Looking for feedback on the cost of backpacking in Europe.
My girl friend and I are planing to take 8 months off to travel Europe. We traveled there last year for a month. And now want to do it right.
We are both Canadians. With myself holding a UK, and Canadian passport.
We know about the Visa stuff and don’t plan to work. The key question is the budget that I worked out for the two of us. $4000 Canadian a month
At this time I have us at (85 euro) a day. And (75 ponds UK) I have family in the UK and can find places to crash.
Keeping in mind. We are starting this trip in January and running into August.
I’m 40’ she’s 30’ we don’t want to stay in hostels more than 25% of the time.
We did Greece, Italy, and Croatia last year. And found this budget worked for us there.. I’m I crazy or is this budget ok???
Story’s and feed back welcomed.
[ Edit: Edited on 29-Aug-2009, at 11:33 by cameron69 ]
I personally feel your budget is fine as long as you are going for cheap hotels without too much luxury. My opinion is to search around and ring hotels in advance to make bookings, this way you will know the prices before you leave and it will help you budget better.
When I was travelling eastern Europe I got some amazingly cheap hotels because I rang the hotels direct so got them at local prices, one hotel was a two star hotel for 129 for a week!!! It was a great hotel and the people were very friendly, this same hotel is 250 pounds (British) if booked for a travel agent.
Have you a plan of what countries you are doing? They vary a lot in price.
I'm always traveling on a budget in Europe and usually 70 euro a day works for me. The last time it was in Italy last year. But I stay only in hostels!
I have a question to you too. How do you want to stay in Europe for 8 months? Are you going to Schengen countries?
My plan was to go to Italy, Spain and Portugal for half a year but than I had to change the plans because of this 90 days rule...
Well we plan to move from all three zones.. UK / Schengen / and none Schengen countries.
We may find ourselves watching the time we spend in each zone closely. The way I read the rules are.
We have 90 days, over a 6 month time frame in each zone. Starting from time of entrée.
If this is correct we have 6 months in the UK and Schengen combined. Then we move on to The Eastern Europe and other s Croatia,Albania,Czech,Estonia,Latvia
We have no set dates as of yet. Or rules of wear we go. I did read somewhere that you can get visas for specific Schengen countries to extended your stay??
Any feedback welcomed
4000$ CAN for both of you for a month seems fine. Hit the hostels in the bigger towns and maybe guesthouses in smaller towns... what about camping? Anyways, for the visa situation, I wouldn't worry about it too much, they usually don't harass people with Canadian passports very much if you don't exagerate.
I did read somewhere that you can get visas for specific Schengen countries to extended your stay??
If you intend to stay for longer than 90 days in a 180 day period inside the Schengen Area you are considered a resident and need to apply for a residency permit. You cannot apply for a residency permit for the whole Schengen Area, you need to apply for a residency permit in one of the Schengen countries.
So the course of action would be to identify a country inside the Schengen Area where you'd like to spend a lot of time and where the application process is relatively easy for citizens of your home country.
You as UK (and thus EU) citizen won't have any problems, but your girlfriend might.
At this time I have us at (85 euro) a day.
Sounds fine if you are a bit careful. Since you don't want to stay in hostels I would recommend travelling by car (buy an old clunker) and taking a tent.
[ Edit: Edited on 04-Sep-2009, at 04:51 by t_maia ]
Try renting an apartment in any city where you will be spending a week or more. They are often cheaper than hotels and you can cook your own food. I've stayed in a 1 bdrm flat in Edinburgh for 1000 GBP for a month. When we were in Florence, we used www.florencehousing.it and got a great apartment for 39 Euros a night (3 week stay). If you are traveling to Florence, look them up. Lorenzo and Ana are the rental brokers and they are wonderful people. Enjoy your trip!