How much $$$ should you save up before hitchhiking Europe.

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1. Posted by Hodgexx (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

So I wanna start planning for an extended hitchhiking/free camping trip through Europe. I was wondering how much cash ( American Dollar ) should I try to save up before leaving. I'm not opposed to stopping for a while and working odd jobs to get some extra cash and I can always play music on the street ( where legal ), but I want to make sure I have enough saved to not have to worry about money to often. Thanks all, Peace.

2. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Impossible to say as only you know what you do. Why not estimate a daily budget for what you would do where you live, if you were living that lifestyle .. use that as your estimate.

My own estimate from many years ago doing the same in Canada was I took as much as I could afford & I came home when it ran out

Steve

3. Posted by Hodgexx (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hey, thanks for your reply. Ill try doing that :). hopefully the conversion from dollar to euro will work in my favor.

4. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Another approach might be this. Figure out what you want to spend money on during a typical day .. then go to Google & ask this question .. How much does ?? cost in ?? place in ?? country.

Or google something like this = cost of living in prague compared to us

Steve

5. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

This looks interesting too https://www.priceoftravel.com/1979/european-backpacker-index/

6. Posted by Hodgexx (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

hey Steve! thanks again, you are such a huge help :). Its always been a dream of mine to travel but I want to be able to do it without breaking the bank so the last link was really awesome. It definitely added a few places for me to add to my list and gives be a ballpark estimate of how much I would spend per day.

7. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Well that has your expenses covered.

Next is your travel .. Hitch-hiking .. do your research specific to each place you intend going. Is hitching usual or not? Is it legal or not? Stuff like that.

Free camping . . Same idea .. lots of research specific to places.

Look at you Governments travel advice here https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html

Although I prefer the UK version here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

8. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 336 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Hitchhikers have become a rare sight. I'm not saying it does not happen at all, but it has certainly become much more difficult that it used to be some decades ago. With rising fuel prices on the one hand and more and more stories of crimes, assaults and robberies on the other, the average car driver certainly has become reluctant to take random strangers in their cars for free and without any safety measures. Rideshare platforms, where both sides have to sign up so you know who they are, and the costs are shared which is imho just fair, have thus become increasingly popular. So better plan a budget for travel costs, be it for rideshares, cheap flights, train or bus tickets.

9. Posted by Hodgexx (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Kathrin E thank you, Yeah that's certainly something I've thought about and is something that I'm gonna make a conscious effort to keep in mind. I understand people especially in a climate like this not wanting to pick up a stranger off the road, Tbh I can blame them because if I were them id probably keep on driving myself. That being said part of the adventure or the adventure at least for me is to hitchhike as much as possible. The ride share idea sounds promising and I'm gonna make sure to keep travel cost in mind.

10. Posted by king_golo (Respected Member 102 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I hitchhiked a lot in Ireland 15 years ago and it was as easy as pie. But that was 15 years ago, and it might have changed completely.
In Germany, hitchhiking is increasingly rare. You sometimes see people next to the road if there is/was a music festival and they are trying to get back somewhere else, but apart from that nada. Nowadays, most people use bus companies like Flixbus or book their train early enough to save a few euros. You might also find rideshare platforms like Mitfahrgelegenheit useful, although I'm not sure if they exist outside of Germany.
You mentioned that you plan to change your $ to € - be aware that although the currency is called euro, not all of the European countries actually have it as their currency. If you plan to go to Great Britain, Denmark or Sweden (to name but a few), you'll need local currencies.