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Here you can see the date, day of the week, the city, train or airfare, the accommodations and how much they cost, along with estimated food and activity costs. "Other" leaves room for museum entrance fees (bring your student ID!), cab or uber fare, paragliding in Switzerland... that sort of thing.
I probably didn't spend $40 a day every day on food. But it all evened out in the end. It's better to have planned for a little extra than to starve!
Note the color guide. I used this itinerary months in advance for planning purposes. After each place or plane ticket was booked, I'd change the color from blue to green to know what I still had left to pay for.
We used Airbnb (addresses redacted) for many of the places we stayed and loved every one. It's perfect for couples or even groups of friends. Hostels are cheaper but we found that we were a lot more comfortable in our own room, not having to lock everything up every time we left. And the hosts we stayed with were so helpful and kind, some giving us cookies, breakfast - and awesome, local advice. If you want $40 off your first Airbnb trip, click this link to sign up today!
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Of course, having these notes doesn't mean you'll do everything you write down. Just wander and you'll often find that you're happier without planning your day minute by minute. Notes are good for a few reasons. One, to research a place before you actually get on a plane and go. Two, to be strategic about your time there. Three, to not get stuck eating at an expensive, sub-par restaurant in the Old Town Square in Prague (prices literally triple the closer you get to the square). And it's a great place to keep track of advice from friends! One of my favorite things about traveling is sharing experiences - and food recommendations. I'd have never had the truffle asparagus pasta at Mastro Ciliega in Florence if it weren't for my friend Christine recommending it. Ily Christine for that. So good.
I chose a smaller backpack because I wanted to travel light. I managed pretty well. Packing cubes will save your life. And roll your clothes in them, it's much more efficient. I'll say one thing about shoes though - walk 10 miles in your shoes before you wear them to backpack Europe. Do you have blisters? Don't bring them. I wore sneakers pretty much every day and regretted it when I didn't. Most Europeans wear trainers on the daily because they walk more in general than Americans. This is something I noticed while over there and totally understood.
This section is good for planning what to bring and then keeping yourself accountable for your items while you travel. I lost one thing - a roll-on perfume. It's somewhere in Cannes.
I had help paying my internship fees from my so so so incredibly wonderful and supporting family. But the backpacking part was all me, and all Dalt, so we worked a lot.
And we did it. And you can, too! See if my savings guide helps you - you can modify it any way you choose.
I lowballed the goal and assumed worst-case-scenario that I would only have that much. Also, I got paid once while I was in Cannes, and didn't account for that in the savings guide. I also used a travel rewards credit card so I had funds when I didn't have funds. But now I'm paying that off. Yay, adulthood!
How much does it cost to backpack Europe?
For three weeks and including food and airfare - I'd say around $4,000. It could be done cheaper than I did it, but it probably couldn't be done smarter. It could also be done hella expensively. I spent extra money on food (I love to eat okay) and on souvenirs for family and friends (probably about $200-250 worth). It was important for me to bring back little pieces of the places that I went. So many little things reminded me of my mom, dad, sisters - so there went some money.
Airbnb was a wonderfully economical way to stay in some cities. In others, hostels were cheaper. Hotels were definitely more expensive... but seeing that we hadn't booked any of Italy until we were in Greece, we'd given up on staying in hostels and it was a little late to find a good Airbnb last minute so we spent a little extra on a hotel. And they were so, so nice!