I wrote a post on my planned trip to Europe and a comment requesting more information about cost estimates for a trip like this was left. Unfortunately I can’t give exact figures as the Rand/Euro exchange, season and length of stay influence budget quite a bit – but I’m so psyched about this trip and have done so much research that I can share, so look out for more Europe posts in the next few weeks!
NB. Accommodation prices depend on season, location, length of stay and through whom you book.
Obviously it is easier to travel with a tour group where everything is planned and paid for with no surprises along the way. Packaged tours can go from budget to luxury accommodation – depending on how much you are willing to spend. Contiki and Bex (persons from 18-35) offer campi.jpgng, youth hostels to hotel style travel options.
Hotel (how many stars will tickle your fancy?)
Many hotel booking websites are available on the web for you to surf and compare. (Travelstart.co.za also offers a hotel booking facility.) Hotels.com offers a wide variety in almost any European city.
Hostel (budget accommodation)
The first thought I had when one of my friends suggested that maybe we should consider hostels was that of absolute horror. Then I started to read up on reviews and opi.jpgnions of travellers and saw that some hotels are not that bad and that you can get rooms for 2/4/5 people. Visit hostels.com to view pricing.
I must admit that I have done no research on campi.jpgng as the thought of being cold and wet in a tent in Europe does not really grab my attention. If you are adventurous and really on a tight budget, you might want to investigate this.
Monastery Stays (just because it is different)
Yes, you can actually stay in a monastery! Prices differ vastly at monasteries in different countries – so best you do a search for “monastery stays” on Google. Some monasteries have a curfew – so if you are planning to party till late… just make sure that you won’t have to sleep on the monastery’s steps!
Couch Surfing (no, really – visit www.couchsurfing.com)
I have never done this, but stumbled upon this website on one of my many Google searches. It is as easy as pi.jpge to register and search for hosts in the cities you want to visit. The host profiles have ratings from previous guests etc. The only 2 concerns I have is, you may end up sleepi.jpgng on a mattress in the living room and your host may turn out to be Jack the Ripper – but the upside is that it is free, gratis, for mahala.