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What's reasonable on a 4000 budget?
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HELLO! A few of my friends and I planning to go on our very own Eurotrip! We’re juniors in college looking to let off some steam before our final year. I have $4000 to spend (not including airfare and a eurail pass, I’m paying for those separately and in advance) for 8 weeks of travel. Does this seem feasible to all the experienced travelers out there? We’re planning on taking trains at night (that gives us 10 free nights of lodging) and hopefully we’ll spend 4-5 nights crashing with friends we have over there. We’re looking to spend time in Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, Denmark and Ireland. How realistic does this seem? And any suggestions on places to visit would be fantastic! I’ve only ever been to Paris, London, Dublin, Belfast, and Toulouse.

Additionally, since we’re going May 12-July 7, the height of the season, should we try to book hostels in advance or just go with the flow? I’m not sure what to do really, and when my father was doing this it was about 20 years ago and I’m assuming a lot has changed, haha. Thanks in advance for all of your help!

I am leaving from DC with $5000 for 64 days
London, Dublin, Berlin, Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris, Berne, Interlaken, Gimmelwald, Nice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Rome, Dubrovnik, Split, Budapest, Prague, Munich, Valencia, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona
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Which trips are you planning on using night trains for? Remember that even with a pass you’ll pay supplements on night trains, and some can be fairly pricey. What made you choose some of those places? Gibraltar and Athens are both going to be difficult logistically, especially if you are only planning on using rail. Many people here will tell you to skip Marseilles, and probably Geneva as well.

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We’re not sure, probably the ones with the greatest differences between cities so we can sleep on the train and save money on a hostel or hotel for the night. The Eurail pass covers a ferry from Italy to Greece, so that will hopefully be one of our passes. We’re flying into Basel, Switzerland because that’s the cheapest we found and it’s also really central, so we’re hoping it will be easy to navigate to Germany, France and through Switzerland itself. All of this is pretty up in the air, we want to make a stop in Amsterdam as well at some point. How long is recommended per stop? Because we’re going for about 2 months we don’t want to be constantly running around every 2 days, and I thought we could save money on bus and train fares that aren’t included with the Eurail pass.

I am leaving from DC with $5000 for 64 days
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I’ve seen people penny pinch as cheap as 50 euros a night by living off mcdonalds, maoz, not drinking, couchsurfing, and huge dorms. For some extra fun, I’d budget 60 euros a night. I think with your budget you will probably fall a little short.