Hi am seeking to travel in begining of may through europe, hitting france,spain,italy,greece, denmark,poland, germany, and a few other places..wanna do it on tight budget looking at £1000 - £1500 for the month on rail or bus travel.. any suggestions for that time of year and any suggestions in general?
In a month you can resonably cover 2 countries, not 7! In a pinch you can see smaller countries in 10 days, but this is very rushed. Plus if you are on a very small budget (1000 pounds is almost nothing) it is better to not travel around not so much. Moving from place to place costs money.
If you are mainly into the big cities you could plan on seeing 4-5 big cities.
In May I would suggest hitting the southern countries like Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain. Maybe take a tent and sleeping bag in order to sleep cheap.
Could you please tell us which of the countries you mentioned are your 3 must-see countries? Then we can give you more specific advice.
My goodness...I don't think you can hit all those spots in a month. If you try, you are not going to see much. Why don't you check out the itineraries in some of those coach tours to see how much time they spend in each city. Use that as a guideline. Remember, that is with a guide who knows all the details and has done it over and over.
Maybe check out Busabout. They have a really good bus network for young people. You can meet other travellers and hop on and off the network as you like. It will at least give you a guideline.
You can get around quickly by plane but there is a lot of waiting around. You usually have to make your way to a bus station...wait around...take the bus to the airport...wait around longer...take the flight...collect bags...sit around some more for a bus...take another bus ride...then try to figure out where you are staying. It is a good way to get around but it gets real boring if you do it every couple of days.
[ Edit: Edited on 26-Jan-2009, at 17:08 by vickim ]
Take Maia's advice: stick to two countries. At the very most, you could think about doing a region (Central Europe comes to mind because of excellent transport connections), but that would mean only seeing a few selected highlights.
If you really want to 'visit' all of those countries it's possible. You won't see very much, but it is possible. You could do something like this North of Spain (Barcelona), then off to the South of France, Marseille maybe, around the corner to Northern Italy, Milan (through Genoa), Munich, Vienna and then Warsaw. That's only six countries but I know that it's highly probable that you may change your mind on-route and either stay in one place or go to a country that wasn't even on the list.... That's the beauty of it.
I know that people are being very helpful when they say you won't see much, but hey, at last if you see lots of places you'll know where you want to go next time.
If you are planning on seeing countires as a whole then you will need alot longer than a month.
However if you are just planning on travelling through major cities a month is more than enough. In August last year myself and 3 friends travelled by train from amsterdam-berlin-prague-krakow-bratislava-vienna-budapest-belgrade-zagreb-zadar then by boat to Italy followed by train to Rome then finally up to copenhagen by plane before heading back to the UK via Brussels.
The trip in total was 26 days and we got a good feel for all the places we visited. In terms of money i spent about £1400 inlcuding flights to copenhagen and back home: and the boat from croatia to italy. Rail pass for one month is about £300 on top of that.
On £1400 we were staying in hostels every night but generally living quite comfortably enjoying regular nights out. Missing out copenhagen would prob have saved me at least £200 but I wasn't going to miss the mighty Queen of the South in the Uefa Cup. I was drinking pretty heavily during my 2 day stay there and beer was very expensive!!!
I was on a month-long trip in september and the countries we visited was Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary and Czech Republic. And don't any of you say we didn't see much of the places. Best trip ever, check my travel map for more detailed plan.
Of course you can't see everything, but even if you have a week in some cities you will never see i all. The important thing is to read a lot and find out what sites and activities which is the most interesting for you.
I spent three weeks just for half of the Netherlands and two Belgian cities, and it didn't feel like it was enough. A month for all those countries means you'll just zip by without really getting a feel of each place, and you won't be remembering much of your trip when you're done - you'll just end up feeling tired by all that travelling.
Take t-maia's advice and select only two or three countries, then explore them in as much detail as your budget allows. You'll get a better experience this way.
One more thing: I don't see why everybody has to see everything there is about places, then there isn't any point going back!
Have to admit I agree with Beer Bob. When I was 18 I did an interrail trip with some friends, we managed 10 countries (I think) in 4 weeks, and had a blast!!! As I've grown older I wouldn't even think of doing that trip again, but at that age, it was great.
We did see a lot and we didn't get tired, we just moved on and on and on. Fantastic trip. Soo, niripie, do it, enjoy it. Gives you a taste of what you might like and not like. About the budget, hmmm, there's always Eurolines for the longer trips and they should be reasonably priced. Anything you need to know about Denmark, let me know.