Hi, I will be backpacking in mostly Western Europe this summer. I will be there for about 50 days and was not sure on what I would actually need in terms of money to take. I already have a Eurail train pass for 2 months.
About how much do you think I would spend per day on average. I plan to stay in hostels.
Your life savings and any other money you can beg, borrow, steal should just about cover it. Then you have another 49 days to save up for!
As everyone will say it depends on what you want to do and how disciplined you are with your money.
A mate and I just finished a trip through europe last summer and I'm doing it again next summer. Most of your money will obviously go on travel and accomodation. You have the travel part soughted so bank on about 25euro a day on accomodation. You will be able to get cheaper then this if you book some days in advance, my biggest problem is we would always rock up to a city without accomodation booked and because my backpack was heavy i would often stay at the first hostel i found. This ment I stayed in some dodgy and some great hostels. If your travelling alone you want to stay in good hotels just so you can meet friendly like minded people that you can hang out with. If your travelling with friends your priorities might be different lets face it nobody travels europe to spend time in the hostel.
Other expenses can be bought down massively if you are willing to cook your own food, something as simple as having cereal for breakfast everyday and keeping fruit in your backpack will save you plenty. We tried to always make it so that i would only buy 1 meal a day meaning if i bought lunch i would cook dinner and vice versa. |You can easily get buy on 15euro a day and you will be very happy with what you eat. If you want to spend less its easy enough to get by on under 10euro a day on food.
The next thing and by far my biggest expenditure was alcohol, now it all depends on how much of a drinker/partier you are but the obvious tips are drink in your hostel before you go out, you will have a great time getting to know your fellow travellers. Drink the local drink eg. if your in spain your drinking sangria if your in germany its beer on the menu. A lot of hostels will have pub crawls they are often good value and a great way to meet people but the free drinks/shots are often just fruit drink in cheap vodka, Also if you really want to save money the old hip flask full of vodka in your pocket saves you plenty at a bar.
The next expense is siteseeing which also comes down to personal choice of what you want to do. Make sure you check out what is advertised in the lobby of your hostel. There is a tour company in the big city that does free walking tours i couldnt recomend these enough they are so worth it. the guides work on tips so it all comes down to how much you want to pay them and you learn a lot about the city for relatively nothing.
Also i would definately look at hiring bikes to ride around you get to travel around the city and see so much plus you get to work off some of the alcohol you drank the night before.
so the main tips look out for free stuff, cook as often as you can but dont be afraid to eat out now and then, drink before you go out, hire bikes enjoy the sun and any outdoor activities you can and have fun.
I dont like to put a daily figure on how much it will cost because you never know when that amazing thing might come up and it would be a shame not to do it just because it doesnt fit in your budget.
but thats just me
With travel taken care of you'll be relatively comfortable on about 50 EUR per day (more is better of course).
Accomodation varies between 15 to 30 EUR per night, with London and Paris being most expensive. 25 EUR per night is a good average though.
With some discipline food from the supermarket clocks in at 5 EUR per day and person, but if you eat at fast food joints and buy snacks and drinks from street stalls you should plan on having 10-15 EUR per day for food.
So at the very least you should have 35 EUR per day and person, just to assure that you do not have to sleep on the street or go hungry.
The rest is up to you, entry fees to sights+activities cost usually around 10-30 EUR per day. (This is on my usual schedule that includes a lot of museums and activities like river cruises, bicycle rental, whitewater rafting,...)
I don't know much about going out, but you can reasonably expect to pay around 4-8 EUR for a drink and 10-40 EUR for entry to a club.
There is also the little cost of inner-city public transport, I usually plan on 5 EUR per day for this. (The exception being cities like London or Venice, in Venice you need to budget 15 EUR per day for public transport.)
Ok I'm a bit more relieved now. I planned on taking $5,000 USD so that should give me roughly 65 Euro a day? Im not really a drinker but that might change.
My main problem now is I'm planning on doing the running of the bulls in Pamploma but all the Hostels that I saw were full. Is this something that I can just show up and see if they have room or should I plan on taking the train in that morning, stay the day, then take train to France at night?
Thanks for the replies
you should definately look at staying for at least a night, from what I hear the parties are just as much if not more fun then the festivities during the day. I'm going myself for the first time but i will have be travelling with my mates in a van, and we are checking into one of the campsites from what i have heard they have some decent parties at the campsites and heaps of people end up crashing there so you might want to look at camping for the festival
Hmm that might be an Idea. Im sort of wary about camping there just because I'm not sure how plausible it really is and how many sites actually exist. If I do decide to bring some camping gear (as I don't want it to be a huge burden) what should I bring? Just a basic tent and a sleeping bag?
Also, will I be needing to get a visa at all for Ireland,UK,France,Spain,Greece,Italy,Germany,Austria,Switzerland,Czech Rep., or Holland? I plan to be there for 2 months and will be taking the train through most of these countries to get to the others.
Citizens of most of the Western countries/developed world do not need a visa to visit the Schengen Area. Tip: Next time you ask whether you need a visa include your citizenship either in your profile or in your question.
Okay I updated my profile, thanks.