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Is $3500 enough?
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Hey all,

I just posted about backpack size and wasn’t sure if I should separate my questions or not. But anyways, I will be spending 1 month in Italy (June) then traveling to Amsterdam (3 days), Berlin (3), Munich (3), and then spending almost 2 weeks in Switzerland, the last week in July we will be in Austria meeting my mom.

Anyways, my flight and housing will be covered the first month as well as some of my touristy activities (museums, etc). The study abroad program at my school, the sponsors for this trip say that we should have $1500 for spending money.

The second month is what I am most curious about.. I should have approx. $2000 for the second month. We plan to stay in hostels (private rooms, but the cheapest we can find), and aren’t expensive eaters. While in Switzerland we plan on camping. Our time in Austria, will likely not cost much because I will be with my mom.

So, I will have $2000 for… (I will only be paying my way, he will be paying for his expenses)
-hostels (approximately 15nights),
-train rides (hopefully using overnight trains so we don’t have to pay for hotel nights) or cheap RyanAir tickets to a couple destinations
-camping for 10 nights
-food/entertainment

I won’t do much, if any shopping.

Should I have enough?

Thanks for all your help!

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Also, sorry, I didn’t make this clear- I will have 3500 Euro Smile

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Since it will include city to city transportation, I don’t think you can cover 30 days with $2,000 and covering it with 2,000 Euros will be very tight — remember your school thinks you need $1,500 a month over the basics of food, lodging and some admission fees. I’d figure 50 to 75 euros a day in addition to the cost of city to city transportation (rough estimate $750). What you save while you’re staying in Austria will help out with the more expensive days and provide an emergency stash.

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Thanks for the information..

The 50 to 75 euro for daily expenses, does that include hostels? If not, how much on average would you say to plan to have for hostels? (I have looked at some and have seen them for 30-40 euro per night, and i am sure that it depends on the location too)

If I planned 65 euro x 28 days (2 weeks traveling) = 1820. I will also be spending approx 15 nights in hostels, and 10 days camping. The 10 days camping I shouldn’t be spending that much, only food costs.

If you had to guess, how much should I plan for… – Traveling : 750 – Hostels: ? – Daily: approx. 65 – $1500 for study abroad portion

Bringing, how much in total?

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Your 65 euros per day will be tight but doable for hostels/camping, local transportation (buses, trams, subways, no taxis) food (street vendors, markets, the occasional low end cafe, pub or tavern, no real restaurants) admissions, the occasional postcard or cheap trinket, laundry and misc.

Following my general rule (the price of a 30 day railpass) I was fairly low on my estimate for city to city transportation — $850 would be more reasonable. Thus, my estimate would be your $1,500 plus $850 plus a $200 emergency stash or about $2,500. Your city to city transportation might be considerably less if you’re willing/able to spend hours shopping for the best rail and train deals and commit to exact dates and times 60 days, or more, in advance.

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On my trip I spent $100/day (or 65euros/day) for all my expensed except for travel, but I was paying attention to what I spent. I tried to buy food at markets and prepare it at my hostel. I was also staying at very budget hostels (18 – 25 euros / night), so if you plan to stay at nicer hostels, then you will probably have a little trouble.

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Hi
I am a terrible budgeter so I can’t help with this. But I do have a few comments:
1) If you are a drinker you will be spending a LOT on alcohol. It just happens and drinking ADDS UP. I studied abroad one summer (pre-euro days) and though I self-catered often and did not have to pay for accommodations, I still ran very low on funds. You will spend money in weird ways that you don’t originally think of, such as the post-office, buying toiletries and home-goods, calling cards/phone calls, day-trips and excursions that you discover, etc etc.
2) Ryanair: yes, it is a budget airline and often you get sick deals, but these tickets must be purchased wayyyy in advance. You won’t get a 99cent fair a week before departure, usually you snag these tickets months in advance. PLus, RyanAir is the king of all hidden fees. Your bag, over the weight limits, preferred seating, credit card booking, all are fees that add up. I once had a 24 Euro flight and my bag was a few kilos over, and my BAG cost 25 euro MORE!!!!! Just be careful with Ryanair, as they have found all sorts of new ways to charge you.
3) Train travel is not as cheap as it used to be, sometimes flying the distances is cheaper and obviously quicker.
4) Camping is not always free.
I hope I helped and happy travels!