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1. Posted by kelliev (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Dear All,

I am 19 years of age and planning a trip to europe, departing decemeber and going for a year or longer.
Our plan so far is to do a contiki tour as soon as we arrive, throughout europe for 12 days. I will have saved about 10,000.00 AUS dollar, will this be enough to travel for say 6 months then just get a job?

I have many questions and would like as much help as possible please.

- is a contiki tour in winter ok, or is it to cold to enjoy?
- what should we do for christmas and new years?
- We want to see as many places as possible (england, germany, france, holland, austria, rome, italy etc) do you suggest we try see all these places in the first 6 months then settle down and get a job?
- how long should you stay in each place?
- We would like to go skiing, were is the cheapest place to do so?

any advice would be greatly appreciated, its our first time travelling alone and as much help as possible is great.

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

At the current exchange rate 10k AUD is 6,613.70 EUR. Playing it safe you can expect to have around 6000 EUR. You need approx. 1500-2000 EUR for every month you travel around Europe and that is barest minimum.

When you stop travelling and start looking for a job you should still have around 2000 EUR in your pocket - unemployment is high in Europe and it can be hard to find something. You might be forced to get by without a job for several weeks, so have some extra cash that you can dip in when times are rough. In most European cities you need between 700 and 1000 EUR per month just to pay for rent, food and other necessities.

When you have 6000 EUR saved and plan to work later this amount will thus allow you to travel for around 2 months max.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Feb-2010, at 16:17 by t_maia ]

3. Posted by tarnasky (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

$10,000 for 6 months travel in Europe? No where near enough mate. Sure you can budget, stay in hostels and stick to activities that are free of charge, but your going there to party and have a good time right?
My advice do your contiki tour first, travel round for a few weeks, then pick a country where you would like to work. Australians can work in many european countries nowadays. ( Germany, Netherlands, France, Denmark,Finland,Sweden,Austria just to name a few. If you dont like one country, pack up and move on.
Getting a job first means you'll get to know a little more about the continent your living on before you go travelling it. There are many things to see and do in Europe, depending on your interests of course you cant really put a time frame on it. There are places youll love and places you wont.
Jump on plane, have a look around and work it out from there, dont pigeon hole yourself before you leave. Sounds scary but it isnt.
Good luck

Xmas and new years - Austrian alps
Cheap Skiing - Get a job at a resort for the winter season