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1. Posted by acter (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hey,

Looking for some help/comments/suggestions on my backpacking trip to euro (Feb-Late March). Money wise i am planning $5000 for hostel, train, food, misc. Anyone have a opinion if it is too much too little? Also i have read and heard that the hostels listed below are pretty good any thoughts? What are some good things to pack due to the fact it will be colder up north. Heard it is more casual in euro not really too much jeans etc? Got a short list of things to do at each city, mostly wanna look at some architecture, some of the big museums, historical sites, drinking and partying. really any info or thought would be appreciated.

Amsterdam (Flying Pig Downtown) (3 Nights/4 Days)
Berlin (East Seven) (3/4)
Munich (Wombats) (2/3)
Venice (w/ Fam) (3/4)
Florence (w/ Fam) (4/5)
Rome (w/ Fam) (5/6)
Paris (St Christopher's) (4/5)
London (Astor Hyde Park) (4/5)
Amsterdam (Flying Pig Uptown) (4/5)

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Clothes: Jeans (with thermal underwear if you are out for a longer time), sweater (fleece) and ankle-high boots.Dress in layers so that you can easily adjust to changing temperatures.

Comments on the trip:

Watch out for Carnival. I can highly recommend a visit to either Cologne or Basel during that time. I would skip Munich and go to either Cologne or Basel if the dates fit.

4 days for Berlin is not enough IMO. Consider spending less time in Amsterdam (1 day should be enough before you fly out) and spread the days throughout your trip.

Going Rome-Paris-London-Amsterdam usually isn't smart; it is a considerable detour unless you fly budget. I would probably go
London-Berlin-...Rome-Paris-Amsterdam or
Amsterdam-Berlin-...-Rome-Paris-London.

Flights to Oz and North America are usually cheaper out of London.

Money wise i am planning $5000

Can't tell you wether this is enough unless you tell us the currency.

With your travel plans I would say that you are looking at roughly 65 EUR per day, less for the time you got free accomodation with family. With 40 days of travel you are looking at 2600 EUR. www.xe.com will help you convert that into your currency.

One more thing: Leave space for things that are unplanned. For me Backpacking is alot about spontaneity, for being able to change plans on a whim. For me it is one of the advantages Backpacking has over guided tours, why give it up?

3. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 7y

Hey acter,

Quoting t_maia

Clothes: Jeans (with thermal underwear if you are out for a longer time), sweater (fleece) and ankle-high boots.Dress in layers so that you can easily adjust to changing temperatures.

Quoting acter

What are some good things to pack due to the fact it will be colder up north. Heard it is more casual in euro not really too much jeans etc?

Ah, yes. The inevitable thermal underwear suggestion. Really, is it necessary? Let me illustrate. Here in Canada it gets down to -25 degrees Celcius regularly in the winter months - not a wimpy -10, which prompts the inevitable thermal underwear suggestions that make me giggle . And sometimes, it even gets down to *gasp* -35. At that temperature, your exposed skin will freeze in a second of being outside! And I have never, ever worn thermal underwear. In fact, I have never even owned thermal underwear. Heck, I haven't even touched thermal underwear! Seriously, though, I would recommend thermal underwear only if you plan to go cross country skiing or something (and I have gone cross country skiing in Canada, where I live, and did not wear thermal underwear those times, either ) Soooo, what is my point? Please don't be offended. I did not mean to chastise. It's just that so many people say bring this bulky, heavy stuff called thermal underwear all the way to Europe when it really isn't necessary- unless you're from Africa, or something. Granted, acter didn't fill out his/her profile so we don't know if he/she is from the Sahara Dessert or Siberia. But I just had to say something because it makes me laugh to imagine someone actually putting on that scratchy stuff (I think- wool is scratchy, isn't it?) for a measely ten degrees below zero Alright, I digress.

To something practical. Winter dressing is my expertise, soooo . . . How do you dress for winter weather in Europe? As t_maia suggested, dress in layers. That is paramount. Afterall, if you wear your parka, your wooliest turtleneck sweater, five pairs of socks, two pairs of jeans, and gore tex, super-lined boots (notice the exaggeration) and walk into a pub with the heat blasting coupled with the body heat from the people packed into it, and you're going to be an oasis in the Sahara (and not a marrage, either!) pretty quickly. This way, you can remove a layer or two when you get inside, chill, and be comfortable. Jeans? Not necessarily necessary in my opinion. Thicker pants/trousers? More stylish and- bonus- they don't take an eternity to dry in your hostel plus they won't weigh you down like crazy when you're hauling your pack from place to place (trust me- personal experience.). Bring a wool coat- wear it on the plane-, mittens, shoes compatible with snow, whatever that means to you, most notably ones with grips, a wool/synthetic hat for your head, and a scarf to keep out the windchill. That should be good enough for the average European winter. BTW, dressing in layers means that because you have layers of clothing on, and, indeed, the still air between the layers itself acts as insulation, you don't need to pack such heavy, bulky ones. That should help with your packing.

Well, I hope I have helped. Have a great trip, acter. :)

Steph