What's up travelers!
I am planning my very first "back-packing" trip through europe in the months of AUgust and September. I plan on starting in Amsterdam, head through to Heidelberg, Germany, then to Prague, and was thinking Salzburg, Austria. I know I want to end my trip in Italy and Spain during the month of September.
What I was looking for from you experience travelers is your advice as to what hostels I shld check out, if getting the 5 country eurorail pass is a good idea as means of getting around to the other places, and if I should incorporate any more stops along the way. I would like to throw in another place after I visit Salzburg, still undecided as to where to go from there.. but this is a very up-in-the-air type of trip. I am buying a one way ticket from NY to Amsterdam and just going from there. I don't have a set plan as to how many days I am giving myself to spend in each country. I want to meet locals or others from all over that are doing what I am and just go with the flow as to where to go.
Any advice is always accepted! Thanks for reading my post!
amsterdam is a great city, if your looking for saving money, go to the campsite outside the city, camping zeeburg, its a great place, you can get the tram into the city if you need to. as for hostels to stay in, get a book for that, most anyone will be in the "let's go" books. the train ticket is a good thing, i had it, but i think i would have like to freelance it a bit more, its sorta made me miss out on somethings because of the schedule mentality it put out. but it was also a very good thing to fall back on if i didnt find a place to stay that night, the night train cost extra per trip, but was a safe place. but even still, the train is a common place to get robbed. just have to be careful about your shiizz
the best thing to do when planning a trip to anywhere is to see what are the low rent places like hostels and motels where you can just sleep for the night, no need to stay in 3,4 or 5 star hotels unless you can really afford them, spend your money on exploring the place where you are going,
as for buying tickets and all, check out all online sites and buy from where you get the lowest rates, thats the only way to get cheap tickets and you can buy them as you continue traveling as every place provides free internet, the main reason i am asking you to buy tickets on your way is that if by any reason you want to change your plan, you will not get any refund so it is important to make the booking on the right time to avoid cancellations, my last trip to europe was great and we took it with
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Wauw, sounds great what you´re planning to do! Amsterdam is great! I love that city and I come there pretty often. So that´s a good start for your trip.
When you´re planning to travel this much, I would recommend you to do some planning. If you really want to visit all these places you should set up a time schedule for yourself.
Because (in my opinion) you do the best part on the last (Spain) it would be a pitty if you are still stuck in Amsterdam or Prague. Spain is the best country ever and if I were you I would make sure that I had enough time left to visit the beautiful city´s like Barcelona (my favourite) Madrid and Valencia.
The Europass would definately be good idea to travel, check indeed the low cost airlines and there are cheap hostels all over the place. You need to be prepared because especially August is a busy time in these cities.
Good luck with your journey!