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1. Posted by stribsy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi Guys
i was wondering whether anyone could give me any advice on costs etc on travelling europe - preferbably for one year but if money is tight 6 months definatley ! how easy is it to get a job in europe etc !!

any help would be useful ! - sorry i know you probably get loads of people asking
Cheers
xx

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 17, 2007, at 6:37 AM by stribsy ]

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Depends on the country of course, from 10 dollars in some eastern european countries when you just walk around and eat from the street and stay in hostels, to around 50 dollars in more expensive scandinavian countries, also not doing too much of course.

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Like Utrecht says it depends a lot on which countries for costs. I was budgetting around 40-50Euro a day, and that is on the lower end of the budget. Iceland you would struggle to get by on 50Euro a day even if you just spent the whole day walking around town and not doing anything if you missed out on the hostels, because "budget" accommodation was $91US a night and the hostels were booked out a couple of months in advance in Summer when I went. Russia (Moscow and St Petersburg) you also wouldn't possibly be able to get by on 50Euro a day without only walking around and not going in to any of the tourist attractions, because the tourist attractions are very expensive. It does help if you are under 26 or a student and get yourself a ISIC or IYTC for STA travel before you go. You get free entry in to the hermitage and 50% off most tourist attractions which amounted to around a $110US discount in just Moscow and St Petersburg. Despite the cost Moscow and particularly St Petersburg are really worth going to see if you like history and architecture but best to do it in June/July, but to do that you need to prebook accommodation a long way in advance otherwise you will not get in to any hostels (3-4 months). One place in Moscow was already booked out for a few days in Late July when I checked in December. So it does book out a real long way in advance for the cheap stuff.
If you went to some of the Eastern Europe countries than you can get by pretty cheaply, but others you'll pay a fortune for just like you do in UK and all of Scandinavia especially Norway which is amongst the most expensive countries in the world (not quite as expensive as Iceland or Greenland).

I haven't tried to work in the UK, but have a couple of friends there and know a number of people who have done the working holiday thing. One of the people who lives there went 4 months before getting a job and that was applying for loads of jobs a day, but then when she lost that job it was only days before getting another one with the help of employment agencies. The latest two people I know who have just finished the whole WHV thing, said that they got a job almost straight away and well in the time they were basically constantly employed when they weren't trying to holiday a bit. All of this is just in the UK, so I can not comment for other parts of Europe, but non European citizens usually choose the UK to work probably mainly due to it being one of the only english speaking places.

Have a great trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 17, 2007, at 3:19 PM by aharrold45 ]

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Agree with all of the above.

Hostel beds can be anything between 10 and 25 EUR per night, but in the places most people think of when they say "Europe" (London, Paris, Rome) it is 25 EUR.

Entry to museums and other sights is usually around 10 EUR, so if you do 2 sights a day you easily spent 20 EUR just on activities. If you go out partying on top, that is another 10 EUR at least.

Food can be expensive too - if you eat out, you can easily spent 20 EUR in cheap restaurants and cafes per day. If you cook your own food, 5-12 EUR is a good average.

I suggest you try to bring at least about 50 EUR per day as it will cover your barest minimum expenses in a lot of the more expensive countries.

5. Posted by 47 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

i wonder if anyone has just up and went with the pack on their backs. working here or there for $$... living on bare essentials. from one end of the globe to another. i suppose a cash nest egg would help. how much to travel bare minimum through europe for a year - any guesses??? i could leave tomorow without regrets. <sigh>

6. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

Quoting t_maia

Food can be expensive too - if you eat out, you can easily spent 20 EUR in cheap restaurants and cafes per day. If you cook your own food, 5-12 EUR is a good average.

If you chose to cook your own food, how and where do you cook it? Do most Hostels, pensiones, hotels have kitchen and cookware you can use?

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Some hostels have kitchens, some have not. When you book online, they usually say on site whether they have a kitchen. If they have a kitchen, they usually also have pots and plates you can use.

Note that some bigger HI/YHA hostels have kitchens too, but they might only provide cheap cooked food for the guests (like the cafeteria in school) and do not let you use the kitchen on your own.

When you hit a place without a kitchen, simply make it a "yoghurt and sandwich day". Bring some silverware and a tin mug and some containers to store food. Cereal is quite good, it is lighweight and you don't need to cook it. You only need a spoon, your mug and some milk. Yoghurt can be bought in supermarkets, bread and cheese or sausage too.

You also don't need a proper kitchen, a microwave oven in a small corner will do to heat your frozen lasagna. Hot water provided for tea can easily be used to prepare freeze-dried cup food. (Maggi, Nissin, ...)

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 8, 2007, at 4:36 PM by t_maia ]

8. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

t_maia - thanks for the info. I'll look into those fold-away bowls/cups for those days where convenience isn't readily available.

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