Hey guys, so a couple of my mates and i are planning to go to europe next year. We are hoping to leave around march/april next year so we get their summer and leave our crappy aussie winter.
I have a few questions.
1. Some friends of mine suggested to go look into the busabout tours, where we can travel around freely and book a to get on a bus when we are ready to leave. Would u guys suggest something like this or to just catch the countries respective public transport?
2. How much money should we aim to take over when we start traveling? All of us will be getting a work visa, but we first want to travel around and see europe before we go back to work. We aim to work in the uk as we have a look around there. Also, what was the timeframe that u guys had before u ran out of money and what was ur budget per day?
3. Safety will be a big part of this as this will be our first time out of australia without any guidance of teachers/parents. What are the main do's and donts for traveling around europe?
Thanks for taking the time to read it and hopefully reply
Ultimately choosing places to visit depends on your likes, i suggest to make a research on EU countries and then make your choice, we can give suggestions but it's strictly subjective opinions, so i would suggest, read up about countiries and make itenerary.
Or i can say, Amsterdam is a place to trash, UK is a place for aftertrash, and Czech republic is a place to rest after aftertrash, everywhere there are lot of fun, lot to see, every country is distinct and different, so get idea what you will like, look at photos, read some blogs.
as for transportation, eurolines.com will sell you bus pass for 30 days, which costs like 300US $ you can travel from between any city in EU, well amost any, which real cheap. or fly
ryanair.com you can get a ticket london - milano for 10$ if you book in advance.
hostel prices will be like 20-30 euroes in western europe.
and europe is safe place, it is like everywhere, it is not brazil or afganistan, easy to hang out, everyone speaks english and friendly, expect the best and it will be like that.
if you cook for yourself in a hostel it will cost you the same as in Australia.
there are suburbs in europe like the one Redfern in Sydney, but just don't go there..
keep your valuables to yourself, don't get too excited in amsterdam if you will go there, perhaps it's the biggest danger in EU, no limits and then hospital
i travelled to 41 out of 44 EU countries and I never had any problems, a fight with some asshole on a train in Paris once, but you sort the situation out the same way as everywhere.
Don't drink and drive..what else..i can't think of any danger.
Let me know if something in particular bothers you.
Having lived in Australia and the UK be prepared for the fact that our summers, are not drastically different from an Aussie winter, in some parts anyway!
I can't speak for the rest of Europe, but the UK is certainly cheaper than Australia. You will learn more about travelling as you do it. I went for the first time a couple of years ago, and it is all about the experience you gain on the way, just use your common sense and I am sure you will be fine!
Being from Czech Republic, I am writing this as tips from a "local" of Europe:
1. Regarding transport in Europe - I don't have any experience with Busabout, but from the looks of it, it's still a little bit constrained (even though they advertise it as being super-flexible). I'd suggest buying an InterRail or EuRail pass, which is kind of the same thing, only on rail and with ABSOLUTE freedom of when and where you go. Otherwise relying on public transport isn't all that too risky, just keep in mind, that standards can been very different, depending on which country you're in, and then, it can quickly drain money, if not well planned out.
2. Tough question, there's really no definite answer to it, as it depends on how budget/upscale you want your trip to be, but generally things like food, acommodation and transportation will be as expensive, or maybe a little more expensive than Australia in Western and Northern Europe and somewhat cheaper (or sometimes even a lot cheaper) in Eastern Europe.
3. As long as you stick to tourist destinations there's really no need to worry about crime other than pick-pockets (especially in large cities) so look ouut for your belongings.