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Old 01-17-2004, 08:57 PM   #1
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I am planning on taking a post graduation trip to Europe this summer. I would like to visit the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, and possibly the Scandanavian countries. Money is a big issue. What can I expect to spend for a month or so of travel. Also I would appreciate any suggestions for cheap travel. I am willing to camp, stay in hostels, eat dirt, whatever is necessary to prolong my getaway from the states.

PS- What is the cheapest way to get to Europe?
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The cheapest way to get there that I know of is to scour flight deals like a hawk, and hope that some airline is offereing a cheap flight over there.

Like everyone else says, to stay cheap, stay outside the major cities. The farther east in Europe the cheaper you get.

As far as dollar amounts, you can look at about $15-20 a day for lodging, $15-20 for food, and your transportation. so for a month could be $1-2k.
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I am a newbie myself, living in Portugal for the moment. I have found that hostels aren't as cheap as everybody thinks. 20 Euros is $25 US and that is just for a bunk bed for a night! I am planning on travelling for two months and needed something cheaper...I have found that is the way to go...but I still need more advice on it. Maybe we can help eachother out. In most cases a campsite is about 5-10 Euros a night, and in most places they offer showers, pools, kitchen facilieties, etc. I heard that we do not need reservations, but I am not sure on that. I also am wondering if camping on normal land (not campsites) is legal. (This would be cheep to do every few days when a shower isnt needed...FREE!) Let me know if you hear anything on that.

thanks, and good luck!
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yeah Britstar you are right on the hostel thing! unfortunatly the usd has weakened causing the cost of a bed to rise for us yankees , and portugal isnt that cheap anyway. Galactic I must also point out that you have chosen the most expensive countries in Europe so watching your wallet will be challenging, but if you do it right you'll have the time of your life.

As far as camping outside campsites...

I cant say Im innocent of this, Ive traveled both as a backpacker with plenty of money to spend and also as a backpacker going rambo style sleeping in airports and anywhere warm to rest my head. Most Eastern countries you can find a place in the trees and never get bothered, but thats if ya dont mind. You can save tons of ciznash that way.

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Galactic I almost forgot....

What city are you leaving from to go to Europe?
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Hi Galactic,

I am going to Europe for the first time in March and I was able to get a flight out of JFK to London for 279.71. thru 1800flyeurope.com, I have been searching for weeks and that was the absolute cheapest I could find.

Also now Ryan air & I forget the other, it's listed under the cheap airfares on T punks homepage are offering very reasonable flights around Europe.

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I am going to Europe for the first time this summer and planning on going semi-rambo style. I hear hostels are a good bet but the rates are high over the internet huh?, Is it safe to say I can just wing it by calling a couple of days in advance? I dont mind camping if its a good bet? I am sure I can meet locals any ideas on that?

ALSO what is the best CHEAP WAY TO TRAVEL?
I have info on train cards, how do they fare?
BUSES..are they easy and cheap over great distances?
Once I am there THERE IS NO WAY I WANT TO COME HOME...Until the American Holidays come around at least
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