Planning 3 Month Trip Across Europe
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 30, 2012 9:17 PM Last Post By: nicole
Nov 17, 2012 7:50 PM
Planning 3 Month Trip Across EuropeHi Everyone!
My friends and I are planning a three month trip across Europe between May-August 2013 and we would like to include the following countries in our itinerary:
We have friends/relatives who we can stay with in England, Switzerland, Hungary, Serbia, and parts of Croatia and Italy. We are considering doing the trip in the order listed above. Most of our time will likely be spent in Serbia & Croatia -- maximum amount of time spent there will be two and a half weeks as we will probably be visiting the most places within Croatia. We would like to use public transportation as much as possible up until we reach Serbia (we will have transport from Serbia to Zagreb, Croatia where we will rent a car and use to get around during our stay in Croatia).
We are looking into Couch Surfing and Hostels for all of our destinations and would like to know from the experienced travelers out there whether $10,000 CAD will cover 3 months of this type of travel within Europe - this is roughly 70 EU per day - and also whether it is possible to cover that much ground within a three month period?
Thank you for reading this post and I look forward to hearing from you!
Nov 18, 2012 8:06 AM
1It's far too ambitious if you want to see more than one place per country.
Read this first: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2153476.
Nov 18, 2012 9:19 AM
Welcome to TT!
I think you should make a rough itinerary including what places you want to visit at each country and how many time you plan to spend at each of those places. That would give us a better idea of the feasibility (or unfeasibility) of your plan.
BTW, be aware any of the countries you quoted is much more than one of its cities; i.e.: It's not the same to visit a country that only one city in that country.
Nov 18, 2012 12:59 PM
Nov 19, 2012 1:47 AM
Nov 22, 2012 2:33 PM
Nov 30, 2012 9:17 PM
6You have roughly 12 weeks and listed 13 countries - doable for one country per week. Good plan is to budget about 3 days per major city minimum as that gives you time to see major sites in a given city, perhaps a day trip and allows for traveling to the next destination. So while it would be feasible to do all 13 countries in that time, you'd only be seeing like 2 cities/areas of each given country. Nothing wroing with that per se, many people travel like this each and every summer in europe and seem ot enjoy themselves. it can be a bit rushed and you will likely get exhausted though by the time you get into the 2nd month. But I don't want to tell you how to travel, only you know if this would be too fastpaced..
Another way to do this on a smaller scale is to include those countries you have accomodations, which is six, and just stick with them, maybe adding one other country as its feasible for the onward journey (i.e. England, then France, than Switzerland, for example). This would give you about 2 weeks per country and thats a good chunk of time to see different parts (esp a varied place like France or Italy), as well as saving money since you would have some accomodations free.
You listed your journey as starting in the order listed. Note that Ireland in May will be fairly chilly and rainy (well, it can be rainy even in August). For simplisity, I'd eliminate it, start with England, then make way through France, then over to Germany and then Switzerland or eliminate Germany, head over for your Hungary, Serbia/Croatia, ending with Italy (which could include Corsica and Sardina). I'd personally eimliminate Spain and Netherland but this is just my own preference, they are more on the fridge of your route and I think you have plenty to see with the other countries. Note though ending with Italy in August will be hot hot hot so you could go their earlier (i.e. from Swtizerland), ending in Croatia or something.
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