My First Ever Solo Europe Travels
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 10, 2012 7:02 AM Last Post By: MTL
Oct 9, 2012 9:49 AM
My First Ever Solo Europe TravelsI fly out to Prague the first week in November, I have two nights booked so far in a hostel and from there I am flexiable with these places in mind I want to travel
Hamburg (hoping to be here by 23rd December to celebrate Christmas and New Year with my relatives)
I have around 3 months free time and £5,000 (this has to include travel costs but my first flight to Prague is not from this budget)
As I say I am open to being flexiable,
Main interest in Germany the christmas markets.
Does this seem a do'able itinerary for time and money?
Oct 9, 2012 11:36 AM
15000 GBP translates to 68,89 € per day. Do-able but you'll have to build in some flexibility and you'll have to make some choices. 60 € pppd is considered here the bare minimum, 90 to 100 € per day "comfortable".
Now, your itinerary is very reasonable for 3 months, so your transportation costs shouldn't eat too much out of your budget. And you'll spend quite a bit of time in cheap countries like Poland and Hungary - that will also help.
Some ideas to reduce costs: couchsurfing, supermarket food, buy point to point train or bus tickets instead of a pass, a lot of musea have a free entrance day, ...
The odd destination in your list imo is Zagreb - I would switch that anytime for Vienna or Salzburg - but that's just me. Vienna is also on the way from Budapest to Munich. Or since you'll have plenty of time, visit both !
Oct 9, 2012 3:24 PM
2Agree with #1. I'd swap Duesseldorf out for Cologne to be honest, but either would only require 1 day, ditto Bruges, ditto Brussels.
Time won't be an issue with this trip. Consider a day trip to Auschwitz (well worth seeing). Vienna or Salzburg could be tossed in, as could a stop over in Dresden en route between Munich and Berlin, and if the budget holds up you could always toss in Paris and London at the end (if you've never done London before).
Oct 9, 2012 7:17 PM
3if you want budget advice it makes sense to convert it to Euros and deduct any travel costs in getting to (continental) Europe in the first place.
then, read this: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2153476
It's great that you're flexible, which I take to mean yu are not going to book every night far in advance but play it by ear. That's teh best way to go.
the one thing that jumps out is that your list is mainly cities. No countryside.
Oct 9, 2012 11:15 PM
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Oct 10, 2012 6:12 AM
7MissGronky, I can understand that my reply here was pretty useless and I wouldn't have pointed this out if I hadn't seen you doing exactly the same thing on one of your other threads, but I'm going to say it anyway: selective thank-yous are considered bad manners on this forum.
Even if only poster #3 give you the answer you were hoping for, ignoring the other replies is rude - probably even ruder than never returning to a thread read your replies at all (well, at least nothing indicates you read the +/- 10 replies you got on your credit vs debit card question).
Oct 10, 2012 7:02 AM
It's all 'Real'. They didn't build Prague or other cities for tourists alone. The point is that not real or fake- the point is that countries have many dimensions, and if you want to get a good feel for them, you should explore all of them.
I would also say that just venturing out on day trips by bus (why by bus? trains are much preferred by many travellers) is not enough- spend some nights in smaller places to get a better feel for them.
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