My partner and I are looking at travelling for a month via Interrail in Europe - we are both novice travellers!
So far we've devised a list of where we would like to go, and have had a think about how we could do this in terms of itinerary... So before we go any further we would like some advice on whether it's going to be realistic, feasible and so on to do the countries we are thinking about.
France - Switzerland - Italy - Croatia - Austria - Germany - Netherlands
The main four we would like to visit are France, Italy, Germany, and Croatia - WE THINK ... ordering Lonely Planets 'Europe on a Shoestring' book to read more into all places - I've read this is highly recommended?
Now I've been advised that as an average we should give ourselves 50 euros a day - I appreciate this is going to be very much down to what we choose to do etc and where we stay but as a ball point figure in peoples experiences is this what to expect?
Also, perhaps a big ask, but if anyone has travelled similarly to what I've described above then how much in total do you think we are looking at price wise, roughly? Taking everything in to consideration like train tickets, travel insurance, travel to and from England....
We are considering bringing a tent, other than that would like to stay in hotels for privacy more than anything?
On discussion we are also thinking of purchasing the Interrail global ticket to travel everyday within a month... for piece of mind?
Just any advice on the above atall would be greatly appreciated... Obviously doing my own research in the meantime but there is SO much on the internet I feel like a small fish in a big sea at the moment to be honest!
Many thanks in advance
Once in a while I make some effort, so some thoughts.
I have no comment about where you want to go, except you have an initial list of seven countries - you cannot possibly see or do any justice to a country in not much greater than four and a bit days per country (each time you move you will lose much of a day, so certainly less than that). Seven cities or small regions - perhaps or yes
€50 a day per person I would suggest should be closer to €60 for daily accommodation, eats, drinks, museum or whatever admissions and localised travel - how expensive Switzerland is, I would not know. I have not mentioned inter city or inter country travel budget, that is extra. As you mention Lonely Planet, present thinking on the Europe forum there, I think, is €55.
Before you make the (probable) mistake of purchasing any kind of Rail Pass - I presume that is what you mean by 'Interrail global ticket' - read http://www.seat61.com/Railpass-and-Eurail-pass-guide.htm#Should - starting with the bold type.
'travel everyday within a month' - why would you want to do this? You will see little but certainly gain a greater knowledge of stations, train and bus types. Do you recognise how much time you will expend travelling door to door (or tent pitching) between destinations in unfamiliar surroundings?
Please think again - less is more - you live in England, Europe is next door, you have the rest of your life to 'see it'.
Thanks for you're advice WomBatt.
Looking for 'hidden gems' in any of the countries I've mentioned. Any advice from travellers out there?
Will be reconsidering what countries to visit and reducing them when we have decided upon places to go & leaving the tent at home...
Dont miss Plitvice National park in Croatia, and Yes i recommend "Europe on a shoestring" LP
If you are going to Italy, don't miss Sorrento and Amalfi coast,
I was there last year, the average was about 60 euro a day in a little but super nice B&B near by the town -snip-.
For dinner I was always goign to a local reastaurant near there, was local, very good food, very price.
I didn't spend much, but I was visititng many beautiful places.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]