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1. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 9y

is it possible to spend a month in Europe (except the UK) with only 3000£? i am planning to use an interail global pass.

2. Posted by Koliane (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

I think we need to have more details, such as the countries you're going to visit, if you plan to use night train quite often.

because telling me 3000 pounds, I'll answer yes, but without to know your plan maybe I'm going wrong....

3. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 9y

well, i am still planning the trip. i will be going to europe in March of 2008. my first stop will be Paris from London via the Chunnel. i am planning to stay in france for a couple of days and one of the places i definitely will visit will be Caen and the Normandy beaches. after that i am have no idea yet of where to go. i still have less than a year to compile a list of places to visit. but i know that i will end up in Moscow, taking a train to the far east. from there, i might be travelling to Thailand via god knows where and how. all i am saying is, this will be a terrestrial trip, no aviation devices allowed. i am so looking forward to sleeping in a train.

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

Unless you are a spendaholic who can't control your spending when you know you need to, you should easily be able to spend 1 month in Europe for £3000. I spent 4 months travelling the world (1 month in Asia, 2 months in Europe and 1 month in North America) for about £3000 at the rate it was then or about £4000 by the current rate. I suppose it depends if you are wanting to stay in hotels/private rooms or in dorms. If you are planning on hotels then that will add a load to you expenses and you may be struggling a bit depending on how many stars you are looking at. It's also depend on how often you ate out, saw shows that cost a lot of money, how many times you went out to the pub to get drunk etc. If you didn't go out to get drunk regularly (especially if you go to Scandinavia where it costs a fortune), if you lived off supermarket food most the time and stayed in hostels when you can't stay on the train, then you should easily be able to do it if Scandinavia is not a part of your itinerary.

Russia isn't a cheap destination so when you go there your budget will be hit more than it is in London, but having said that it is a must see destination in my view no matter the cost. Seeing you say you plan on going to Moscow, for your sake do not miss going to St Petersburg as well. That has some of the most amazing and beautiful things you'll ever see especially the Grande Cascade at Peterhof (although I think in March the Grande Cascade water fountains are switched off)and inside Catherines Palace.

Sleeping in a train sometimes can be almost impossible and by the time your trip is up you will probably have changed from "I am so looking forward to sleeping in a train" to "I never want to sleep in another train in my life!". After many sleepless nights on trains they do get rather tiring when you get up the following day and need to drink large quantity of sugary caffiene drinks like Coca Cola to keep yourself awake enough to still enjoy the sites. Hopefully you are one of those lucky ones that can get some sleep on the trains.

5. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 9y

I think with £3000 you can afford to eat out and stay in a hotel every night. That's a pretty large amount of money to spend in Europe for a month if you're at all on a budget. I don't tend to stick to a rigid budget (I never take sleeper trains because as mentioned above you can get pretty tired of them and I eat out at restaurants frequently) and the most I've ever spent in a month in Europe was £1,500 staying in hostels. So I'd say if you're on any sort of reasonable budget, about £1,500 is perfectly doable and £3,000 would allow you do it very comfortably. Anyway I hope you have a nice time, I've always wanted to do what you're doing and go out to the far east overland (I have a fullblown fear of flying).

6. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 9y

thanks, i was wondering, since i have been in the UK for more than 2 years, i am done with UK. i am not planning to go to Spain and Portugal. are there are any nice destinations in France and Italy? i am sure i will be visiting Paris and the Normandy beaches. in italy there is venice, the vatican and rome. those i got to see. what about other countries? are there any 'must see'?

i will have plenty of time to think about sleeping in a train. i will most definitely take the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to bloody-god-knows-where, either Vlodyvostok or Beijing. but what scares the hell out of me is been on a train for seven days without the facilities to take a bath. i dont want to arrive at the Far East smelling like a rotten fish.

regarding food, i think i will most likely be sampling the local delicacies. if i wanted to safe money, than i can opt for McDonalds, food shouldn't be a problem. i am highly unlikely to blow my money on booze as my alchohol tolerent is pretty low, one pint is enough to send me over the moon, and i hate getting drunk too.

i never would have thought that it is expensive in Moscow. always thought that the rubbles were pretty cheap. anyway, i dont plan on spending much time in russia, just wanted to cross it from west to east and gloat to my friends that i have done it. i am pretty scared of russia because many people say it is a pretty dodgy place.

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

It has dodgy aspects about Russia namely the corrupt police, but overall it isn't that dodgy and is worth seeing at least Moscow and St Petersburg.

8. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 9y

st petersburg huh? will consider going there. anyway, i found out that it is not that easy to get into Russia. a heard that one must get a visa first. cant i just show up at it's border and demand that i cross it?

9. Posted by Koliane (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Well about Italy, I advise you to go to Firenze (simply beautiful) and San Giminiano (kind of medieval city).
But what kind of place are you looking for? historic places or....?
Pompeii is interesting as well in this case.
In France, there is Provin, which is a medieval and touristic city, I love the landscapes and pancakes (crepes) of Britanny, it's there you can find more about celtic culture.

10. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Just thought I'd reiterate that £3000 should definitely be enough - I would probably bank on about half that, so you should be able to get about quite well.