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I was just wondering, with this new financial crisis in the American Economy, for an American what are some of the best countries to visit on a relativly modest budget. Other than Eastern Europe where does the USD go the farthest?

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I am leaving from San Diego with $2660 for 18 days
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Generally, farther south is cheaper. UK and Scandinavia are very expensive. Spain, Italy, Greece are “cheaper” but, IMO are still expensive by US standards. You have to go well off the beaten tourist track in Eastern Europe to find any place that’s truly cheap. Luxembourg can be slightly cheaper than the rest of Northern Europe due to the tax rate — Europeans go there to shop — but that doesn’t necessarily help much as a tourist. The former “East Germany” used to be cheaper than “West Germany” but I’m not sure that’s still the case.

Smaller towns are often cheaper than big cities and you can sometimes save by staying in the suburbs. Any city in Western Europe that shows up on the itinerary for a packaged tour is probably expensive. Any capital city is expensive. If the city is in the top 25 list of cities in Western Europe that you’ve “heard of,” it’s expensive.

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Oh Boy! However for about a 18-22 day trip, trying to travel relatively cheap, do you think i could make it on around 4,000 USD? traveling maybe 6 countries?

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Money discussions are usually on the “packing forum” so I moved this thread. Hopefully, you’ll get better answers here on “packing.”

My base budget would be: airline ticket + city to city transportation +$75 US per day + $200 emergency fund. I’d estimate $1,000 (Hopefully the cheap flights forum will allow you to save a few hundred here) + $600 (cost of a 21 day global eurail pass. You probably won’t want to buy that pass , but you’ll probably spend that much on a combination of railpass, point to point rail tickets, bus, cheap intra-Europe flights, ferries, etc.) + $75 a day for food, lodging, local transportation, admission fees (assuming dorm rooms in hostels, eating from markets, street vendors and the occasional cafe, minimal partying, using public transportation and taking advantage of free admissions, student prices and limiting museums, almost no gifts and souvenirs — here’s where it’s tough to spend less and easy to spend twice this much).

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Wow!.. so a 3,3125 budget (what you calculated) is do-able! but.. tight so.. what about a 4,000 USD budget? would that be a lot better?

I’ve never been to Europe before but I had the idea of going to about 9 places in 21 days.. but thought i can do it with only 3,000 USD

I am leaving from toronto with $3000 for 26 days
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9 places will be rough in 21 days, particularly if you’re counting your flight days. Your flight leaves day 1, arriving on day 2. You don’t want to plan much for day 2 due to jet lag, sleep deprivation and possible culture shock. Day 21 will be entirely taken up with your flight home and day 20 may be spent getting to your departure point. That means you’ll be spending only 2 days, or less, per city. It generally takes 1/2 day to get from city to city and an hour or two to find and get to your hostel, so you’ve only got a day and a half in each place.

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Mihaku, Let us help you price out your trip!
What are your trip dates?
What 9 places do you want to see?
List how many days you want to stay in each city?
Traveling alone or with a friend/s?
What country are you departing from?
What price did you see so far on airfare?
What monuments or museums are a must for you to see?

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London -3 days
Zurich -2 days
Munich -2 days
Venice – 2 days
Florence -3days
Rome – 4 days
Barecelona -4 days
Nice -2 days
Paris -4 days

We have family in zurich. so we will get free food and free accomdations.
We will probably have a place to stay at zurich with a friend.. and maybe paris too!

so.. please provide a budget. The airefare for return trip cost $750 CD flying to london. We will be travelling from August 12 to September 6. We have to board the plane in london.

Thanks a bunch!

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Hi there, I’m not doing a Europe trip (as I did one 2 yrs ago). This time I’m doing a RTW trip to Cairo, Moscow, USA (New York, possibly head to Niagara falls) and L.A (down to san Diego then onto Tokyo and home to Australia. I’m wondering if anyone knows the sort of prices I should be paying for food/accommodation/bus/train fairs in these various countries? Any info would be greatly appreciated. I’m a single female traveller so safety is a concern in accommodation but I’m willing to try anything.

I am leaving from brisbane with $3000 for 20 days
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Hi! I’m hoping to do a 21-day trip with $1500, air tickets and emergency money excluded
and I’ll be using more bus than rail to save – is this a realistic realistic number?
My plan is to touch 9 cities but only to see around for 6-7, would it be too rush?
and I’ve planned for $50 a day, how would it be different from the $75 budget? – I won’t starve and I get a place to stay at night right?
I’m just a student and I’m not having much money so I won’t splurge on souvenir, how much should I budget for that? I just want a rough number so I won’t overspend too much.. and for the fees to museums and other attractions too, I’m not sure how much it should take
Can someone give an estimation?
thanks!!

I am leaving from Hong Kong with $2000 for 21 days
London, Cambridge, London, Paris, Brussels, Luxembourg, Cologne, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Bremen, Hamelin, Berlin
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mihaku,
I moved your question “Mihaku’ Trip” to Favorite Places and gave you a reply. Check it out.