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

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11. Posted by Irishfamily4 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Europe costs are going up vary massively depending on where you're planning to go- Eastern Europe being much cheaper than western or northern. I don't think I would bank on hitch hiking either, I'm in Ireland and it's common enough here but I don't see it much elsewhere in Europe and I'd be wary of it in Eastern Europe (have u seen hostel )
Also bear in mind if planning to use cheap flights of which there are tonnes, the flight is cheap but checking a bag makes it expensive. U can carry one 10kg bag and a handbag free. IMO this is the cheapest, safest and best way to see as much of Europe as possible. You will regularly see flights with Ryanair for €20. I just recently got flights from Dublin to Edinburgh for €10 return. You need to be flexible for this and just go where the cheapest flights are. Hth

12. Posted by bfeder (Budding Member 9 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!

For how long are you gonna travel? If you tryna hitchhike and stuff like that, you ain't need to save that much. I would say like roughly 70 bucks for each day. cuz you have to eat a good and delicious food. Food is important. That's like the most important component you have to care when traveling.

13. Posted by aryavritindia (Inactive 12 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Hodgexx

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.

i also have that question, thank you for asking that.

14. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1092 posts) 50w 1 Star this if you like it!

I just came from two months in Romania and Bulgaria. I saw a good number of hitchhikers and picked up a fair number. I saw hitchhikers even in Holland, though I wasn't driving then. I agree with another post saying that you should collect as much money as you can(and let's call a base number, loathe to say, 3 grand) and then go until you run out of dough. Hitchhiking "Europe" is WILDLY broad. And you are a person who does things and has whims. Things fluctuate wildly. If you are hostelling in the poorer areas, you could go for months. If you like a private bathroom in Germany, you're gonna have some issues. I would love to give you a straight answer. My best advice is to make that base amount(putting by getting home money) and then go until you can't.

15. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 66 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

Where are you planning to go? how long for?

16. Posted by aryavritindia (Inactive 12 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

We are planning for 7-8 days approx it may be extended, so please help me on that.

17. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 66 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Quoting aryavritindia

We are planning for 7-8 days approx it may be extended, so please help me on that.

Well, I-m Italian so....well...at least Rome! lol, even if I personally love Venice!
Uk is pretty awesome as well, specially the highlands in scotland, or Yorkshire area, but even just visiting London is pretty cool. I used to just walk around London and check spots to drink or eat! Amazing!
I have visited the south of France and the coast is really beautiful as well.
The problem is that there are many countries with a lot of history and things to see. Try to keep it between 2-3 countries max, so you don't need to rush and you can actually enjoy the place!

18. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 492 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Iceland hitchhiking is common and normal. We saw loads of hitchhikers waiting for rides and getting picked up. At petrol stations some would approach us but they quickly realised our car was tiny and clearly full to the brim, all we could do was say sorry and wish them luck. Other places we never really saw any hitchhikers, though about two years ago I saw a French documentary series of two guys who attempted to travel with out paying any money (so were talking free accomodation, food, clothes, gear) sometimes they'd get it for nothing or by helping people out with odd jobs. France, Belgium and Corsica they did remakably well, though knowing the language possibly gave them an advantage. Spain they struggled and in their video diaries they admitted it was hard to keep the spirits up, so that is something to bear in mind in your thoughts about fun and adventure you will have lulls stuck in the middle of nowhere waiting hours for a ride and that may find you seriously depressed. Scotland they did really well even managed to hitchhike on a small plane from Scotland to Iceland, though in saying that it did take them about a month of turning up to this tiny airport waiting all day until someone was willing to give them the opportunity.

19. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 66 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

i don't think that traveling in a place with so many differences in culture, history, languages, should be done with "no money"....i mean, it is cool, and i would maybe do it, but would not surprise if either in spain or smwhere else they don't trust me straight away....lol

20. Posted by goodfish (Budding Member 121 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

I'm not opposed to stopping for a while and working odd jobs to get some extra cash

Hi Hodgexx -
No one commented on the sentence above so worth the mention? As far as I know, it's illegal for Americans to work AT ALL in Europe without a work permit for the country you performed the work in: it's not allowed on a visa-waiver trip so I won't encourage or condone the practice. I know never to say never - there are backpackers who've done it - but best to be aware of the laws?

I also cheerfully stand ready to be corrected if I am in error here.

planning for an extended hitchhiking/free camping trip through Europe

Apologies if you already know this but if not, make sure you understand the 90-days-out-of-180 time limit for traveling within Schengen countries? Not sure what your idea of "extended" is.

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/go/schengen-fact-sheet.html

You can extend your trip by leaving the Schengen for non-Schengen countries, or by keeping close track - if going in and out of the borders - how many days you've spent in the Schengen in a 180-day period. Again, just worth the mention as I've seen any number of posters who were unaware of this rule. ;)

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jul-2017, at 07:24 by goodfish ]