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What's the cheapest you've done Europe?
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As my trip is looming and I am getting a better idea of what budget and costs will amount to, I realize I am way, WAY under the recommended $100/day budget (not including transportation).

I have talked to several people who have done Europe in the past 5 years, all of whom agree that $100/day is really overshooting it. 3 of them said that they ate out at restaurants 5 or less times in their 1-2 month trip. They only ate at grocery stores, bought their booze at stores instead of at bars, and stayed in cheaper hostels. (Just for reference, they all went to different parts of Europe, so I kind of took it as general advice)

Now if I was planning to do these money-saving tips, could someone approximately tell me how cheap I could reasonably do it for? I am doing Paris, Cinque Terre, Rome, Venice, Naples, Corfu, Athens and London. I know they aren’t the cheapest places, but it’s my first Eurotrip, so I figure I have to hit those major places up.

Sorry for the long post…. but what I am wondering is, has anyone done a trip like this for pretty cheap? And if so, what was your general budget???
Other money-saving tips are appreciated.

Thanks guys!

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Well, I’m in sort of the same situation. I figured I would just go sleep in airports every-night, bring a few high protein/fat/calorie bars and sort of skimp here and there. I am also figuring that I might go a little hungry, but I think it is worth it for the adventure. Also, I don’t find walking especially in places like London where there are attractions and things to do everywhere.

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I was just talking to some backpackers the other day and 100 bucks per day is a lot. so far I have spent an average of 82 bucks per day and that includes a 79 pound tour, some intercity transportation and some initial costs (like an international SIM card). If you don’t include those costs, it’s probably around 50 bucks a day and that’s in the UK.

As long as you cook every once in a while, buy most of your food from supermarkets and street stalls, you will definitely be ok with less than 100 bucks a day. In addition, look for passes that save money on attractions, like the London Pass and Paris Museum Pass. Also, get an ISIC, which could be free depending on your university, that will help you get student deals. Finally, take advantage of free attractions like in London there’s the British Museum, National Gallery, London. Museum, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and the National Portrait Gallery, all of which are excellent attractions.

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I am going to try airports and train stations as much as I can. I am also trying out CouchSurfing, but so far it’s not going so well. We already know that we won’t be eating at restaurants or buying souvenirs or paying for expensive tours.
It’s nice to know that people can do it a lot cheaper! Thanks for the advice guys!

I am leaving from Toronto with $3500 for 38 days
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I am leaving from Toronto with $5000 for 50 days
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I am leaving from Toronto with $8000 for 83 days
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i havent backpacked around europe yet, but when i was in the states struggling for cash, i got by on toast and poptarts for over a week and drank mostly water. i also looked at hostels that provided meals, even if you had to pay ($6 for bologneise and a beer at one, burger/drink/crisps/fruit at another for $8)

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The cheapest places to eat in Kyiv (eastern europe) is Zdorovenky Buly)))Gosh, you should try its pizza 500 gr for less than 5 Euros and it is so good that we took 3 more to take^)))if you are ever in Kyiv go there, it is in the center of the city^)