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A Complete Euro Trip...advise needed!
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Hello,
Ok so I’ve got my sights set high. I want to see basically all of Europe and am planning a 1 year backpacking extravaganza! This will by my first time attempting such a trip but i figure after I go once I’ll want to keep returning, so why not get it all out of the way?? (You know, before I have to grow up and start a career )

Overall, I plan on working my way westward finishing in the UK/Iceland. I’m open to the idea of settling somewhere in the UK to round off my trip and basically stay until my funds run out.

What I want to know is a realistic cost to this trip leading up to the UK..so basically travelling to every country. I’ve read a statistics that says to budget $100 a day..is that $100 euro’s a day or $100 USD or even $100 CAN (as I am Canadian)? Because that would ball park this trip to $36,500. Keep in mind I am perfectly willing to stay in group room hostels for the large majority of this trip (which I understand is cheaper than say a 4 person bedroom) and I will be very cheap whenever I can. Do you think I can do it for less? $25,000?

Which 5 countries would you say are the most expensive (that use the Euro)?
Which 5 countries would you say are the least expensive?

And considering I’ll be travelling a full 12 months, what countries should I stick to and what countries should I avoid in the Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter?

I am leaving from Toronto Canada with $20000
I am leaving from Toronto, Canada with $15000 for 260 days
Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Venice, Rome, Maribor, Zagreb, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Podgorica, Tirana, Bitola, Athens, Istanbul, Bucharest, Chişinău, Kiev, Minsk, Moscow, Vilnius, Riga, Tartu, Saint-Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Zürich, Brussels, Amsterdam
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I am leaving from Toronto, Canada with $4000 for 72 days
Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan, Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Petra, Nevşehir, Antalya, Istanbul, Varna, Sofia, Belgrade, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Bled, Munich
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I forgot to add I plan on sticking to rural/smaller towns and keep big cities (like Paris) to day trips/limited night stays. I also wouldn’t mind getting my food from local markets as i’ll get a more cultural experience this way.

I am leaving from Toronto Canada with $20000
I am leaving from Toronto, Canada with $15000 for 260 days
Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Venice, Rome, Maribor, Zagreb, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Podgorica, Tirana, Bitola, Athens, Istanbul, Bucharest, Chişinău, Kiev, Minsk, Moscow, Vilnius, Riga, Tartu, Saint-Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Zürich, Brussels, Amsterdam
Requesting help with Transport, Budget, Itinerary
I am leaving from Toronto, Canada with $4000 for 72 days
Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan, Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Petra, Nevşehir, Antalya, Istanbul, Varna, Sofia, Belgrade, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Bled, Munich
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Keep in mind: To stay in rural areas, you will have to budget more for transportation.

Visas: Be aware tourist entry limits. I don’t know off the top but I think they’re similar for US citizens — ie, 90 days Schengen countries combined, 180 days UK, 30-90 days most other countries. See the “nifty visa checking tool” thread pinned @top of our Cheap Flights Forum. I believe that Canada has a working holiday scheme with the UK, but I don’t know how you would go about that — what you have to do before departure, for example.

Camping is probably the cheapest way to stay. Second-cheapest probably a toss-up between pensions, zimmer (rooms)—in some places— and hostels. You might find an occasional hotel deal that’s too had to pass up, such as Travelodge UK rooms on one of their 10 pound promotions.

Most expensive that I’ve been to: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland (first 4 do not use Euro, however), UK, France, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Austria.

Least expensive that I’ve been to: Macedonia, Romania, Hungary (do not use Euro—yet?), Portugal, Spain, Germany.

Generally, further south and east ~ less expensive. One exception: I find prices in Germany much more reasonable than other countries in northern Europe. Also, the Baltics (Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania) I’ve heard can be inexpensive away from main cities.

On my list of inexpensive (or less-expensive) places to visit: Croatia, Azores, Ukraine, Slovenia.

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I would budget $100 US per day — although given your “style” you should probably be able to cut that some.

Most expensive would definitely be Russia (at least in 2008) followed by the Scandinavian countries and Switzerland.

Least expensive places I’ve been would be Ukraine, Romania, and the Baltic states. However, even though the cost of living is low, it’s often difficult for a tourist to find low prices. Sometimes there is specific policy to charge foreign tourists more for the same room.

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I agree with Don. You must have bigger budget if you plan to stay in rural areas