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Hey everyone,

So I have been trying to summon up the courage to do this for a long time and finally decide to depart in either October or December. I work for an internet marketing company in New york and asked for permission if I can move to europe and work remotely since i pretty much only need internet access to do my job, and they granted me permission. My apartment lease ends in october, so im putting all my stuff in storage and moving to europe. The duration is indefinite, but my goal is to see at least 10-15 countries and as many cities within each as I can. That being said, my total monthly budget, or my salary, is $3500 (US Dollars) which is the equivalent of 2487 euros (not much). My desired locations are Spain (Madrid, barcelona), Italy (florence, rome, sicily, naples, tuscany), Germany (berlin, munich,dusseldorf), Croatia, prague, switzerland, greece, morocco, just to name a “few.” I am not the kind of girl that can live in a hostel, I mean i never have, so I can’t really talk bad about somethign I never tried, but what are my options being that I won’t be staying in any one city too long? Are there any sites or places that I can do short term (in some cases really short-term rentals for studio apartments? I’d appreciate any advice you can give me. Do you guys think all of this traveling around these cities is realistic on my measely USD budget?
Also, what’s the best way to get around from city to city? Trains or Air? Is there a particular airline that is cheapest? Thanks in advance!

One more question….do hostels usually have fridges and stoves?

I am leaving from New York, USA with $14000 for 123 days
Prague, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Porto, Rome, Venice, Naples, Monaco, London, Dublin, Munich, Amsterdam, Berlin, Geneva, Trogir in Croatia, Vienna, Valencia, Seville, Rabat, Istanbul, Palermo, Valletta
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Most of the stuff i wont be able to help on, but as far as cheap travel – raileurope is like a price comparason sight for rail travel and edreams for flight. also worth while looking at ryanair. For the short term stuff, you might want to look at b and b type accomodation, if your not up for hostels.

http://www.ase.net/ might help with accomodation.
for expenses i would have though that as long as you dont plan to do it all at once, budget and take your time, i dont see why not you would have enough

I am leaving from Edinburgh, Scotland with $4000 for 28 days
Bruges, Paris, Milan, Volterra, Rome, Naples, Verona, Zürich, Luxembourg, The Hague, Amsterdam
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I am leaving from Edinburgh, scotland with $3000 for 20 days
Naples, Rome, Amsterdam, Delft, Bruges, Paris
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Most of the stuff i wont be able to help on, but as far as cheap travel – raileurope is like a price comparason sight for rail travel
Not true at all. Raileurope is a travel agency that sells railpasses (generally at the same price as dozens on other travel agencies) and very overpriced train tickets. They are a competitor to the folks who kindly sponsor this site and their prices for train tickets are almost always the highest, although their still-inflated-but-slightly-lower price for reservations mean you’ll pay roughly the same for ticket with reservation as from other travel agency sites. That’s about 30% more than the train ticket would cost at the train station in Europe and more than double what you’ll pay if you manage to find a special at any of the individual national rail company websites.

The first and most important issue is: Have you worked out the visa issues if your stay is longer than 90 days in the Schengen zone????

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oldlady…i have a US Passport….so I’m pretty sure I can stay 90 days in each of the European countries, isn’t that right?

I am leaving from New York, USA with $14000 for 123 days
Prague, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Porto, Rome, Venice, Naples, Monaco, London, Dublin, Munich, Amsterdam, Berlin, Geneva, Trogir in Croatia, Vienna, Valencia, Seville, Rabat, Istanbul, Palermo, Valletta
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights
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oldlady…i have a US Passport….so I’m pretty sure I can stay 90 days in each of the European countries, isn’t that right?
No, most European countries are part of the Schengen agreement. You can spend a total of 90 days (out of a 180 day period) in Schengen countries (not 90 days in each country). Check old posts in the “packing” forum and the sticky about stays and visas on the “cheap flights” forum. Also, do your own research. This is not the type of issue to rely on a bunch of pack-packers for general answers to specific questions about your specific situation.