I've always wanted to travel through Europe or America. I've decided that I'm finally going to take the plunge and go to Europe! YAY!
But WOW! How much stuff is there to think about? From the basics like "Should I go on a guided tour or backpack it alone?" and "What countries should I visit?" to the more detailed stuff like "What stuff needs to go in my backpack?"
Do you have any general pointers for the planning process?
Also I want to travel but I'm not sure which countries. I was thinking of Norway/Sweden/Finland, down through Russia and then to the Ukraine. How long do you think this would take to do?
Depending on time and money I was hoping to spend up to 6 months out in Europe. How much money do you think I would need all in all? What budget would you set?
Thanks in advance!
First of all, just go by yourself and don't do a tour.
Europe is a perfect place to travel around by yourself and many people speak english, especially in Scandinavia and the west of the continent.
I don't know what your budget is, but 30-40 euro (50-60 USD) a day will be fine in most places in europe if you sleep in hostels, don't move around all day and eat at smaller places. Maybe you can spend even less in Eastern Europe. On the other hand, Scandinavia and Russia are more expensive and it is harder to find decen budget places, especially in Russia. Camping is a good option in Scandinavia during the summermonths and you might be able to rent it temporarily instead of bringing your own.
I would also advice to rent a car if you want to visit some more remote parts of Scandinavia by the way, but of course this comes at a price.
Just some first thoughts of course.
Personally, if your budget is limited, I would go to Easern Europe and visit countries like Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, Baltic States, Hungary, Albania and former Yugoslavian Republics. Much more for your buck. Also, Portugal is a bit less expensive then other countries in west and south of Europe.
Don't know if you are more the cultural or nature type, but some highlights for me in Europe are Iceland, Lofoten (Norway), Kiev and Odesa (Ukraine), Prague, west of Ireland, Switzerland.
Oh and what about work? Because obviously if I'm wanting to spend like 6 months out in Europe I'll need a job.
I did some quick maths.
Say I take £50 each day then that means I would have to spend £3,000 just to spend 60 days in Europe. Wow - that's a lot of money for a short time! I'd like to supplement that by working at bars or cafes or whatever - how easy is it to get a job, how does payment work and how do visas work?
(NB: I'm UK based)
Thanks for the feedback above, v. helpful.
finding odd jobs, especially in summer, is very difficult in most parts of Europe, mainly because of the highly protective labour market. You might find something in the grey circuit, but as a foreigner I don't give you much chance.