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How Early Should Someone Start Planning?
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I was wandering how early someone should start planning for a EuroTrip. I am planning on leaving Spring of 2012. So when should i start planning on the trip?

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I would start planning now in terms of places you want to visit. If you have specific things you want to do (running of the bulls, Octoberfest, etc.) you’ll want to make sure your trip dates line up with these event dates (i.e. you don’t want to be in Amsterdam only to find out you have to be in spain the next day for the Running of the Bulls). Planning for flights, hotels should be left for a few months before you go.

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I’m pretty much always somewhere in the “planning stage” for the next couple of trips. Those may be several years in the future. Saving money and a rough idea of where to visit can begin years in advance. For me, serious planning (buying plane tickets, scratching a rough itinerary on the calendar, etc.) starts 3 to 6 months in advance for me. However, if you know your dates you can begin filling in details up to a year in advance.

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I decided to go on my trip in May and have been planning since…i found it was a little bit more work than I expected, but it depends on thorough you want to be for your research, 3-6 months is about right.

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ive started plannign for my mass trip in 2012 already, as well as usa for 3 weeks next year, then hopefully summer camp in 2011….which means two savings accounts to open up.

so many places to go!!!!! the saving part is going to be my hardest part. need about $40000 for about 8-9 months knowing my spending habit…. hahahah damn exchange rate.

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It’s never too early to start planning a trip. Because as soon as you start planning you see all the possibilities and what you’re actually capable of, and your whole trip could be completely different from what your original idea or plan was.

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Agree with viola Smile

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thanks everyone…say i did about a 5-6 month eurotrip about how much money would i need? I do plan to stay in hostels, do some couchsurfing, nothing to fancy.

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you need around 60 euros a day for lodging, food, sights, and public transport, in addition to city to city transportation and flight from the US. With a 5-6 month eurotrip you’ll need to purchase more than one rail pass as the longest one is only valid 3 months. Once you decide on an itinerary it will be easier to figure out which passes you’ll need. The 3 month unlimited Eurail pass is $1405. We’ll say two of those, and also around that much for a flight to/from US, plus the 60 euros ($90) a day for 6 months (180 days) comes to around $20,000. There are various ways of making this cheaper, such as booking train tickets far in advance rather than buying the unlimited rail pass, and couchsurfing and staying with people you meet on the road rather than hosteling, eating food from grocery stores and street vendors, not drinking very much, etc.

It also depends on which countries in Europe you want to visit. I recall that you also have a UK passport so it should be easy for you to get around most places (particularly in the Schengen area) but if you are interested in visiting some places in Eastern Europe, particularly Russia, there is a long and expensive visa process involved.

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For me the best part is the planning of the trip. Its all about the research!! You learn so much and you will be one step ahead of those who only start planning a couple of months ahead. For example The Last Supper and the Leaning Tower of Pisa require that tickets be purchased in advance and if you are travelling in the summer you should be them as soon as you are allowed to, During your research you may discover that you don’t want to visit a certain city and you will still have time to find another place.

Also if you start planning so far ahead you won’t have as much stress on your budget. I decided last month to go to Europe next Sept for 5 weeks and am now saving $500 per month but it is not a stress on my budget. However, I am now going to Europe becuase I will not have the $10000-15000 needed to go to Australia and New Zealand next Nov for 6-7 weeks.

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2012 is still 2 1/2 year away… just be thinking about what types of things you want to do and what you’re interested (festivals?) in and let it all flow together, that’s what i’m doing (:

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my b/f and i decided to go to europe for 37 days in october 2009 and we leave june 15th this year. and we both work full time jobs but we really wish we would have started even sooner or done more but weve been so busy because we are not even close to having our hostels booked or our hotels or trin passes. so the sooner the better. make sure u get all your hostels, couch curfing, and hotels done and reserved well in advance!!!!!

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