Hello. I am a 16 year old boy from Canada, and I want to travel across Europe when I finish high school (when I am 18). I want to travel to the following cities, but other then that, I do not know much and therefore need a LOT of help, which is why I am here.
Prague, Czech Republic
Brussels, Belgium (maybe)
and to the Swiss Alps
I want the cheapest possible cost for this trip, and am willing to travel in semi-crumby conditions , as well as stay in hostels and such, so long as they are relatively safe, in order to reduce costs as much as I can. I plan on staying anywhere from 3 to 5 days in each city mentioned (if recommended), so counting the number of cities, this will be quite a lengthy trip.
Please help me. Give me opinions, advice, reccomendations, and all that jazz. I am very new to this, so I need all the help I can get. Thank you.
I'd aim for at least 4000 Euro after airfares and rail pass which at the current exchange rate is approximately $6,250 CAD. Ideally you would have more so as to have more for luxuries especially if by then you plan to go out getting drunk very frequently. The more you have the longer you could be away and more fun you could have.
One noticeably gap in your itinerary is that you are skipping Rome out which would be really stupid of you. I would definitely add at least 3 days for Rome and a few days for Florence and either cut Pisa out altogether or have one day as just a day trip from Florence in Italy. As a young person such as yourself going to Amsterdam might be a bit of an interesting experience and you are already pretty close to there with having Brussels in the itinerary.
[ Edit: Edited on 26-Aug-2009, at 02:36 by aharrold45 ]
As aharrold45 says you are going to need quite a bit for this one. The destinations you are heading for are amongst the most expensive not just in Europe but in the world. I think your cheapest stays will be in Prague, Pisa and Brussels and possibly Edinburgh if you go for cheap hostels. You will find that 99.99% of all hostels in Europe are good and safe.
3-5 days in each place is going to amount to around what aharrold45 suggests. I am sure you are quite aware that the bulk of your spending will be on accommodation. In two years time its going to be a struggle to find anywhere for less than €20 a night. 75, say, nights x €20 = €1500. Thats getting on for 1/2 your suggested budget gone. Then assuming you just live out of shops and dont eat in restaurants ever, that will be around €10-15 a day minimum. So we're now up to somewhere between €2250 and €2500. Realistically you arent going to find many rooms that cheap in places like London, Dublin and especially Monaco. As a recommendation I would say only spend 2-3 days in Monaco, Pisa, Venice and Berlin and maybe a little more time in Prague and its surrounding region. That would save you quite a bit of cash in the short term.
I wonder, are you considering taking a tent or maybe doing a lot of hostelling as you mention? The accommodation I am pricing here is all for hostels anyway. If you are into camping and dont mind lagging your kit around with you, personally if you are going in the summer months it will wear you out as it is so hot compared to the general Canadian climate, then you can save quite a bit more. However if you are good at keeping to a strict budget then I would wholly agree with aharrold45's figure of around the €4000 mark as long as you stick to hostels and shopping for food.
You might like to check out the various budget airlines across Europe and the great one-way deals they do. If you thought Westjet was cheap, then you will be knocked down with a feather when you see the flight bargains over in Europe. They make Westjet look like a really expensive airline.
One last suggestion.. Have you considered doing a little more of Eastern Europe rather than the western section of the continent that you are planning? It is very beautiful, as you will discover while in Prague and so much cheaper than the west.
[ Edit: Edited on 27-Aug-2009, at 10:24 by BedouinLeo ]