I am travelling to Europe in June/July 2009. I know this is a long ways away but i need a lot of help and want to prepare as much as possible. I need help in everything to what kind of pack I need to bring to whats in this pack and also I would like it if someone could take a look at my travel route to see if it is possible and give me any suggestions. Also, I am looking for any other tips anyone has on hostels. Lastly if someone could throw up an estimate of how much they think a 6 week backpacking trip would cost let me know. Here is my travel plan though...
1. Dublin 4 days (insertion point)
2. London 4 days
3. Amsterdam 3 days
4. Brussels 2 days
5. Prague 2 days
6. Munich 3 days
7. Interlaken 3 days
8. Florence 2 days
9. Rome 5 days
10. Barcelona 4 days
11. Madrid 3 days
12. Paris 5 days (exit point)
Is this possible with the travel time from place to place (trains mostly) and are there any destinations I could add or substitute. Let me know.
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 6, 2007, at 7:15 AM by backpack86 ]
Also, is there any way to get a rail pass that isn't so expensive. I looked and they were like $1400 USD. How much are flights in europe as well because my trip looks like i'm going to need to cross some bodies of water: dublin to london, london to amsterdam, and madrid to paris. The questions keep popping up, which should I go to: Belgium, frankfurt or berlin?
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 6, 2007, at 8:40 AM by backpack86 ]
one way tickets are very often cheap, but if you have some kidna schedule and you plan sticking to it, then you should prolly book ahead. im flying, return, from amsterdam to valencia for 45euros with ryanair, so it can def be done! one way ticekts are pretty cheap... also, it really depends on the rail ticket, they seem to be getting less value, since you have to pay to book tickets, pay extra for sleepers, pay extra for certain trains. you cant take any fast trains really...
amsterdam to brussels is not a long trip and its not that expensive... i got from antwerp to amsterdam for 20euros on the thalys (super fast train). make sure you always mention it if youre younger than 25, esp in netherlands and belgium as this often gives you cheper rates.
oh yeah and dont rule out the bus! www.eurolines.com can be REALLY cheap, but they just take longer than a train/plane...
I heard there are better places in Ireland than Dublin... Opinions? It is where we will be flying into... somewhere in Ireland that is and we will probably spend 4 or 5 days there to get our bearings and everything, so we are definately looking for a good place.
Err... you are packing quite a lot on your platter.
You are jumping from one big city to the other, often rushing in and out. Be assured that after a while everthing will become quite blurred and you won't be able to tell one big city from the other. I mean, 2 days for Prague and Florence? Urrgh! That is not nearly enough time. And do you really think you have seen the Czech Republic if you have spent 30 hours in Prague? Get your priorities straight, plan on having 1 or 2 weeks per country or not visiting at all.
This will also reduce the money you'll need to spent on getting around. I estimate that by using the cheapest method of transport available you will spent at least 650 EUR getting from one place to the other. But if you only go Dublin-Barcelona-Madrid-Paris this will drop to 200 EUR.
Backpacking for 6 weeks through Western Europe is bound to be in the range of 2100 EUR plus flight tickets to/from whereever you are. www.xe.com can convert this into your local currency. Watch the exchange rate, the exact amount in your currency is going to change with it.
Whats your recommended travel list then for 6 weeks in europe? Thanks a lot for all the help too, i'd be so lost without your hel and this sight. I want this trip to be great and thats why I am planning so far ahead.
A better place in Ireland would be Galway i think. Lovely city with very nice pubs with live music. Also the LOVELY Arrann Islands are nearby, which are great to spend 2 days.
Try to visit other cities but capitals, like The Hague, Bruges, Lyon, and indeed Munich and Florence... Then you'll have seen a country more properly than by only visiting the capitals.
The advantage of Netherlands-Belgium-Germany-France is that travellingdistances are short and a lot to see.
i would look into a eurolines bus pass, or flying. check out ryan air, if you booked your flights now, youll find that itll save you hundreds of dollars on your travel costs.
also, i agree with t_maia... maybe cutting out some places and spending more time in each will give you more money to spend, and overall i find not spending a weekend in a town means you miss a lot of the cities attractions and special events that could be free...
also, i would suggest from dublin, flying to your most furtherest destination point, and then working your way back with a bus pass or flights... itll work out much cheaper, as your dublin flight will be around 30 euros to wherever you want.
if youre still looking at amsterdam we stayed at a campsite called camping zeeburg (www.campingzeeburg.com). super cheap, not far from the centre and theres private cabins and campsite space...
dont miss brussels. that place is amazing!!!
Whats your recommended travel list then for 6 weeks in europe?
Well, with six weeks I would either pick 2 or max. 3 countries and explore them in depth or travel in a straight line from one point to another.
Good country combinations:
- Ireland, UK, France.
- France, Spain
- Spain and Morocco
- Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro
- Belgium, Netherlands, Germany
- Germany, Czech Republic
- Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
There are more good combinations, but I leave it up to you to pick 2-3 countries that interests you most and then decide based upon that.
Suggestions for straight line travel:
1) Berlin or Munich to Istanbul or vice versa.
Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest, Romania, Bulgaria, Istanbul or
Munich, Salzburg (day trip from Munich), Passau, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Bratislava, ... Istanbul.
I would pick which way to go depending upon availability of cheap flights. Berlin or Munich to Istanbul or vice versa can be had for 50 EUR one-way.
2) First Dublin-UK. Then cheap flight to Morocco from the UK followed by going from Morocco to Spain and France, ending in Paris.