You will definately struggle a bit with a credit card in Eastern Europe. It's nowhere near as bad as it used to be, but many restaurants and small railway stations still don't accept them. Also, if you're thinking of hiring a car, it's always good (and usually necessary) to have one for the deposit - but you'll find that most petrol stations still only take cash ! !
I have been a regular traveller to Eastern Europe for many years and the c.c. situation is much easier than it was in the early 90's, but I would still suggest if your cash supply is getting a bit low, then top it up at the nearest ATM. You still won't find cash machines in hardly any (if any at all) villages.
Thanks for the advice Bob.... will def keep that in mind when leaving a city...
Bob, the below link is the route I plan on taking. I will most likely be taking Greece off because I don't want to rush through everything to get to Munich by Oct 1st for the last days of Okroberfest (my EE trip will start on July 14th in Constanta Romania). Any places you recommend going along the way ????
One more thing do you have any idea of around how much $$$ this trip will costs just on transportation and hostels....I'm thinking around $3,00.00 USD is that about right?? I'm hoping is way less..
[ Edit: Edited on 05-May-2010, at 09:22 by Eddiebleek ]
Nope, I really can't add much to your very well planned out itinery.
Perhaps visit Sighisoara (just N.W. of Brasov) if you've time. The train takes about 4 hours or so. It's right in the very heart of Transylvania and the mountains at sunset are among the most spectacular in the world. Budget looks good too (I'm assuming you mean $3,000). Eating out is mad cheap if you go where the locals go. Tourist restaurants and bars will bite into your cash quite a bit. You can live well on just a few coins a day if you follow the natives and not the outsiders for their refreshments.
Use the local markets for your fruit and veg, not the shops. Everything in the markets will be organic and so incredibly fresh. If you're buying fresh bread for the ongoing journey, try and get to the bakery rather than a shop. The shop's bread could very easily be yesterdays whereas the bakery's products will be still warm. Apart from that, just chill and enjoy. You won't have to try too hard.