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1st time backpacking(1 month around europe)
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I’m planning to go backpacking around Europe on my own for a month(roughly 17/9/12-17/10/12) on a tight budget(around rm 5000/1600usd/1200euro)
this is my initial plan (do comment) on doing so:
London 3 days – Brussels 3 – Amsterdam 3 – Berlin 2 – Munich 3(oktoberfest!) – Salzburg 2 – Prague 3 – Vienna 2 – Venice 1 – Rome 2 – Milan 3 – Paris 3
flight in /out: probably London.

1.is it possible to do so?time and budget wise??
2.must go places in stated countries.
3.accommodation/ transportation guide.
4.what should i pack?

p/s: I’m Malaysian,really hope other experience Malaysian can help(travel guide wise)..student and inexperience traveler..

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That’s a tight budget. I’m assuming flight is not included in this budget. You’re going to have to plan well to do 30 days for $53 USD/day. A few things come to mind:

1) See if you can do open-jaw flight. That means arrive in, say, London, but return from, say, Rome. It will save you backtrack days and expenses. I’d only do round-trip flights if the savings was very significant, or if a “loop” (circular) ground itinerary made a lot of sense to cover what you want to see; (I’m not sure it does).

2) London is very dear. Prague prices, in comparison, will probably be half.

3) Why Brussels for 3 days? Consider 2 nights (max) with a morning train to Brugge, then onward to Amsterdam. From Ams, consider a day trip to Delft. Salzburg can be done as a day trip from Munich. Why Milan? I’d rather take those 3 nights and add to Rome, and/or Florence.

Check our Hostels, Transport, and Packing forums next-door here on Eurotrip for more tips.

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Rule of thumb budget:
Airfare from Malaysia: $????
City to City transportation: $150 US per week= $600 to 700
Living expense: $75 per day (pretty minimal) = $2250

Oktoberfest is VERY expensive in terms of lodging costs, beer, tent reservations, etc. You’ll need to stay outside Munich and commute with a limited budget. All of the cities you’ve picked are on the high side of average for cost, so getting by on less than €50 ($70) per day will be difficult.

I agree with Don’s suggested changes to your itinerary. Plus I’d substitute nearby and cheaper (also, IMO, more interesting) Bratislava for Vienna, although you’ll probably want to use Take advantage of the overnight train from Vienna to Venice.

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veryyyy tight…as a student,even rm5000 in our country is quite hard to saveFrown but i was planning to save on accommodation as i dont mind sleeping anywhere,bus stop, train station maybe even ask anyone willing to let me sleep on their couch,is that possible??

1)thx for ‘open-jaw flight’ idea..will look into it..

3)is it faster from Brugge to Ams?is Delft that good?i prefer to stay in a city at least 2night to fully enjoy it. as i never went to europe(except uk) i choose to go to all the major city for my first time trip..maybe later i’ll try go other places.what do you think?

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Look into “couch surfing” http://www.couchsurf…

Brussels is a great city, but not very interesting for the typical tourist. I love the huge diversity of population (Caribbean, African, Indonesian plus French and Flemish), food, music and culture. However there aren’t a lot of the picture-for-the-scrapbook sights. There’s a unique medieval square which is worth a visit and the modern architecture that’s a tribute to the huge bureaucracy that is the EU. The great chocolate, great food (be sure to get a waffle), great beer, etc. are available elsewhere in Belgium. Many find Bruges a more interesting visit — you could stay there two or three days and visit Brussels as a day trip or en-route to/from Bruges. Belgium is distinctly two cultures. French south of Brussels, Flemish north of Brussels.