but I really have no idea!! I have a small one so probably will anyway. Also, what do people wear in hostels when sleeping?!!! I usually sleep in my pants but dont think my red silky thong will go down well with the other roomies!!! (Ok so I dont wear a thong but definately dont have any pj's!!!!)
Also, any recommendations on what to see in these countries, as like I say we, all live far away from each other at the moment and haven't really planned a darn thing!!!
Hi, money wise, US $ wont get u anywhere in Eastern europe, it is a bit of a myth that u can use them, but i found last year that that wasnt the case. I didnt have any problems using a credit card. In msot places i took money out of the ATM's which are pretty much everytwhere. I would recommend to take a little cash for each country your going to visit as some hostels insist on payment in cash as soon as u get there. You also need to rememeber that u will probs have to use public transport to get from the train station to the hostel itself so you will need cash then. I think i took about £20 of each currency with me then got the rest out of ATMs as i went.
I have never bothered to take a sleeping bag as are far too bulky, and, travelling in the summer months it is generally far too hot for one. I have a sleep sheet, which in essence is the inner lining of the sleeping bag. This is very convenient as is small, can fit in ur rucksack and means that the hostel wont charge u for linen as some tend to do if u just want to use a sleeping bag.
In terms of what to wear in hostel - use ur discretion. If you dont mind people seeing u in what uve got on then i wouldnt worry about it. When i was in Brussels a couple of years ago, this turkish girl actully didnt wear anything, so we all got a big surprise when she streaked across the dorm in the morning to look at the weather out of the window!!
What to see...in my view (everyone has different opinions)
If you are short of time id skip Warsaw and go straight to Krakow. Is far the prettier city and there is loads to see and do (i may be a bit biased cos it didnt stop raining whilst i was in Warsaw). You also have the options of day trips to the salt mines and auschwitsch which are well worth a visit. It is also cheaper than Warsaw.
You must to Prague. It is a much hyped city that really lives up to expectations. There is so much to see and do. I have been there 3 times in the last 2 years and always find something new to do. Also about 3 hours to the south of Prague is this little toen called Cesky Krumlov which is just beautiful. There isnt a lot of actualy sights, though there are plenty to keep u occupied for most of a day, the best part of it is the chance to wander around all of the little side streets and go in all of the local shops. As of yet it isnt amazingly touristy which is nice.
Budapest is a must as well. There is tons to see and everything is really pretty. Is getting slightly more expensive now, and not as cheap as some other eastern european capitals, but wel worth a visit.
The only place i have been is the capital Ljubljana. This too is very pretty. Not a lot to see but enough to keep u occupied. Again it is not too touristy as of yet so is nice just to be able to wander around.
Hope this helps some and if u need anything else feel free to let me know.
Everything Nicola says is true. I lied in Slovenia for three years, and have lived in Prgue for almost two. I can't talk about Poland, but I would highly recommend the coast of Croatia, having spent time in Istria. Rovinj is well worth the trip.
Slovenia is a miniature Austria, if you ask me. The Soca River in the north is spectacular in places, albeit FREEZING even in August. Kranjska Gora is very pretty, Trenta is very peaceful, and Triglav National Park is as nice as it gets.
Thank you both very mcuh. Thats just the kind of response I was looking for. Right were is my map book. Off to plan the journey for fun and discovery!
Thanks again. I cant wait to go now!
I will be in Europe travelling around those countries in June and July. Im just going to take a sheet no sleeping bag. Im a bit worried about the currency but i think i will make do with my visa and about £30 of each currency. Most hostels are really good but check them out in a guide book eg lonley planet as some can be a little dodgy...
Will you be buying an interail pass or buying point to point tickets as you go?
Wroclaw in Poland is supposed to be nice as well as are the mountains in the south and in the north Gdansk on the coast is good aparently (all recommended by a polish guy at work). Croatia is stunning all over from what i have heard.
Cant wait to get away
May even bump into ya!
Yep. Cant wait either.
Ive got an interrail pass mainly because I didn't do my research before hand to get the recommended point to point tickets, but at lease it should make things a bit easier.
Look forward to seeing you!!!
go to cesky krumlov in the czech republic.... its like a mini prague and definately worth a visit!!!
I've had some experience in Eastern Europe and can really advise the places you're planning to visit. I don't know about Slovenia and Croatia, but I heard from Slovenian people I met in Prague that it is just as expensive/cheap as western Europe. Poland and Chech Republic are a cheaper. Count on spending not much more than 30 euro's per day.
On the other hand, I think you're over planning your two weeks. 6 countries in 2 weeks is 3 countries per week!. Also considering the time you're spending on travelling, I think you put too many destinations in your two weeks. Budapest, Prague and Krakow are cities, you will want to stay longer then one day, but take more than half a day to travel between. Also including the occasional hang-over in Prague/Budapest, the Beach in Croatia and the day "ruined" by the very impressive visit to Auschwitz, you will have spent your two weeks in no-time. If I were you I'd half the destinations (Craotia/Slovenia/Chech Republic, or Poland/Chech Republic/Hungary), or add extra weeks.