2 Aussies backpacking in Europe
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Oct 24, 2012 1:06 PM Last Post By: Aribo
Oct 23, 2012 3:44 AM
2 Aussies backpacking in EuropeHI all,
Next year I'm going to be backpacking around Europe with a friend, we have selected where we would like to visit, now its a matter of nutting out the other details, what to see, where to go, best way to travel etc, I'm a 29/30 year old male who loves history, sports, hiking & culture (My previous trips include Egypt, Turkey & Nepal(Base Camp)), my travel companion is a 27 year old female with minimal travel experience.
I have been lurking around in the forum for some time and read a lot of the replies, however I believe everyone travel differently. I'm looking for suggestions on cheap places / locations to stay, fun & adventurous things to do, best ways to get around and to hear about others travel stories.. I love talking about travel, good or bad.
While I'm sure everyone here gets sick of these types of posts, begging for help, I thought I would give something back to the lurking community. I would like to thank anyone who helps make this the best adventure of my life.
Travel Budget - 50 - 80 EUR per day
Travel destinations & Some of the things we want to see.:
(Most places have appropriately 7 days. 1 for travel, 1 for resting & 5 for sigh-seeing)
1. Spain - (July 3 to July 8th) - Running with the Bulls
2. Scotland \ Wales - (8th to 17th) - Ben Nevis
3. UK - (18th to 24th) - Ashes at Lords / Stonehenge
3. Ireland - (25th to 1st) - Snowdonia
4. France - (2nd to 8th) - D'day beaches
5. Italy - (9th to 15th) - Pompeii
6. Austria \ Hungry \ Czec \ Poland - (16th to 29th) - Not much time because we have specific reasons to travel here
7. North Germany (30th to 12th of Sept)
8. Amsterdam (13th to 16th)
9. Spare Days (17 to 18th)
10. Munich - (19\9 to 25\9) - Oktoberfest
Oct 23, 2012 4:15 AM
Oct 23, 2012 4:25 AM
2Hey, I'm more than happy just to hear about other peoples travel stories while backpacking \ travelling through Europe while ignoring my itinerary ..
If I happen to hear something that helps me great, if not I will save it for my future plans.
Oct 23, 2012 4:57 AM
Oct 23, 2012 5:14 AM
Oct 23, 2012 5:16 AM
Oct 23, 2012 10:19 AM
6As lucapal said, Snowdonia is in Wales and not Ireland.
You're not going to do all of that on 80 euros a day either. I suggest you look at each of those countries and work out what you want to see and do in each one and adjust your itinerary accordingly. A week at Oktoberfest could easily set you back 500 euros plus before you even book accommodation.
If you intend getting tickets to an Ashes test at Lords then I suggest you apply long before you land in the UK as they're not easy to get hold of. I also wouldn't bother with Stonehenge, go to Avebury instead.
Oct 23, 2012 10:49 AM
7You seem to just be bouncing around Europe a bit.
Spain (S Europe) to UK (N Europe)
D Day beaches (N Europe) to Pompeii (far S of Europe) to Austria, etc.... (central/Eastern Europe)
Amsterdam (N Europe) to Munich (Central Europe)
I can see why you want to do that because of the set events you are planning to go to but it will be very tough going.
How are you planning to travel?
If you know where an when you want to be in each place you will be best off booking budget airlines way in advance, but this will be really restrictive and not the way I like to travel (freedom please!). If you want to travel overland on this itinerary it will mean lots of time on trains and buses (not the best use of your time and probably pretty expensive).
As others have said your budget is unrealistic with the amount of travelling you wish to do and the expensive events you want to attend.
€80 per day would be ok if you concentrate on a smaller area where you can take local trains and coaches between destinations.
Oct 23, 2012 12:56 PM
8Skip the oktoberfest and go to any other beerfest in Germany. It will be more interesting, more fun, more autentice and much, much cheaper. And it will be hard to manage a low budget as you will travel a lot in a short timeframe
Oct 23, 2012 7:09 PM
Oct 24, 2012 1:06 PM
10While I'm sure everyone here gets sick of these types of posts
Not at all. But honestly I do grow a bit tired of people who make a point of mentioning Wales and Scotland separately from "the UK" (I suppose you mean +England+) and put up a list of countries including Amsterdam (I suppose you don't know that's a city, in a country named the Netherlands; or perhaps you do know, but are convinced there's nothing to see and do outside Amsterdam).
If I happen to hear something that helps me great, if not I will save it for my future plans
Seriously: while I would never pretend to be a savvy world traveler who's been everywhere and has enough experience to write an interesting book about my travels (not at all, actually), it would take me about an hour to write down every potentially useful detail of the short trip I made around the south of the Netherlands and to Duesseldorf in the past few days.
Perhaps you can find such travel stories on the Don't Forget to Write branch, but on the regional branches most people would prefer you ask specific questions that we can give specific answers to.
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