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11. Posted by Povah86 (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

Thanks all,

I am lucky enough to have a Bristish EU passport so as is my understanding i am able to work in any EU country?? and stay for as long as i want. I dont really want to have to work but it looks like it might be the only option.

So basiclly the most expensive things are going to be travel and drink, prob have to up the budget for nightlife aswell. How much cheaper are the night trains over say flying or the normal ones?? How much would it be say London - Paris?

I like the idea of going to the cheaper Eastern Europeon Countries so far my basic plan is to Travel the UK for a month or so when i get there then head to Spain for Running of the Bulls. From there i have nothing booked untill the first week of octoberfest so this might be a good time to hop of one of these ferries and head East before going back into Germany and Western Europe from there maybe looking for work if i still dont want to go home.

Thanks heaps for all the advice so far has bought me back down to earth a bit.


12. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y

Yes, you are legally allowed to work in EU and EFTA states. Only problem is the social security system, it can be a bit complicated. Ask the British Department of Work and Pensions for more info.

If you are really planning on some very intense travel you could buy a car and drive all over. This would have the advantage that in a pinch you could always sleep in the car. Also with a car it is not too much of a problem to bring tons of heavy camping gear, saving you countless Euros on accomodation and food and giving you more money to enjoy yourself. Plus you'll get to explore Europe off the beaten track. Downside is that in some cities a car can be a nuisance.

A decent tent costs around 200 EUR. When a hostel bed is 20 EUR you only need to sleep 10 times in it to make it worth your money.

Alternatively to a car you could look into the 3-month Global Eurail pass. If you travel more than one hour by train each day the money spent on the pass will be worthwhile.

And Nighttrains are not that cheap. As a rule trains are the most expensive method of travel in Europe. Night trains only become a bargain when you can get a discounted ticket or hold a Eurail pass already. In quite a number of times it can be better to fly and stay in hostel for the night. It depends upon the route or the destination.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 23, 2008, at 5:48 AM by t_maia ]

13. Posted by MaxineK (Budding Member 45 posts) 8y

Hey Guys,

Like Povah86 my budget per day is $133AUD (Approx 80 EUR) which is a total of $4000 AUD (2,386 EUR) for the month that I will be staying in Europe. I will be staying in Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Prague & Netherlands.

Do you think that this will suffice and will that amount of funds only allow me to stay in hostels (as opposed to the occasional 2/3 star hotel)?



14. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y

No 3-star hotel at this budget. Maybe 1- or 2-star hotels or private rooms once in a while as a treat. This might be Eastern Europe, but it is still Europe and not SE Asia. (I don't even want to think about what you would need to pay for a 3-star hotel in high season in Greece or in Amsterdam. It would definitely be above your daily overall budget.)

15. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

I'm doing Western Europe at the moment and I think your budget is fine.

I think I'm doing around $100 a day in France/Spain and still being able to enjoy everything. But given that I'm not in peak season and haven't been to Paris/London yet it may get slightly higher.

The main thing is get a cheap hostel in a central location (or a semi-cheap one with free internet/breakfast) so you can walk to many attractions. Also carry a bottle and just drink tap water, try get food (and alcohol) at supermarkets when you have the time. Transport between locations isn't cheap, so you can get more for your money if you stay in the one location for a while (6 nights or so is easily done in cool cities like Barcelona).

For the numbers I think for attractions it may be more like $20 (unless you cram a lot) and $10 more for travel.

I'd suggest doing some work somewhere though - I don't know how well travelled you are but I'm doing a similar thing in Europe for 6 months. After floating around at each location for 2-5 nights for over month it gets a bit tiring (especially doing it solo) and I'm actually looking forward working and setting a base for 2 months or so. In your case it would totally ease any pressure on the budget. I guess it depends on your personality though!

16. Posted by MaxineK (Budding Member 45 posts) 8y

Thank-you t-maia and Erik85 for your input.

By the way, is peak season considered June-September in Europe?

I will be heading with family members (sister, mum & dad) and I have been the one mainly doing all the organising for the trip. I would much prefer to go to Europe about this time as opposed to in the Winter time but my parents are paying for both my sister and my flights from Australia to Europe return and that's the only time we can do it (so naturally I'm not complaining). I understand that some attractions in Europe close down in the winter months but generally how is the atmosphere over there? I'm sure that comment sounded pretty rediculous as I am aware that it's not like the continent completely shuts down because of the cold.

Look forward to any comments you have to add.


17. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y

is peak season considered June-September in Europe?

Yes. July and August are ultra-high season, since it is the summer school holidays in most European countries as well as the USA and Canada. June and September are also very busy, but less so.

my parents are paying for both my sister and my flights from Australia to Europe return and that's the only time we can do it (so naturally I'm not complaining).

Bow to your parents and worship and kiss their unwashed feet. That is quite a bit of money! Most Aussies come over in the European winter for the sole reason they cannot afford flights otherwise.

I understand that some attractions in Europe close down in the winter months but generally how is the atmosphere over there?

In winter or in summer? Europe in winter can be fun. But you either have to limit your trip to city-sightseeing or do winter sports. On the upside it is less crowded and you often find off-season discounts. And white Christmas is a real treat. It is a state of mind whether you like Europe in winter.

Since you said that you are organising a trip to Europe this year in July/August be warned that you need to book almost everything in advance. Flights going north-south in Europe are usually booked completely solid during this period. Same can go for cheap hotels or good hostels, seats in buses or for campervan rentals. For one single person this is not too much of a problem, but if you travel in a group of 3+ and intend to stay for longer in a certain place....

18. Posted by MaxineK (Budding Member 45 posts) 8y

Hi t-maia,

Thanks for your response :)

We will be leaving arriving in Europe on December 8, 2008 (in Athens) and will be leaving out of Amsterdam on January 5, 2009. We won't be doing any winter sports, more just sightseeing. Heh, trying to decide where we want to spend Christmas and New Years. Most likely Christmas will be Budapest and Prague for New Years.

I am going to aim to have 2,700EUR for the trip (and credit card for back-up). I believe cash cards are a popular method of payment over in Europe - just loading an eftpos like card with Euro and withdrawing money from an ATM. What are your thoughts on this topic? Three of the countries we will be visiting (Croatia, Hungary and Prague) don't use the Euro so I'm assuming we buy those currencies here in Australia.



19. Posted by Povah86 (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

Hi Maxine

I have organsied traveller cash cards through commonwealth bank, bascilly as u say pre loaded eftpos card. Seemed like a pretty good idea to me load them up over the net and then withdraw from ne atm plus dont get charged as much fees as a credit card, i know commonwealth bank only do them in Euro, GBP, US, and NZ so i guess your best bet would to get your euro's out and get them changed or just use your credit card for Croatia, Hungary and Prague.

20. Posted by MaxineK (Budding Member 45 posts) 8y

Hey Owen,

Thanks for the info :)
I think I will be using a cash card/passport over there. Did you take much cash with you at the start of the trip? I want to have a bit of cash but not too much as it wouldn't be the safest idea to carry around.

How is your trip going so far?