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Old 04-30-2004, 07:30 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, I know Poland, Czech Repub, Hungary, and a couple other countries are joining the EU in May. Any ideas on whether costs will go up for travel? We'll be there in June and July.

I'm not finding much info on the web, just curious if anyone had any insight.
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I think it will increase the prices for travel with in these countries...but i do not think that it will make it way to expencive to travel.

I am not sure of how the economics work

I guess if ya wanna see what happens when an "affordable" country adapts a new currency take a look at Spain or Portugal...they were the most affordable destinational in western Europe...Is it expencive to travel there now?
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I guess if ya wanna see what happens when an "affordable" country adapts a new currency take a look at Spain or Portugal...they were the most affordable destinational in western Europe...Is it expencive to travel there now?
Barcelona is. At least hotel-wise, it's ridiculous...

I think off the beaten path will be a lot better, but the major European capitals all tend to get crazy on expenses...

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So does this mean Czech will be converting over to the Euro this month? I will be there in either late June or early July.
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I think they do switch over in May, but for some reason I doubt there will be drastic change immediatly following. Im sure there is some time between the introduction of the Euro and the time the economy starts feeling the changes. Hopefully anyway.
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i think you can still use the old currency for about a year or so too.
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As long as there's cheap beer I'll be happy enough I guess..

It will be an interesting time to visit these countries, and I'll be sure to talk to the locals and get their insight and post it here. I know from a friend in France that when they converted to the Euro, prices jumped up a huge amount. Everyone figured it was a good time to cash in.

In Poland I plan on walking around with a sign...Long Live the Zloty!!
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I don't know about everywhere else, but in Slovakia, they are not going to adopt the euro for a few more years and I think that's true for the czech republic as well. So it's very possible that poland and hungary will keep their currencies for a while too. One of my friends that I visited in Bratislava is the director of purchasing in the department of the ministry of interior of slovakia (yeah, it was a shock to find that out) and he said that pretty much everything is going to stay the same except for the price of cigarettes! lol
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We were celebrating with the locals in Vilnius on April 30 and May 1, and I can assure you that though Lithuanians are thrilled to be back in the European fold again, they're still paying ridiculously small (by "western" standards) amounts of Litai for huge, delicious meals and great beer. It'll be a couple of years probably before the Euro comes into play. Some of the pricier hotels and restaurants have probably upped their prices to accommodate the new status, but the local joints and hostels are still totally affordable. Come to the new EU this year while it's still cheap.
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Damn Eastern countries trying to make their economy better with no thoughts of us budget backpackers, WHO the hell do they think they are!
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Tell me about it - and with the currency pegged to the Euro, when the USD goes down the exchange rate tanks. The last time we ate at one of the funkiest restaurants in town, we paid nearly $30 US for two gorgeous meals, drinks and dessert! And $10 for two tickets to the opera. Highway robbery, that's what.
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Yeah when I lived in Ireland two years ago, just several months after the Euro started, the U.S. dollar and the euro were almost exactly one to one, so conversion was easy! Now, I'm sad about how much more things will be in Europe this summer, since everything will be more like 1 to 1.5 or who the heck knows, maybe even closer to 2! Argg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I don't know about the countries that are already in the EU but I sure know that the others like Romania or Bulgaria are very, very cheap.
I recommend Romania thou. You can always stay at someone house. They are very friendly people, actually to friendly they make me drink huge quantities of tuica(a sort of brandy) and the landscapes are just gorgeous. I was in Maramures county and felt like I was on another planet. Anyway check it out- http://www.spirit.ro/index.php?option=cont...w&id=21&Itemid=
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oh stop complaining!
i can't afford to travel like you folk do and you're still not satisfied. just think about it! if that is your biggest problem than you're clueless about everything. i come from the eastern europe and i can tell you that we manage to get by with 10 euros (or less)a day when going travelling. you can pull it off trust me. and it's more fun. you don't have to spend and spend and spend money.
so just go for it and have fun..
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