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1. Posted by MaxineK (Budding Member, 45 posts) 23 Jan '12 00:55

Hi,

I will be arriving in London on July 5th with my brother and we will be backpacking within Europe for 3 months (departing October 2nd).
Some of the cities we have in mind are:

London

Edinburgh

Dublin

Barcelona
San Sebastian

Paris
Nice

Amsterdam

Munich
Berlin

Rome
Florence

Prague

Budapest

Krakow

Dubrovnik

Would a budget of 80Euro a day be sufficient if we stay in hostels?

We would like to avoid backtracking as much as possible as I know we can chew through alot of money in transportation doing this. Would anyone have any suggestions with an order of cities to visit?

Any suggestions/comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thank-you :)

~Maxine

2. Posted by Tomvanderwee (Budding Member, 2 posts) 23 Jan '12 01:03

You seem to be jumping around a bit, might be cheaper if you did it a different route?

Maybe:
Dublin
Edinburgh
London
Amsterdam
Paris
Nice

After this my geography gets a little poor

3. Posted by Rainer Dynszis (Budding Member, 13 posts) 23 Jan '12 05:05

Quoting MaxineK

Would a budget of 80Euro a day be sufficient if we stay in hostels?

Does this mean that your budget for two adults and 89 days in Europe is 7120 Euro for transport, food, and accomodation?

4. Posted by WomBatt (Full Member, 103 posts) 23 Jan '12 07:51

As #3.

Is this budget €80 per day for you both and what is included? Note I believe there is nowhere in western Europe you could have an enjoyable holiday on less than €50 per person per day, unless staying in one place for some time and finding the vibe and how it ticks.

Will you have done any pre- purchasing of any transport far enough in advance to make savings? Are you going to completely 'wing it' for accommodation and not use any website or comparison site in advance to save yourselves money?

5. Posted by MaxineK (Budding Member, 45 posts) 24 Jan '12 01:23

Thanks very much for your responses.

80Euro will be per person per day.

I plan to use hotelworld.com and similar websites to book accommodation.
As far as booking accommodation ahead of time - that is part of my query.
Should I try and book ahead and if so, how far ahead is recommended taking into account it will be summer time?

My skeleton plan at this stage is to visit London, Edinburgh and Dublin (as I will be landing in London). Then travel to Holland, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and back to London to fly out. This way I am travelling in a loop as such, avoiding backtracking and going all over the place.
How does this sound?

I understand that plans may change over there but I don't want to rock up and then pay high costs because we will be paying for accommodation etc last minute. At the same time, I know I should leave some flexibility in the itinerary for changes that come up (may meet other people and travel with them at times etc etc).

Any suggestions?
Thanks again!

~Maxine

6. Posted by Rainer Dynszis (Budding Member, 13 posts) 24 Jan '12 02:54

Quoting MaxineK

80Euro will be per person per day.

160 Euros per day for two persons is good. In fact, this would be quite handsome if it didn't include transportation.

Point is, I wondered whether your budget allows for a Eurail Pass, which is offered exclusively to non-EU residents (like you :)).

There's one offer that's as if it were designed for you specifically, they have a so-called Global Pass valid for three months in the whole of Europe. However, be aware that it isn't valid in the UK.

First class is definitely worth its markup, but it's questionable whether that would be pi$$ing money away better spent elsewhere, if those transportation costs aren't on top of your budget.

Quoting MaxineK

I plan to use hotelworld.com and similar websites to book accommodation.
As far as booking accommodation ahead of time - that is part of my query. Should I try and book ahead and if so, how far ahead is recommended taking into account it will be summer time?

I don't know about hotelworld.com, but you will save money if you book ahead, no doubt. Nonetheless, our usual MO is to bring a netbook with us, restrict ourselves mostly to hotels that offer WiFi, and use hrs.com to book for at most the next two days from our hotel room. (With HRS, you can filter for hotels that offer WiFi.)

This works very well, if you are a bit flexible, and if you book some "cornerstones" way ahead. Like, Paris. You don't want to miss that city for the world, and you don't want to be surprised by some trade show that inflates hotel prices to €600 per night (which is why we had to skip Paris altogether when we were in France last time).

Quoting MaxineK

My skeleton plan at this stage is to visit London, Edinburgh and Dublin (as I will be landing in London). Then travel to Holland, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and back to London to fly out. This way I am travelling in a loop as such, avoiding backtracking and going all over the place. How does this sound?

If you do have a Eurail Pass, you don't need to worry about backtracking and going all over the place. And you could include Belgium, Portugal, and Scandinavia at no additional cost.

I'm not sure what anyone would want in Holland, or Germany for that matter. Being from Germany myself, I've been to a few of the cities on your previous list:

London: You want to spend a couple days there, don't leave at once.

Paris: Terrific. Incredible. I'm running out of superlatives here. Plan more days.

Nice: Alleged gathering spot of the rich and beautiful. Ridiculously overpriced with very little to show for. Firmly on my "once is more than enough" list. Might as well skip this one. Same goes for Cannes, BTW.

Amsterdam: Is considered the Drug Capital of Europe, which doesn't necessarily attract the most pleasant clientele.

Munich, Berlin: Probably not worth seeing. If you absolutely must tick Germany off your list, visit Hamburg. Either way, you will probably regret that you wasted your time there, instead of extending your stay in Paris.

Rome, Florence: Absolutely worth a visit. If you can stand the hordes of tourists infesting these cities.

Prague, Budapest: Not as affordable as it was 10 years ago, but still. Very much worth seeing.

(Caveat: This is all of course very subjective, and others may violently disagree with me.)

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Jan-2012, at 03:28 by Rainer Dynszis ]

7. Posted by MaxineK (Budding Member, 45 posts) 1 Feb '12 05:07

Thanks so much for your input!

I am trying to decide whether to travel with Busabout or Eurail.
I think I will meet more people if I go with Busabout as Eurail will be more isolated travelling. As it is just my brother and I, although we do get on well, it would be nice to meet other people along the way. It takes the pressure off us being in each other's shoes constantly - if you know what I mean.

Have you got any ideas/suggestions regarding mode of travel (Eurail/Busabout)?

Thank-you again.

~ Maxine

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