Well... here's the deal... I have $2000 and 10 weeks in Italy, Switzerland, and Ireland.
I've done alot of Central American traveling, but have never been to europe. I have no idea how to budget for my trip. I am backpacking and love simple, low-cost living. I will also be spending a few weeks of this time backpacking in the Alps and in the Dolomites (northern italy), but for the rest of the time I'll be in hostels and campsites.
Dates of travel: May 23rd to August 1st, 2004
I'm worried that i'm going to run out of money real fast.
Any comments or suggestions?
Any tips on how i can budget and have any idea of realistically how far my money will go.
just a suggestion if you can choose before come to italy and Swiss then go to ireland because if you are in italy and Swiss in July i'm quite sure that you'll be back in ten days.
Prices in the summer are really crazy and is really hard to bugdet.
I think in Eire you can budget better in that period.
For sure in Alps you can find a cheapplace if you don't go to Cortina or Courmayer and also if you go in south italy except big cities you can have a budget life.
yeah i agree, Swiss is the most expensive place i have ever been.
Careful with tourist traps like Interlakken where the hostels are like summer camps and cost over 20 US a night. Zurich is outright too expensive.
For me $2000 is good for a a bout 2 months - i usually budget $1000.00.
In Irealnd you shouldnt have much trouble....if u go to Dublin avoid the overpriced hostels in Temple bar and maybe try the cheaper ones near the trainstation on the North side of the river.
I have not been to italy yet (this fall) so i cant offer any help there....sorry.
The further east and south you go, it gets more affordable. I have found Spain and Greece
to be extremely affordable. I have found Italy to have great and cheap shopping. Buying
food can be pretty reasonable too. Eastern European countries are known to be affordable
ALCOHOL will eat up any money. I have spent more money on drinking on both
backpacking trips than anything. (:
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Don't stay far from sites to save money. Transportation costs add up quickly
appariently at the moment ireland is one of the most expensive places in europe to live, so some budgeting while your here would be wise.
eating out and drinking (beer is okay,€4, but spirits are expesive a vodka and coke can cost about €6.50) can be quite pricey especially in dublin city but if your heading down the country it gets more reasonable.
if you do stay on the north side of dublin city, and your a girl on your own, i would be carefull.the norhtside of dublin is rougher than the southside and it isent a good idea to be walking around the northside at night on your own, although where in the world is it safe to be walking around at night on your own?.
i agree with jeffg dont stay in temple bar as it is more expensive and its sort of the party centre of town so it is noisy at night and the streets arent that clean the next morning, though it is a good place to drink before you get used to the city.
Honestly, I have to tell you that you are stretching your budget if you plan to travel for 10 weeks on $2000. The rule of thumb that I use for budgetting for European travel is to expect to spend, on average, $50 per day. Italy will be pretty reasonable but Switzerland, as people have already said, is really, really expensive! And don't forget to factor in the cost to travel between Switzerland and Italy and wherever you are flying in and out of. I really hope you are the budget travelling connoiseur! I wish you sincere good luck.
I have to agree with bluewaav on this one. I backpacked Europe last summer and I budgeted for about 50 Euro per day. I am Canadian so that was about 75 $ per day, and I was also there for 10 weeks. All together I probably spent about 5000. My friend with me did it on about 600 $ less. That doesn't include the train pass we bought with our ticket, so you have to figure in travel expenses. Italy will be the Cheepest country, with Switzerland being by far the most expensive. Irland is not cheep either, especialy because of the distance you will need to travel. Don't let this dicourage you from going, but keep in mind that it is sometimes better to have a shorter trip where you are able to do more, than have a longer trip and not being to do anything. There is no point in going to Rome and not being able to afford to go and see the Vatican.
I suggest Spain, Portugal and Italy as the best places to be able to travel on a budget and still have a really good time.
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