My boyfriend and I are planning on traveling thru Europe for one year.
We plan on going to Scotland, Amsterdam, Poland, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy Croatia and Greece.
Does anyone have any information on a work exchange program, where you work in exchange for a place to stay and receive food as well?
Could someone please clarify exactly how the purchasing and the usage of the Eurorail system works? Is it worth using the Eurorail or should we use the bus systems?
We plan on camping for the summer months so we can save money, would anyone recommend any campsites in Scotland, Amsterdam,France, Switzerland or Spain?
Would having saved $20,000 between the two of us be a sufficient amount of money?
(we do plan on staying with family while visiting Poland, Croatia and Greece)
20,000 should be more than enough!!! If you are going to be traveling around Europe for a year, I would just suggest using ryanair.com, easyjet.com, germanwings.com, or centralwings.com. All of these are budget airlines and they are constantly having sales. you can get flights all over Europe for free just taxes. Traveling within countries I would just stick with the national trains...they tend to be cheaper than Eurorail. I am not sure about the work exchange programs in the countries you mentioned....at least not couples. I know of one program where you can teach english about 15 hours a week in exchange for a place to stay plus meals. I cannot remember the name....I will look it up and post it here soon. Since you are going to be traveling around alot you should also look into couchsurfing.com. You can stay for free with people and get a locals eye view of the city. I am soo jealous that you are traveling for a year. Take care and good luck with your search.
hmmm $20K may be ok depends if you have bills at home still - I brought with me $10K for a year to live and work here in the UK, but also pay for a car, CC Bills, etc at home in USA - I went thru most of it in 6 months - including travelling extensively thru europe.
Ide plan on working too while u are here - you would be surprised how fast that money will go - USD is weak against both the £ and the Euro - and if u wanna live in Scotland - $10K each is only about 5500 Pounds - which is not enough I think - theres a reason its called 'Rip Off' Britain. Swizterland is very expenisive too. Poland, Croatia and Greece are the cheapest places.
Dont do the bus system - its crap unless you are in the Baltics.
We both have paid off all credit cards, and have both our cars paid off. The only expenses that we have right now are our cell phones (which we will freeze the accounts) and our car insurance (which can be cancled at any time).
Thank you both for your responses!