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Old 06-01-2006, 07:36 PM   #1
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Assume I already have the airline tickets, and unlimited Eurorail pass taken care of (1 month Eurorail)

How much should I count on bringing for a 1.5 month trip?

50 euros a day just seems like a HUGE budget! lol... I was planning closer to 20 :P

I'm planning on going VERY low budget... i.e. camping in parks, sleeping on over night trains, showering at the beach showers, staying in hostels now and again. I don't anticipate hitting up many of the expensive museums. I think I'm just going to explore the cities and see what I can find, and see the landmarks.


And what is a good price range for a hostel? I have a good friend that took a similar trip to what I'm planning to Europe recently, and she was telling me all about it. While telling me about her trip to europe she only mentioned price for hostels once, and said she paid 6 euros to stay in a tent at a hostel (it would have been 8 for a dorm room)... this girl also lived off of 200 euros for 2 months Of course, she was borderline homeless, but she also had the adventure of a lifetime!
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Old 06-01-2006, 07:38 PM   #2
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Oh, and have any of you had any luck showing up at a Hostel and working for your room? I wouldn't mind working a few hours a day for a place to stay. That would save loads of cash
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Old 06-01-2006, 07:43 PM   #3
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and another strategy I was thinking about using was making friends with the people I ride with on the train (locals) and seeing if they would have me over for dinner and give me a couch to sleep on. Obviously not be pushy, or rude... but explain the situation, and on a 4 hour train ride you can probably make a pretty good friend
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I dont know how to edit posts sorry that the first 4 are mine... but I keep remembering stuff.

I won't be drinking any alchohol on my trip, so you may want to take that into consideration.
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I personally havent worked for my room but a lot of the staff at my hostels did that, although a lot of places seemed to want you to work for longer periods of time than just a few days. If they personally don't need your help though, I'm sure they could easily point you in the right direction.

As for the price of hostels, seeing as you're using a Eurorail pass I'm assuming you'll be doing more of Western Europe and the price of Western Europe can be relatively high (for your budget). When I went, during high season Hostels usually went for about 18-23 euros. I was hard pressed to find something as cheap as 15 euros a night (although it did happen...in Austria I had a hostel that was about 13/night). I know backpackers in Rome lets people sleep on the roof for 5 euros/night....but food wise it can be pretty cheap. If you are in a place where you can cook, pasta's like 40c/bag...rice same thing...fruit little more, just hit up the grocery store and you can easily live off like 5 euros a day

edited to add: oh! check out www.couchsurfer(s).com (cant remember if there's an s or not in there). Just remember that the offer goes both ways. If they let you sleep on their couch you should be willing to do the same when you're back home...

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I think 20 a day is a little bit tight....Sometimes your hostel rooms are more than that. I also dont know how good an idea it is to "rely" on strangers that you meet on the bus to feed you and put you up!! I mean, all the power to you if that happens...

As far as working for your room, sometimes that works. I lived in a hostel for close to six months and worked for my room. However we didn't give work to people that were only there for a few days because that didn't give us a chance to get to know them at all...I don't know if this is common practise in all hostels though.

When are you planning your trip? I am one of those people that would rather postpone a trip and have enough money to be comfortable, than go and have to scrimp on my funds the entire time because I didn't have enough. But there are probably lots of people (the borderline homeless girl from your above post!) that have great adventures that way. All up to you bro.

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I'm on couchsurfers, it's a great site. Any couch surfers I've had stay with me got free accomidation and sometimes a meal. Showing your guest around is all part of the hosting process as well.

Hostels in western Europe do tend to cost between 10 and 25. It can all depend what you want I don't mind if the place is a bit run down (I think that just adds more caracter to the place) as long as the beds are fairly clean and you can have a shower I don't see what more you could want. Maybe consider staying out of the city centre (or the big citys alltogether) for most of the time as that's bound to be cheeper and country folk wil give you a better feel for the place your visiting. Big citys cater for international crowds so tend to be very familer.
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You can also sleep in train stations/airports. Not highly recommended, but it's an option. 20 a day will be a tough one though. Make sure your transportation isn't part of that!!
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yeah, sure, plan for 20-25 euros a day but dude...bring more than that. have an emergency credit card or something.
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