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1. Posted by rex-craft7 (Budding Member 4 posts) 4y

Hi guys, I'm planning on a RTW trip and I was hoping eastern europe would be one of the stops. What I'm worried about is how realistic I'm being in my plans/budget.

I will be staying in cheap hostels or homestays, walking a lot, having 2 low budget meals a day with snacks inbetween, taking public transportation, trains inbetween cities, and never buying drinks (mainly because I think beer tastes horrible), but i will not be skimping when it comes to sightseeing (museums/operas/shows/park fees/etc.) and I don't want to feel rushed. I'm more into culture/museums/art/nature/hiking than partying/resorts/shopping... Though I probably won't mind a very occasional party.

Anyways, heres my guesstimated budget for each country. If anyone has any tips on how to make it cheaper w/o doing anything extreme like eating scraps out of garbage cans and washing my hair in bathroom sinks then please let me know: I'll be in the region between the middle of June --> middle of sep.
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~3 months, between june and sep. US dollars. daily budget includes food/transportation/lodging/sightseeing-stuff. I will budget about $400 total for trains inbetween cities.

(not necessarily travelling in this order)
romania (~$40 per day)
bulgaria (~$45 per day)
serbia (~$40 per day)
albania (~$40 per day)
macedonia (~$45 per day)
turkey (~$50 per day)

possibly thinking of SE poland (warsaw area) and W ukraine (L'viv/carpathians), though if I did, then I would probably not visit serbia/macedonia/albania
poland (~$50 per day)
ukraine (~$45 per day)
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So I had a couple questions:
1. is my budget realistic, considering it'll be high season?
2. should I be worried about EURO 2012 affecting anything in these regions?
3. Should I be worried about albania, considering that it's near the coast and it'll be high season? Or should I be fine as long as I'm not near coastal towns?
4. Lastly, should I be able to make a non-backtracking itinerary based on the countries I'm interested in?

Er, sorry, I have a lot of questions but I'd rather not make a separate topic for each. Any/all input is greatly appreciated and thanks in advance!

2. Posted by morro (Full Member 102 posts) 4y

I can't help you with budget as i haven't been to those places....yet.

Regarding question 4, yes, try to avoid backtracking. I think it is possible if you do Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia (via Montenegro) and Romania then onto Poland.

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 4y

Are you familiar with the Balkan rail pass? I quote from Wiki:

"Balkan Flexipass

Although the slow and infrequent trains are by no means the most efficient way of traveling in the Balkans (this is by any standard of the bus), it is one of the more comfortable and scenic.

The Balkan Flexipass allows unlimited rail travel for 5, 10, 15 days of rail travel in a 1 month period in Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey (including the Asian part). You can buy the Balkan Flexipass at train stations in the countries mentioned [6] or, much more expensive, on the web.

Caveat is that trains in the Balkans are already really cheap and that it only pays off for longer distances."

Are you American? If so, I hear the Euro is down compared to the USD - you might buy some now? Although the Euro is not used in all of these countries, it's easily converted to local currencies (Turkey uses the Turkish Lira).

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jan-2012, at 11:24 by Daawgon ]