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    Travelling around Europe on a budget

    Hello I'm thinking about going Interrailing around Europe next summer, but I can't decide what would be the best route for me to take if I want to save money (I'm a student so I don't have much ). Cities on my shortlist include: Prague, Vienna, Salzburg (a recent addition, purely want to go there for the Mozart connection, so I guess I could skip it), Budapest, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Rome, Barcelona and Paris. I realise it would be a bit of a push to go to all of these places so maybe I should just go to 3/4/5. I'm thinking maybe the more Eastern ones, but I'm not sure. I really want to go to Vienna above all, so I don't want to rule that out. I have to keep reminding myself that I don't need to do all these places in one trip and I have the rest of my life to travel!

    What would be a good route to take? Which cities would be a good combination for one trip? Which of my cities are cheapest (e.g. for hostels, tourist attraction admissions, food and drink etc.)? Has anyone got any tips of what to do in these cities? I want to go for around 2 weeks. Help!

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    Cheap Travel Through Europe

    Seeing as you're on a tight budget and assuming that you're a normal student who enjoys partying I'd recommend that you spend most of your vacation in eastern Europe. This is mainly because there you can do so much with a little budget, whereas in western Europe you will find yourself paying a lot more for similar activities.

    Usually it's best to choose a direction and then stick to it, so how about you start in the east? Visit a couple of countries/cities, then head to Vienna and finish your trip with Italy/France/Switzerland/Germany. This way you get to enjoy your trip without spending too much money, you see Vienna and you will also get to see parts of both the eastern and western Europe.

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    Re: Cheap Travel Through Europe

    I wouldn't really say I'm the partying type (only been clubbing three times in my life!) - I'm much more into cultural stuff like museums, galleries and concerts - but I have heard the nightlife in more Eastern countries is good so if I'm over there I may give it a shot. I'm a sucker for cheap vodka. :P

    I hadn't thought about heading from Vienna to a more Western country actually - that's maybe a good shout.

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    Re: Travelling around Europe on a budget

    The nightlife is great pretty much anywhere when you know the right places but the thing is that in eastern Europe you can have a night out at a fraction of the price of a similar night out in western Europe. Same obviously goes for hostels, food etc.

    Seeing as you love all this culture stuff Paris would definitely be a good choice but I'd recommend that you forget about it for now. It's an amazing city but there is so much to do and so many things to see that a few days will not be enough. And it's quite expensive. So this might be a city to visit at a later date.

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    Re: Travelling around Europe on a budget

    Yeah, I did think that about Paris. Plus, Paris seems like the sort of place I'd like to experience with someone else, whereas I'm thinking about Interrailing by myself. Maybe I should just stick to the Eastern countries plus Vienna then - I've been to France, Germany and Italy before (plus Spain for a day, but I was three so I don't remember it well) so it might be nice to do a shorter trip and get to experience new countries in more depth rather than moving around too much.

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    How about Belgrade?

    If you want a taste of historical atmosphere left behind two powerful empires - Roman and Turkish - and if you're looking for a good time at pretty law prices, where it's even possible to enjoy a day of fun and games at the river lake in the middle of a fast city, you should definitely try to squeeze Belgrade, Serbia somewhere into your travel plan. You'll find plenty of restaurants with local and international cuisines and lots of places to hang out and meet people. It's one of the rare European continental capitols capable of giving out the impression of a seaside jewel in the summer, maybe it's due to the two long rivers - Sava and Danube - on which it is situated or perhaps it's due to the festive spirit that is generated between the tourists and locals in those hot months. Try it, you'll be happy you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellena View Post
    If you want a taste of historical atmosphere left behind two powerful empires - Roman and Turkish - and if you're looking for a good time at pretty law prices, where it's even possible to enjoy a day of fun and games at the river lake in the middle of a fast city, you should definitely try to squeeze Belgrade, Serbia somewhere into your travel plan. You'll find plenty of restaurants with local and international cuisines and lots of places to hang out and meet people. It's one of the rare European continental capitols capable of giving out the impression of a seaside jewel in the summer, maybe it's due to the two long rivers - Sava and Danube - on which it is situated or perhaps it's due to the festive spirit that is generated between the tourists and locals in those hot months. Try it, you'll be happy you did.
    That sounds really nice! I'd never considered Serbia actually, mainly because in my head I have this impression that it's cold...No idea if it actually is though, haha! I'll need to have a look into Belgrade now. Thanks for the advice!

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    I would definitely start with Eastern Europe this time around and o it while you're still young. You'll have time and money for big, expensive cities like Paris when you're older. Eastern Europe definitely seems more fun when you're a young student like yourself, plus you'll save some money. You can go to museums at any point in your life, cheap alcohol and exciting nightlife is something you sort of have to enjoy now while you're still young.

 

 

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