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1. Posted by believer (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hey.

Me and my brother are travelling around Europe for 3,5 weeks in july. Some of the places we are visiting are amsterdam, paris, nice/lyon, cinque terre, rome, dubrovnik, split, ljubljana, venice and munich. We are planning to buy a global railpass for 22 days and live in hostels. I am wondering how much money I need for this trip? I was thinking about 100 USD pr day on food, sightseeing, hostel and maybe a little bit of shopping souvenirs. Is that too little? I don't want to use too much either, but live without concerns about my budget. Have any of you tips about places to go, I would be glad to know! could any of you share your experience with coach surfing? I think it sounds a little bit frightening... thank you :)

2. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

you have WAY too many things to see for 3,5 weeks...... if youre from norway as the tab on the side thing here suggests, i would say to cut this list at least in half, youre in europe, you currency is so strong atm that anywhere you go a budget wont be much of a problem, so id say cut it right down...

hostels usually cost about between €20-30 (also some better, more expensive places) in western europe and major cities, and vary greatly in eastern europe (between €5-25). however, it being july, places can be alot more expensive - dont count on finding anything less than €30 a night for a multibed hostel dorm in amsterdam, if you can find anything at all.

i have experience with couchsurfing - ive had ppl stay at my place. its not scary at all, you also dont know the randoms in ur hostel room, so theres little difference really! you just have to be careful who you stay with, i mean, as a single female traveller i dont stay with guys, i only stay with chicks, and i only host chicks. so yeah, its not that scary if you use common sense!

buy food in supermarkets and maybe eat one meal out a day ie dinner - you get free breakfast sometimes in hostels so you can fill up there and buy things from the supermarkets for lunch, its alot cheaper that way!

i think tho that your holiday will be ruined if you try and cram all those cities in... youll spend half the time in a train, eating shitty food from the train station and lugging your bag around... for 3,5 weeks id do either holland, belgium, france (thats still cramming it in), OR italy and croatia, but not both options... id skip munich its a bit out of the way... go back another time for a weekend trip or something! norway isnt that far away!

3. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

I agree with too much in too little time. Is 100 USD per person per day or total? Since the conversion rate on that is crap:( I don't think you'd get by on that much together, but it is possible if it doesn't include travel and you are very budget conscious. I'd recommend picking up the LP Europe on a Shoestring. Cheers!

4. Posted by believer (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

100 USD is per person without travel tickets. Just food, shopping and sightseeing. I have already bought LP Europe on a shoestring, but I like LP mediterranean europe sooooo much better! We want to travel and see as much as possible when we first take this trip, and then later go back. We want to take the night train as much as we can and then spend 2-3 days in each city. I think it sounds managable, that's what interrail is all about, isn't it? Maybe it will be so exhausting we need a vacation after the vacation... We will take the night ferry from Bari to Dubrovnik so we don't have to take the train around the whole adriatic coast and then back. We are flying from Oslo to Amsterdam so we don't have to use 36 hours or something to get to our first "pit-stop". All in all I think we can save a lot of time on this so we can enjoy several countries in 24 days. But I am always happy for "do's and don'ts" :) After all we are interrail-virgins...

5. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

lol ok if you wanna cram that much in go for it! good luck guys! its going to be alot of time going to and from trainstations and lugging your bags around, but if thats what you want then have a great time! the best way to do it is to take the night trains, but remember there is a surcharge for the sleepers in trains, as well as for booking them sometimes too...