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Aug 19th, 2004, 11:12 AM
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You can camp for free in much of Scandinavia. That would help someone reach this budget!

I think my son and I were pretty close or under that budget in Scandinavia last year, particularly if attractions aren't included. We had a Priceline hotel in Copenhagen, an Ibis hotel in Goteborg, and a studio flat in Oslo (at the Anker Hostel). So accommodation (with a private bathroom) averaged under $40 USD/per person per day, sometimes including breakfast, and then we ate economically the rest of the day.
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Aug 19th, 2004, 11:16 AM
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It's amazing. I really need to learn how to use Priceline.

There was an article in the Times travel section two weeks ago (I think) on Scandinavia. It was written by a grad student in London who went with her boyfriend, if I remember correctly. One thing she complained about was that it was really difficult to find a cheap room. I think that her room exceeded the rate of $70 a night.

We should have her come to Fodor's to get advice.
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Aug 19th, 2004, 11:19 AM
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I'm afraid that London is going to be high. Outside London, rates do get much lower.
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Aug 19th, 2004, 11:20 AM
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Except for Priceline in London of course. I know I've posted this a million times, but we had two nights in July 2004 at the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum for $64 USD + taxes and fees per night.
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Aug 19th, 2004, 11:22 AM
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That's an amazing rate!

But not under 70 US (with taxes and fees).
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Aug 19th, 2004, 11:27 AM
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No, but I probably could have gotten that low a rate if I had bid for a 2* or 3* hotel in a different London zone. (I did get the Holiday Inn Heathrow Ariel for a bid of $40 USD + taxes and fees.)
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Aug 19th, 2004, 11:29 AM
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I'll have to pick your brains on Priceline some time. I'm just too lazy to read all that stuff on biddingfortravel . It just seems easier to pick something and be done with it -- of course, I pay for it too.

And so far I've not needed to book a room in London, but I'm sure that this will come up at one point.
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Aug 19th, 2004, 12:39 PM
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I just got a 4* hotel in Mayfair for $95/night for 7 nights beginning September 5th. Actually, it's in Covent Garden but Priceline lumps together Mayfair, Soho, and CG.
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Aug 19th, 2004, 03:34 PM
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Re: $70-a-day in Europe.
Last year my husband and I spent a month in Italy and spent an average of $182 per day BUT that included everything except car rental and air fare -- room, meals, admissions, gasoline (not cheap!), parking, toll roads, the works. We stayed in Frommer and Rick Steves recommendations and found some B&B's on our own -- no hostels and no slumming. We picnicked a lot at lunch but usually had dinner with wine at medium priced restaurants. We really enjoy staying at B&B's not only because of the great value but because it's a wonderful way to meet the locals. We've been value-conscious European travelers for 25 years and can't seem to get enough. $70 per day per person (room and meals) is certainly do-able if one doesn't need 4 and 5-star accommodations and Michelin restaurants. Of course, how one chooses to travel is a personal choice, so the $70 a day plan wouldn't suit everyone.
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Aug 21st, 2004, 07:01 AM
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In 1968, I traveled for 10 weeks in Europe and spent about $1000 for everything including airfare from Boston. No, I didn't stay in any hostels or camps; yes, I was traveling with another woman and sharing expenses. My income was $5000 yr., but my rent was $50/month, so I could easily save the money.

Now I'm trying to plan a trip that won't cost two of us more than $1000 for each 3-4 days. Can you imagine what that 10-week walkabout would cost now?
Aug 21st, 2004, 09:06 AM
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Our trip to Germany cost about $160 a day excluding airfare for both of us combined. Included everything except airfare (e.g., trains, rental car, meals, hotels/pensions, sightseeing, entrance fees, etc.) The euro is higher now, so adding about 25% would make it $200 a day now. We lived well and didn't skip anything we wanted to do. We didn't stay in larger hotels--we prefer good pensions and family hotels.
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