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Cheap month long eurotrip
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Hey
I’m planning a month long eurotrip for me and about 5 other friends next summer. We want it to be as cheap as possible so naturally we dont care about any luxeries. I’m Irish by the way.

Anyone know any good books or other resources that can help me?

We want to include: a few nites of clubbing/chatting up women etc…., beaches, few sites, non tourist beautiful locations, any adventure sports!!!

We mainly want to stay away form the usualy tourist holiday staying at a resort with a swimming pool etc….but still incorporate a few drunken nights in tourist areas. We have no problem staying in the great outdoors!
Any rough idea how much this could cost? (remember as cheap as possible…….any estimation at all would help)

What countries/cities do ye recommend we visit? (NOT FRANCE OR FLORENCE!!!)

Thanks for any help ye can offer me

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You should head east, maybe somewhere near the Black Sea.  Eastern Europe isn’t dirt cheap anymore, but its still a descent bang for your euro, and you should be able to get a cheap flight with Wizzair or Sky Europe.  Romania and Bulgaria have some beautiful sights, great culture, fun partying, etc.  You can live on as little as 20 or 30 euro per day. 

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We want to include: a few nites of clubbing/chatting up women etc…., beaches, few sites, non tourist beautiful locations, any adventure sports!!!

We mainly want to stay away form the usualy tourist holiday staying at a resort with a swimming pool etc….but still incorporate a few drunken nights in tourist areas. We have no problem staying in the great outdoors!
Any rough idea how much this could cost? (remember as cheap as possible…….any estimation at all would help)


You should probably avoid the megacities where everything is more expensive and focus on university towns where there will be some less expensive accommodations and some cheaper student drinking establishments and maybe some women worth chatting up.   I will give you a few ideas for Germany since I know that country best.  You can get to all the places I mention by train.

Germany is good on the cheap because there are so many hostels – like 600 official HI hostels + many private ones (but the private ones are mostly in big cities.)  Lots of these hostels have inexpensive cafes and drinks.  You’ll find hostels almost anywhere you end up.  Also, each state has a daypass good for 5 people traveling together for a whole day on the regional trains for under 30 Euros – so like 6 Euros each for a day of unlimited travel within the state.  Beer is priced well in grocery stores in this country.  Places like Aldi and Edeka will keep you sloshed up cheaply – groceries aren’t terribly expensive in these places either.  Drinking on the trains is okay as long as you don’t make a nuisance of yourself.

University towns – Look into Tübingen and Freiburg, both near the Black Forest.  Both are great towns.  Both have HI hostels that would run less than 20 Euros each and include breakfast (maybe even buffet style, pork up for the day?)  If you want to go into the forest for a day, you can ride the regional trains all day on a group daypass for 5-6 Euros each within Baden-Wuerttemberg – ask for the B-W ticket.

Another idea would be to stay in the Black Forest in a hostel or in a campground and daytrip into these same university towns.  Usually campgrounds have a fee per tent and an additional fee per person.  This of course would involve packing equipment.  Titisee is a very scenic resort lake in a town of the same name that has lots of has a hostel and a campground on the lake.  there’s a beach (some topless activity, I’ve noted) and a trail around the lake It’s also got direct train connections into Freiburg, or you could daytrip into Tübingen or Stuttgart too using those daypasses.  The hostel is really unique – heres a page with hostel and info on outdoor and other activities in the area:  http://www.jugendher… It’ll cost you each about 15 per night at the hostel, with breafkast.  Also, if you stay in Titisee and certain other towns, you can explore the local area FOR FREE by train with a Konus-Karte pass – ask for it from your hosts (not sure this works with campgrounds though.)

Other good university towns that have hostels and nature areas nearby, probably with campgrounds, at a reasonable distance:  Göttingen – Nuremberg (castle-hostel: http://www.jugendher… ) – Marburg (very cool castle-hostel in Diez, not too far away), Konstanz (on gigantic lake Constance, or “Bodensee”)

One small town I liked a lot is Pappenheim, in Bavaria.  Its location makes it possible to daytrip by train north to Nuremberg, east to Regensburg (both university towns), or  south to Munich (megacity, but lots of beer halls.)  Closer by is the walled town of Weissenburg (moat and drawbridge) and Eichstaett, nice places but not party central.) You could also head west to Rothenburg, the touristy but very well-preserved medieval walled city that every American wants to see (nothing wrong with American girls now and then.)  There’s a campground on a river right in the middle of town: http://www.camping-p… .  The castle there had a good free-flight falconry show, and the town has its own brew – WurmBier (worm beer??)

Okay, hope this helps.


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If I was in your shoes, I’d look for sun destinations served by Ryanair http://www.ryanair.c… — places that have other onward travel possibilities via ferry or train; big enough to have some nightlife, and diversity of scenery and activities. From DUB, I’d probably look at Malta, Faro, and Pula, research each place, then find out about lodgings and food costs — since these, plus air, will be your biggest expenses (and maybe drink, too?). Then I’d look for Ryanair to have one of those 1p + tax sales, because that’s the cheapest it’ll ever be (since taxes are fixed costs).

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Thanks for the replies!!!
 
I like the Germany idea. A few of my friends speak german and we want to visit it. I can get a flight from Kerry to Frankfurt for roughly €50.
 
Would a week be enough to spend in Germany?
 
Any ideas of where to go after germany? We want to see Bulgaria etc…. Is train the best way to travel from germany to other countries??
 
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why not visit the LAND OF THE BLACK EAGLE, I hear it’s very cheap and opportunities to make extra money smuggling cigs are plenty

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land of the black eagle??

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land of the black eagle??


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One word guys: drive!  Yes, it’s  long way, but just as far from where I am: Denmark.
 
Driving for 5 is far cheaper than trains and planes.  It’s the only way to get to smaller places quickly and explore whole regions or just the country-side.
 
Do you own a car with room for five?
 
Germany is dead boring and the people even more so, and it could rain.
 
Since France is out for you (why?), explore the Andulucia and or Barcelona-south in Spain and Umbria and the Abruzzo in Italy or go even further south along the east coast to the boot.
 
Southern France is NOT that bad if you have a car: The Pyranees and Languadoc are my favorites.  Provence can get pretty crowded down south.  Avoid Nice.  Nimes, Avignon and Marseilles are good places.  No tourists in Marseilles, or there didn’t used to be.  It’s big, though.
 
In a car, you are in control.