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1. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member 129 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If you wanted to travel around Europe for a while, would €1250 a month be enough? I read through some Lonely Planet and Rough Guides and they were saying €1500 would be just barely getting by. Does anyone know?

2. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

In my miniscule experience and as a non-smoker/drinker, I know I could do it using hostels and take-out/Lidl food. Don't know about travel costs as I normally use very cheap airlines (booked well ahead) to move about. Others who know better than me will have a better idea though.

3. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member 129 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

So, it'd be really pushing it?

4. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

It might be cutting it fine if you take traveling costs into account, though I reckon a lot depends on personal attitude and what you're prepared to put up with.

Hostels will take a bite, but you normally get breakfast and the chance to stock up for the day - and prices do vary. I've paid as little as 8euro in expensive Dublin and 25euro in Marseilles (without so much as a croissante). Both good hostels incidentally.

Have you checked out the Euro train tickets? I've heard good things, though I've not had the chance to try them personally.

edit: Where are you? Just curious.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Jul-2009, at 16:53 by fabyomama ]

5. Posted by OHannemari (Budding Member 44 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Marcus,

With €1250 you would be fine I think, but that just depends on you, what you want to do and how you spend your money.
Do you already know where you are going in Europe?
Because every country is very different, also with the prices..

I think it´s smart when you really know where you want to go and what you want want to see, so make a clear plan so that you know how much money you need.
Also book the accommodation where you want to stay a while before you go, so that you can compare the prices on the internet.
Don´t try to be a real tourist in Europe but just do groceries and all because then it is cheaper than when you go and eat on touristic places.
And maybe you can try to get discounts somewhere, look for coupons on the internet or something.

It really depends on which country you go, so let us know :)


6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

It would be enough if you were hiking or cycling and took camping gear with you or if you wanted to stay in a rented appartment for most of the time you were in Europe.

But anything else? Not really.

1250 EUR equal 40 EUR a day. On average you pay 15-30 EUR for a bed in a hostel in Western Europe and 5-15 EUR for food. So you need approx. 35 EUR just to cover food and accomodation. So 5 EUR left for entrance fees, sights, activities and travelling around - forget it.

If you are going to Europe for a month and do the typical whirlwind trip moving from city to city every 2-3 days by bus, train and plane you average around 20-30 EUR per day just for transport costs.

That plus the 35 EUR per day for food and accomodation makes up the recommended budget of 60 EUR per day. (Keep in mind that with these 60 EUR per you still haven't paid a single entry fee or done any fun stuff at all.)

So for the traditional Eurail+hostel backpacking trip around Western Europe 40 EUR per day and person is not nearly enough. But depending upon your situation and your willingness to rough it or compromise it can be done.

7. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member 129 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Anyone else?

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5088 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Marcus1

Anyone else?

How about first saying thank you to the people who've already taken a lot of time answering your question?

Your behaviour on this forum over the last year hasn't really been acceptable. What makes you think people will continue to be willing to take time to answer you when you keep asking one line questions, never providing any feedback yourself, and basically have been asking questions which are all variations on the same theme for well over a year now? Given the very generic and very limited amount of information you've provided the people on the forum, never going into any details of what you'd like to do or how you'd like to travel, you're really not going to get any more or any different answers out of anyone.

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5635 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

He is just making us look like fools and unfortunately he manages to do so. It would be indeed better not to react upon questions anymore.
What's more: questions only about money? If that thing would be one of the main aspects of travelling, it would spoil all the fun for me!

10. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Pity really. This reminds me of and old tutor I had who's stock answer for continuous questioning was 'fofo'.

F**k Off and Find Out.

With all respects though, if he took what money he has and just went for two or three weeks instead of a month, he will not only have a great time, but also answer any question he was ever likely to have asked - and perhaps have a story to tell.

edit: happy travels marcus. ;)

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jul-2009, at 07:48 by fabyomama ]