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1. Posted by budjude (Full Member 46 posts) 11y

right then after coming back from my asia adventures in sept i am already sick of work.......... so i have come up with a novel idea -

to go to liverpool or manchester airport with my trusty backpack and get on the cheapest flight i can. from there who knows, just visit as many countries for as little money - with no plan or route or preference. i am going to set a strict budget of £400.

does this sound stupid to everyone or a blindingly good idea?

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Right now, anything sounds better than work.

I must admit that I have been looking at my savings account (supposedly saving up to buy a condo or some such thing), and calculating how many months that money would take me without working.

Go for it. Just make sure that you have enough money to get a flight back!

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

hey I know how u feel but i can say honestly do dont go with no money. I think travel with no money to spend is worse than being at home. Ill not do it again....actually - why go to ...say Paris... and not have the option to go sample some local food? or to London and cant afford a pint or 2. doesnt make sense to me....but i also love my job so i just wait til i have heaps of cash and then go.

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y

Go for it.

If you're the resourceful type, you'll manage. Plus, sometimes trips that are less structured and involve a bit of risk end up being the most memorable.

Good luck!

5. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

its a blindingly good idea. keep in mind, if you have 400 euros, your either going to have to sleep outside under the beautiful blue sky, or maybe make money playing an instrument or find some other way to make money here and there. but nevertheless, its a freaking amazing idea and i think you should totally do it! the idea is as inspiriational as it is blindingly awesome-tastic.

6. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

wait, he had 400 Pounds, no?

I guess im devil's advocate here. 400 Euros isnt even enough to get thru a week in Europe on a "goodtime" budget. Do you peeps all just eat rice and cakes?

I blow through 500 USD a week when i travel in Euro. I once did a 'budget' trip from Holland/Belgum/Paris and survived on minimal but could barely leave the Hostel. Wont do it again.

Trains alone would eat up half the budget of 400 (insert currency here) in a week. how do you guys do it?

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting jeffG

how do you guys do it?

Personally, I don't. I usually budget $US 80 a day for my travels. Some places cost less than that, some more. But 80 a day keeps me in hotels with bathrooms attached to my room, decent food, bus travel, the occasional flight and enough money left over to do the fun tours that I see along the way.

However, I do know some people who have gone dirt cheap, and got by. I met a guy in Costa Rica that had a budget of $US 20 a day, but he was trying to spend less than that so he could go white water rafting at the end of his trip. In Montezuma, he found a campground to stay at for $1 a day. Then he caught a fish which he shared with the owners, so the owners gave him 5 days free. With his free digs and fishing rod, he basically spent nothing for those 5 days (other than on beer).


8. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

how do you guys do it?

oh theres plenty of ways. get creative. just wing it, and dont be afraid to stay at poeples houses, or outside, just dont be afraid to try it out.

9. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 11y

I'd say go for it...I once did a weekend in Barcelona with my boyfriend for £80 including flights, accommodation, food, clothes shopping. We walked everywhere and ate as cheaply as possible, buying food from a supermarket and the market just off the Rambles.

Have a read of the travel section on the Guardian website, look under Netjetters and you will see diaries from a bloke that did a budget airline trip around Europe and you will be able to see what it cost him and the experience he had.


10. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

ah yeah but thats 80£ in a weekend. 40£ a day - at that rate he will have only 10 days if he has 400£