Europe backpacking trip advise

Jul 27th, 2013, 03:14 PM
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That's fair enough about the trains

If you use supermarkets i don't see why soft drinks have to be out, same goes for buying food, most hostels are self catering and have kitchens so that can help bring the cost down for food
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Jul 27th, 2013, 04:49 PM
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I meant soft drinks in restaurants and cafes . . .
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Jul 27th, 2013, 10:07 PM
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m not really a soft drinks person, but yea some meat n cheese with a loaf of bread in a nice park with a bottle of wine would do good for a nice picnic brunch from a supermarket for me. thats how m planning to eat with probably a snack in the evening with probably eating at a restaurant once a week.
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Jul 28th, 2013, 03:31 AM
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okay, but it isn't exactly cheap to be buying entire packets of meat and cheese in supermarkets, etc., those items are expensive. Bread not so much. I hope you have some vitamins, merely eating meat and cheese and bread is not exactly healthy, not to mention an entire bottle of wine at lunch (or ever). Eating poorly for a week or two might not matter, but for two months it could. I'm not kidding, when I was young in my early 20s, I ate poorly once for several months as I didn't have a regular home and kitchen, and got vitamin deficiencies (probably B) so that I lost control of my bladder at times. It can be hard to get vegetables when eating that way.

AS for your schedule, it's not bad, but I don't understand why you want to spend 4 days in Bordeaux, France, of all places. It's okay for a day or two. I understand it is in-between France and Spain, I was there last year for that reason, but it doesn't merit that kind of time. I don't know how you plan that transportation, train to Bordeaux is easy, train from there to Spain not as easy, I took Easyjet as they have cheap flights between the two and good prices. You can get from Bordeaux to Madrid by train, it's just not very direct and takes a long long time (like 12 hours almost). It is much easier to take a train from Paris south and then over to Spain, although I see that is your plan upon return from Spain, so guess you wouldn't want to repeat it.
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Jul 28th, 2013, 04:23 AM
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here i have updated my itinary and researched out all the budget, please check and see if this would be managable? I also reduced my travel time from 62 days to 55 days.

all prices mentioned are in euro.

city res. cost travel time hostel cost hostel name
reach paris 32.14 ST CHRISTOPHER INN
paris 32.14 ST CHRISTOPHER INN
paris 32.14 ST CHRISTOPHER INN
paris to bordeaux 9.8 4h 38.25 RESIDOTEL GALARIE TATRE
bordeaux 38.25 RESIDOTEL GALARIE TATRE
bordeaux 38.25 RESIDOTEL GALARIE TATRE
bordeaux to madrid 26.14 overnight-12h
reach madrid 13.63 WAY HOSTEL
madrid 13.63 WAY HOSTEL
madrid 13.63 WAY HOSTEL
madrid 13.63 WAY HOSTEL
madrid 13.63 WAY HOSTEL
madrid to barcelona 9.8 4h 24.01 SANT JODI ALBERG
barcelona 24.01 SANT JODI ALBERG
barcelona 24.01 SANT JODI ALBERG
barcelona 24.01 SANT JODI ALBERG
barcelona 24.01 SANT JODI ALBERG
barcelona to nice 40.29 8h 18.87 VILLA ST. EXUPERY BEACH
nice 18.87 VILLA ST. EXUPERY BEACH
nice 18.87 VILLA ST. EXUPERY BEACH
nice to venice 9.8 4h 18.35 HOTEL ASTORIA
venice 18.35 HOTEL ASTORIA
venice 18.35 HOTEL ASTORIA
venice to rome 10.89 3h 23.06 COMICS GUESTHOUSE
rome 23.06 COMICS GUESTHOUSE
rome 23.06 COMICS GUESTHOUSE
rome 23.06 COMICS GUESTHOUSE
rome 23.06 COMICS GUESTHOUSE
rome to florence 10.89 2h 20.51 EUROSTUDENT HOME
florence 20.51 EUROSTUDENT HOME
florence 20.51 EUROSTUDENT HOME
florence 20.51 EUROSTUDENT HOME
florence to munich 29.93 overnight-11h
munich 26.21 A&O CITY HACKERPRUECKE
munich 26.21 A&O CITY HACKERPRUECKE
munich 26.21 A&O CITY HACKERPRUECKE
munich to prague 9.8 6h 9.97 CZECH INN
prague 9.97 CZECH INN
prague 9.97 CZECH INN
prague 9.97 CZECH INN
prague 9.97 CZECH INN
prague to berlin 9.8 4h 14.67 THE CATS PYJAMAS
berlin 14.67 THE CATS PYJAMAS
berlin 14.67 THE CATS PYJAMAS
berlin 14.67 THE CATS PYJAMAS
berlin to amsterdam 9.8 6h 31.77 FLYING PIG UPTOEN
amsterdam 31.77 FLYING PIG UPTOEN
amsterdam 31.77 FLYING PIG UPTOEN
amsterdam 31.77 FLYING PIG UPTOEN
amsterdam 31.77 FLYING PIG UPTOEN
amsterdam to paris 9.8 4h 32.14 ST CHRISTOPHER INN
paris 32.14 ST CHRISTOPHER INN
paris 32.14 ST CHRISTOPHER INN
paris 32.14 ST CHRISTOPHER INN
leave from paris
TOTAL 186.74 70h 1182.94

Eurorail global pass - 15 day 589.49
Grand total expenditure on train 776.23
hostel expenditure 1182.94
Total 1959.17

budget Left 3040.83 per day left 55.28

Food cost for full trip 1665.4 per day 30.28
Sights and misc for full trip 1375 per day 25

Flight 637
GRAND TOTAL 5636.57
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Jul 28th, 2013, 04:26 AM
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sorry that table got all messed up there,

here i have updated my itinary and researched out all the budget, please check and see if this would be managable? I also reduced my travel time from 62 days to 55 days.

all prices mentioned are in euro.

kindly view the table here if possible

https://www.dropbox.com/s/h79em5uxbsj45jl/eurotrip.pdf
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Jul 28th, 2013, 05:31 AM
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IMHO your food budget is very small unless you are cooking all your own meals. Your 25 per day for sights, local transit and misc (are you planning on doing anything in the evening at all?) is very low.

Also you don;t have any emergency fund - you should have at least 10% of your budget accessible via your debit card in case of emergencies (suppose a strike keeps you in a city longer than anticipated? or weather conditions delay your travel?)
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Jul 28th, 2013, 07:07 AM
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Check out Hihostels.com at the moment all of their hostels in Paris from 26.90 Euros per night
Barcelona from 34.50 Euros for entire stay
Rome from 20 Euros a night
Florence 19 Euros a night
Amsterdam from 26.33 Euros a night
Paris same price again

The cities I missed either don't have Hostels or there more pricy than what you have already found, one advantage of most of the HiHostels is that breakfast is included so that saves a little more
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Jul 28th, 2013, 07:35 AM
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thanks fred and ginger mad, thank you, i would have a look at those.

also i wanted to know how strict is europe about smoking? like are you allowed to smoke on the streets?
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Jul 28th, 2013, 10:26 AM
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You can I believe, smoke on the street anywhere in europe (unlike NYC where you can;t smoke in parks or playgrounds). But more and more smoking is banned indoors, with enforcement variable.

Also more and more lodgings are banning smoking.
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Jul 29th, 2013, 12:06 PM
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Enforcements of smoking bans IME are strict - at least in Germany, the IU.K. and especially so in France - however I have seen train conductors stealing a smoke on the sly on platforms in French stations that are clearly marked non-smoking and I have seen Douaniers at CDG airport smoking right in front on non-smoking signs (before there was a ban on airport smoking in general) and in Italy where all trains are non-smoking as they are in nearly all parts of Europe a conductor walking thru a car whilst puffing away.
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Aug 28th, 2013, 06:09 AM
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Do a trip report when you get back!!!
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Aug 28th, 2013, 07:10 AM
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sure would do that, currently trying to find out if i can get people from different parts of the world to travel with.
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