Hello. I am new here..
I am from malaysian and I am now studying in germany.. I just reached germany not long ago.
I have decided to travel around western Europe (back pack adventure style) in around one month... in next year´s summer.
I have one team mate who´s good at survivor skill. he´s buying a tewnt soon.
I have just bought a book : Let´s Go - Europe
but I have zero experience on such travel...
can u give me some simple tips...
like whereabout to stay.. how to have lower cost... the laundry and food stuffs etc?
do u know how can I plan the travel route?
that´s all for now.
thanx for sharing...
Hi, i travelled around Western Europe for 1 month last year and spent about £800 all inclusive. We stayed in hostels, many of which were baout £7 or £8 sometimes cheaper. If you have a tent then camping is a cheaper way to stay than hostelling but not as comfortable.
In terms of laundry we mostly did it ourselves by buying a travel wash. There are however, laundry facilities at most hostels and if not there willbe some nearby. In terms of food try and bok places to stay with kitchens as it is cheaper to prepare your own food than buy out, especially in western europe where food can be quite expensive.
In terms of the route that is tha hed part. it took me ages to decide not only where i wanted to go but how to do it. The thing i would recommend would be to decide what places u definately want to go - the book will be really useful for this - then find places of interest to stop in between. In the end my route was quite an obvious one to take - Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, berlin, prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Venice, verona, Milan, geneva, Marseille and Barcelona.
Out of these i would say def try and go to paris, Berlin, prague, Venice and Barcelona.
If there is anything else i could help you with jsut let me know,
Welcome to the site iQing
Just to add on what Nicola said...
You also have to decide on whether you want to travel by bus or by rail(when we went last summer we took the train), each have their perks but it depends on what you're looking for. Plus, once you decide to go to specific cities, make sure they are covered on your mode of transport (ie: last year Prague was not covered on our Eurail pass so we made an executive decision and didn't stop by there)
Also make sure that the countries that you are visiting don't require a visa. It would suck to go there and at the border be denied entry because of that.
As for safety, make photocopies of all your important documents and keep on copy at home and another copy on you. That way if anything is lost or stolen you'll be able to cancel credit cards and replace documents. Wear a money belt at all times (even if it is very uncomfortable) and keep just enough spending money in your wallet. Don't keep your wallet in your back pocket and take a day bag that goes over your shoulder, like a messenger bag. I had one, and I also had a wallet with a chain on it (which you can buy for like 5 bucks). I hooked the chain to a little zipper that was inside my bag, so if anyone tried to pick-pocket me, they’d have to figure out where my wallet was attached first. Also keep your visa and bank cards in your money belt, with travellers checks, plane/train tickets and your passport so you.re sure not to lose them.
Make sure you know what kind of trip you want to do. Some people prefer going out and partying a lot, and others prefer seeing tons of sights and museums. Some do both Heck, some people blow all their money on shopping. Just make sure your budget allows you to do everything you want to do while you're travelling.
Also, ask around on places to go. We wouldn't have gone to San Sebastien, Cinque Terre or Interlakken if it wasn't for our friends or people we met along the way! It's hard to pick from so many great places, but I'll give you our itinerary from last year just to give you an idea (think if the route is geographically feasible):
(I think I didn't leave anything out!)
As for hostels, there was a thread a while back about tips, here's the link: http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=2892
Also, check out the "tools" section on Travellers Point for packing tips!
I hope you have tons of fun! If you have anymore questions feel free to ask!
PS: "Let's Go" is a great book to have, it's what I used last year to get around.